JONESBORO — The crowd seemed to know that the music would be banging all evening when Kam Breeding brought the house down singing the national anthem to open the BBQ Blues, Brews and Soul Independence Day Concert Saturday at Lee Street Park.

The audience, standing with hand on chest, roared with ear-jarring applause and appreciation to acknowledge the performance that took place on stage.

The enthusiasm continued with singer, songwriter and guitarist Albert White and his six-member instrumental band as they strummed a mixture of jazz and soul before breaking off a piece of B.B. King’s legendary blues hits.

Throughout the course of the afternoon the band did not disappoint. It kept up a lively pace even more when vocalist Eartha Sims stepped on stage, bringing a wide selection of old school sounds, blues, and a cheerful tease with the mention of, “Tennessee Whiskey.”

Already on its feet, the crowd stayed in a swinging mood when Willie Hill appeared and broke into the songs that made the Temptations one of America’s favorite musical groups.

Jonesboro’s celebratory concert carried an air of excitement for everyone to enjoy, beginning with food vendors that outlined the edge of the park with smoking barbecue, ice quenchers, unusual pies, candies and other sweets. Jewelry and garments were sold on the inside of the park, along with a variety of refreshing drinks from a brew stand.

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