Access and Park Issues
Music Festival brings folks together for beach access
…..WITH SLIDE SHOW
By ANNE BOWERS
people gathered together on Saturday, May 5, to enjoy a day of live
music while raising money for the beach access group, Outer Banks
Preservation Association (OBPA).
The newly formed Cape Hatteras Music Guild, led by organizer Mike Fahey
of Frisco, put on a live music show on the ballfield at the Fessenden
Center in Buxton, featuring a long list of local musicians.
Additionally, 14 local artists and crafters along with several food
vendors were open for business under a tent, which gave the music
lovers lots to do and eat while there.
A long day of music was planned by Mike Fahey and Rory Kelleher with the show times scheduled from 1 p.m. till 11 p.m.
The first couple of hours saw solo performances by Eli Thompson, Brett
Barnett, WaterHigh, Chuck Conlogue, Sean Bendula, and Kelleher, who was
the first performer.
Bluegrass band, Banjo Island, featuring Stash Lawrence, Rhonda Bates,
and Wes Lassiter, picked up the pace with the trio’s fine-tuned vocal
harmonies and fast finger-picking.
Hal and Bruce brought some well performed classic rock tunes to the
event with favorites from such bands as Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd.
EZ Malone lit the place on fire with his blazing guitar licks and his
solid showmanship. He really ripped up some Stevie Ray tunes and
wowed the crowd with his smoking classic blues riffs.
Weather was an unwelcomed guest Saturday, which interrupted the event
with steady rain and distant thunder just as the evening crowd was
flooding in for dinner and a fun night of entertainment.
After about a 30 minute
rain delay, Mojo Collins started the show back with his unique
sound. Turns out he was the last act of the evening, as more dark
clouds moved in and threatened the show.
Much to the remaining crowd’s dismay, the musicians called the show off
because of the stormy weather. The circumstances were just too
sketchy to risk their equipment.
In the end, the Cape Hatteras Music Guild raised more than $3,000 for
beach access mainly though tickets sales, which cost $5 for adults, $3
for children and vendor booth fees.
The Angler’s Club ran a 50/50 raffle during the festival, which raised
about $520. The winner, who is only known as Rosa from Virginia,
received $260. There were consolation prizes donated by the
community, which included a handmade quilted table runner, an original
painting, and gift certificates from local businesses.
Some event-goers confused Saturday’s Music Festival with a fundraiser
event called “Stand in the Sand,” which was organized by several beach
access groups under the singular name of CHAPA. “Stand in the
Sand” was held three consecutive summers -- 2008, 2009, and 2010.
Mike Fahey hopes to make the Cape Hatteras Music Festival an annual event.
The Cape Hatteras Music Guild is an organization, which was created to
support and develop the music culture of Cape Hatteras. They are
a network of artists, venues, fans, and other musicians and
professionals connected to increase the presence and impact of the
music scene on the local community and economy in mutually beneficial
ways. To learn more about the music guild, go to http://capehatterasmusicguild.weebly.com/guild.html
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