Party in the Park #2 – July 30, 2016

The next Palmetto Business Association (former GWBA) Party in the Park will feature music by the T. J. Lazer and the New Detroits and the TKO Band. The event will be held on Saturday, July 30 and will begin at 5 p.m.

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.

J. 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.

Party in the Park #1 – Saturday, May 21, 2016

Mineral Spring Park – Williamston SC

The first Palmetto Business Association (former GWBA) Party in the Park of 2016 will be held this Saturday, May 21st in Williamston’s Mineral Spring Park. The event will begin at 5 p.m. and will feature music by the James Radford Band and the Eric Scott 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. More information at The PBA organization is planning a second Party in the Park music event sometime in mid July.

Headliner Eric Scott Band brings a talented group of musicians with inspirations ranging from Charlie Daniels to Jason Aldean, Rush to Metallica, Bryan Adams to Matchbox Twenty, Pop, Metal, Funk and Bluegrass.

The band includes Eric Scott, Lead Vocals and Guitar; Amos Fleming-Bass Guitar; Andy Fleming, Fiddle, Guitar, and Vocals; Orion Irby, Drums; Brian Speight, Lead Guitar and Vocals. The Eric Scott Band has a rowdy, rockin’ country sound that has been turning heads and winning hearts since 2008. More information at

The James Radford Band plays country and southern rock. They are from Spartanburg. James is the son of two time Grammy nominated guitarist Ronald Radford and was born with music running deep in his blood. Rooted in music from both sides of his parents, he was raised around music and musicians from birth. Watching his father make a life for him and his family with music, all the while chasing his dreams and furthering his career. Watching with a close eye James saw his father play the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville Tennesse and realized his dream of one day playing the Opry and touring as a job and a dream.

As he grew and learned, teaching himself to play listening to Merle Haggard and George Jones influence by his dad and Three Dog Night and Atlanta Rhythm Section by his mom, Radford took everything he heard and became the versatile guitarist he has developed into today.

“I remember playing my dad’s guitar when I was younger and he would show me a chord and when he left the room I would turn the guitar upside down and play the chord with much more confidence”. “When I was younger finding left handed guitars in music stores mostly never happened, and I didn’t have the money to purchase one myself”.

Radford learned to play upside down on a right handed guitar until his mother and father saw he was serious and was developing his skills. He received his first left handed guitar for his 12th birthday, a stratocaster from Cort guitars. “That was the turning point for me” says Radford. “There was no stopping me from playing at that point.”

He played early Saturday morning bluegrass jams with a group of seniors in his neighborhood and formed a rock and roll band with his friends from school. “My mom would come in my bedroom at night and take my guitar off of me becasue it was glued to my hands every moment I could play it.”

The James Radford Band performs all over the southeast. Radford loves people and invites you to meet him at Party in the Park and say “Howdy!” More information at


2015 Party in the Park Schedule Announcement

Party in the Park is back for its 3rd year and begins on Saturday, June 6 at 12:00pm.
We hope to see you there.

Stage times for singers to appear

Dave Mauldin 12:00 to 1:00

Big Shot Jimmy 1:00 to 2:45

Abby Leathers 3:00 to 4:30

Anna Leigh Band 5:00 to 6:30

Dave Mauldin 6:30 to 7:00

Clay Page Band 7:00 to 8:30

DJ Dance Music 8:30 to 9:00

Eric Scott Band 9:00 to 11:00


Big Shot Jimmy

David Mauldin

Dave Mauldin will be appearing at Party in the Park on June 6, 2015 from 12:00 to 1:00 and then again at 6:30 to 7:00