The Embers to kick-off Summerfest
The 2015 Marlboro County Summerfest will kick off on Friday night, June 5, with a concert by one of the biggest names in Carolina Beach Music.
Few bands are considered a musical institution. The Embers have solidified that position by being a thriving musical entity since the 1960s.
The Embers boast numerous albums and single releases that span decades. Having been inducted into the South Carolina Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame and most recently the South Carolina Beach Music Hall of Fame, The Embers are also honored to carry the moniker "North Carolina’s Official Ambassadors of Music."
Just some of their biggest hits are "I Love Beach Music", "Cheaters Never Win", "Cool Me Out", and "Far Away Places."
The group has traveled the country and the world, performing for every event imaginable, from the highest dignitaries to the hottest backyard frat parties.
The Embers were also honored to travel throughout South Korea to perform their Christmas special ‘Christmas with the Embers’ on American Military bases for America’s troops in December of 2007 and 2008. The Embers were awarded Military Coins of Excellence for their distinguished service.
The Embers have contributed to the laying of the groundwork for what has become known as ‘Beach Music’ in the Carolinas, Virginia, the gulf coast region of North America and every beach in between.
The Embers consider the genre of Beach Music as “music with a memory” and have been creating lasting memories since their inception in 1958. Simply put – heart and soul, rhythm and blues, feel-good music.
Today, touring is commonplace for The Embers regularly boasting an average of 225 shows per year. The band also embarks on a cruise each year for their friends and fans to various locations throughout the Caribbean. The Embers also continue their tradition of Christmas shows throughout the holiday season this year celebrating their 8th consecutive season!
Though Ember members have changed throughout the years, one common denominator has remained the same. Bobby Tomlinson is the group's founder, band leader and drummer and still performs every show today. He is the last remaining original member.
The Embers of today consist of: Bobby Tomlinson (founder/band leader/drummer), Craig Woolard (lead vocalist/sax/flute), Jeff Grimes (guitar/sax/vocals), Stephen Pachuta (trumpet/vocals), Hugh Tuff Blanton (bass/vocals), Bobby Nantz (trombone/vocals) and Andy Swindell (keyboards/vocals).
The doors at the Bennettsville Community Center will open at 7 p.m., with The Embers taking the stage at 8 p.m.
Tickets are $15 and can be purchased in advance at Fowler Pharmacy, Carolina Cleaners and The Herald-Advocate office.
The concert is a BYOB event. Attendees must be 21 or older.
For more information on Marlboro County Summerfest, visit www.marlborocountysummerfest.com.