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 an indoor location to be determined.  Vendors and information booths will be available as space allows. Doors open at 5 pm.

2018 Concert Events 

July 6, 2018 

Kickoff of 2018

1st Fridays on the Lawn Concert Series!!!


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

6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

FREE Family-style fun!

Kid’s Zone

Intermission performance groups

Community Booths

Several local food vendors

Rain or Shine

(In case of rain, concerts will be moved to an indoor location to determined)



July 6 

Country Music


Eli Craig Band It was through mutual friends that the band got together but the chemistry and vibe after the very first rehearsal song was like no other these guys had felt before. They were able to pull together their different styles of rock, country and metal to create a unique sound that has labeled them as the “Area’s Most Rockin’ Country Band”. Eli Craig Band, from the Greenville NC area, was one of 3 state finalists for the Country Music Showdown and recently performed a private show for B93.9 in Raleigh at iHeartRadio Studio. The band was featured in the January 2016 edition of Music Connection magazine where the writer stated, “Top to bottom, this is a band that’s firing on all cylinders.”

August 3

International Music


National Night Out

Police & Community Programs

Moved to Rain location:

Bill’s Convention Center

3007 Downing Street, Wilson NC

Marcel Portilla Band –  Hailing from Colombia, Ecuador, Puerto Rico and the US, Marcel Portilla Band comes via Charlotte, NC with a Latin/ Pop/ Rock/ Blues/ reggae & tropical Fusion like you have never heard before. With a blend of timeless classic covers both dance and club mana, Santana, Juanes, Celia Cruz, Cuco Valoy, Guayacan, Pete Rodriguez, Daddy Yankee, Don Omar, La Makina, and the Gipsy Kings mixed with their own original songs, this band serves up a “must-see” show with energy and finesse.

September 7

Rock Music


The Conspiracy – A rock and roll experience with a great mix of classic 70’s and 80’s rock music. This band has an intangible quality possessed like most musicians when they turn off their brain and let the music just happen. The multiple guitars combined with bass, drums and keyboards bring together a true rock sound. Audience members will become “Co-Conspirators” as they dance and sing along to the music that rocks hearts and souls.


October 5

R&B Music



The Nigel Experience R&B music – The Nigel Experience Band is an exciting party band that specializes in the soulful sounds of Motown, classy party, R&B, funk, beach music and today’s latest hits. Mark A. Jones AKA “Nigel” is a local R&B artist born and raised in the “Great Bull City”, Durham NC. The band’s show is an amazing explosion of soulful R&B mixed with a flavor of old and new school music. Each band member brings his own individual flare and feel, allowing The Nigel Experience to provide a high energy, fun-filled diverse show. For those who have not had the opportunity to see their show, prepare to have all of your senses tantalized and be ready for an EXPERIENCE that you will definitely remember!




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. Community partner booths are not available for selling merchandise.

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:

2018 1st Fridays Community booth app

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.

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:

2018 Intermission Act applicationAct 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:

2018 1st Fridays Food Vendor app

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