Motown in the Mountains

By Frank Ruggiero (frank@mountaintimes.com)



Article Published: Apr. 3 | Modified: Apr. 12
Motown in the Mountains

Motown in the Mountains, the Boone Service League’s annual fundraising celebration, will feature live music from Soul Benefactor, heavy hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, silent and live auctions and a new location — the historic Green Park Inn in Blowing Rock.
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Since 2007, Soul Benefactor has delivered a mélange of timeless funk, soul and classic rock that practically dares its audience not to dance.

On April 11, the band’s name takes on a literal meaning.

It’s Motown in the Mountains, the Boone Service League’s annual fundraising celebration, featuring live music from Soul Benefactor, heavy hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, silent and live auctions and a new location — the historic Green Park Inn in Blowing Rock.

Doors open at 6 p.m., the music starts at 6:30 p.m., and tickets are currently on sale for $40 apiece. What does the price of admission include?

“Lots of dancing, of course,” Soul Benefactor’s Dave Brewer said. “It’s usually a two-set affair, so there’ll be plenty of chances to shake what your mama gave you.”

Soul Benefactor will be joined by the horn section of Beaver and Ross Robinette and the vocal stylings of the Junaluska Gospel Choir.

“We certainly always embrace this opportunity,” Brewer said. “Just as a band that loves soul music, certainly, there’s no better way to sort of dig deep into that than playing the Motown catalogue.”

Folks can expect to hear songs they know and love, along with some lesser known deep tracks, “which are really some fantastic songs,” Brewer said. “The material is classic.”

This will be the third Motown in the Mountains event, and Brewer said it’s been a hit each time. Boone Service League president Susan Phipps agrees.

“We have such a good time every year,” she said. “You can feel good about doing good things and having a good time — all at the same time.”

Motown in Mountain’s is BSL’s largest fundraiser of the year, she said, and everything raised remains right in High Country. Initially established as an auxiliary women’s organization to the Boone Jaycees, the group has since grown into one of the High Country’s largest women’s service groups.

Locally based, BSL serves the people of Watauga, Ashe and Avery counties, with some of its initiatives including college scholarships for area youth, grant funding to local nonprofits and crisis assistance for whoever’s in need.

“If any kind of bad thing happens, we’re there to help,” Phipps said. “So, we do a lot of paying for electricity bills, grocery cards for food, helping with medical bills, rent, just anything someone needs to get through a bad situation.”

With Motown in the Mountains, helping’s as easy as buying a concert ticket. Tickets are available online at http://www.booneserviceleague.org. Green Park Inn is located at 9239 Valley Blvd. in Blowing Rock. For more information on Motown in the Mountains and the Boone Service League, visit http://www.booneserviceleague.org.

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Motown in the Mountains, the Boone Service League’s annual fundraising celebration, will feature live music from Soul Benefactor, heavy hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, silent and live auctions and a new location — the historic Green Park Inn in Blowing Rock.
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Soul Benefactor's Dave Brewer

Soul Benefactor's Aaron Burleson

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