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The Main Event Concert at Red Hat Amphitheatre
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Last Band Standing – Friday April 10!

It’s almost here – Last Band Standing 2015 will reveal our most exciting and diverse “battle of the bands” to date. Join us at Lincoln Theatre on April 10 because whether it’s funk, electronica, soulful rock or West African-inspired music, we’ve got you covered. And, with tickets starting at $10 for General Admission, you won’t find a better deal for four bands and hours of music.

MontageThere’s $3,000 on the line for the winner plus a chance to open our main event concert, so don’t miss your chance to come out and vote on your favorite band AND hear a ton of great music. And, if you want to roll in style, PLEASE support us in VIP which will provide you with dinner from Bella Monica, drinks and premier balcony viewing for only $75. Get your tickets here, today!

Also – A big thanks goes out to our corporate sponsors who’ve helped to make this event such a success.

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Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Raleigh – Volunteer with Us!

Rock N Roll MarathonGot plans for April 12, early in the morning? Join us and support Band Together as we staff the first water station at the 2015 Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon through downtown Raleigh. We’re looking for about 30 volunteers to help pass out water and cheer the runners on. And, your volunteer support will help us expand our brand and mission to thousands of runners and race fans. 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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You Choose! Vote for your Favorite Last Band Standing Video

WNCN VoteThanks to our media partnership with WNCN, we’re hosting a little contest to pick the winning video for our Last Band Standing bands. Kaira Ba, Dark Water Rising, Fat Cheek Kat and Nomadic are squaring off to compete for an additional $500 plus best video bragging rights!

The video contest runs until Wednesday, April 8 at midnight, and anyone with a Facebook account can vote once per day. The results of the video contest have no impact on selection of the Last Band Standing winner, but it does mean $500 for the band with the wining video. Go to the Facebook Contest Page, watch some videos and CAST YOUR VOTE today!

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Jack the Radio – What’s Next?JacktheRadio_Badlands_600

This week we’re wrapping up our series on our 2014 Last Band Standing winner, Jack the Radio. We’ve covered how they came together through their interesting history, learned about their musical influences, and now we want to hear about what’s next for this up and coming band. Read the full article by stopping by our recent blog post.

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CC BT 2011Christina Coffey – Volunteer spotlight

Christina Coffey is a long time Band Together volunteer, Triangle resident and a key part of our steering committee. She’s served about every role imaginable with Band Together, and in our recent blog post, we recently asked her to tell us a little more about her experiences. Thank you Christina!

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Deep South 20th Anniversary

DeepSouth20_ProfilePictureFor 20 years Deep South Entertainment has been producing concerts, managing artists, and providing live and local entertainment throughout the Triangle and beyond. And, they’ve been a good friend to Band Together. So in honor of their big day, they are throwing a big party!

Join us Saturday May 16, from Noon to 11pm – at Deep South the Bar located on the corner of South Dawson St. and West Cabarrus St. The party will feature performances by bands and solo artists that have been a part of Deep South’s 20 year history. Band will include:

  • Marcy Playground
  • Blake Christiana of Yarn
  • Kasey Tyndall (from the Cahoot!)
  • I was Totally Destroying It
  • Hank Sinatra
  • Season & Snare
  • The Balsa Gliders

And, a portion of the proceeds will benefit Band Together NC and The LGBT Center of Raleigh. Tickets are available now at DeepSouthEntertainment.com.

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Call for Silent Auction Donations

One of the most interesting features of our Main Event concert is the annual silent auction in the VIP area. Over the past three years, Band Together has raised more than $75,000 through the auction to support our nonprofit partnerships. Now we need your help!

We depend on donations of unique and fun items to achieve our fundraising goals in the Silent Auction. Vacation rentals, artwork, sports memorabilia, spa packages, and dining gift certificates are just a few of the hundreds of items we typically receive as in-kind donations. The more unique, the better. And, for businesses, this is a great way to promote your brand. Some items on our “wish list” include:

  • Hot Air Balloon Rides
  • Entry to a Marathon, running shoes, or a Fleet Feet training program
  • Golf Package at local course
  • Zip Line Adventure in the Western NC + vacation rental
  • Drive a Corvette ( Super Car) for a Day
  • Wine and Design private party
  • Backstage passes to a show or event
  • Locker room visit – Hurricanes, Panthers, UNC, Duke, NC State, Durham Bulls
  • Airline Tickets
  • Hotel stays
  • Cruise tickets

Got something you’d like to donate or connections to help us find items? Please email silentauction@bandtogethernc.org to let us know.

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Celebrity Bartending

IMG_0737Thanks to all who came out to support Band Together at Faire on Wednesday, April 1. We were fortunate to have 10 celebrities who helped us raise money for our partnership with StepUp Ministry and have a lot of fun along the way – and we raised $522.40! The event couldn’t have been possible without the generosity of Faire and our long-time friends and supporters at Eschelon Experiences – and the celebrities who stepped away from their famousness and served up the drinks.

Thank you Eschelon Experiences, Faire and our celebrities: Raleigh City Council Members Bonner Gaylord and Mary-Ann Baldwin; BJ Barham and Bill Corbin of American Aquarium; Penn Holderness and Melanie Sanders of Greenroom Communications, LLC; Sam Madison and Jeff Holshouser of Hank Sinatra; and, G Patel from Eschelon and Van Eure with the Angus Barn.

The event kicked off Eschelon Experience’s Month of Giving. Eschelon dedicates four months each year towards raising awareness for their core nonprofit partners – and in 2014, they raised more than $8,000 for their nonprofit partners. This month, head to any of their restaurants to support Band Together by adding $1 (or more) to your bill. 100% of your donation will go to Band Together.

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