Amos’ Helping Out with ‘Kids First of The Carolinas’

Amos’ Helping Out with ‘Kids First of The Carolinas’

On Saturday December 6th, starting at 4:30, Amos’ Southend brings together Charlotte bands to raise funds and collect toys for Kids First of The Carolinas: an organization helping Carolina kids throughout the year. Some of the festivities featured during this event are raffles, giveaways and an auction. Auction items include a custom electric guitar, a Fender Strat autographed by Shinedown’s Zach Myers, a Luna banjo, two acoustic guitars, four autographed Rob Zombie books, work donated by local jewelry artists and some rumored surprise items. All profits from the event will benefit local children.

The organization, itself, was founded by Sharon Sanders and Wendy Tonetti and has been around for twenty years now, assisting families with children year-round. This is the third year that Karen and Kevin Corzine have been the event planners. This event has spread goodwill throughout local venues, from the Rock University, to The Chop Shop and now Amos’, with each year more successful than the last.

This year’s line-up is:

Southern Experience
Grown Up Avenger Stuff
Faith & Scars
Grey Revell’s Roman Candles
The Roadshow Band: Rock University’s Premier Band
Halden Vang
The Joe Davis Band
A Course of Action
Kelen Heller.

Tickets for early-bird online orders are $8, but will soon be $10 online and $15 at the door.

There’s also an option to donate, even if you can’t go to the show, here.

If you don’t know all or even any of the bands, I’ll have you know that, thanks to booking by Gary Carota, they are quite the variety. From hard country rock with Southern Experience and the similar-in-genre, but heavier, Joe Davis Band, to thrashy acts like Kelen Heller. Spicing up the evening, will be melodic bands Sacramento and Grown Up Avenger Stuff with a bit of a rougher, more indy appeal.

Bringing us some true rock out of Concord is Rock University, in the form of The Roadshow Band. This band is comprised of students of the Rock University and these students, in particular, are essentially top of the class, dedicated to the music that they create.

Grey Revell’s Roman Candles add a softer, almost ambient folk vibe to the show, while A Course of Action creates a more brooding rock sensation. Faith & Scars are more melodic instrumentally as well as vocally and Halden Vang perform their classic rocking, chugging while a bit funky.

All of the bands performing are worth checking out and are especially high on my list of bands to see because of their rocking nature, as well as their altruistic choice.

Having been one of two children to a single mother living off of good deeds and food stamps, I can attest that organizations like these really made the season brighter. When I was a kid, I stopped believing in Santa pretty early, but I knew there was still magic coming from somewhere out there. Some of the kids won’t understand where these gifts or meals are coming from, but many local kids need your help. A donation or toy could make a child’s day. As their parents are trying to scrape together a happy holiday, you could be just what they need to keep their heads up.

While the tickets at the door are $15, there will be a $5 discount if you arrive with any new, unwrapped toy. This is an all-ages show, but there will be a $3 surcharge for those under 21. Food will be available by Vic the Chili Man.

They are currently looking for anyone interested in sponsoring any aspect of the event and will be welcoming any and all donations, whether they are new toys or funds.

100% of the money raised and donations received go to families with children who are in need.



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