Florence After Five

Florence After Five Attendees watch Spare Change, a band from La Grange, N.C., perform.

FLORENCE, S.C. – The 2019 Florence After Five concert series will kick off on Friday evening.

Pizazz Band will be the first band to perform on the Florence After Five stage this year. According to the band’s website, the Pizazz Band “sizzles with the energy that pounds your heart and gets your body and feet moving with soul, funk, beach, country and rock.”

The band features Kent Zimmerman as lead vocalist. Mark Davidson and Wayne Free also perform some vocals with the band. Davidson also plays the guitar, and Free plays keys, guita, and bass. Chip Johnson plays the drums, and Kenny Hancock is the bassist.

Zimmerman said it would be the band’s second time performing at Florence After Five. He said the band previously performed in 2017. Zimmerman said the band enjoyed performing at Florence After Five because it was fun seeing all of the people and the venders on South Dargan Street and that the people attending really enjoy live music.

The April concert is sponsored by Prime Pediatric Dentistry.

Debbie Hill, a dental hygienist, said Prime Pediatric Dentistry was a new business to the area and looking to promote itself by sponsoring the April concert.

The April Florence After Five will also feature a nearly 23-foot display of the moon. The display is known as the Museum of the Moon. It is a touring artwork by Luke Jerram, an artist from the United Kingdom. The display features 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface. At an approximate scale of 1:500,000, each centimeter of the internally lit spherical sculpture represents 3.25 miles of the moon’s surface.

Florence After Five is a concert series held on the last Friday of the month from April until October by the Florence Downtown Development Corporation and the city of Florence. 2019 will mark about 12 years since the concert series began.

Reich said the concert series helps in two ways: It gets people to come downtown and see the businesses that are located there, and it also encourages entrepreneurs to look at downtown as a location for their business.

This year’s concert series will feature the Band of Oz on May 31, Tru Soul Band on June 28, Ocean Drive Party Band on July 26, BOUNCE! on Aug.30, the Catalinas on Sept. 27 and Chocolate Chip and Company on Oct. 25.

The concert series also features a kids zone.

All of the concerts are free to attend. Food is available for purchase from various venders, however, to purchase food, one must purchase tickets, then exchange the tickets for food. The ticket booth is usually located near the driveway between the Waters Building and the Florence County Museum. Coolers are not allowed.

Attendees are welcome to bring chairs.

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. and ends at 8:30 p.m. on the 100 block of South Dargan Street between Evans and Cheves Streets. The band takes the stage at approximately 6 p.m.

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