The Fall Fireworks Fundraiser will be held at the Bridge Park in Sylva from 5 to 9 p.m., on Saturday, Nov. 1 and feature food and drinks and performances by two of the region’s hottest bands; Soldier’s Heart and the 96.5 House Band.
The 96.5 House Band will perform from 7-8:45 p.m. They will bring the sounds of Jerry Lee Lewis, KC and the Sunshine Band, Van Morrison, Elvis, The Eagles, Hall & Oates, Wilson Pickett, Dion, Queen, The Beatles, Otis Redding and lots more.
The 96.5 House Band has been entertaining audiences around Western North Carolina since November of 2002. The band has earned a reputation for its upbeat live shows.
The 96.5 House Band has performed multiple times throughout the Asheville area and with legendary bands such as the Beach Boys, The Temptations, Gary Puckett, The Drifters, The Rascals and many more. All have praised the band’s performance and ability to work the crowd when it opened up for these acts. The Beach Boys even asked if they’d open the next few shows for them.
The 96.5 House Band is:
Chris Hoffman – Lead vocals.
Phil Smith – Saxophone, acoustic guitar.
Frank Verhaeghe – Lead guitar.
Pat Ryan – Bass guitar, backing vocals.
Steve Stewart – Drums.
The band Soldier’s Heart will bring its Americana music from the front porch to Sylva’s Bridge Park from 5-6:45 p.m., as well.
Formed In the spring of 2012 and founded on the principle of front porch music Soldier’s Heart began to woodshed ideas into songs. The band has honed a new sound that can only and aptly be described as “Porch and Soul.”
Soldier’s Heart is a Southern Appalachian Folk/Roots band. This six-piece seamlessly blends traditional mountain instrumentation with contemporary songwriting to accomplish the goal of “Bringing the front porch to the people.” With influences from the late Doc Watson to Dylan and The Band, there truly is something for everyone to enjoy!
Soldier’s Heart is:
Caleb Burress: vocals, acoustic guitar
Joey Fortner: vocals, banjo
Jeff Mendenhall: fiddle
Rick Shore: drums
Zack Edwards: bass
Chris McElrath: electric guitar
The Jackson County Chamber of Commerce is requesting at least a $5 donation for admission to the Nov. 1 concert, with proceeds to help support financing fireworks in Sylva next summer. There will be food and drinks available for purchase by local vendors. Fans should bring a chair or blanket.
“We’re excited to not only bring these two amazing bands to Sylva for a fun night of music, but we’re also extremely pleased to be working diligently on bringing fireworks back to the downtown Sylva area next summer,” said Jackson County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Julie Spiro. “The community’s support of this event and others this winter will help finance a July 4 fireworks festivity downtown that everyone will be proud of for years to come.”
Citizens and businesses can make donations for fireworks anytime at the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce. Volunteer, vendor and sponsorship opportunities are also available.
For more information, call 828-586-2155 or visit www.mountainlovers.com