LAURINBURG — Sultry air and a threatening storm kept the audience at Friday’s Laurinburg After Five Concert to an intimate level, but the reception for the evening’s act was no less enthusiastic.
“There’s only so wet you can get, and then you’re just wet,” said Eddy Howe, bass guitarist and vocalist for Charlotte musical group Too Much Sylvia.
“I’m about there … Anybody like Zac Brown?” he continued as he and bandmates Rick Lee, Steve Long, and Don Leonard launched into a rendition of “As She’s Walking Away.”
Those in the audience kept cool with libations purveyed by the Laurinburg-Scotland County Chamber of Commerce, which organizes the Laurinburg After Five series. Children achieved the same goal by sprinting through the sprinklers on the nearby soccer field at the James L. Morgan Recreation Complex.
“We’re from Rockingham, we came for the music, and we’re enjoying it,” said concertgoer Cohen Cox. “It’s good, just keep the storm away. We just love beach music and it’s nice to come hang out.”
Cox was not alone, as Howe successfully roused a smattering of whistles and applause from the audience by asking “do any of ya’ll like Carolina beach music?”
Too Much Sylvia’s members proved their versatility in crooning through a medley of hits by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Though the heat kept most in the audience glued to their chairs, many couldn’t resist dancing from the waist up.
The Laurinburg After Five series will continue on July 17 with Midnight Allie, wrapping up with the Fantastic Shakers on Aug. 14.
Mary Katherine Murphy can be reached at 910-506-3169.