Summer’s hottest local, musical social scene returns this week with the launch of the 2019 season of Third Thursday Concert Series at the Culpeper Depot.

The Richmond-based, seven-man soul band, En’Novation, gets the party started this Thursday night, performing hit after hit with smooth vocals, pitch-perfect harmonies and charismatic stage presence. Third Thursday runs 5 to 9 p.m. and includes a Kids Corner with lawn games and a moon bounce.

“I am thrilled to be Chairman of the 3rd Thursday Concert Series again and working with all the dedicated volunteers,” said David Martin, in charge of this season’s concert series, put on annually by Culpeper Renaissance, Inc. “This year’s concerts, I believe, will offer some of the best upbeat music and dance favorites ever. Please join me and all your friends at the depot for four evenings of fun, food, and great music.”

En’Novation, which played the Third Thursday season finale in 2018, consists of three front men, James “Petey” Taylor, Levie Faison, and Raye Smith, who also plays bass, according to the band’s web site. On drums will be Mike Gallagher, Donnie Arterbery plays keyboards, Tim Sanchez provides vocals and plays guitar while Howard Smith adds the final touch, playing smooth tenor and baritone sax.

Carolina beach band, The Entertainers, will take the stage at the Depot on June 20 and on July 18, Souled Out will perform funk, rock, soul and country at Third Thursday. The final summer concert will be held August 15, featuring The Reflex, an 80s tribute band.

Advance tickets are $5 per concert or $15 for a season ticket to all four concerts and can be purchased up until the day before the concerts at Pepperberries, the Museum of Culpeper History or Oak View National Bank at 450 James Madison Highway. General admission at the gate is $7 for 21 and older. Children get in free.

Concert goers may bring in picnic baskets, but no pets or coolers. Vendors will be on site selling food and beverages. For information, contact CRI at 540/825-4416 or

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