The sounds of Elvis and southern rock music will take center stage on April 9 at the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center’s Willingham Theater, in a special concert to benefit Yadkin County’s new hospice home.
The concert begins at 6:30 p.m. with a performance by the Blue Sky Band. They will be followed by Taylor Vaden’s “Tribute to Elvis.”
The Blue Sky Band plays a variety of southern rock favorites made famous by such stars as the Allman Brothers, Marshall Tucker, the Eagles, John Cougar, and Bad Company. They also mix in country tunes from Johnny Cash, George Strait, Kenny Chesney, and Garth Brooks.
“It’s a Yadkin County band. There’s a lot of excitement about that band,” said Jerry Carlton, campaign chair for the new hospice home. “We’re looking forward to that.”
Taylor Vaden is a contemporary Christian singer and songwriter who was born and raised in King. He began playing music at the age of 7, and just three years later his tribute to Elvis sold out Reynolds Auditorium in Winston-Salem. Carlton said Vaden had performed locally before to rave reviews from the audience.
The concert will be preceded by a social hour starting at 5:30 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be served. Tickets are $25 per person, and can be purchased at the Mountain Valley Hospice office on 320 W. Maple St. in Yadkinville.
The SECU Hospice Home has been a longtime dream for many in the community, including Carlton.
“It’s something that the county needs,” he said. “When you need that service, you need that service and it will be much more convenient to have a home here in Yadkin County.”
Marty Driver, director of patient services with Mountain Valley Hospice, said the fundraising campaign is now in full swing for the hospice home and proceeds from the concert will help.
“We are only about $400,000 away from reaching our goal of $2.5 million for this project. The funds from the benefit concert will go toward reaching our goal,” she said.
Carlton said they expected the concert would sell out, so those interested in purchasing tickets should do so as soon as possible. Tickets may purchased directly through Mountain Valley Hospice by calling 336-679-2466.