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Thursday, 04 August 2011 20:01

Annual concert gets out of the barn

Written by  Lee Sullivan

The Barnstock benefit concert booms back on the scene this weekend on the Brown family spread off Black Farms Road in Huntersville.

Barnstock 2011, featuring five area bands and a wide range of musical styles, cranks up Saturday, Aug. 6, at 6:30 p.m. and continues until 1 a.m. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. at the traditional Barnstock location,15305 Black Farms Road.

The event is the creation of 19-year-old Miles Brown, who, with plenty of help from family and friends, has turned Barnstock into an annual summer highlight for area music fans while generating more than $6,100 donated to the Davidson Fire Department.

In its first year in 2009, Barnstock draw about 300 people. Last year, attendance topped 500, and so far this year more than 750 have posted on Facebook their intentions to attend.

“The word is spreading and we’re getting a lot of interest,” Brown says. “I got a number of emails from bands from all over, but with the time we have, we had to limit the number of bands. We ended up with five really good ones.”

The bands set to perform include Natural Selection, Brody and Choch, WarHands, Local Traumatic and Chasing Pedestrians. The order of performances has not been finalized.

Barnstock has grown into a popular Facebook chat topic and a red-letter event for high school and college students, but the event is open to all ages. It is not, however, promoted as a family event.

Admission is based on donations and a recommended contribution of at least $5 will be collected by volunteers. Proceeds from Barnstock are presented to the Davidson department.

“We urge people to donate what they can because it’s for a great cause,” Brown said.

Barnstock is an alcohol-free event. Other beverages will be available for purchase, but participants violating the no-alcohol policy will be removed from the property.

The event began in the barn on the Brown family property, but this year’s performances will be on an outdoor stage beside the barn. Brown says the anticipated larger crowd is part of the reason for the move, but it’s also an experiment to see if the positive Barnstock vibes can translate to the great outdoors.

“We didn’t have to move outside, and if it rains we can relocate pretty fast,” Brown says. “We just thought it would be nice to try it.”

Brown says his brother Daniel is his right-hand man for organizing the event, and a host of other friends and family members regularly pitch in to make Barnstock click.

It’s been great to watch it grow and to hear people talk about it,” Brown says. “I appreciate the interest from all over and we’re really looking forward to Saturday.”

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