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Speculations help with Boykin Center benefit

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There’s one more concert in the Summer Sounds Benefit Concert Series. The Speculations will perform Sunday, Sept. 23, at 8 p.m. at the Boykin Center

The Speculations is a medically-associated rock ’n’ roll band dedicated to making a difference by raising money for many charitable and service organizations.

“Because Rock n’ Roll Benefits Everyone!” is the band’s motto.

Proceeds from the concert will benefit a new sound system for the Boykin Center.

Tickets are $20 each and will be available at the door or in advance at the box office at the Boykin Center (Tuesdays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., or Saturdays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.), or by calling the Arts Council at 252-291-4329. All proceeds will go toward upgrading the sound system at the Boykin Center.

More than 50 local vocal and instrumental artists donated their time and talents this summer for seven benefit concerts. “We have been overwhelmed with how many have been so ready and willing to donate their talents that they have spent years honing for the benefit of sound equipment upgrades,” Cathy Hardison, executive director of the Arts Council of Wilson, said in mid-August. “We are halfway through the series and we have raised over $6,000.

There are three phases planned to upgrade the Boykin Center sound system. Phase one improvements will provide the backstage and pit musicians with 10 new speaker monitors and three new amplifiers. Phase two will focus on adding new speakers and subwoofers in the front of the house, and phase three involves purchasing new wireless microphones and updating the mixing board.

“I never had the pleasure of meeting Edna Boykin, the Boykin Center’s namesake, but I know that she would approve of these efforts to create better performances through these upgrades,” Hardison said.

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