DAYTONA TIMES STAFF
More than 400 people enjoyed an evening of free entertainment last weekend at Midtown Motown, a new concert series at Cypress Park at the Midtown Cultural and Educational Center (CEC).
The family event in Daytona Beach is scheduled one Saturday each month from April through September.
The April 16 concert featured singer Bartee, who entertained the audience with smooth jazz and R&B. The Love Band also belted out some Motown hits during the show.
“The venue was chosen for its convenience, parking, proximity to the Midtown CEC and opportunity for our children to be able to use the pool and recreational facilities during the event, said Helen Riger, Daytona Beach’s Cultural Services and Community Events director.
“Cypress Park has worked well for the annual Juneteenth Festival, which I was co-chair in starting over 15 years ago, and our sponsors were very happy with the attendance for the first Midtown Motown event. By exposing more of our Daytona Beach residents to the Midtown CEC and pool, it is my hope that more people will visit the center throughout the year,’’ Riger added.
May 7 event
The next event is scheduled for May 7 with music by Linda Cole starting at 6:30 p.m. and The Motowners Four Tops and Temptations Tribute Band Concert performing at 7 pm. The pool will be open and there will be other children’s activities, food and drink vendors and community booth displays.
The event is sponsored by Southern Stone Events Group, the City of Daytona Beach Cultural Services and Community Events Department and Pepsi.
The Midtown center is located at 981 Gerge W. Engram Blvd., Daytona Beach.
For more information, visit www.midtownmotown.com or call 386-671-8253.