Let’s get ready to rock ‘n’ roll

The band Preacher Stone (above) is one of the planned performers at the upcoming Carolina Emerging Music Festival. The concert, scheduled for Sept. 7 from 6 to 10 p.m., is supposed to be a chance for families to enjoy a night out while learning more about South Piedmont Community College’s Old Charlotte Highway campus.

MONROE – The parking lot of the South Piedmont Community College’s Old Charlotte Highway campus will soon be ringing with the sounds of heavy drums, booming bass and crunching electric guitars as the school hosts the first ever Carolinas Emerging Music Festival.

The free event, open to all in the community, takes place Friday, Sept. 7, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the school, located at 4209 Old Charlotte Highway in Monroe. Three local bands will perform concerts, and several student organizations will be on site selling food. No alcohol will be permitted at the event. Community members are invited to bring their lawn chairs, kick back and enjoy an evening of music.

Up-and-coming Charlotte band Preacher Stone will headline the festival, with local bands Brandon Kirkley & the Firecrackers and Steel Standing also performing. With a Southern rock sound, Preacher Stone’s style is in the same vein as Lynard Skynard and Molly Hatchet, and the band also adds a country-rock flavor to songs like The Beatles’ “Come Together,” according to a news release from SPCC.

The news release quoted a review from puresouthernrock.com that said, “Preacher Stone songs feature topics close to their hearts, such as love gone bad, drinking, Southern hospitality and friendship. The band’s undeniable ‘bread and butter’ is their live show…I guarantee they’ll make a fan out of everyone in ear-shot.”

The Carolinas Emerging Music Festival, presented by the Student Government Association, is replacing a spring festival the school has hosted in the past called the Night Owl Carnival, which included food, carnival rides and some music. The school noticed attendance at Night Owl was slipping, so the association decided to try another approach with an event that heavily emphasizes music and is geared more toward high school and college students.

Jim Muldrow, marketing and communications director for SPCC, said he hopes people can not only come out and have a good time, but connect with the school, as well. “It’s mainly just to have people visit the campus who might not ordinarily have a reason to,” Muldrow said. “They can kind of see where we are and maybe they’ll want to check us out more and realize there’s an affordable option if someone wants to (take classes before transferring) to a four-year college.”

To learn more about the performing bands, check out their websites: preacherstone.com, bktf.net and steelstandingrock.com. For more information on the concert, contact Jim Muldrow at 704-272-5441 or jmuldrow@spcc.edu.

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