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Jackson Park concerts kick off June 21

The town of Pulaski and Fine Arts Center for the New River Valley will kick off their Jackson Park Summer Concert Series Friday, June 21, with Sound Express and The Legacy Band.

This year’s series features five concerts: June 21, and then every other Friday from July 12 to Aug. 23. The approximately three-hour, June 21 concert begins at 7:30 p.m. when Sound Express takes the stage. The Legacy Band will perform following a brief intermission.

Sound Express is a seven-piece high-energy band that features dance hits from the 50′s to current dance hits that keep everyone dancing and having a good time. Fans of oldies, Motown, disco, beach tunes, country and pop will enjoy their sound.

The Legacy Band’s music transcends racial barriers, charming audiences young and old with dazzling dancing, bright smiles and four-part harmony. They pay tribute to African-American acts that paved their way, long before they were born.

“These Motown groups were really the first African-American groups that made it big,” said Taylor Pitts, one of the group’s singers. “It’s such an honor to continue that legacy today.”

It all started about two years ago, when a local musician wanted to give his favorite old music a fresh new spin.

“The harmonies and choreography of the show is still the same, but the flavor is a little different,” said Stan Stigall, founder of The Legacy and leader of their backing group Sound Express.

While singing songs of yester-year, Legacy enjoys taking audiences back to a time of youth and good intentions.

“Our show is really intense, and I feel like the shows back then were really intense with choreography and dancing and hyping up the crowd,” Pitts said. “That’s what I want to bring back.”

“I like the love songs and what they’re about,” said Xavier Coleman, a Legacy singer. “Nowadays, it’s not really like that anymore.”

Food concessions and adult beverages will be available during the concerts. Bring your blankets and chairs and enjoy an evening of great music in the park.

Concerts are free; however donations are encouraged to support quality entertainment.

The Jackson Park concerts are sponsored by the town of Pulaski, Fine Arts Center for the NRV, Martin’s Pharmacy, Greater Pulaski Alliance, Budweiser and Virginia Eagle Distributing.

Other Jackson Park concerts run from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and will feature:

•Java Brothers: July 12;

•Legacy (Pulaski’s Own-80s Music): July 26;

•Southern Nights: Aug. 9, and

•Magic Moments: Aug. 23.