Leland concert series ends Thursday with variety/country act

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By Brian Slattery

Leland’s of the Concerts on the Coast series will bring back the Coco Loco Party Band to play the final show of the summer at Municipal Park on Town Hall Drive Thursday, July 10.

The Coco Loco Party Band previously performed in Leland at a Founder’s Day event,

showcasing many different genres of music including disco, pop, beach, soul and rock and roll from 1950’s through today’s hits.

For part of their performance, the band will play as their alter ego, Most Wanted, with a set list of favorite country songs.

“It’s a split show, which is a little bit different,” Leland Parks and Recreation Director Niel Brooks said

The five-member group includes piano/saxophone/vocalist Jody Bundy, bass/vocalist Terry Harper, lead guitar/vocals Charlie Snuggs, drummer Earl Truette and acoustic guitar/piano/vocals Michael Coe.

Coco Loco, based in Myrtle Beach, formed in 1999. They have performed around the world for every type of event imaginable.

The talented performers strive to make excellence and quality their number one goal in entertainment.

The band constantly adds to the song list to allow flexibility in their show, which includes a state of the art sound and lighting production to give the best all-round product in entertainment.

The band will perform on the new stage at the park built next to the recreation building.

The concert will run from 6:30-8 p.m., rain or shine.

In case of weather, the performance could move into the rec building.

Only under extreme conditions, including lightning, would the concert be canceled.

At the family-friendly event, the town encourages chairs, blankets and dancing shoes, but no pets.

A Trolley Stop hot dog cart will sell food and drinks at the park, but people are welcome to bring their own food.

But no alcohol, smoking or e-cigarettes/vaporizers are allowed on town property.

“This is our last one. We end our concerts early since it’s so hot out here from mid-July to mid-August,” Brooks said.

Brooks added that the town’s final night of Movies in the Park is Saturday, July 12.

The town will show the animated movie “Frozen” at dusk in the Municipal Park.

The next event Leland will host following the summer concert and movie series will be Founder’s Day on Saturday, September 13.

The town will celebrate its silver anniversary with the biggest Founders’ Day to date. Each year on the second Saturday of September, Leland celebrates its birthday with a grand party for the community featuring entertainment, food, children’s activities, arts and crafts/business vendors, fireworks and more.

This year’s Founders’ Day will take place from 3-9 p.m. at the Brunswick Forest commercial area just off Highway 17 at 1090 Brunswick Village Blvd.

For the 25th anniversary, they are adding carnival rides, funnel cakes and a very special patriotic opening ceremony.

To volunteer or for more information on Founders’ Day, call 910-332-4823 or e-mail aryan@townofleland.com.

Brian Slattery is a staff writer for The Brunswick Beacon. Reach him at 754-6890 or bslattery@brunswickbeacon.com.