The Tams return to Cartersville
by Staff Report
May 24, 2011 | 1818 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Tams, a popular R & B band since the '60s, returns to the Downtown Cartersville Summer Concert Series on Saturday, June 4, in the second of four free summer concerts.

"We're very excited to have [The Tams] come back again," said Executive Director of the Cartersville Downtown Development Authority Liz Hood. "They are always the concert that brings the biggest crowd, and the crowd seems to have the most energy when The Tams are here. They always get up and dance for the entire concert."

The Tams were formed in 1960 and got their name from the signature hats they wear on stage. In 1962, their hit single "Untie Me" became a top 20 R & B success, followed by "What Kind of Fool (Do You Think I Am)" which reached the Top 10 on US Billboard Hot 100 and spent three weeks on Cash Box R & B Chart. "Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy" peaked in 1968 on the Billboard R & B Chart at No. 26 and made the UK Top 40 in 1970.

The Tams were back on the charts in 1971 at No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart with the re-issue of "Hey Girl Don't Bother Me." In 1987, "There Ain't Nothing Like Shaggin" hit the UK Top 40 due to the popularity of the dance craze called the Carolina Shag, featured heavily in the 1989 film, Shag. In 1999, they were featured performers with Jimmy Buffett on his CD, "Beach House on the Moon," and also toured with him across the country.

Joining the concert evening is the Tom Clayton Memorial Car Cruise, sponsored by Advance Auto Parts. Admission for classic cars is $2 per car. Proceeds from the car show admissions assist the Cartersville DDA with expenses of the car show, and also fund the Cartersville Police Explorers, who volunteer their time each car show to park cars.

A limited number of concert tables still are available for rent. Each table seats six and rents for $100. Tables must be reserved prior to the concert. For those not renting tables, lawn chairs are recommended, and stadium cushions if attendants plan to sit in the amphitheater or on the bleachers.

"The Tams have been our most well-attended show for the past several years," Hood said. "They love coming to Cartersville and the interaction with the crowds. We fully expect to see a crowd of 5,000 out June 4th for the concert and car show. Our phone has been ringing with calls from throughout the state of people who plan to attend this concert."

She added, "We'll have great food and great snack foods on site and our featured restaurant is Jefferson's, or you can enjoy your favorite downtown restaurant."

Concerts featured in coming months include a July 2 performance of Parrot Island Band, featuring Jimmy Buffett tunes, and an Aug. 6 performance of Babe's Bayou, a local country-flavored favorite.

The Fourth of July weekend also includes a patriotic concert downtown by Bartow Wind Ensemble on Friday, July 1, beginning at 7 p.m.