Center Street Jam — Goldsboro’s popular downtown concert series — returns to the stage July 22 for a season that continues into September.
The concerts will also move to a new location at the Hub, near the intersection of Center and Chestnut streets, where live bands will perform under a covered stage and concert-goers can stand or sit on a grassy area in front of the stage.
Jim Quick and Coastline will perform during the first concert on July 22. Center Street Jam, which includes food and drink vendors on-site, is from 6 to 9 p.m. Children’s activities are also planned.
The series, which typically includes nine concerts, is reduced this year to four events through Sept. 2. An additional concert will be offered on Sept. 17 during the Grub at the Hub event, which takes place Friday night before the city’s first annual N.C. Freedom Fest, on Sept. 18, in downtown Goldsboro.
The concert series, previously held in the John Street parking lot, was canceled in 2020 because of the pandemic.
“We are so excited to bring this event back to our community,” said Erin Fonseca, Goldsboro downtown development director.
“The last year has been very challenging for so many. We are grateful to have the opportunity to gather, once more, and do so while enjoying live music, good food and our beautiful downtown.”
The concert lineup this year includes The Embers on Aug. 5, the Chairmen of the Board on Aug. 19, and Spare Change on Sept. 2.
While most Center Street jams draw 1,500 to 2,000 people, the Chairmen of the Board concert is expected to draw a much larger audience of more than 2,500 people, Fonseca said. The Chairmen of the Board is a Detroit-based soul group, with hits, including “Give Me Just a Little More Time,” that gained widespread popularity in 1970.
During the jams, visitors are encouraged to bring lawn chairs while pets and coolers are not allowed.
“This is our 20th season of the Center Street Jam concert series,” Fonseca said. “Our mission in hosting this popular summer concert series is to engage our community with high-quality entertainment in a free, family-friendly format.”