Get ready to rock for a great cause in May as Band Together, in a new partnership with NBC-17, brings international recording artists The B-52s to Cary's Booth Amphitheatre to raise money for charity.
Chapel Hill-based cowpunk stalwarts Southern Culture on the Skids and Burlington's BIG Something are also set to perform at the benefit.
Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by clicking on the Band Together link to the right or through the Booth website. Tickets can also be purchased by going to the Booth Amphitheatre ticket office.
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The concert is May 12.
Band Together is a popular Triangle organization that raises money and awareness to support deserving nonprofits through a live music concert each year. The idea began after Sept. 11, 2001, when the founders of the organization decided to combine their interest in music with their desire to make a positive impact in the community.
Since 2001, Band Together’s volunteers, sponsors and event-goers have donated almost $1.5 million to local non-profits.
This year, Band Together will support Urban Ministries of Wake County. Band Together’s goal is to donate more than $600,000 for Urban Ministries’ Open Door Clinic. The clinic provides free medical care for the uninsured and has operated since 1985.
Anne Burke, executive director of Urban Ministries, said the funds raised by the concert will help Urban Ministries serve 400 additional patients this year and another 400 next year through the Open Door Clinic.
She said many of those who will get services are afflicted with a chronic disease.
"They couldn't afford to see a doctor," she said. "By the time they come to us, they are really sick."
Band Together picks one charity a year to support, and the charities have to go through an application process.
"It's an honor to be chosen," Burke said.
Matt Strickland, the executive director of Band Together, said Urban Ministries was a great fit because of the organization's proven record of addressing a real need in the community.
"The need is so great," Strickland said.
Strickland said there are 123,000 people in Wake County with no health insurance between the age of 18 and 64.
Band Together has steadily grown through the years. Last year, $482,000 was raised for Alliance Medical Ministry. More than 5,500 people attended the event with Third Eye Blind as the headline act.
In 2010, the benefit concert raised $358,000 for StepUP Ministry.
The partnership with NBC-17 continues the station's push to give back to the communities it serves.
"We're thrilled to be partnering with Band Together," said Steve Patrick, director of marketing for NBC-17. "This group has made a real difference for some terrific charities, and is going to continue to grow and flourish.
“It's a great fit for NBC-17. Music fans in our community will be excited when they hear the name of the band on Friday. This is going to be a fun event."
NBC-17 will support the effort both on television and on its website, NBC17.com.
“NBC-17 has a long history of covering music, and bands from across the Triangle have been to the station to perform for the Music.MyNC.com site,” said Dane Huffman, web manager at NBC17.com. “Our website is growing, and we are excited about partnering with Band Together for such a worthy cause.”
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