The 30th Annual Ham & Yam Festival presented by Stevens Sausage will be throwing back to the 1980s and the origins of the festival with its free concerts on Friday, May 2 and Saturday, May 3.
The Stevens Sausage Pavilion at the Neuse River Amphitheatre will be rocking when The Breakfast Club, America’s Favorite 1980s Tribute Band takes the stage at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, May 2. The Breakfast Club brings real hair, real 1980s clothes, real vocals, and real music talent. They are the real deal, performing live ‘80s pop “better than the original artists,” according to the Wilmington Star News.
The festival will close on Saturday, May 3 with a concert featuring Who’s Bad: The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute Band that starts at 8:00 p.m. Selling out arenas around the world with their power-packed performance of the King of Pop’s expansive catalog of hits, Who’s Bad made a name for itself by studying Michael Jackson’s every original groove and gravity-defying 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,” states Sarah Edwards, festival organizer and Interim Director of Downtown Smithfield Development Corporation. “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 attract 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 fair foods and menu items featuring country ham and sweet potatoes, and local bands and dance groups perform on three stages. The festival features a barbecue cook-off, rubber duck race, 5k, and the always popular "What's That Yam Thing?" contest.