Thursday, 11 August 2011 20:01

Concert born in a barn raises $6,500 for DFD

Written by  Lee Sullivan

The Barnstock tradition of good music, good times and outstanding community service continues.

Barnstock 2011, despite threatening weather, was an overwhelming success raising more than $6,500 for the Davidson Police Department while setting a new attendance record.

The annual event, held last weekend on the Brown Family farm off Black Farms Road in Huntersville, drew participants of all ages to enjoy the fellowship and music provided by five area bands: Natural Selection, War Hands, Body & Choch, The Local Traumatic and Chasing Pedestrians.

This year, “Old Folks Barnstock” on Friday generated more than $2,000 for the cause as some of the community’s more seasoned music fans turned out to hear Natural Selection, Wayward Suns, Rusty Knox Band and Billy Jones & The Pocket.

The main event, on Saturday, was geared more toward the high school and college-age crowd, when the rest of the funds to help the Davidson Fire Department were generated.

At Friday’s kickoff, Davidson Mayor John Woods thanked Miles Brown, the event’s producer, and the rest of the organizers who have made Barnstock an annual community highlight. Referencing a recent life-saving response by the fire department, Woods thanked the Barnstock family for their efforts. “Our fire department must respond quickly to save lives,” he said. “The support of Barnstock and your generosity helps make that possible.”

Brown and a team of friends organize Barnstock each year. The third-year event expanded from the original barn setting to an outdoor stage. More than 850 attended, enduring thunderstorms and a few mud puddles to set a new standard for success.

“The weather got to us early,” Brown said, “but then everything went fine. It turned out great.”

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