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Fabulous 40th Funk-Down and Benefit Birthday Bash at Boone Saloon Dec. 14

Article Published: Dec. 10, 2009 | Modified: Sep. 7, 2011
Fabulous 40th Funk-Down and Benefit Birthday Bash at Boone Saloon Dec. 14

Melissa Reaves and Soul Benefactor will perform at Jamie Goodman's Fabulous 40th Funk-Down and Benefit Birthday Bash Dec. 14 at the Boone Saloon. Images submitted

On Monday, Dec. 14, longtime High Country resident Jamie Goodman will convert turning 40 into a fundraiser when she hosts the Fabulous 40th Funk-Down and Birthday Benefit Bash at Boone Saloon.

The show starts at 9 p.m., and entry is a $10 donation at the door (or whatever you can afford).
Proceeds from the show will be donated to Appalachian Voices, OASIS, and other worthy organizations. The show will feature music by Soul Benefactor and Melissa Reaves, some possible special guest appearances and fun and games.

Boone-based funk and soul masters Soul Benefactor have been bringing the classic rock sounds of Stax Records, Motown, Atlantic Records and Muscle Shoals to the stage for the past several years.

With decades of collective experience, the multi-talented multi-instrumentalists breathe to life songs from '60s and '70s masters, such as Marvin Gaye, Al Green, Booker T. and the MGs, The Allman Brothers Band, Joe Cocker, The Rolling Stones and many more.

Funk and groove rock vocalist and guitarist Melissa Reaves has been playing rhythm and blues-based tunes throughout the U.S. for more than a decade. Her powerful vocals and stage presence propel a diverse repertoire of originals and some occasional choice covers.
Reaves has shared the stage with such notables as Robert Plant, Sarah MacLachlan, Leon Russell, Sheryl Crow, Cyndi Lauper, Doc Watson and Sister Sledge.

Appalachian Voices is a regional environmental organization based in Boone that works to solve environmental problems having the greatest impact on the central and southern Appalachian mountains, including mountaintop removal coal mining and water pollution. Appalachian Voices was recently named as a Google Earth Hero, and its work is currently featured in a Google Earth Outreach video and tour at the Copenhagen, Denmark, climate change conference. Visit to learn more.

OASIS Inc. (Opposing Abuse with Services, Information and Shelter) is an organization dedicated to ending domestic violence and sexual assault in Watauga County. OASIS provides emergency services, transitional support, education and skill development and community support to victims of assault and violence.

Jamie Goodman attended Watauga High School and graduated from Appalachian State University with a degree in English and minor in technical photography. She spent 12 years in the newspaper business at The Mountain Times and High Country Press and 2 years as a Web developer at Appalachian State University before finding her home as a graphic designer and communications consultant with Appalachian Voices in 2008.

Goodman will be 40 years old on Monday, Dec. 14, and she still won't drink all of her milk.
The Boone Saloon is located at 489 W. King St. in downtown Boone. For more information, call (828) 264-1811.

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