Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Rockin' For Research

On Saturday, April 11th, Graymatter will be joining close to 50 bands and a fantastic gathering of 30 artists and crafts people in a massive music festival in downtown Burlington. Local studio owner, Max Dearing has organized the event to benefit the NC Amaranth Diabetes Research Foundation, which is associated with the American Diabetes Foundation. The NC Amaranth Diabetes Foundation has NO administrative costs so all of the proceeds directly support diabetes research. All of the bands are donating their performances, which will be on stages at The Rusted Bucket Tavern, Lowes Vintage Instruments, Paramount Theater, Historic Burlington Amphitheater, Upmann's Cigar Bar, Front St Public House, and at Brewballs across town.   The music begins at 7pm at some of the venues on Friday night, then on Saturday the crafts fair kicks off at 10am and music starts rolling at 11:30am. Start and stop times vary for each venue so make sure to pick up a schedule when you arrive on Saturday. There will be food trucks as well as the downtown food establishments so no need to leave the area. You can stay all day! Make plans now to come see some of the finest music our area has to offer. There's something for everyone: classic rock, metal, funk, punk, blues, acoustic and country too.

Though you'll want to stroll and catch a variety of bands thoroughout the day, make sure to pop into The Rusted Bucket Tavern at 7:30 pm on that Saturday evening to catch Graymatter's 90 minute set! 

Diabetes effects nearly 1 in 6 people and is the 7th leading cause of death in our country. It effects people of all ages and ethnicities, and more research needs to be done. Come out, enjoy the event, and support the cause!