Downtown Darlington comes alive with Radio Vibe concert

Radio Vibe Photo contributed.

Radio Vibe
Photo contributed.

UPDATE: This event has been cancelled by DDRA on Thursday, May 19 due to inclement weather forecast.

The Darlington Downtown Revitalization Association (DDRA) brings downtown alive this Saturday night with a free concert from Radio Vibe.

The free admission event will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. May 21 at the Liberty Lane Walk of Fame on Pearl Street half a block from the Public Square. Food and beverages will be available for purchase from Sweet Jane’s Cafe & Wine Bar, Mama Mia’s Italian Kitchen, Kona Ice, Pepsi, and Crown Beverages.

The local group, Radio Vibe, plays every thing from ’60’s Motown to hits from the ’70’s, ’80’s, ’90’s, classic rock, funk, blues, and beach music.

“We are a band that is interested in providing family entertainment,” says bassist and vocalist Wade Fryer. “We pick songs that don’t go against our moral values.”

Other band members include Ken McRae on vocals, Scott Fryer on drums, Jason Peterson on guitar and vocals, Paul McRae on keyboard and vocals, and Brian Rhodes on guitar and vocals.

The free concert is patterned after downtown Florence’s successful Florence After Five to encourage residents to visit downtown and promote a positive image of the town.

“The DDRA is excited to provide these concerts for the community,” says DDRA Director Lisa Chalian-Rock. “It is something the board and many residents have wanted to see for a long time. We are trying a Saturday night date and in June a Friday night to test the waters for a longer concert series in 2017.”

Partners for the May 21 event include Cumulus Broadcasting, Community Broadcasters, Raceway Ford of Darlington, Dedicated Community Bank, Kilgo Law Firm, and the City of Darlington.

“We also want to extend a big thank you to the Darlington Lions Club, which will be helping us throughout our 2016 concerts,” says Rock.

The DDRA will hold a second free concert on Friday, June 10, with the local beach music group The Recollections at Liberty Lane.

Then, on Friday, October 7, Jim Quick and the Coastline Band will perform at the DDRA’s revival of the Yam Jam to kick off festivities for the S.C. Sweet Potato Festival in Darlington. This ticketed event ($10) will be held at Palmetto Office Furniture, 308 S. Main St.

To become a vendor at future events, to volunteer to serve on the concert committee, to assist with the events as a civic group, to be considered as a performer at a future event, or for additional information, call Lisa Rock at 843-398-4000 x 103 or email

Author: Jana Pye

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