Music is a big part of Dale Kimber's life.

Growing up in Pleasant Grove, Kimber started playing piano at his grandfather's church, Sweet Gum Baptist Church, in the mid- to late-1960s. He went on to sing with the Burlington Young Adult Choir and in 1978, he moved to Los Angeles.

"I went to visit my friend, Billy Preston, who used to play organ for The Beatles and was known as 'the fifth Beatle,' and I ended up staying in L.A.," Kimber said. 

In the 1980s, Kimber and his band Royale, were signed to Sony Music by Randy Jackson of "American Idol" fame. When the deal fell through, Kimber became part of the band, Funibone, which he described as "the happiest time in my life."

"We really enjoyed the music we wrote and performed," he said of the band that in addition to Kimber included Donald Shough on guitar; Bill Carey on bass; and the late Ed Carey on drums.

Kimber has lived in both New York and Los Angeles. He traveled with the Pointer Sisters as an assistant and served as a production assistant with "The Lion King" on Broadway.

"I've always been crazy about music," he said.

He returned to Alamance County in August 2003 to care for his ailing father. He now serves as a caregiver for his mother.

On weekends, Kimber performs with friends and fellow musicians in Kimber & Kompany. The group will perform from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at the Jimmy Combs Amphitheater at Burlington City Park, 1353 S. Main St., Burlington. Admission is free and concertgoers are asked to bring chairs and/or blankets because seating won't be provided.

In addition to Kimber, Kimber & Kompany includes Nice Burress on keyboards; Donald Sangster on bass; Jason Cornigans on guitar; and Vergil Brooks on drums. Background vocalists will include Judy Walker, Joi Williams and Rachel Oliver-Cobbin, of Atlantic Starr fame.

"We've known each other for over 40 years," Kimber said of Oliver-Cobbin. "I knew her great-grandmother. We're close family friends."

Kimber loves North Carolina and the music scene here.

He described performing for the Musical Chairs concert series "as an honor. I want to do a good job. I want to give the listeners a full sound. I want to do the best job I can for my family and friends."

"I never made it big in the music business, but I had some great experiences and I love music. I will keep on doing music until I can't do it anymore," he added.

Next up at Musical Chairs: Island Time Band will perform from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. July 20 on Clay Street in downtown Mebane.

In case of rain, the concert will be canceled. For more details, call 336-226-4495 or visit www.alamancearts.org/.