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LAKELAND, FL - (June 14, 2016) - T.Mims Corp. Red, White & Kaboom Independence Celebration will take place at Lake Mirror along the Frances Langford Promenade on Sunday, July 3rd from 5:00 p.m. - 9 p.m. with a breathtaking fireworks display dazzling the crowd at 9 p.m.  after Clemons Road and opening act FOUNT entertain the crowd. 

This is a FREE event but we are asking that everyone who is attending to please bring at least one non-perishable food item.  Chow for Now will be collecting canned food items that will be donated to VISTE.


Red, White & Kaboom festivities will start with a live concert featuring opening act FOUNT who will get the crowd started with their own brand of Americana.  FOUNT will take the stage at 5 p.m. The eight-piece band will set the mood for the start of a great Independence Day Celebration.  Fount is a folk/americana band hailing from Lakeland and they started as an outlet for songwriters Tosh Sergeant and Jeremy Hearn. It soon blossomed to a band of eight dedicated musicians who weave carefully orchestrated songs about love, faith and hope. Fount gives the folk tradition a modern reboot. 

At 6 p.m. the energetic Clemons Road Band will command the crowd blending country music with an island feel.  The band pulls their influences from Sublime to Alan Jackson, Dave Matthews to Jimmy Buffet, or Lynyrd Skynyrd to the Zac Brown Band. They keep heads bobbing and toes tapping with their own blend of beach country. Clemons Road features an extremely talented and charismatic front man, Grammy award winning music producer Cliff brown on lead vocals and guitar.  Keeping up with Red, White & Kaboom tradition, there will also be a watermelon eating contest that takes place around 7 p.m.  The contest is limited to school aged children and there will be members from the Parks & Recreation Department to assist with sign-ups.


Tom Mims, President of T. Mims Corporation said, “We are very excited to sponsor Red, White & Kaboom again this year.  It is an excellent opportunity for our community to come together in celebration of our great country and it is free to the public.”  


This year there will be an exceptional fireworks show.  Because of the construction at Joker Marchant Stadium there will be no July 4th celebration at Tigertown.  The fireworks that were pre-purchased for that show will now be included in the Red, White & Kaboom celebration so it really will be Red, White & KABOOM!


During Red, White & Kaboom there will be a variety of food trucks around Lake Mirror so bring a blanket, bring your appetite and enjoy the festivities in celebrating our great nation.  The event will conclude with a dramatic display of fireworks over the lake.  The evening is free to the public and everyone attending is encouraged to bring at least one food item to benefit Chow for Now/VISTE. All City parking garages will be open for T.Mims Corp. Red, White & Kaboom. For more information go to

Phase II of Utility Undergrounding in Downtown Lakeland Begins Monday, October 5th

Phase II of Utility Undergrounding in Downtown Lakeland Begins Monday, October 5th

On Monday, October 5th, Lakeland Electric will commence Phase II of its Oak Street Utility Undergrounding project by opening the Oak Street/Tennessee Avenue intersection to through-traffic and closing the Oak Street/Kentucky Avenue intersection for a period of 30 days. During this phase of construction, McKeel Academy parents will be asked to enter the drop-off/pick-up car line on Peachtree Street from North Florida and Massachusetts Avenue. Periodic lane closures can still be expected at the Oak/Tennessee intersection outside of McKeel Academy's drop-off/pick-up times.

The construction project is scheduled for completion this fall. During and following construction, Lakeland Police Department will be monitoring traffic conditions and motorist blocking intersections and driveways will be subject to citation.

For information on this project, please contact Michael Vann at 834-6311 or


LAKELAND, FL (January 21, 2015) — On Friday, February 20th there will be a Free concert at the Frances Langford Promenade at Lake Mirror from 6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. featuring live music from three signature bands including Winter Haven’s very own Soul2Earth, the Dan Signor Project from Lakeland, and the Womps from Berkley Boston College of Music.


The night is a music tribute to Ken Williams from Center Door Productions who was a well-known member of the local music community before he passed due to health complications this past summer. The three bands are all connected sonically because of their relationship with Williams who served the local music community as a friend, a mentor and one heck of a sound engineer.

The Womps will start the show. This four-piece band is comprised of Berklee Boston College of Music students. These very talented young musicians take their combined knowledge and passion for music, as well as their extensive experience as studio musicians, and they form it into a tight sound that is guaranteed to deliver on a live sound stage! Band members include: JP Goldman on guitar, bass and lead/backing vocals; Kailey Jo Zercher on violin and lead/backing vocals; Colin Frecknall on drums/percussion and Jason Lilly on guitar. Their eclectic sound is a mashup with tinges of Blues, Rock, Country, R&B, Pop and Folk. The Womps list their influences as Geddy Lee, Pearl Jam, Neil Young, Joe Walsh, Jackson Browne, Mike Gordon, Geezer Butler, The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix.

Second to take the stage will be the Dan Signor Project.  This group of talented musicians will bring a unique blend of soulful vocals, rocking piano, jazzy sax and funky drums to their live performance. The three-piece band lists Elliot Smith, Billy Joel, Tori Amos, Pink Floyd and The Beatles as their musical influences.  The Dan Signor project is lead by Signor on piano and vocals, Jason O’Neil on saxophone and Jerry Escobedo on drums.

Closing out the show will be Soult2Earth. Hailing from Winter Haven, Soul2Earth has been together for almost 15 years. This very diverse eight-piece band is sure to please as they combine passionate playing techniques with soulful vocals delivering energy and excitement to the stage.  James Bouie and his sister Robin charge the crowd with their smoky vocals and biting lead guitar while Clarence Stevenson charges the room with his bluesy lead vocals.  The backbeat is delivered by Rich Brilliant who lays down the bass and Dean Amicone who keeps time on drums. Rounding out the band is Ben Crider on keys, Dustin Rittenhouse on rhythm guitar and Chris Bell on harmonica.  The band lists their influences as Jimi Hendrix, BB King, Stevie Ray Vaughn, James Brown, the Allman Brothers, Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt and Mavis Staples.

The music series takes place at the Lake Mirror amphitheater, which is between Hollis Garden and the Lake Mirror Center. The event is FREE to the public and families are encouraged to attend. Food trucks will be on hand and the Garden Bistro will be open so bring a blanket and enjoy the lake setting with music under the stars. Music on the Promenade is proudly sponsored by the City of Lakeland.  Parking is available at the Lake Mirror Center's parking lot and in the Iowa Avenue parking garage.  No glass bottles within the park please.  For more information regarding the series, contact Kevin Cook at 863/834-6264.







LAKELAND, FL (April 15, 2014) -  Red Trail Racing of Lakeland will host the City Challenge Urban Mountain Bike Race in downtown Lakeland on Saturday, April 19, 2014 from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.  The registration and head table for the event will be in front of City Hall on Lemon Street.  Registration for the event will start at 5 p.m. with a practice session starting at 6 p.m. before the racing starts around 6:30 p.m.


Ray Wells, promoter of the event said, “I’m excited and we have almost 150 racers that will be participating in this very unique urban mountain bike format.  In fact, I am not aware of any other urban mountain bike race in the nation and we started it all right here in Lakeland.” 


The urban criterium is a mountain bike race on asphalt and stairs that winds through the Iowa Street Parking garage and along Lemon Street in front of City Hall.  Spectators are admitted free and can view the outlined course along Iowa Street and the Iowa Street Garage from designated positions.  


The Iowa Avenue Parking Garage will be closed because it is part of the race course. The portion of Iowa Avenue between Lakeland’s City Hall and Lakeland Electric will be closed and a portion of Lemon Street will be closed for through traffic at Massachusetts Avenue.


Wells said, “This year we’ve added a cyclocross event where participants race their bike on the course backwards having to carry their bikes up the many stairs in the course instead of riding down them.”  


Visit for more information and to register for the Lakeland Urban Mountain Bike Race .