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Jacksonville community leaders go behind bars for MDA in two weeks

Jacksonville Business and Community Leaders “Do a Little Time” at MDA Lock-Up Event to Support Families Fighting Muscle Disease JACKSONVILLE, NC July 29, 2015 —  Business and community leaders from the Jacksonville area will “do a little time and a lot of good” to help save and improve the lives of people fighting muscular dystrophy and related life-threatening diseases at the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Lock-Up fundraising event. MDA Lock-Up Community Leaders have volunteered to “go behind bars” as part of MDA’s Lock-Up event on August 12th at City of Jacksonville’s Center for Public Safety on 200 Marine Boulevard between 10AM – 3PM. During the event, participants — “Jailbirds” — will be locked up for one hour as they attempt to raise “bail” by encouraging friends, family, and co-workers to make a contribution to directly benefit MDA families in the Jacksonville area. https://youtu.be/rSTU6GRdT90 “MDA’s Lock-Up theme helps illustrate what a serious problem neuromuscular disease is and why we need to do something about it now. Jailbirds only lose their freedom for one hour, but for children and adults fighting muscle disease, the loss of mobility and the challenges that result when muscles stop working are progressive and permanent,” said Senior Fundraising Coordinator, Liz Shirley. “It is thanks to the support from our Lock-Up participants and generosity from community members that we will raise critical funds and awareness to help families who live with these debilitating effects live stronger, longer lives.” Funds raised through Lock-Up donations help MDA create a world free from the harmful effects of muscle diseases that often take away people’s ability to walk, move, talk, smile and even breathe. Dollars raised also help support MDA’s life-enhancing programs such as state-of-the-art support groups and clinics, including the MDA Clinic at Duke and UNC Chapel Hill. They also make MDA summer camp possible so kids with muscle disease can enjoy “the best week of the year” at Camp Hanes in King, North Carolina and nearly 80 other locations nationwide. Camp could not be made possible without the help of community-oriented people like our “jailbirds”. MDA Clinic To learn more about the MDA Lock-Up program and how to get involved, contact Senior Fundraising Coordinator, Liz Shirley at 910.763.3114 or eshirley@mdausa.org or visit mda.org/LockUp.   EDITOR'S NOTE: I, Michael D. Hudson - Editor of Beach Carolina Magazine, will be locked up for MDA on August 12, 2015. The bail has been set at $3,200.00. Please donate to my account for the Muscular Dystrophy Association to help those who so desperately need it! LET'S PLEASE SHOW how much our community cares for those less fortunate. Please Donate Now Please click picture to visit Michael Hudson's donation page for MDA! About MDA The Muscular Dystrophy Association is the world’s leading nonprofit health agency dedicated to saving and improving the lives of people with muscle disease, including muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other neuromuscular diseases. It does so by funding worldwide research to find treatments and cures; by providing comprehensive health care services and support to MDA families nationwide; and by rallying communities to fight back through advocacy, fundraising and local engagement. Visit mda.org and follow us at facebook.com/MDAnational and @MDAnews. Learn more about MDA's mission by watching this video.

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College of Charleston to Host Mayoral Debate

CofC Dept of Political Science logoCHARLESTON, SC July 27, 2015 - The College of Charleston’s Department of Political Science, in partnership with ABC News 4 (WCIV-TV), welcomes the City of Charleston mayoral candidates for a debate on October 14, 2015, at 7 p.m. at the College’s Sottile Theatre (44 George St.). "The 2015 mayoral election is vitally important for our community," political science department chair and professor Gibbs Knotts said. "The results will help shape the city's future and will play a major role in how the region addresses key issues like transportation, planning, policing and economic development," Doors open to the public at 6:30 p.m. on October 14. This event is part of the College’s Bully Pulpit Series, a non-partisan event series that encourages and facilitates civic participation throughout the campus community by providing a platform for dialogue with the nation’s leaders. For more information, contact Gibbs Knotts at 843.953.6792 or knottshg@cofc.edu, Amanda Ruth-McSwain, professor of communication and director of the Bully Pulpit Series at 843.480.3794 or ruthmcswaina@cofc.edu, or Kristin Wichmann for general questions about the event at 843.953.5724 or wichmannkm@cofc.edu.

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Casting Call For New Docu-Series Celebrating American Fishing Families

Noelle Cain

Noelle Cain

Los Angeles, CA July 24, 2015 - Noelle Cain (IMDb bio: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3691838/) is a producer on a new docu-series celebrating American Fishing Families who work the oceans of the United States! She is currently in search of multi-generational, commercial fishing families with 4+ family members who fish together, preferably off-shore. This new docu-series will be a positive look at the passion, heritage and traditions of fishing families who have worked the same waters, honing the same skills, for generations. Time to celebrate the families who are fighting to make it through these hard times! This show is being developed for a major cable network from one of the Executive Producers of CATCHING MONSTERS (airing Friday nights on Discovery). As a graduate of UNCW, she would love nothing more than to highlight a family from North Carolina! Casting call for commercial fishing family Noelle Cain Email: fishingfamilies@gmail.com http://relativitymedia.com

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Zedd announces Charlotte support acts for Uptown Amphitheatre Charlotte concert this fall!

SUPPORT ARTISTS INCLUDE DILLON FRANCIS, ALEX METRIC

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COLUMBIA, SC July 14, 2015 — Multi-platinum, GRAMMY® award-winning artist Zedd has announced new tour dates on his upcoming True Colors Tour, unleashed by T-Mobile, which kicks off September 6th in Seattle and criss-crosses North America through October 31st.  In addition to the noteworthy shows already announced which include stops at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and Madison Square Garden in New York City, Zedd has also added huge dates at UIC Pavillion in Chicago, The Armory in Washington, DC and the Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto, ON.  Zedd will play Uptown Amphitheatre Charlotte on October 13  and will be joined by support acts Dillon Francis and Alex Metric. Zedd True Colors Tour The True Colors Tour features a totally new and re-designed show that has been creatively directed by Zedd and incepted hand-in-hand with the True Colors album. It features 90 minutes of 4K visuals created by renowned visual artist Beeple and is a multi-sensory journey through Zedd's musical and visual mind, told through music, lighting, visuals, and special effects. Each show will be its own unique experience, performed live from start to finish.   “I'm suuuuuper excited to announce that I've added 10 more shows to my True Colors Tour! This will be my first headline tour in over 2 years and I can't wait to show you all my new production and some nice surprises!!! My friends Dillon Francis, Madeon, Alex Metric, What So Not, Alvin Risk, AlunaGeorge and A-Trak, plus some special surprise guests will be joining me. See you in the fall : )” says Zedd.   True Colors was released by Interscope Records on May 19th and debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart. Zedd executive-produced the album and co-wrote all the songs. True Colors is the follow-up to Zedd’s 2012 debut album Clarity, which spawned five singles, including the Grammy-winning title track, and cemented Zedd as a global star. True Colors’ first single, “I Want You To Know,” featuring Selena Gomez, spent four weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart.

In May, Zedd premiered the video for his latest single “Beautiful Now,” featuring Jon Bellion.

A remix EP, featuring remixes from Zonderling, Marshmello, KDrew, Dirty South, Charlie Darker, and Twoloud, is also out now.

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Museum of the Albemarle Fundraising Dance featuring “Full Deck”

ELIZABETH CITY, NC July 14, 2015 - On Saturday, July 18 (7 pm – 10 pm) the Friends of the Museum of the Albemarle, Gateway Bank, City Beverage Company, and Pepsi look forward to presenting an evening filled with fun, great music, and dancing featuring the ever-popular local band “Full Deck.” The fundraising dance will take place at the Museum of the Albemarle on the J. Wilson Jones, Jr. Festival Portico and Stage and will begin at 7:00 pm. Dress comfortable/casual and come on out! Full-Deck-Flyer-2015Full Deck” performs a variety of musical styles including classic rock, blues, soft rock, Motown, a bit of country, as well as some original music; and features the original four band members of “Goose” that was formed back in the 1970s (Jerry Drew, Lindy Watts, David Lunsford, and Bruce Lamb). After several years, when life got in the way and priorities changed, the bandmates went their separate ways, remaining in touch but placing their joined musical talents temporarily aside. It was in 1995 that the four original band members reunited under the new moniker, “Full Deck.”   During that period and over the next fourteen years, several other local talented musicians, including Jerry White, became a part of the band. Although others came and went, the original four remained pretty much intact while gaining the exceptionally-talented Chris Betts. The band performed together over the next three years as “Full Deck” and entertained at practically every venue in the area including local nightclubs, the Potato Festival, Riverspree, private parties, wedding receptions, fundraisers, and in several Virginia venues. After a three-year hiatus, those five bandmates came back together in 2013 with the addition of the much-needed keyboard talent of Sylvia Berry, bringing “Full Deck” to their complete six-member team. You don’t want to miss this fun evening and other than brief intermissions, the band will continue to play through 10 pm. Along with the great music and dancing, the ticketed event includes light snacks and a CASH BAR that includes Pepsi products, Budweiser products, and assorted wines. So, bring a few extra dollars along with you to assure your thirst is quenched throughout the evening. Cash Bar will accept cash only. Don’t wait until the last minute to get your tickets as this is sure to be another sell-out. There will be a few tables available as well as chairs, but to assure you have a seat, feel free to bring your own fold-up chair. No seating will be reserved but will be on a first come basis. *Cost per ticket: (In Advance)… (Discount for Couples holding a current FOMOA Membership) $25 (current membership card must be shown); or Singles $15 per person regardless of membership. At the Door (regardless of membership) $20 per person. Tickets can be purchased at the Museum of the Albemarle only and the supply is limited. Don’t miss this opportunity to have some summer fun on Saturday, July 18. The Museum of the Albemarle is free and open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm and is located at 501 South Water Street, Elizabeth City, North Carolina. For more information call 252-335-1453 or visit us on Facebook.   About the Museum of the Albemarle The Museum of the Albemarle is located at 501 S. Water Street, Elizabeth City, NC. (252) 335-1453. www.museumofthealbemarle.com. Find us on Facebook! Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Closed Sundays, Mondays and State Holidays. Serving Bertie, Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Hertford, Hyde, Northampton, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Tyrrell, and Washington Counties, the museum is the northeast regional history museum of the North Carolina Division of State History Museums within the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, the state agency with the mission to enrich lives and communities and the vision to harness the state’s cultural resources to build North Carolina’s social, cultural and economic future. Information is available 24/7 at www.ncdcr.gov.     About the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources (NCDCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s cultural resources to build the social, cultural and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan W. Kluttz, NCDCR’s mission to enrich lives and communities creates opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history and libraries in North Carolina that will spark creativity, stimulate learning, preserve the state’s history and promote the creative economy. NCDCR was the first state organization in the nation to include all agencies for arts and culture under one umbrella. Through arts efforts led by the N.C. Arts Council, the N.C. Symphony and the N.C. Museum of Art, NCDCR offers the opportunity for enriching arts education for young and old alike and economic stimulus engines for our state’s communities. NCDCR’s Divisions of Archives and Records, State Historic Sites, and State History Museums preserve, document and interpret North Carolina’s rich cultural heritage. NCDCR’s State Library of North Carolina is the principal library of state government and builds the capacity of all libraries in our state, developing and supporting access to traditional and online collections such as genealogy and resources for people who are blind and have physical disabilities. NCDCR annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported symphony orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council and the State Archives of North Carolina. NCDCR champions our state’s creative industry that accounts for more than 300,000 jobs and generates nearly $18.5 billion in revenues. For more information, please call 919-807-7300 or visit www.ncdcr.gov.

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Sneads Ferry Community Theatre Auditions August 4 & 5, 2015

SNEADS FERRY, NC July 13, 2015 -  The Sneads Ferry Community Theatre will hold open AUDITIONS for the musical comedy, Smoke on the Mountain, written by Connie Ray, conceived by Alan Bailey, musical arrangements by Mike Craver and Mark Hardwick; produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. Smoke on the Mountain Auditions Sneads Ferry Community TheatreTuesday, August 4th and Wednesday, August 5th at 7:00 pm: Escoba Bay Club House, 401 Preakness Lane, Sneads Ferry NC 7 cast members needed: 4 males and 3females to play characters in their late teens to late forties All cast member sing except 1. Do not need to bring a prepared piece, will do cold readings/singing.   SYNOPSIS:   Smoke on the Mountain tells the story of a Saturday Night Gospel Sing at a country church in North Carolina's Smoky Mountains in 1938. The show features two dozen rousing bluegrass songs played and sung by the Sanders Family, a traveling group making its return to performing after a five-year hiatus. Play dates are October 30, 31 & November 1 and November 6, 7, 8, 2015.

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Berkley to Preview New Products Live from ICAST

Get a glimpse at newest gear Wednesday, July 15 at 10 am EDT COLUMBIA, SC July 13, 2015 - Each year the fishing industry descends upon the ICAST Show to preview and display the newest gear. It doesn't matter if it is hooks, line, tools or baits, the ICAST Show has it all. This year, Berkley is rolling out some show stopping material. Tune in to http://www.berkley-fishing.com/icast2015 at 10 am EDT, Wednesday, July 15th to find out the big news. BASS Elite Series pro Justin Lucas and legendary crankbait angler David Fritz will be delivering some groundbreaking news live from the show floor. iCast 2015 The show is closed to the general public, but Berkley is giving the everyday angling enthusiast a glimpse into their booth for the announcement of something huge. "This is a very big deal," said Fritz. "This launch is something that will impact the everyday angler and their performance on the water. I would say a launch like this comes along every 10 years or so. The entire Berkley team has been working hard to make sure this is a success. I know that I have enjoyed working with them the past three years on this project." The annual ICAST Show is held in Orlando, Fla., this year. The show is slated to begin July 15 and run through July 17. Berkley Branding V1About Pure Fishing, Inc. Pure Fishing, Inc. is a leading global provider of fishing tackle, lures, rods and reels with a portfolio of brands that includes Abu Garcia®, All Star®, Berkley®, Fenwick®, Gulp!®, Hardy®, Hodgman®, Mitchell®, Penn®, Pflueger®, Sebile®, Shakespeare®, SpiderWire®, Stren®, Trilene® and Ugly Stik®. With operations in 19 countries and a dedicated workforce conversant in 28 languages, Pure Fishing, Inc. is part of Jarden Outdoor Solutions, a leader in developing outdoor and active lifestyle products and a subsidiary of Jarden Corporation. Additional information can be found at http://purefishing.com. About Jarden Corporation Jarden Corporation is a well-diversified, global consumer products company with a portfolio of over 120 trusted, quality brands. Jarden's record of strong financial performance and organic growth is supported by a focused operating culture coupled with value enhancing acquisitions and shareholder focused capital allocation. Jarden operates in three primary business segments through a number of well recognized brands, including: Branded Consumables: Ball®, Bee®, Bernardin®, Bicycle®, Billy Boy®, Crawford®, Diamond®, Envirocooler®, Fiona®, First Alert®, First Essentials®, Hoyle®, Kerr®, Lehigh®, Lifoam®, Lillo®, Loew Cornell®, Mapa®, Millefiori®, NUK®, Pine Mountain®, Quickie®, Spontex®, Tigex®, Yankee Candle® and YOU®; Outdoor Solutions: Abu Garcia®, AeroBed®, Berkley®, Campingaz® and Coleman®, Dalbello®, ExOfficio®, Fenwick®, Greys®, Gulp!®, Hardy®, Invicta®, K2®, Marker®, Marmot®, Mitchell®, PENN®, Rawlings®, Shakespeare®, Squadra®, Stearns®, Stren®, Trilene®, Völkl® and Zoot®; and Consumer Solutions: Bionaire®, Breville®, Cadence®, Crock-Pot®, FoodSaver®, Health o meter®, Holmes®, Mr. Coffee®, Oster®, Patton®, Rainbow®, Rival®, Seal-a-Meal®, Sunbeam®, VillaWare® and White Mountain®.  Headquartered in Florida, Jarden ranks #348 on the Fortune 500 and has over 30,000 employees worldwide.  For further information about Jarden, please visit http://www.jarden.com.

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Janet Jackson announces two more Carolinas concerts added to Unbreakable World Tour!

JANET JACKSON ANNOUNCES 2ND NORTH AMERICAN LEG TO "UNBREAKABLE WORLD TOUR" - Due To Overwhelming Fan Demand, 27 New Cities Added - –Tickets For 2nd Leg Of Tour On Sale Starting July 20 at JanetJackson.com –

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COLUMBIA, SC July 13, 2015 – Janet's Jackson's tour is not only UNBREAKABLE, it is now unstoppable thanks to her fans across North America. The recent BET Awards’ Ultimate Icon honoree, multiple GRAMMY® Award-winner and multi-platinum selling artist announced a 2nd North American leg to her UNBREAKABLE WORLD TOUR with an additional 27 new cities added to what has become one of the most highly-anticipated international tours. Janet has been listening to her fans and their overwhelming response to both her new music and her tour. They've asked her to bring the UNBREAKABLE WORLD TOUR to their city and now she's giving even more fans a chance to be part of this year's most exciting tour. Janet Jackson Unbreakable The 2nd leg of the North American tour will kick off on January 12, 2016 in Portland, OR and will visit 27 cities including dates in New York City, Washington DC, Boston, Houston, Winston-Salem, Columbia and more! All dates on the tour are being co-produced by Miss Jackson’s Rhythm Nation. Additional worldwide concerts will be announced at a later date.   Janet Jackson’s UNBREAKABLE WORLD TOUR will play LJVM Coliseum Winston-Salem on Friday March 4, 2016 and Colonial Life Arena Columbia on Sunday March 6, 2016.  Tickets go on sale Monday, July 20 at 10am at LiveNation.com, the venue box offices, Ticketmaster, or by phone 800-745-3000.   Fans who pre-order the album on JanetJackson.com will receive presale access for premium seating beginning July 14 at 10:00 a.m. until July 19 at 10:00 p.m. before tickets are available to the public. Janet is very appreciative of everyone who purchases tickets, but also wants to thank the fans that purchase her music with a special enhanced experience at the show. Janet believes that music is the livelihood of not only the artist but also songwriters, studio musicians, back-up singers, producers, editors, engineers, stage hands, road crew, tour managers and more. By purchasing music, fans are showing their support for the industry as a whole and for everyone involved in bringing music to life both in the studio and live on tour.   American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Tuesday, July 14 at 10:00 a.m. local through Sunday, July 19 at 10:00 p.m. local.   The UNBREAKABLE WORLD TOUR will return one of this world's most influential entertainers back to the live stage in support of her upcoming album due out this Fall on Rhythm Nation/BMG. The first single from the new album, No Sleeep, has already entered the Top Ten on the Urban AC and Billboard Hot R & B Songs charts, only two weeks after being released.   The Unbreakable World Tour’s first leg, a 39-date tour, starts Aug. 31 in Vancouver, BC, and includes stops in cities such as Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Atlanta, Raleigh, and Charlotte.  Tickets for Walnut Creek Amphitheatre Raleigh on September 17 and PNC Music Pavilion Charlotte on Friday September 18 are on sale now at livenation.com.   Janet Jackson, iconic music artist, multi-award-winning songwriter, producer, singer, Oscar and Golden Globe nominee and winner of the NAACP Best Sporting Actor award, publisher, choreographer, dancer, Number One New York Times Best Selling Author, businessperson, and philanthropist, is one of biggest-selling, most influential artists in popular music history. Having won 6 GRAMMY® Awards, along with dozens of American Music Awards, MTV Video Music Awards, BET honors, and Billboard Music Awards, Janet Jackson stands as one of the most prolific artists of all time with a string of hits that have left an indelible impression on pop culture. With sales of over 160 million records worldwide, her music and artistry have opened doors through which other top artists have followed, while acknowledging her impact on their musical perceptions.   For Janet Jackson news, please follow www.twitter.com/JanetJackson.

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Earth and Surf Fest headlines July 4 in North Topsail Beach

JACKSONVILLE, NC June 25, 2015 – Keep Onslow Beautiful and several sponsors are gathering to host the 9th Annual Earth & Surf Fest at North Topsail Beach July 4 rain or shine. The Earth & Surf Fest is an Environmental Awareness event and the festival mission is to create a fun avenue for individuals to make the connection between the health of our environment, our economy, and our community. Earth and Surf Fest - Onslow County Festivities begin with 7 a.m. registration for the 8 a.m. beach run, one-mile fun walk, and surf contest. The 5K race on the beach will award prizes to the top overall male and female runners and the first and second place finishers in each age group. The course is an out-and-back course that is run completely on the beach. The start and finish of the race is on beach in front of Onslow Public Beach Public Access #2 (please see the website for a map and directions). Runners will head north about 1.5 miles before turning around and heading back south. T-shirts are available to those who registered by July 1 and can be purchased at the event after 11 a.m. until supplies are exhausted. Surf and stand-up paddle boarding contests are being coordinated by On Shore Surf Shop and other sponsors. Registration is available online at http://www.earthandsurffest.com/-surf--sup-registration.html or at the store in Surf City. The number of surfers is limited. There is a fee. Free stand-up paddle board demonstrations plus kayak and canoe demonstrations will be on the sound side and are coordinated by Surf City Paddle Club and the New River Foundation respectively. A beach yoga class will be at 10 am. Pre-registration before 9:45 am is required. Please see the Keep Onslow Beautiful tent for more details. http://www.earthandsurffest.com/beach-yoga-registration.html A beach cleanup for the entire section of North Topsail and Surf City beaches is also scheduled. Signups will be held at the Plastic Ocean Project (POP Inc.) booth. Sign up, pick a location to clean up and venture out. Bags, gloves, and other materials will be provided. SAT credit hours for high school students will be recorded. Don't forget to bring forms! Free live music from Trevor Harris and the Birds, and Pamlico Joe will be featured. WRMR 98.7 Modern Rock will also be present. This is a waste-free event. Everything will be either recyclable or compostable. Recycle and compost bins will be conveniently located. Guests are encouraged to bring reusable water bottles for use at refilling stations located throughout the festival. All activities will also be completely solar powered in keeping with the theme. Live-music public address systems and other equipment will be powered by portable solar panels. Cooling stations will be provided by Clean Energy Events. It’s all taking place at Beach Access #2, 2950 Island Drive in North Topsail Beach. Additional information is available at http://www.earthandsurffest.com/ . Make plans to enjoy the holiday at the Earth & Surf Fest. Events sponsored by: On Shore Surf Shop, Only in Onslow, Sparkling ICE Loggerhead Designs, and Keep Onslow Beautiful.

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Grand Funk Railroad to perform Bojangles' Southern 500 Pre-Race Concert

1970’s ICONIC BAND GRAND FUNK RAILROAD TO PERFORM BOJANGLES’ SOUTHERN 500 PRE-RACE CONCERT PRESENTED BY COCA-COLA Performers of No. 1 hits “We’re An American Band” and “The Loco-Motion” to open pre-race ceremonies at Darlington Raceway on Sunday, Sept. 6   DARLINGTON, SC June 23, 2015 – Fitting into its platform of celebrating the early 70’s during its Labor Day weekend events, Darlington Raceway will have 1970’s rock ‘n’ roll icon Grand Funk Railroad perform the Bojangles’ Southern 500 Pre-Race Concert Presented by Coca-Cola on September 6.

Grand Funk Railroad in Studio

Grand Funk Railroad in Studio
courtesy of Grand Funk Railroad

Grand Funk Railroad, known for its No. 1 hits We’re An American Band and The Loco-Motion, is one of the top-selling rock bands of the 1970’s. Their 1973 album, We’re An American Band, topped out at No. 2 on the U.S. Billboard music charts.   “What better way to celebrate the 1970’s and our return to Labor Day weekend than by having rock legends Grand Funk Railroad perform our Bojangles’ Southern 500 Pre-Race Concert Presented by Coca-Cola,” Darlington Raceway President Chip Wile said. “Grand Funk Railroad’s hit songs were some of the most memorable from the early 70’s. They are an iconic name in rock music and a tremendous fit for our celebration.”

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Grand Funk Railroad’s drummer, Don Brewer, agrees, declaring, “NASCAR and GRAND FUNK on Labor Day Weekend! God Bless America!” Fans of Grand Funk Railroad have the exclusive opportunity to watch the concert from the front of the pre-race stage. In addition to the purchase of a Bojangles’ Southern 500 grandstand ticket, a pre-race access pass may be purchased for an additional $45. This pass will not only give fans stage front access for the concert, but will also include an up close view of the Sprint Cup Series drivers as they are introduced to the crowd. Supplies are limited.   “Coca-Cola has been part of racing since the beginning, so we're excited to partner with Darlington Raceway to bring fans a fun throwback race and a great classic band for the pre-race concert,” commented Heather Hucks, Senior Director of Brand Marketing for Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated. “The weekend will be full of classics, from drivers to cars to our ice cold Coke, it's going to be a fantastic event for race fans."   We’re An American Band was released in July 1973. The following month, the song became the band’s first No. 1 hit single.  By August, the album charted to No. 1 and they picked up Gold Record No. 9.   Success was still in their future. Not only did they release yet another huge album, Shinin’ On, but also had their second No. 1 single with The Loco-Motion. Also, the single Some Kind of Wonderful hit stores with an immediate impact reaching No. 3 on the charts and staying in the Top-40 for a remarkable 12 weeks.   Known as “The American Band," the high-energy five-piece group has been part of the rock scene in many forms for over 45 years. Grand Funk Railroad includes original founding members Don Brewer and bassist Mel Schacher. Joining them is singer Max Carl, who is a rock veteran from 38 Special, lead guitarist Bruce Kulick is best known for his 12 years with KISS and keyboardist Tim Cashion.   Grand Funk laid the groundwork for such bands as Foreigner, Journey, Van Halen and Bon Jovi with its signature hard driving sound, soulful vocals, muscular instrumentation and forceful pop melodies. The fact that Grand Funk’s legacy still reigns over the Classic Rock landscape 45 years after its 1969 birth in Flint, Michigan is a testament to the group’s influence and staying power.   Internationally acclaimed Grand Funk has toured the world, selling out venues in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Japan and South America. Over their career, Grand Funk has had 19 charted singles, 8 Top-40 hits and two No. 1 singles (both selling more than one million each). The group has accumulated 13 gold and 10 platinum records with record sales in excess of 25 million copies sold worldwide.   For more information, visit www.grandfunkrailroad.com.   The Tradition Returns to Labor Day weekend as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bojangles’ Southern 500® is set for Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015. The NASCAR XFINITY Series VFW Sport Clips Help A Hero 200 will race on Saturday, Sept. 5. Tickets are on sale now by calling 866-459-7223 or visiting www.DarlingtonRaceway.com.   You can keep up with all of the latest news from Darlington Raceway at DarlingtonRaceway.com, on Facebook at Facebook.com/DarlingtonRaceway and on Twitter at Twitter.com/TooToughToTame. Fans are encouraged to post their Bojangles’ Southern 500 stories and memories at #TraditionReturns, #BojanglesSo500 and #SportClips200.   ABOUT COCA-COLA BOTTLING CO. CONSOLIDATED Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated (CCBCC) is the nation's largest independent Coca-Cola bottler. CCBCC makes, sells and distributes more than 250 brands and flavors in a wide variety of package types and sizes in multiple channels. We operate in 13 states, primarily in the Southeast, with corporate offices located in Charlotte, North Carolina. Our stock is traded on the NASDAQ exchange under the symbol COKE.

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