Party in the Park returns next Saturday, July 30


Palmetto Business Association

The Palmetto Business Association (former GWBA) will hold their second Party in the Park event next Saturday, July 30. The event will begin at 5 p.m. and will feature music by T. J. Lazer and the New Detroits and the TKO Band. There will be food vendors and free activities for kids including face painting inflatables, clowns and more. Organizers are currently accepting sign ups for local food vendors.

TJ Lazer and the New Detroits is a southern “soul funkin’-rock band,” based in Greenville. Their sound is fun loving, up lifting, toe-tapping, groove-making music, band members say. “We like to think of our performances as not just a great live show, but as a great experience,” bandmember Thomas McPartland said.

Throughout the years, the band has developed into something of a collective, featuring some of the most talented regional musicians the upstate area has to offer.

The band includes: Mike Carroll- Vocals; Thomas McPartland- Bass; Niles McCall- Guitar; Vincent Crow- Guitar; Vincent Morse- Guitar; Troy Jones- Drums; Marvel Carraway- Drums; Justin Johnson- Trumpet; Travis Hanson- Keys/Guitar; Andy Welchel- Keys; Derek Landers- Percussion; Chris Hammond-Sax.

T. J. Lazer describe their original music as melodic guitar with big horns, enveloping bass and soulful articulate vocals.

They cover everything from Bruno Mars and James Brown to Bill Withers and Stevie Wonder. Most of their cover tunes are heavily soul and funk influenced while also drawing from their technical backgrounds, providing support harmonies and choreographed syncopations that are a throwback to the times of Motown and Stax records.

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The T. K. O. Band began playing together as a band at a very young age. They started a band called the Soul Power Five and continued playing together through school and after graduation. In 1985 the band was renamed T. K. O. (Total Knock Out) and played around the US for many years. They collaborated with Linda Rodney, also known as Chocolate Thunder, a blues singer with a strong voice. Chocolate Thunder and T. K. O. traveled and played together in many state in the US and Canada.

Additional information on the Palmetto Business Association can be found on their website at or at They can also be found on facebook.