ValdesefamilyfrendlyValdese, NC – Family Friday Nights in Valdese will begin the first Friday in May at 7:00pm located at the Wells Fargo/Town parking lot and continues through the month of September. “We are so excited for this year’s Family Friday Nights Summer Concert Series. New bands will join us for the first time and many favorites are returning to the stage”, states Morrissa Angi, Community Affairs Director for the Town of Valdese. “The concerts are offered all summer long and are a great place to meet up with old friends or to make new ones.” The season offers a wide variety of music including everything from country to beach music.

Kicking off the summer series this year will be local favorite, The Band 28690 this Friday, May 5th at 7:00pm located in the Wells Fargo/Town Parking lot. Formed in the summer of 2010 by Rick Ogle, Brian Deal and Byron Pearson, this group provides a relaxing evening as they entertain the audience with a mix of Traditional, Appalachian Folk, Blues and Country music. The group tragically lost founding member Byron Pearson but plan to continue on in his memory. Band members Rick Ogle, finger-style acoustic guitar/vocals, Brian Deal bass guitar and lead vocal, Sherrill Keever, acoustic guitar and vocals, and newest addition of Keith Kirby accomplished guitarist with a country flavor, come together to produce a unique sound. Strongly influenced by legendary and regional artists such as Doc Watson, Bobby Denton and Tommy Faile, The Band 28690 will fill the evening with the rich acoustic traditions of the Appalachians. “Our goal is to play clean, tight and most of all have fun,” states member Brian Deal.

Concessions will be for sale during the concert series and different civic groups will offer 50/50 raffles every Friday. Season lineup cards will be available for pick up at the concession trailer and will feature special offers and discounts from participating merchants. Checkers, Tic-Tack-Toe and other games will be available for public use. Myra’s Cruise In will begin every Friday night at 6:00pm and downtown shops will remain open later. For further information about events in Valdese and the full Family Friday Nights Concert Schedule go to visitvaldese.com.

2017 Season Lineup:

May 5 The Band 28690; May 12 The Crew; May 19 Chad Triplett & 2 Lane Blacktop Country; May 26 The Shakedown Band;

June 2 Tony Bailey Band; June 9 Nu Blu; June 16 Emily Minor; June 23 Jason Lee McKinney; June 30: Independence Day Celebration & Fireworks Display – Jim Quick & Coastline;

July 7 The Groove; July 14 Carson Hill; July 21 The Night Move Band; July 28 The Boat Rockers;

August 4 Gal Friday; August 18 Little Johnny Trailer Trash; August 25 Smitty & The Jumpstarters;

September 1 Hannah Kaminer;September 8 TBA; September 15 Jonathan Birchfield; September 22 Blind Justus and September 29 Fox & Company.

The Band 28690