The Tyn Tymes will once again headline the annual ‘Inside Gadsden Beach Party’ on August 6.
The concert, titled “The Tyn Tymes Party 2022” will take place at 210 at the Tracks, with doors opening at 6 p.m. and the party starting at 7 p.m.
“We do this with them every year,” said Hardin Center executive director Tom Banks. “They play a lot of great music that’s fun to dance to and have a great local following as they’re all from that area.”
This concert has served as the annual fundraiser for the Gadsden Cultural Arts Foundation for the past six years. The money raised through the concert goes to several projects that the foundation sets up each year.
Originally billed as an annual reunion concert called “The Tyn Tymes Reunion Party” since its conception in 2000, the foundation stepped in a few years ago to take over full-time hosting.
“Initially, we started this as an annual reunion gig, but it soon grew too big for us to handle on our own,” said Lanny Thomas, the band’s drummer. “That’s when the folks at the Arts Cultural Center were able to step in and take care of everything for us. All we have to do now is show up and play and the rest is taken care of. .”
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Banks said: “This is the sixth year we’ve had it alone. They’ve been having this reunion party for about 20 years and we’ve taken it over to help organize it.”
Tickets can be purchased for anyone 2 years or older individually online or at the event door for $25 per person, or groups of 10 can purchase a table for $250 under one person’s name.
However, Banks pointed out that there were only six tables still available on Wednesday and expects those to go quickly.
“We allow people to bring their own coolers, food and table decorations for those who have purchased a table,” he added.
The Tyn Tymes have been a Gadsden staple since 1966, with a break in 1971 and reunion in 2000 continuing today. Since their debut, the group has released music that relates specifically to the “beach music” genre, a mix of pop, soul, and rhythm and blues originating in the beach clubs of South Carolina.
The 10-member “party band” currently consists of Jerry Rickles, Ronnie Cornutt, Benny Leverton, Lowell Shirey, Charlie Freeman, Lanny and Danny Thomas, Ken Striplin, Curtis Burttram, Brian Bankston and Carl Sharpe.
“At the time we were just a cover band and we didn’t have any original songs, but now we do,” Thomas said last year in an interview with The Times, “there’s has five of the original 10 members still playing with the band.”
The group currently ranks No. 1 locally, regionally, nationally and globally in the R&B/Soul genre on ReverbNation, an online platform for artists to share updates and their work digitally.
“This [ReverbNation] is…the biggest artist social media page, they help promote bands and help them get started and get their name out there,” Thomas said.
To purchase tickets, visit https://culturalarts.com/tyntymes/. For more information about The Tyn Tymes, visit http://thetyntymes.com/.
“It’s a great atmosphere and people of all ages are welcome there,” Banks said. “It’s a great indoor party vibe where people can get out on the dance floor and move from table to table to greet old friends.”