Terence Lonon and the Untouchables close out free Fourth Fridays season


Downtown Sumter's popular concert series, Fourth Fridays, ends its season Friday with a performance by Terence Lonon and the Untouchables. They'll be in concert from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday on the front lawn of the Sumter County Courthouse on North Main Street for the free concert presented by Downtown Sumter.

Lonon, a former member of the late Bill Pinkney's Original Drifters, formed the band with the goal of having the most talented musicians surrounding him. And they had to be versatile, also, able to play all kinds of music. As he always says, Lonon wants their audiences to comment after the band's performances, " ... that was truly untouchable."

Friday night's concert, sure to be heavy on the rhythm and blues exemplified by Pinkney and his Drifters, will also feature soul, rock, jazz, country and beach music.

Lonon himself has performed with several different, acclaimed bands, including the 1960s Shirelles, the Platters, Archie Bell and several others.

Untouchables guitarist Gary Oxten played previously with Bill Haley and the Comets, and drummer-vocalist Michael West was with Stevie Wonder. The remaining versatile and experienced musicians are vocalist Harold Barno, saxophonist Tom Ross and keyboard players Johnnie McElveen and Bert Taylor.

Downtown Development Manager Howie Owens said Fourth Fridays' move to the courthouse lawn was a success.

"With the many construction projects happening on Main Street, we really do appreciate the partnership with Sumter County to use the courthouse lawn during this transitional year," he said. "Folks really seemed to enjoy the location. There's plenty of room for families to enjoy the concert, for kids to play and for everyone to dance. We hope to end the season with a huge crowd downtown with Terence Lonon and the Untouchables."

The Fourth Fridays concerts are family friendly, and admission is free. Refreshments will be available for purchase, and no coolers are allowed. Bring a lawn chair or blanket if you'd like to be assured a seat.

Plans for the 2018 Fourth Fridays concert series are incomplete at this time.