Past Events

PARMALEE & DIRTY GRASS SOUL CONCERT - FRIDAY, MAY 14, 2021


The Town of Forest City proudly presents “Country Music’s Breakout Stars” Parmalee and local favorite Dirty Grass Soul at the Pavilion On Park Square (POPS) on Friday, May 14 at 7PM. 2016 ACM “New Vocal Duo/Group of the Year” nominee Parmalee is one of country music’s most successful acts: the Platinum-selling band of brothers is one of only four groups since 2001 to earn three consecutive Top 10 singles from a debut country album. Since their debut, Parmalee has earned over 427 million Pandora streams, 253 million on-demand streams and over 58 million YouTube views. Dirty Grass Soul brings a refreshed and re-energized sound that falls somewhere between country, bluegrass and southern rock & roll.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

For your safety and the safety of our staff and volunteers, we ask that you follow the NC COVID-19 safety protocols, including wearing a mask, social distancing, using good hand, cough and sneeze hygiene and staying home if you feel unwell. 

This event has reduced capacity seating per governmental restrictions. Tickets will go on sale on Friday, April 16 at 12PM. Please review our Reopening Procedures at townofforestcity.com/pops-reopening-guidelines and purchase your tickets at exploreforestcity.com. We look forward to seeing you at POPS!

TICKETS

General Admission

$25

*$35 day-of

Access to tiered grassy seating area

Easy access to vendors and concessions

Bring your own chairs and/or blankets

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VIP Pit

$35

*$45 day-of

Access to the Pit (directly in front of the stage)

Exclusive VIP bar

Chairs are provided

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6-Person General Admission Pods

$150

*$250 day-of

Access to tiered seating area

Easy access to vendors and concessions

Bring your own chairs and/or blankets

6'x6' pod - perfect for social distancing

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VIP Tables

$300

*$400 day-of

Private reserved table for 8

Easy access to vendors and concessions

VIP Swag Bag for each person

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Cabana

$500

*$600 day-of

Private reserved area for 12

Easy access to vendors and concessions

The ONLY covered area in the park!

VIP Swag Bag for each person

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KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

POPS will be closed from Wednesday, 5/12 to Friday, 5/14 at 6PM as we prepare for the Parmalee & Dirty Grass Soul Concert. Gates open at 6PM and the concert starts at 7PM. POPS will close when the event ends.

  • General Admission tickets are $25 and VIP Pit Tickets are $35 until Thursday, 5/13 at 12AM. Tickets will be $35 (GA) and $45 (VIP Pit) on the day of the concert.
  • Tickets will be sold at the ticket booth from 1-5PM and from 6PM until they are sold out on Friday, 5/14.
  • Kids age 5 and under are free and do not require a ticket.
  • If you purchased a cabana, pod or VIP table, please email a list of each attendee in your group to courtneyashley@townofforestcity.com by Thursday, 5/13 at 5PM.
  • You will not receive a physical ticket. Your confirmation email will serve as your proof of purchase.
  • If you have already purchased tickets, enter through the fountain gate on Mill Street.
  • If you are purchasing tickets on the day of the concert, enter through the ticket booth gate on Park Square.
  • Low chairs and blankets are allowed for GA/pod seats. Cabanas, VIP tables and VIP Pit seats will have seating provided.
  • Tobacco, smoking, vaping, pets, umbrellas, professional cameras, flash photography, recording equipment, laser pointers and weapons of any kind are prohibited.
  • There will be a designated smoking area outside of POPS at the pump house gate on Mill Street.
  • All bags and outside materials are subject to search.
  • No re-entry is allowed for ticketed events; if you leave at any point in the evening, you will not be allowed back in without a new ticket.
  • No outside food and beverages are allowed, but there will be a full concession stand with nachos, popcorn, candy, soda, beer and wine from Explore Forest City and a food truck alley on Mill Street featuring I.L.K Legendary Soul Food, Circle B BBQ, My Mighty Dawgz, Arepitas On The Go and Scoop.

Any more questions? Send an email to admin@exploreforestcity.com or give us a call at 828.245.0365. We can't wait to see you at POPS!

COVID-19 DISCLAIMER - Attendees freely and voluntarily assume all risks and accept sole responsibility for any injury, illness, damage, loss or expense of any kind. Attendees hereby release, agreement not to sue, discharge and releases the Town of Forest City, its employees, artists, sponsors and representatives, of and from any such claims, including all liabilities, claims, actions, damages, costs, losses or expenses of any kind arising out of or relating thereto. Attendee acknowledges the highly contagious factors of COVID-19 and assumes the risk of exposure or infection by attending any event at the Pavilion On Park Square (POPS). Such exposure or infection may result in personal injury, illness, disability and/or death to the attendee. Attendee acknowledges the risk of becoming exposed may generate from the actions and negligence of others attending the event at POPS. All patrons, regardless of who purchased the “pod”, acknowledge that they will assume all risks and accept sole responsibility for any injury, illness, damage, loss or expense of any kind. Attendees acknowledge that they will not hold the Town of Forest City and all representatives, agents and employees, of and from any such claims, including all liabilities, claims, actions, damages, costs, losses or expenses of any kind arising out of or relating thereto. The Town of Forest City has the right to deny service to anyone for reasons including but not limited to those reasons provided herein. By entering onto the POPS property, you assume all risks and exposures to COVID-19 and take full responsibility. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and guests with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable. By attending any event at POPS, you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.

THANK YOU TO OUR INCREDIBLE SPONSORS!

townofforestcity.com
exploreforestcity.com
mooresautos.com

wncw.org
mcgillassociates.com
carolinachiroplus.com

FINALLY FRIDAYS • 6-9PM

Finally Fridays are how Forest City kickstarts the weekend every first Friday of the summer! Finally Fridays provide a way for friends, co-workers and families to gather, unwind and network while enjoying live music, tasty food and beverages and a fun, casual atmosphere. Finally Fridays’ central location to historic Main Street allows you to access all of the restaurants, shops, boutiques and more that downtown Forest City has to offer. We encourage you to support local during this event!

We look forward to seeing you at POPS!

FANTASY • FRIDAY, MAY 7, 2021  6-9PM

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Take dedicated musicians, add Beach, the hot sounds of Motown and smoothed-out R&B, mix it with breathtaking vocals and a groove that's all their own, and you have Fantasy!

Fantasy has performed all over the world: Japan, Korea, Hawaii, Carnival Cruise Lines, the Venetian Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Governor Bev Perdue's Inaugural Ball, Senator John Edwards' Birthday Bash and the Carolina Hurricanes' Stanley Cup Ball... just to name a few. If you are looking for a high-energy show to keep you on your feet all night, then Fantasy is the one for you!

Watch to see why they have been voted “The Carolinas' Most Entertaining Party Band”: Fantasy Mash-Up.

GUMP FICTION • FRIDAY, JUNE 4, 2021  6-9PM

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Gump Fiction is a high-octane, nostalgia-fueled time machine with one totally radical destination: the 1990s. Known as the Ultimate 90s Experience, they will take you back to the days of dial-up internet, slap bracelets, Tamagotchi pets and the music you forgot you loved. Gump Fiction is your chance to go back in time and rock out to your favorite A-side tracks, from Nirvana to Britney Spears and everywhere in between.

You think Gump Fiction is just your everyday cover band? As if! These four guys and one girl bring a premium, customizable entertainment package that can include extra options, such as 90s dance music between sets, 90s trivia and an authentic, old-school 90s arcade with all of the classic games to really bring the decade alive.

Since 2012, the band has performed hundreds of shows across the world, including small, corporate events and high-profile, city-wide festivals for crowds of over 25,000. No matter the size of the show, the members of Gump Fiction pride themselves in tailoring each performance to the unique requirements of the event. Aside from being obsessed with all things 1990s, these five individuals have a passion for developing each show specifically to the needs of the client and the desires of the audience. Gump Fiction is professional, experienced and committed to take an event to the next level through quality music, entertaining showmanship and of course, your favorite hits of the 90s!

Go back in time with Gump Fiction: Gump Fiction Mash-Up.

ACE PARTY BAND • FRIDAY, JULY 2, 2021  6-9PM

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The Southeast’s Premier Party Band! Based out of Shelby, NC, ACE encompasses a diverse group of seasoned, vibrant and talented entertainers. ACE is a 7-piece musical powerhouse that takes you on a musical ride from yesterday’s favorites to today’s biggest hits. There’s no sitting at an ACE Party! ACE’s versatile style is guaranteed to keep everyone entertained. Playing all of your favorites, they promise to rock the stage all night long!

ACE Party Band is a diverse group of talented musicians whose versatile style is guaranteed to keep you entertained all night long. ACE Party Band performs for all generations and includes music from all genres spanning over the past 50 years, including Beach and Motown, Top 40s, Pop, Rock, Hip Hop, R&B, Country and Jazz Standards.

Party with ACE: ACE Party Band Mash-Up.

TOO MUCH SYLVIA • FRIDAY, AUGUST 6, 2021  6-9PM

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Too Much Sylvia has the ability and desire to please and play something that everyone will enjoy. Their onstage antics and personalities will touch all. Whether it’s a low-key dinner setting, an energetic party or a festival with all ages attending, the band easily adapts. By not working from a “setlist”, 2MS has the ability to pace the song selection and provoke audience interaction to reach a peak at the right moment. The experience and professionalism only add to the ease of working with Too Much Sylvia.

Their vocal blend and harmonies are a major part of the 2MS sound. Combine all the above with their tight, tasteful musical arrangements and it’s a presentation that is appealing to dancers and listeners at a comfortable sound level for everyone. 2021 is a landmark year as we celebrate the 30th Anniversary of TOO MUCH SYLVIA! 2MS has played over 3,200 shows from DC to the Caribbean. 2MS was inducted into The Carolina Beach Music Hall (CBMA) of Fame in 2019. Since 2014, 2MS has received 17 Cammy Awards from the CBMA and produced eight produced 2MS song videos (available on YouTube and Facebook). And one last fact that stands out - it’s been the same 4 guys since 2001 . . . 21 years!

Get ready to dance with Too Much Sylvia: Too Much Sylvia Mash-Up.

DROP-IN MOVIES • 8PM

Our summer movie series is back! Sponsored by Drop-In Food Stores, the Town of Forest City hosts these free movie nights throughout the summer. Enjoy a movie on a 25-ft. screen along with popcorn, candy, drinks and other concessions from Explore Forest City available for purchase. All shows begin at dusk. Come and enjoy the movie and concessions in a safe, family-friendly environment!

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

For your safety and the safety of our staff and volunteers, we ask that you follow the NC COVID-19 safety protocols, including wearing a mask, social distancing, using good hand, cough and sneeze hygiene and staying home if you feel unwell.

We look forward to seeing you at POPS!

PETER PAN • APRIL 23, 2021  8PM

Peter Pan Trailer

In this Disney animated film, Wendy and her two brothers are amazed when a magical boy named Peter Pan flies into their bedroom, supposedly in pursuit of his rebellious shadow. He and his fairy friend, Tinkerbell, come from a far-off place called Neverland, where children stay perpetually young. Enchanted, the kids follow him back. But when Pan's nemesis, the pirate Captain Hook (Hans Conried), causes trouble, the kids begin to miss their old life.

WILLY WONKA & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY • MAY 21, 2021  8PM

Willy Wonka Trailer

A sweet boy from a poor family dreams of finding one of five golden tickets hidden inside chocolate bar wrappers which will admit him to the eccentric and reclusive Willy Wonka's magical factory. One after another, tickets are discovered by ghastly children - but will the lad find the last remaining one and have all his dreams come true?

THE LION KING • JUNE 25, 2021  8PM

The Lion King Trailer

This Disney animated feature follows the adventures of the young lion Simba, the heir of his father, Mufasa. Simba's wicked uncle, Scar, plots to usurp Mufasa's throne by luring father and son into a stampede of wildebeests. But Simba escapes, and only Mufasa is killed. Simba returns as an adult to take back his homeland from Scar with the help of his friends Timon and Pumbaa.

DIRTY DANCING • JULY 16, 2021  8PM

Dirty Dancing Trailer

Baby is one listless summer away from the Peace Corps. Hoping to enjoy her youth while it lasts, she's disappointed when her summer plans deposit her at a sleepy resort in the Catskills with her parents. Her luck turns around, however, when the resort's dance instructor, Johnny, enlists Baby as his new partner, and the two fall in love. Baby's father forbids her from seeing Johnny, but she's determined to help him perform the last big dance of the summer.

TOY STORY • AUGUST 27, 2021  8PM

Toy Story Trailer

Woody, a traditional pull-string talking cowboy, has long enjoyed a place of honor as the favorite among six-year-old Andy's menagerie of toys. Quick to calm their anxieties about being replaced by newer arrivals, Woody finds his own confidence shaken and his status as top toy in jeopardy upon the arrival of Buzz Lightyear, simply the coolest space action figure ever made. Woody plots to get rid of Buzz, but things backfire and he finds himself lost in the outside world with Buzz as his only companion. Joining forces to find their way home, the two rivals set out on an adventure that lands them in the clutches of Sid, a sadistic neighborhood kid who is notorious for dismembering and reassembling "mutant" toys in his bedroom. As "guests" of Sid and his dog, Scud, the two fugitive toys forge a genuine friendship and learn that only through mutual trust and respect do they have any chance of survival.

ALIVE AFTER FIVE (now Finally Fridays)

Alive After Five Lineup Flyer

Alive After Five is how Forest City kickstarts the weekend every third Thursday of the summer! As the largest monthly free entertainment celebration, Alive After Five provides a way for friends, co-workers and families to gather, unwind and network while enjoying live music, tasty food and beverages and a fun, casual atmosphere.

Located at the brand-new Pavilion On Park Square (POPS), AA5's central location to historic Main Street allows you to access all of the restaurants, shops, boutiques and more that downtown Forest City has to offer! Come check out the newest entertainment venue in Forest City this summer!

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HOT SAUCE - THURSDAY, MAY 16 - 5-9PM

Based out of Charlotte, NC, the five members of Hot Sauce combine seasoned professionalism, first-class talent and the energy of an arena rock band to turn your event from routine to unforgettable. With a song list spanning several decades' worth of hits - from soulful Motown to chic disco, driving rock to today's modern hits - Hot Sauce has something for everyone to get down to.

Everything tastes better with a little Hot Sauce. 🔥 Check out what you'll be hearing at our first Alive After Five on May 16th!

Hot Sauce Music Video

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FANTASY - THURSDAY, JUNE 20 - 5-9PM

Take five dedicated musicians, add Beach, the hot sounds of Motown and the smoothed-out R&B, mix it with breathtaking vocals and a groove that's all their own, and you have Fantasy!

Fantasy has performed all over the world for venues such as Japan, Korea, Hawaii, Carnival Cruise Lines, the Venetian Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Governor Bev Perdue's Inaugural Ball, Senator John Edwards' Birthday Bash and the Carolina Hurricanes' Stanley Cup Ball... just to name a few.

If you are looking for a high-energy show to keep you on your feet all night, then Fantasy is the one for you!

This band is beyond your wildest Fantasy! ✨ Watch the video to see why they have been voted "The Carolina's Most Entertaining Party Band"! Fantasy Music Video

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SUMMER BROOKE & THE MOUNTAIN FAITH BAND - THURSDAY, JULY 18 - 5-9PM

Since 2000, Mountain Faith Band has performed their unique brand of Americana/Roots music to audiences from coast to coast at fairs, festivals, colleges, universities, performing arts centers, corporate events and churches. MFB has gained great attention and success since their TV debut on America's Got Talent in 2015 where they advanced all the way to the semifinals.

Averaging 150 concerts per year, MFB has shared the stage with legends Willie Nelson, Charlie Daniels and Loretta Lynn to name a few. MFB has lit up the stage at the Grand Ole Opry and performed the National Anthem for the Carolina Panthers, Atlanta Falcons, San Franciso 49ers and Atlanta Braves as well as performed halftime shows for the Carolina Panthers and Atlanta Falcons. MFB has celebrated multiple #1 songs over their career and has been nominated for multiple awards, like lead singer Summer McMahan's win as the IBMA's 2016 Emerging Artist of the Year.

We have a lot of faith that MFB will rock the stage on July 18th, just like they did during their TV debut on America's Got Talent!
MFB Music Video

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MINUTES & YEARS - THURSDAY, AUGUST 15 - 5-9PM

Witnessing a live performance by Minutes & Years can evoke many different feelings: elation, excitement, exhaustion, exhilaration… but never boredom.

The boys from Minutes & Years always put on a fantastic and energetic show which draws the crowd in and creates an interactive and exciting atmosphere. With nearly 1,000 shows worth of collective experience under their belts, Minutes & Years have rocketed to the top of the music scene and are taking their undeniably fun and high-energy show on the road for events across the country.

Minutes & Years consistently brings an eclectic mix of musical styles that range from pop to R&B to rock and spans multiple eras of popular music by bringing classics and fresh contemporary songs together while always keeping a fun and energetic vibe going strong. The band's shows are anything but typical and routine: you could hear tunes by Otis Redding mashed up with a freestyle rap, songs by Kings Of Leon, Lorde or The Police all the way through Motown classics in the same evening.

You only have to wait a few minutes (and no years!) until Minutes and Years takes the stage at our final Alive After Five!

Minutes & Years Music Video

ALIVE AFTER FIVE SPONSORS

We want to thank all of our sponsors for helping make this amazing AA5 season possible! Click on any of the links below to learn more about our sponsors and how you can support them. If you're interested in becoming a sponsor, visit our Sponsorship Opportunities page to learn more about sponsorship levels and to request more information.

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Facebook: facebook.com

McGill Associates: mcgillassociates.com

Carolina Pearl Boutique: facebook.com/carolinapearlboutique

Covenant Advisory Group: covenantadvisorygroup.com

Carolina Chiropractic Plus: carolinachiroplus.com

Carter Bank & Trust: carterbankandtrust.com

FREE MOVIE FRIDAYS

Free Movie Friday Flyer

Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse PosterSPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE - FRIDAY, MAY 24

Teen Miles Morales becomes Spider-Man of his reality, crossing his path with five counterparts from other dimensions to stop a threat for all realities.

Sing Movie Poster

SING - FRIDAY, JUNE 28

In a city of humanoid animals, a hustling theater impresario's attempt to save his theater with a singing competition becomes grander than he anticipates even as its finalists find that their lives will never be the same.

Trolls Movie Poster

TROLLS - FRIDAY, JULY 26

After the Bergens invade Troll Village, Poppy, the happiest Troll ever born, and the curmudgeonly Branch set off on a journey to rescue her friends.

The Secret Life of Pets Movie Poster

THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS - FRIDAY, AUGUST 23

The quiet life of a terrier named Max is upended when his owner takes in Duke, a stray whom Max instantly dislikes.

ICE CREAM SUNDAYS

It's time for music à la mode! The Town of Forest City is hosting this excellent musical experience featuring a relaxing concert series with live music and ice cream trucks. Ice Cream Sundays are FREE shows the second Sunday of the month from 3-5PM, and they are the perfect environment to set up a picnic with the family. Gates open at 2PM and chairs and blankets are encouraged.

CITIZEN MOJO - SUNDAY, JULY 14, 2019 - 3-5PM

Citizen Mojo is a group of seasoned musical veterans that combine to make soulfully compelling interpretations of classic blues, funk, soul and rock 'n' roll. Superb ensemble sense, high energy grooves, and on-point musicianship. Original material fills out the always danceable repertoire.

OL' 74 JAZZ - SUNDAY, AUGUST 11, 2019 - 3-5PM

Ol' 74 Jazz is an 18-member big band that performs a variety of jazz, funk and rock from all decades with something for everyone to enjoy. The band formed in 2010 because they realized that there were no big bands in our area so they decided to start one! Their professionals perform a variety of hits from the Glenn Miller classics to the sounds of Earth, Wind, and Fire.

BACKLINE - SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2019 - 3-5PM

Backline has a modern bluegrass sound with traditional flare that can be enjoyed by dedicated fans and a new generation of bluegrass lovers. They are a five- piece band from Spartanburg, SC that formed in 2016. Backline's choice of music material is mostly original music written by the band as well as traditional covers arranged to fit their personal style. They are all about God, country, faith, family and bluegrass, and these values shine through in their music.

FRIENDSHIP FRIDAY

The Town of Forest City and Friendship Nissan Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram are hosting a new series - a free movie night the first Friday of each month from August to October! Enjoy a free movie on a 25-ft. screen along with popcorn, candy, drinks and other concessions available for purchase. Trivia starts at 8:15PM and the movie starts at 8:30PM. Friendship will also be at POPS to showcase their top-of-the-line inventory. Come and enjoy the movie and concessions in a safe, family-friendly environment!

TRANSFORMERS - FRIDAY, AUGUST 3

The fate of humanity is at stake when two races of robots, the good Autobots and the villainous Decepticons, bring their war to Earth. The robots have the ability to change into different mechanical objects as they seek the key to ultimate power. Only a human youth, Sam Witwicky can save the world from total destruction.

MEN IN BLACK - FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6

A police officer joins a secret organization that polices and monitors extraterrestrial interactions on Earth.

50 FIRST DATES - FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4

Henry Roth is a man afraid of commitment up until he meets the beautiful Lucy. They hit it off and Henry think he's finally found the girl of his dreams, until he discovers she has short-term memory loss and forgets him the next day.

Faith, Family, and Freedom Concert Poster

POPS welcomes Christian rock band Building 429 and Christian pop artist Britt Nicole to the Faith, Family and Freedom event on June 29th. Doors open at 6PM and the show starts at 7PM. Come enjoy the live event in an alcohol-free, family-friendly venue. Stay tuned to the event's Facebook page for more information.

All proceeds from the concert go to helping children in need to attend South Mountain Christian Camp located in Bostic, NC. Summer Camp at South Mountain is a unique and memorable experience that can impact a child's life. Their policy has always been that no child will be denied the opportunity to attend camp for financial reasons. Their one-week programs are available for boys and girls between the ages of 7 and 15, regardless of their ability to pay. With over 260 acres of property, they are able to offer a wide variety of facilities and activities. For more information about South Mountain Christian Camp, please visit their website.

General admission tickets are $18.50 and VIP tickets are $27.00. Tickets can be purchased at the link below!

RUTHERFORD COUNTY LINE - FRIDAY, MAY 31 - 8PM

Rutherford County Line (also known as "Damon's Law") tells the story of how Sheriff Damon Huskey keeps violence and criminal acts in Rutherford County to a minimum... until a violent act on May 31, 1979 changed Huskey's life and the lives of those in Rutherford County forever.

Join us at POPS on Friday, May 31 to honor the officers who gave the ultimate sacrifice. There will also be a ceremony before the movie to recognize officers involved in the incident.