By John L. Ross / Staff Writer
It’s the peak of the summer — and while the nation celebrated Independence Day Thursday, Williamsburg is ready to keep the celebration hopping.
The third Williamsburg Block Party is slated for tonight — however, due to the threat of wet weather, Main Street Manager Nannie Hays said the Block Party move indoors.
The Block Party celebrations will still be from 8-11 p.m. — but tonight the band will play in the Williamsburg Tourism building, which Hays said is next door to Arby’s.
The featured band for tonight’s Block Party is the southern Kentucky-based band known as Klassyc Tymes.
According to the band’s website, Klassyc Tymes is a seven-piece classic rock band comprised of men who “came together with a combined music experience of (more than) 180 years, and that experience is evident when they take the stage.”
Some of the well-known musicians they cover include Billy Joel, the Isley Brothers, The Drifters, the Righteous Brothers, Steve Winwood, Mitch Rider, Jimmy Buffett, the Little River Band and Delbert McClinton.
“Their musical abilities are at the top of the industry,” the website states. “Combine this with strong vocals and wonderful harmonies and you have the most sought-after party and special events band in the region.”
Klassyc Tymes has been covering tunes from the ‘50s through the ‘80s since 2003.
Some of the band’s seven members have performed on stage with many well-known artists, including Johnny Paycheck, Wynona Judd, Pam Tillis, Charlie Daniels, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Vince Gill and Restless Heart.
“This is a good, family experience,” Hays said. “Just bring your lounge chairs and blankets and be ready for a night of great music and entertainment.”
Hays said the block parties draw a regional crowd.
“We expect a good crowd,” she added. “A really good crowd — we not only get our local people, but people come from Corbin, London and Barbourville to attend this event.”
She also said area dance clubs attend the block parties.
“People come from all over the surrounding communities,” Hays said. “It really makes it a good time.”
The final block party officially slated for the 2013 summer season is set for July 19 at Bill Woods Park, and it will feature the musical group the Familiar Faces Band.