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LUMBERTON — Variety party band Rivermist will kick off the Alive After 5 concert series Thursday, two years after the last concert series took place.

The series this year will include two performances at the Lumberton downtown plaza, where Rivermist will perform on the Southeastern Health stage. Showtime Thursday is 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Formed July 2014 in Fayetteville, Rivermist is a collaboration of musicians who have been playing in and around the Fayetteville area for more than 40 years. The band’s makeup includes Greg Adair on drums and background vocals, Tony Harrison on bass guitar, Doug Bass and Allen Pier on lead and background vocals and keyboard, and Cliff Bender, lead guitarist.

The group was once notorious for covering classic rock but has since expanded its musical repertoire to include R&B and party music people can dance to. Attendees can expect to hear covers of songs by Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake, and Earth Wind & Fire, Adair said.

“We’ve got some segues that go from Bruno to Kool and the Gang to Rapper’s Delight all the way back to Big & Rich,” Adair said. “There’s several songs tied together and they may be 11-, 15-, 13-minutes long the whole segue, and you’ll see people get up two or three times and dance during that segue.”

The band will also showcase original music, like their newest song, “Black Creek.”

“We’re really chomping at the bit to see how that one is received,” Adair said.

Ultimately, the band’s goal is to get the crowd up and moving.

“People want something to dance to. They want something to sing to, but they want something mainly to dance to. That’s why they’re going out there,” Adair said.

The musician said he believes the concert is much-needed by Lumberton residents.

“Every show that we have, the place is packed. They’re trying to get out and enjoy it and I don’t expect no less from Lumberton. I know they’re ready to get out there and get their grove on,” Adair said.

In addition to music, the concert series will feature a variety of food vendors this year. Food trucks Poblanos Tacos and and Lyck Yuh Finga will park and sale a variety of Hispanic and Caribbean food. Alamo Snow will offer frozen treats, and Top That Dessert Bar will feature specialty desserts.

No alcoholic beverages will be sold at this year’s event, which will make for a more,“family-oriented” event, said Connie Russ, the city’s Downtown coordinator. Individuals can still enjoy beer and wine beverages, while also supporting local business, by stopping by Adelio’s Restaurant or Happenings on Elm before the show.

Hip Pocket will be the next group to join the musical fray on June 17. Hip Pocket is a cover band that performs songs old and new from all genres. The band’s song list includes “Shake it Off” by Taylor Swift, “Uptown Funk” by Bruno Mars, “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love” by Barry White and “I Want You Back” by The Jackson 5.

True Value Hardware and Hurricane Express will be stage sponsors.

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