MusicFest fundraiser to benefit the Music Kids Foundation

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Bring your lawn chairs to the outfield at Fleming Stadium on Saturday for a music festival filled with eight musicians from every genre.

Proceeds from all ticket sales will go to the Music Kids Foundation, which provides music lessons to special needs children in Wilson.

Board President Bryan Berry said the foundation has been working on the fundraiser since January.

“The event will appeal to people of all ages, who enjoy all types of music,” said Berry.

Along with the festival-style performances, there will also be food trucks, games for children and a beer and wine garden after 6:30 p.m.

Berry said the foundation wanted to put on a great event.

“We wanted to give people something great for their donations,” said Berry.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under. They can be purchased at Hilton’s Men’s and Ladies’ Fine Clothing, Pelicans Snowballs and Dick’s Hot Dog Stand, or online at etix.com.

All of the eight bands are donating their time for the fundraiser.

East Coast Rhythm and Blues Band, the event’s headliner, will go on at 9:45 p.m. They are an eight-piece band from Spring Hope known for their Motown sound.

The Other Favorites are coming all the way from New York for the festival. The duo, Josh Turner and Carson McKee, are orginally from Charlotte and play folk and Americana covers, along with originals from their own album. They have more than 175,000 subscibers and 1 million views on their YouTube channel.

Bands like The Nasty Habits, Bunn and Braxton, Nite Owl, The Monitors, TripleWide and Shannon Baker from Elm City will also be performing throughout the day.

“Any one of these performers is worth $12 on their own,” said Berry. “It’s going to be a great show to have them all in one place together.”

In the future, Berry said he hopes to not only grow the foundation that got its start back in December, but also to grow the MusicFest.

“This year we wanted to start at the grassroots level, but we hope to increase our draw,” said Berry. “We’d like to pull larger names to perform and to also spread into other communities.”

Performances will run from 11:30 a.m. - 11 p.m. The gates to the stadium will open at 11 a.m. Attendees can bring lawn chairs, but are asked not to bring coolers as food and drinks will be available for purchase.