MITS returns

Published 1:38 am Friday, June 17, 2011

Music in the Streets returns to downtown Washington from 6 p.m. to 9p.m. today.
Gene Gillikin and Gina Gerard, who performed at previous Music in the Streets events as Gene and Gina, bring their latest band, Item 9, to the MITS main stage tonight. The five-member band, based in Greenville, mixes rock, funk and reggae.
Also scheduled to perform are Dick Knight Express, Joe Lloyd, Living Waters, Kara Carlson, David Sowers, Logan Bargelt and Trey Moore, Kimberly Waters and members of Harvest Church in Washington.
Harvest Church members are scheduled to entertain with music, dance and skits.
Dick Knight, frontman for Dick Knight Express, plays trumpet, saxophone and flugel horn. He also sings. He’s performed with James Brown, Otis Redding and other top singers.
Lloyd returns to MITS for a fourth season. The keyboardist plays tunes ranging from beach music to gospel to the blues.
Living Waters is a praise and worship band that draws its members from Washington’s First Christian  Church.
Carlson made her MITS debut last year. She performs original and cover material.
Sowers, another MITS veteran, will be play a mix of country, blues, rock and acoustic rock.
Bargelt and Moore offer up rock and reggae, not to mention other music genres.
Waters plays the keyboard, performing contemporary Christian, praise and worship music. She is making her MITS debut.
The Music in the Streets Shaggers and the Down East Rods & Classics return to Music in the Streets.
Music in the Streets is organized by the Washington Harbor District Alliance.
MITS is held the third Friday of each month from April through October. After Friday’s event, the remainder of this year’s MITS events are scheduled for July 15, Aug. 19, Sept. 16 and Oct. 21.

About Mike Voss

Mike Voss is the contributing editor at the Washington Daily News. He has a daughter and four grandchildren. Except for nearly six years he worked at the Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Va., in the early to mid-1990s, he has been at the Daily News since April 1986.
Journalism awards:
• Pulitzer Prize for Meritorious Public Service, 1990.
• Society of Professional Journalists: Sigma Delta Chi Award, Bronze Medallion.
• Associated Press Managing Editors’ Public Service Award.
• Investigative Reporters & Editors’ Award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Public Service Award, 1989.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Investigative Reporting, 1990.
All those were for the articles he and Betty Gray wrote about the city’s contaminated water system in 1989-1990.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Investigative Reporting, 1991.
• North Carolina Press Association, Third Place, General News Reporting, 2005.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Lighter Columns, 2006.
Recently learned he will receive another award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Lighter Columns, 2010.
4. Lectured at or served on seminar panels at journalism schools at UNC-Chapel Hill, University of Maryland, Columbia University, Mary Washington University and Francis Marion University.

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