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Tuesday, 14 July 2015 17:20

Barnstock music festival Saturday

Written by  Staff

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- A service project that has grown into a mid-summer, north Mecklenburg tradition returns Saturday as the seventh Barnstock music festival and community celebration takes place in Huntersville.

A wide range of music featuring more than 50 entertainers on four stages will highlight the seven-hour event Saturday, July 18, at the Brown family barn and acreage at 15503 Black Farms Road. Performances begin at 4 p.m. and continue until 11.

The BYOB festival will include a mix of local, regional and national performers along with a pick-your-own sampling of D.J. selections piped into personal, transportable headphones. Food vendors will be on site and the festival will emphasize recycling and an overall “green” environment. No glass will be allowed.

The event, founded as a Cannon School service project in 2009 by brothers Daniel and Miles Brown of Davidson, has matured into a 21-and-older annual celebration of good times and great music with the proceeds going to an assortment of worthy causes.

This year, benefactors of Barnstock will include Cannon School and the Davidson Fire Department, as well as A Giving Spirit Foundation, a Davidson-based organization that supports research into ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) and provides support for families faced with health-related hardships; and the family of Levi Mayhew, a 5-year-old boy from Indiana, who has gained national attention for the brave and compassionate way he is coping with a rare terminal illness.

Since it began in 2009, Barnstock has grown each year. So far, sponsorship of the annual event has allowed the Browns — now with the assistance of younger sister Julia — to donate more than $50,000 to multiple charitable and service organizations, and the family has set a fundraising goal of $25,000 for this year’s festival.

Tickets to Barnstock cost $30 and complete details about the event, including the ever-growing list of performers, are available are mybarnstock.com.

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