The 2nd Saturday entertainment series returns this weekend to Tarboro with a leading singer of the 1960s in the spotlight.
Milton Bullock, a former member of The Platters, will perform from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday on the square in front of the Edgecombe County Courthouse, a release says. The show is free.
An Edgecombe County native, Bullock was part of the second generation of singers to perform with the acclaimed group.
“He was introduced to The Platters in 1957 and was offered the rare and golden opportunity to join by the group’s founder, Herb Reed,” the release says. “Later as a replacement of David Lynch, from 1965 until 1970 he performed as first tenor.
“Their music is known by billions, with worldwide hits such as ‘Only You,’ ‘The Great Pretender,’ ‘Smoke Gets In Your Eyes’ and ‘My Prayer.’ Then on into the ’60s beach music era with such smash hits on Musicor Records as ‘With This Ring,’ ‘Washed Ashore,’ ‘Think Before You Walk Away, Girl,’ ‘So Many Tears,’ ‘Sweet, Sweet Lovin’’ and ‘I Love You 1000 Times,’ to name a few.”
After the group disbanded, Bullock shifted to performing in the film and music industry. More recently, he began solo work as “The Golden Platter.”
“His classic solo tribute performances as “The Golden Platter” continue to wow audiences – young and old – because of his stage presence and his sensational voice,” the release says. “In addition, he produces his internationally famous, musical tribute showcase, ‘Back Down Memory Lane With Legends of Yesterday – The Platters / Motown.’”
The concert provides guests an evening of family friendly entertainment and positions them close to downtown dining opportunities. A handful of food vendors also will be set up at the square.
“We’re trying to get something going to ... get more people out and about for a Saturday evening,” said Carol Banks, event director and assistant director for the Edgecombe County Cultural Arts Council.
The square has only a few fixed seats; the release encourages concert-goers to bring lawn chairs. As the site is public property, alcohol is not permitted.
In case of rain, Bullock will perform in the Hobson Pittman Gallery at the Blount-Bridgers House, 130 Bridgers St.
The concert is the second of three 2nd Saturday events co-sponsored by the council and the town of Tarboro. The series opened June 14 with a performance by Coco Rozier.
The final installment will be a back-to-school event Aug. 9 at the M.A. Ray Center, 1405 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. The morning event will offer a mix of inflatable rides and arts and crafts – “typical things kids like to do,” Banks said – with access to the center’s swimming pool on a warm summer day.
“Last year ... that was a great success because that was inside,” she said. “People could keep cool and use the pool if they wished.”
Hours for the August event are yet to be set.
For information about the 2nd Saturday series, contact Joyce Turner, the arts council’s executive director, at 823-4159.