Party in the Park this Saturday


The Palmetto Business Association (former GWBA) Party in the Park event will be held this Saturday, July 30 featuring music by T. J. Lazer and the New Detroits and the TKO Band. The event will begin at 5 p.m. and with music starting at 6 p.m. There will be food vendors and free activities for kids including face painting, inflatables, clowns and more.

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. Through 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.rsz_TKOband

Sponsors for the event include:

Silver Sponsor – All About Fabrics

Kids Sponsors – Cox & Cole Attorneys, Gray Mortuary

Stage Sponsor – Bunton Exterminating, Eye Care Center of Williamston, First Citizens Bank, H&R Block.

Dance Floor Sponsor – Foothills Gun & Pawn, Bath Fitters

Drink Tent Sponsor – Ace Hardware

Promotion Sponsor – The Journal

All Palmetto Business Association members are welcome to have displays at the event, according to PBA president Mike Simpson.

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

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