TGIF returns

Published 10:17 pm Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The popular TGIF concert series is back this year.

The popular TGIF summer concert series is back this Friday, with the band Strictly Bizzness entertaining the crowd at Constant’s Wharf Park.

As in past years, half of the concert series will be held at Constant’s Wharf and half at Bennett’s Creek Park in North Suffolk. This year’s series also features several bands returning from past years, including A Touch of Spice and The Hotcakes.

However, a few new bands are thrown into the mix, and a new later start time will give attendees more time to get there after work.

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“It is a good, free thing to attend on a Friday night,” said Lori Carter of Suffolk Parks and Recreation.

Along with the musical entertainment, the concert series features free children’s events, as well as food and novelty vendors.

The local bands that play in the concert series mostly play variety music, but there are a couple of beach music bands and a “British invasion” band.

“We try to get some new bands in there every year to try different people out and see what else there is,” Carter said.

The concerts will begin at 6:30 p.m. this summer, with the parks opening at 6 p.m.

This is the sixth year of TGIF since its return after the construction of the Hilton Garden Inn. Nearly 6,000 visit the free concerts each year.

The 2011 TGIF series is presented by TowneBank and sponsored by Pender & Coward Attorneys and Counselors at Law, The Blair Brothers and AT&T. It is supported by Master Hwang’s World Class Tae Kwon Do and the Isle of Wight County Fair.

“For our sponsors, it gives them a chance to have face-to-face interactions with their customers,” Carter said, adding that they are always looking for more sponsors.

The lineup for Constant’s Wharf Park, 100 E. Constance Road, is:

  • June 24 — Strictly Bizzness, variety, presented by Suffolk Economic Development Authority
  • July 1 — Reform School Dropouts, variety
  • July 8 — Slapwater, variety
  • July 15 — B2B, beach music, presented by Nansemond-Suffolk Academy Alumni Association
  • July 22 — A Touch of Spice, variety

The lineup for Bennett’s Creek Park, 3000 Bennett’s Creek Park Road, is:

  • Aug. 5 — The Janitors, variety
  • Aug. 12 — The Hotcakes, variety
  • Aug. 19 — The English Channel, British invasion
  • Aug. 22 — Silver Street Band, variety
  • Sept. 2 — FAB, beach music

For more information on the concert series, call 514-7267.