The Bandshell Concert Series is long-standing tradition in Dickinson and an opportunity for the community to gather and enjoy a free outdoor concert as blankets and lawn chairs fill Memorial Park to the sounds of music.
The musical talent includes a wide variety of genres ranging from country-western, country rock, gospel, bluegrass, acapella groups, classic folk and much more.
This year's series will launch June 15, at 7 p.m. with a lead-in programming featuring the Boy Scouts and American Legion as they conduct a flag retirement ceremony. The lead-in programming will begin on Tuesday, at 6:30.
Concessions are available each week by Relay for Life. The Amen Food Pantry will be collecting perishable food items each week to stock the local food pantry and donations are appreciated.
The concert lineup is subject to change, but will begin with a performance by Nu-Blu.
According to the band's website, after releasing four Top Ten Billboard albums, North Carolina based Nu-Blu quickly established themselves as one of the top acoustic acts in the music industry, delivering a set of songs that range from the melancholy to the exuberant.
Over the years, the band has garnering major headlines with their George Jones inspired tribute single "Jesus and Jones," featuring Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer 'Soul Man' Sam Moore — of the iconic duo Sam and Dave.
The award-winning band has also made appearances on nationally syndicated news programming, including on Fox News and CBS' "Sunday Morning."
Recently Nu-Blu have moved into the role of helping bridge the gap between modern music listeners and traditional Bluegrass, serving as the permanent host of the nationally-syndicated TV show "Bluegrass Ridge," which airs in 160 million homes worldwide.
Hailing from Siler City, North Carolina, the band's heart and soul comes from the husband-and-wife duo of Daniel and Carolyn Routh, while Austin Hefflefinger accompanies on banjo, and Justin Harrison on mandolin. The quartet’s warm, layered, Appalachian sound is delivered in an upbeat, blazing-fingers pick work just as well as gentle, heartwarming ballads.
The band got their start in September of 2003, the end result of several of Carolyn and Daniel’s previous projects.
According to the band, from the very beginning they’ve embodied the American working band mentality by pushing through challenges that would have seen many bands crumble including their original record label folding.
The long road led them to release their previous 2017 album, Vagabonds.
“I love that we get to wake up somewhere different every day,” Daniel Routh said. “We meet people from all over the country.”