Annual Concert Set for Feb. 2
The Sunrise Theater will hold its 13th annual "Raise the Roof Concert," one of the biggest Sunrise fundraiser events of the year, on Saturday, Feb. 2, at 7:30 p.m.
Since its inception, "Raise the Roof" has presented a smorgasbord of musical talent and genres on the Sunrise stage - something for everyone. This year's lineup ranges from bluegrass to swing to gospel.
After they stole the show last year, Swing Street Band is coming back as this year's headliner. Led by singing drummer and Southern Pines' own Tom Bernett, Swing Street is a nine-piece swing band that turns out dynamic swing dance music. With custom arrangements written specifically for six horns, they bring a big band sound that makes it hard to believe there aren't 19 musicians on the stage.
Local talent Cousin Amy will represent the bluegrass genre with rocking, old-time fiddle tunes. (Cousin) Amy McDonald, also a "Raise the Roof" veteran, jams on the guitar and provides vocals, while David McDonald plays fiddle and Stephen Hedgepeth rounds out the trio on the claw hammer banjo. They play high-energy tunes mixed in with slower songs as well as the always exciting murder ballads.
Other musicians include Tim Wilson and Friends, a local singer/songwriter influenced by the folk scene of the 1960s and '70s, and artists like James Taylor and Jackson Brown, the Jubilaires, a local gospel group, and the Quicksilver Cloggers, an all-female clogging group fresh off a blue-ribbon victory at the North Carolina State Fair.
The jam-packed night will also offer a few surprises and cameos, including the 2012 Sardine Queen and a barbershop quartet. Ken Howell, longtime friend of the Sunrise, will continue his role as this year's emcee.
"Raise the Roof" is only $15 per ticket, with all seating reserved.
Purchase tickets online at www.sunrisetheater.com, in the administrative office or at the door. Two dollars of each ticket sold will go directly to the Sunrise Theater's Digital Cinema Campaign.
The Sunrise Theater, a nonprofit, is located at 250 NW Broad St. in downtown Southern Pines. Doors open at 7 p.m.
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