1st Fridays on the Lawn

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About the Series
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Celebrating Diversity Through Music -The first Friday of each month, from July to October, join us on the Wilson County Library Lawn in Historic Downtown Wilson for First Fridays on the Lawn, a free community concert which also provides family entertainment and educational opportunities. The Wilson community comes together to relax, enjoy and get to know each other a little better, while listening to great music and enjoying festivities to bring our diverse community together. The event features live bands, food vendors and community entertainment and you just might learn something too! Rain or Shine – In case of rain, all performances will be held at the same scheduled time in the Boykin Center, downtown Wilson. Vendors and information booths will be available as space allows. Doors open at 5 pm.   Located: 108 Nash Street

2017 Concert Events – Encore Performances

Due to the persistent rainin 2016, we have invited all the bands back to Wilson to perform.


July, 7, 2017 

Kickoff of 2017 1st Fridays on the Lawn Concert Series!!!


Location: Wilson County Library Lawn (249 Nash Street, NW)

(In case of rain, concerts are moved to the Edna Boykin Cultural Center, 108  Nash Street NE, Wilson NC)

6 – 9 pm

FREE Family-style fun!

Kid’s Game

Intermission performance groups

Community Booths

Several local food vendors



July 7 

Country Music


Gal Friday Band is an irreverent marriage of country & southern rock. This country trio is made up of three sisters, born and raised on the love of music.  These gals have been performing live for the past 9 years, wowing crowds with a Carolina flavor you don’t want to miss.  Named as a “band to watch”, Music Mix says that “these ladies know how to rock and roll…..cowgirl style!”  Partnered with an impressive group of musicians, their performances are delivered with passion, spicy southern charm and soulful three-part harmony.

August 4

International Music


National Night Out

Police & Community Programs

 Mickey Mills Steel Drums & Reggae Band. Mickey is a recording artist, writer, composer, arranger, and feature performer in a number of documentaries on the steel drums. A native of Trinidad and Tobago, Mickey has performed on steel drums in schools throughout the East Coast. He has appeared with Mick Jagger, Jimmy Buffet, and Kenny Chesney, as well as in the off Broadway performances.
September 1

Rock Music


Swivel Hip Band, formed in June of 2014 and in that short time was named the 2014 GO LIVE PLUS award winner for dance/party cover band category! Their tag line “because music should move you” comes to life as they perform the best of today’s hits mixed with classic rock to keep the party dancing all night long.


October 6

R&B Music





Jus Once Band is a dynamic band and a true representation of D.C. Go-Go music. They bring musical creativity, syncopated rhythms & smooth sounds. This talented go-go inspired band has crossed many state lines performing the very best of live music,  some of the most loved hits with that Jus Once style only they can deliver. Come enjoy NC’s only go-go band that brings together the musical flavors of DC and NC.



The concerts celebrate family fun and invite a variety of musical talent and local performance groups to entertain. The Human Relations Commission is always searching for community performance groups including bands, dancing, singing and other talents. Children and adult groups are welcomed.

Entertaiment & Activities –  Bands, Food Vendors,Community Information Booths and Intermission Acts seeking to be included should click & download the applications, then submit it to the Human Relations Office.

Intermission Acts –  Each month different groups provide intermission entertainment while the band takes a break. The groups vary from local dance studios, children’s performance groups to traveling artist. Make sure to arrive on the lawn by 7 pm so you don’t miss it!

Keep in Mind – All concerts are a family friendly atmosphere. No alcohol is permitted. Pets are preferred to be left at home. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Questions? Call the Human Relations Office at 252-399-2308.

Community Groups

Wilson Community groups are invited to participate at the concert date that best matches their services.  Civic clubs,  non-profits and faith-based organizations are encouraged to join the lawn celebration each month. Groups may use this opportunity to inform the community of their goals, services, community action, events and membership opportunities.

The booths are free of charge, but limited to only 5-7 groups per concert date.

Each Community group must donate a doorprize for the audience drawings. The prize can be for children or adults. The Human Relations Commission runs the drawing from the Welcome Tent throughout the concert.

Many Community groups use this opportunity as a fundraiser asking for donations or by holding a raffle.  Groups may not sell merchandise as that type of activity is reserved for the annual street festival in November.

Community groups interested in being food vendors must apply separately as a food vendor. This could include a bake sale, popcorn, lemonade, fish fry, etc… The planners carefully review food vending applications and assign one booth per food type per concert date.

You can view and print a Community Booth application by clicking the link below:

2017 1st Fridays Community booth application

Questions? Call the Human Relations Office at 252-399-2308.

Performance Groups

1st Fridays on the Lawn – Bands & Intermission Acts

Performance Bands

Wilson community bands and the surrounding area are encouraged to apply for consideration as a performance band. The bands are needed to help create an upbeat, festive celebration that is family focused and reflects the diversity of Wilson. Music genres include rock, country, bluegrass, gospel, international, R&B, funk, jazz and more.

One or two bands are selected to perform on each concert date. The variety of bands, availability and expenditures help determine the final line up.

With the wide selection of community talent, identifying only a handful of bands to perform each year is a difficult decision. Should a band not be selected for this year’s lineup they may reapply in the future and all information is retained for consideration at other events.

You can view and print a Band application by clicking the link below:

2017 1st Fridays Band application

Intermission Acts

In addition to bands, each concert date also highlights community talent such as dance groups, demonstrations and performance acts.  Groups can be considered for a performance on the ground level dance floor during the intermission as bands switch on/off stage.  The intermission is approximately 30 minutes in which one or several groups may perform.

Intermission acts may also set up an informational booth to share with attendees more about their group, upcoming performances and membership opportunities.

You can view and print a Intermission Act application by clicking th link below:

2017 1st Fridays Intermission Act application

Questions? Call the Human Relations office at 399-2308

Food Vendors

Local food vendors, restaurants, non-profits and community groups may apply to be considered as food vendors. Vendors can expect an average of 400-800 citizens in attendance at each concert.

To maximize vendors’ time and efforts, we limit participation to a couple vendors per concert due to space and utility needs, and only one food type per vendor.  For example, only one vendor may be the “bake sale” table per concert date.  Applications will be considered for variety of food served, family based pricing and willingness to support community celebrations.

All vendors must be certified by the Wilson Health Department.

You can view and print a Food Vendor application by clicking the link below:

2017 1st Fridays Food Vendor appllication

Questions? Call the Human Relations Office at 252-399-2308.