By Jake Seaton
After slowing down their touring to spend more time with their families and avoid the wear-and-tear of the road, catching a Southern Culture on the Skids show is a rare treat for both long-time and casual fans of the Chapel Hill party band.
That chance will come sooner rather than later as Band Together announced Monday the tenured cowpunk trio will perform alongside Burlington's BIG Something and headliners The B-52s during the May 12 benefit at Cary's Booth Amphitheatre.
Tickets are available now and start at $29.50 for general admission. They can be purchased through the Booth Amphitheatre website or at the Booth ticket office.
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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 then, 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.
Southern Culture on the Skids emerged in the mid-'80s during an era when the North Carolina music scene was affectionately referred to as Comboland, and trade magazines and 'zines heralded Chapel Hill as "the next Seattle."
While the area never quite reached that level of "Seattle notoriety" in the '80s and '90s; it did, along with Athens, Ga., birth some of the best party bands in the U.S. -- including The Fabulous Knobs, The X-Teens, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Let's Active and Southern Culture on the Skids.
SCOTS most recent release was 2010's "The Kudzu Ranch" followed by an extended reissue of 1998's "Zombified."
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