Ham & Yam Festival returning to 1980s

From News ReleaseMarch 28, 2014 

The Breakfast Club will perform May 2 on the Smithfield Town Commons.

DOWNTOWN SMITHFIELD DEVELOPMENT CORP.

— With its free concerts May 2 and 3, the 30th Annual Ham & Yam Festival will be throwing back to the 1980s and the origins of the festival.

The Breakfast Club, a 1980s tribute band, will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, May 2, on the Town Commons. The Breakfast Club is the real deal, performing 1980s pop “better than the original artists,” according to the Wilmington Star-News.

The festival will close at Saturday, May 3, with an 8 p.m. concert featuring Who’s Bad: The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute Band. Who’s Bad made a name for itself by studying Michael Jackson’s every original groove and dance move.

“Great tribute bands like Who’s Bad and The Breakfast Club offer an entertaining show and appeal to a wide audience with songs that everyone knows,” said Sarah Edwards, festival organizer and interim director of the Downtown Smithfield Development Corp. “The energy both of these bands bring will have everyone on the hill singing, dancing and moonwalking along.”

In addition to the free concerts, a full schedule of events on Saturday, May 3, will draw thousands of people to downtown Smithfield, where the festival occupies several blocks. Craft and commercial vendors line the streets, food vendors offer a variety of fare, and dance groups perform on three stages. For a complete schedule of events, visit hamandyam.com.

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