Last Band Standing 2015!

We’ve got all four bands! That’s right – the 2015 Last Band Standing lineup is set with The Nomadic, Fat Cheek Kat, Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba and Dark Water Rising. Our most dynamic and diverse lineup to date, all to benefit our 2015 partnership with StepUp Ministry.

Don’t miss your chance to support Band Together’s work while you are at one of the best parties of the year – and find out which band will win the coveted opening slot at our spring Main Event.

General Admission tickets are only $10 in advance/$12 day of show. Or roll VIP style, with dinner from Bella Monica + Beer /Wine & VIP viewing upstairs at Lincoln Theatre for only $75.

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Our Last Two Bands for LBS

10502332_807632795934241_1580128551693471076_nDescribing their style as “rocky soul,” the Dark Water Rising band members credit their formation to their own Native American communities. Their playing style blends a combination of influences, ranging from Sunday morning worship services to the diverse styles of artists like Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson, the BeeGees and Lynrd Skynard. Through their music they evoke sincere emotion on issues affecting contemporary Native American communities.

Dark Water Rising has two albums under their belt to date: self-titled release “Dark Water Rising” (2010) and “Grace & Grit: Chapter 1” (2012). The band has performed throughout the East Coast, appeared on NPR’s “The Story with Dick Gordon” and “The State of Things,” and earned a Native American Music Award for “Debut Duo or Group of the Year” (2010).

Diali-Cissokho-Kaira-Ba-lgDiali Cissokho & Kaira Ba is a unique synthesis of ancient and modern. Their irresistible dance grooves, captivating performances, fiery percussion, and super-tight arrangements communicate unforgettable joy and passion, all centered around the Kora – the 22-string bridge-harp from West Africa.

The band features Senegalese griot Kora player, Diali Cissokho, who has been garnering comparisons to the likes of Youssou N’Dour and Baaba Maal as well as James Brown and Jimi Hendrix. They have shared the stage with Michael Franti and Spearhead, Vieux Farka Toure and Donna The Buffalo.

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We’re Hiring: Seeking Program Manager

Program Mng HeroJust a few years ago, Band Together made a transformative decision to hire our first staff member. Since Matt Strickland’s arrival (i.e. the addition of someone dedicated solely to Band Together’s growth), we have raised over $2 million, and we’re on track to raise another $2 million in 2015 alone. Compare that to our previous 10 years and $1.5 million. We’ve also greatly strengthened our leadership pipeline and significantly increased our volunteer involvement and volunteer hours delivered to our community each year.

Now it’s time for phase two: we’re looking for a dynamic, passionate person with a commitment to improving our community to serve as Program Manager and assist with the overall growth and community impact of Band Together.

The Program Manager is responsible for overseeing volunteer engagement, administration and event management of the organization. Other key duties include stewardship management, marketing and community outreach. For full information on the position and applying, view the full description HERE.

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Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon – Lend us a hand!

Rock N Roll MarathonIt’s back… the 2015 Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in Downtown Raleigh, and we need your help. On April 12, 2015, Band Together will be manning Water Station #1 for the race – a coveted, high-visibility spot guaranteed to put our brand in front of nearly 10,000 runners (while we quench their thirst).

We need hearty “morning types” to come help fill and hand out water to racers, and you’ll get an awesome Race Crew shirt and backpack. Go HERE to register, then:

  • Click on the Blue Race Crew button
  • Select: “An individual registering to volunteer as part of a group”
  • Select from the Group List: Band Together NC
  • Click: Add selected group
  • Click: Join selected group
  • Select Shift: Water Station 1
  • Click: Next Page (Then follow instructions to complete registration

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Volunteer Profile – Lizzie Lauffer

Lizzie LaufferBand Together would be nothing without our hard-working, dedicated volunteers…like Lizzie Lauffer, the victim of this month’s volunteer spotlight. For more than three years she’s been helping out, taking on more responsibility, and now helping to guide the Silent Auction as a co-chair. Find out more about Lizzie and her volunteer experience in our recent blog post.

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Where are they Now…Jack the Radio – Part II

JTR_Check 1We really like the guys at Jack the Radio – not just because they are nice and make good music, but they’ve got interesting stories to tell. In our second edition of Catching up with Jack the Radio, we asked them about the music that has influenced them and we’ve got Part Deux, here.

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Thanks, Last Band Standing Sponsors!

We are fortunate to have amazing, generous sponsors support our activities throughout the year. While most of our sponsor support is directed at the Main Event, Last Band Standing wouldn’t be possible without the following corporate partners:

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