Downtown Smithfield NC - The 26th Annual Ham & Yam Festival is going back to its country roots on May 1-2, 2010 with the announcement of national Country artist – Blackhawk as the festival’s headlining entertainment.
The free outdoor concert at the Stevens Sausage Pavilion at the Neuse River Amphitheater, beginning at 8:30pm on Saturday May 1, will cap off the night of the outstanding entertainment line-up at the 2010 festival.
The event, hosted by the Downtown Smithfield Development Corporation will also feature crafts expo, food from local restaurants and nonprofits, and fun activities for the entire family.
“We have had Country acts in the past, but having a group with the number of hits this band has had it quiet remarkable," states Chris Johnson, Executive Director of the Downtown Smithfield Development Corporation and Ham & Yam coordinator. "With the Little River Band concert last year, we once again set a high bar for our organization in 2010. With our new Corporate Sponsor, Stevens Sausage, we wanted to make sure we did not step back in the entertainment. We are thrilled with being able to sign Blackhawk."
During the mid-‘90s, Blackhawk became one of the most successful new country groups on the scene. With a dozen top ten hits to their credit and multi-platinum album sales that exceed seven million records, they have carved out their own place in music history.
A “Greatest Hits Live” album was released a little over a year ago, and festival attendees will be excited to hear old favorites like “Goodbye Says It All,” “Every Once In A While,” “That’s Just About Right”, “There You Have It,” “Almost A Memory Now,” “Like There Ain't No Yesterday” and “Postmarked Birmingham” among other notable hits, at the 2010 Ham & Yam Festival.
Now in their 16th year, original member and lead singer Henry Paul admits Blackhawk had taken a back seat to the reforming of his other band, The Outlaws, over the past few years, but he recently reaffirmed his commitment to Blackhawk and delivering new music to its fans.
“I've decided to put the time and effort needed back into reviving Blackhawk’s music with new recordings,” Paul said in a statement to fans in late December. “I have a devout love of this band’s music and the joy it gives me is unequaled. It is a spiritual and musical cornerstone of my life and I want to take this opportunity to declare my commitment to its future.”
Known for its three-part harmonies for nearly two decades, Blackhawk is a musical group of seasoned professionals with decades of dedication to their music. Led by lead-singer Henry Paul on acoustic guitar/mandolin, the group includes Randy Threet on bass guitar and high harmony vocals, and Jon Coleman on keyboards and low harmony vocals. There is a sincerity and originality in what they do that rings true with audiences everywhere. Great songs are the cornerstones of their career and these songs have touched people both young and old.
Night after night, Blackhawk plays an inspired show that resonates in the hearts and minds of music enthusiasts everywhere.
The Ham & Yam Festival is organized and supervised by the nonprofit, Downtown Smithfield Development Corporation. For more information about the Ham & Yam, call the Downtown Development office at (919) 934-0887 or visit www.downtownsmithfield.com on the web.