|King Bees Kick Off Todd Summer Music|
|Written by Jim Lewis|
|Tuesday, 15 June 2010 13:41|
Free summer music in the park kicks off this weekend in Todd with hometown blues favorites The King Bees.
The free summer music series has become a tradition in Todd over the last decade and features some of the best known musicians in the region and a range of musical genres – from blues to bluegrass to country. This year’s musical lineup includes a Grammy Award winner, a Grammy nominee and three members of the Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame.
In addition to the King Bees' concert on Saturday, June 19, this year’s lineup includes Amantha Mill (June 26), Sheets Family (July 3), Lost Ridge Band (July 10), Cedar Creek featuring Eric Ellis (July 17), Worthless Son-in-Laws (July 24) and Asheville-area duo Laura Boosinger and Josh Goforth (July 31).
All concerts take place from 2 to 4 p.m. at Walter and Anne Cook Memorial Park in the heart of Todd’s Historic District. Bring a blanket or a chair and a friend. The concerts are produced each year by the Todd Community Preservation Organization and are kept free to honor the desires and memory of series’ organizer James “Crow” Parsons. Special underwriting for this year’s series comes from The Conservation Fund’s Resourceful Communities Program. The Fund has announced a $7,000 grant to offset the costs of public events at Cook Park in Todd during 2010.
The annual Doc Watson community benefit concert is set for Saturday, Aug. 21 from 3 to 7 p.m. Tickets for that event are $15 and will go on sale at select locations in the High Country on July 1. Renowned artist Wayne Henderson and Helen White will perform in a second annual Labor Day concert on Saturday, Sept. 4 from 2 to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 at the gate. Children 12 and under are admitted free to both paid events.
“We are especially proud of this year’s lineup and know it’s going to be an exciting summer in Todd with this caliber of talent performing in the series,” said TCPO President Jim Lewis.
Sponsors for this year’s free summer music series are: Joe and Deidra Piegari, Boone KOA, Wahoo’s Adventures, Kathy and Durwood Grady, Nan Wyatt, Dr. Danielle Darter, Todd Ruritan Club, Warrensville Drug, Dogwood/United Country Realty, Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation, Elkland Handwerke and Rivergirl Fishing Co., both of Todd.
“We believe it is very important to preserve and celebrate the cultural traditions of our community,” Lewis said. “We are always grateful to our sponsors because their generosity keeps music alive in Todd.”
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