{mosimage}With gas prices soaring, you might not want to take a drive down to the beach, but you can take a short ride to J. Wesley Vineyards where the sounds of the beach will come to you as the Tams perform on the lawn at the vineyard on Saturday, Aug. 16 from 7 -10 p.m. 
    “Our goal is to entertain the people and do the best show we can do,” said Dianne Cottle-Pope, manager of the Tams. “We have performed at a lot of vineyards in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.”
Cottle-Pope added that the Tams also perform at the Fayetteville After Five series and the group loves to interact with the crowd.    
    So get out of your chair and bring your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy the rhythmic sounds of the Tams. The Tams were formed in Atlanta, Ga., in 1962. Its members were Joseph Pope and Charles Pope (founders), Horace Key, Floyd Ashton and Robert Lee Smith. The current members include Charles Pope, his son Li’l Redd — better known as the fastest feet in the South — Joe Jones, Robert Arnold and Reginald Preston. Despite the unfortunate passing of the legendary Joe Pope, the Tams have continued to be as popular as ever. 
     accolades include being inducted into the Georgia Hall of Fame, Atlanta Hall of Fame and the Beach Music Hall of Fame. The Tams were given the title Beach Band of the Decade. Their recently released singles “My Main Squeeze” and “This Love Will Last” are from the latest CD The Tams Comin’ At Cha’. They have released more than 15 albums and have been honored with one platinum and several gold records. The group has toured and recorded with Jimmy Buffet and performed with Gladys Knight, Jackie Wilson and many more.                   
     “Lil Redd loves to dance and get the crowd involved,” said Pope. “We are going to have a great time.”         
       J. Wesley Vineyards has brought the spirit of winemaking back to Cumberland County. The family is growing three different varieties of muscadines on 8 acres of the vineyard. Their goal is to host good company, good food and fine wine.          
     “We are looking forward to bringing some fun, family entertainment to Fayetteville,” said Alan Egerton, manager of J. Wesley Vineyards.  
   Food, wine, beer and drinks will be available for purchase. J. Wesley Vineyards is located at 9340 Chickapee Drive in north Fayetteville. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 the day of the
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