FLORENCE, S.C. – The next band to perform at the Florence After Five concert series will be Ocean Drive Party Band.

The band is well known for beach music but has over 350 songs in its repertoire.

The band plays current hits, Motown, Oldies, Classic Rock, Americana, Southern Rock, and Funk.

The band lists Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Band, The Temptations, Merle Haggard, Zac Brown, Jimmy Buffett, Rolling Stones, Maurice Williams, The Drifters, The Tams, Tyrone Davis, BB King, Eric Clapton, Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Chariman of The Board, KC & The Sunshine Band, Wild Cherry, Kool & The Gang, The Embers, Keith Whitlely, Carlos Santana, ZZ Top, The Everly Brothers, The Beatles, Jr Walker, Barbara Carr, Otis Redding and many other groups as the bands that have influenced its musical style and selection of songs.

Ocean Drive Party Band is based in Charleston and has been playing in the Carolinas and Georgia since 2005.

Florence After Five is a family-friendly event.

Food is available for sale from a variety of food vendors including Victors, Wholly Smokin, Rita’s, Big Stan’s, Erika’s, Local Motive, Edible Arrangements, Sweet Tooth, Low Country Kettle Corn, and Fatz Café.

The featured craft beers will be from Palmetto Brewing and as always Bud Light and Michelob Ultra will also be available.

Attendees can also enjoy a variety of soft drinks from Pepsi.

For the kids, the Kids Zone will be hosted by Flo Skate this month and will offer a variety of free activities including skateboarding demonstrations and hands-on activities.

Florence After Five goes from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Admission to the July Florence After Five is free compliments Of Florence Downtown Development and corporate sponsors Victors Restaurant, MUSC Florence Medical Center, Palmetto Brewing and Carolina Bank.

The featured monthly sponsor for July is Food Lion, which will have its food truck on site and will be doing giveaways throughout the event.

However, the downtown entertainment doesn’t stop when the concert ends; there are numerous after parties at the various downtown restaurants. The Spazmatics will be playing in the Renaissance Dining Courtyard and Machine Funk will be the featured band at Local Motive Brewery.

Attendees are welcome to take chairs but coolers are not permitted.

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. The concerts take place in the 100 block of South Dargan Street.

This is the 10th year since the concert series began.

“Until recently we were unsure of what year the event started, however, local attorney Ed Love who was very involved with starting Florence After Five recently provided documentation showing that the first event was held May 1, 2009, featuring a local band The Woodys,” Florence Downtown Development manager Ray Reich said. “According to Ed, during the first year the event was held on the first Friday of each month, but after running into July 4th and Labor Day, it was moved to the final Friday of each month in 2010.”

Originally the event was held in the location of the city’s parking deck and 200 people were considered a good crowd. Now the event takes up an entire block and usually draws between 1,000 and 1,500 people.

Reich said the concert series helps the city’s downtown 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 the downtown as location for their business.

This year’s concert series will feature BOUNCE! on Aug.30, the Catalinas on Sept. 27 and Chocolate Chip and Company on Oct. 25.

For more information, go to florencedowntown.com or call 843-678-5912.

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