Kiwanis bring Monday night music to Boone
Monday nights might not seem like a night to hit the town, but sweet music is currently flowing into the High Country every Monday night, courtesy of Boone’s own Kiwanis Club.
Horn in the West lends itself to a 10-week concert series that the Kiwanis Club organized in order to support some of its local charity work. Throughout Watauga County, the Boone Kiwanis Club works to aid children in the area through various projects, as well as scholarship funds.
An international organization that began in 1939, the Kiwanis Club can be found aiding children all across the world. Present in Watauga since the early ’70s, the Kiwanis stay active through reading at childcare centers, sponsoring clubs and other projects that have proved vital to the area children.
The concert series is on week four of showcasing talent in the High Country and, while the turnout was slow at first, many have begun to spend their Monday nights on picnic blankets at Horn in the West, enjoying the music.
The series started with Slow Breeze, a throwback to the sound of ’60s soul.
“People went out with a good feeling and a good story about what we did,” concert coordinator Steve Frank said.
By week three, the crowd had tripled.
The lineup for the rest of the concert series promises a mix of old and new music, with styles ranging from rock and roll to jazz.
“Our objective is to provide some entertainment one day of the week and the same time a fundraiser through the raffle and to use the money in taking care of kids and scholarships here in Watuaga,” organizer Sonny Sweet said.
The raffle will be partially used to compensate the bands, pay for the venue and support the Kiwanis Club projects in the area.
With Monday nights typically open for tourists and locals alike, the Boone Kiwanis Club hopes to spark more tourism for the Boone community.
“The whole idea is to attract tourists into Boone at a time that we aren’t attracting tourists into Boone, and I think Monday nights apply,” Frank said.
Set with the task of finding projects to help children in the community, the Kiwanis Club has also found a way to support local music by bringing more opportunity and sound to Boone on a night that most would consider to stay in.
Instead, Monday nights have come alive with country music, soul and even jazz.
Shows play every Monday night from 6 to 8 p.m. at Horn in the West, located at 591 Horn in the West Drive in Boone. Admission is free to the public.
July 9 – Silvio Martinat Swing Band (big band)
July 16 – Uphill Both Ways (bluegrass)
July 23 – TBA
July 30 – High Standards (rock)
Aug. 6 – Shane Chalke Jazz)