Organizers have released the full list of bands for Friday's "Rise Up Raleigh" concert to benefit victims of the April 16 tornadoes.
Prepare for a lively scene outside the Raleigh Amphitheater, where the city has invited jugglers, mimes and local street performers to entertain concert-goers making their way into the venue (A deadline to sign up to perform has passed).
Admission is free, but concertgoers are asked to give money at the door ($20 is the suggested donation) for Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, Centro International de Raleigh, Helping Hands Mission and Salvation Army of Wake County.
The music, which runs from 5 to 11 p.m., encompasses “a little bit of everything” – folk, hip hop, rock – said Dave Rose, co-owner of Deep South Entertainment, a Raleigh firm that booked the acts. Here's a guide, courtesy of a recent announcement put out by the city of Raleigh:
- Marshetta Parker: Originally from Michigan, this contemporary gospel singer moved to the Triangle and joined the ministry of worship and praise. A hit single is "My Everything."
- Red Sonja Band: Fronted by twins Annette and Runnette Ethridge, the band recently finished among the top three in the local Fox affiliate's X-Factor competition. That meant an all-expenses paid trip to Dallas to perform for Simon Cowell in a bid to make the new X-Factor show airing on Fox in September.
- Alissa Morena: A singer/songwriter from Nashville, Morena's single "Far from Here" from her debut album is the theme for the Lifetime series "Army Wives."
- Aunt Martha: The three guys in this Wilmont, NH, folk rock group were picked to perform at this year's Bonnaroo music festival in Tennessee.
- Desafiados Musical: Seven members from Siler City make classic Latin country music.
-Motor Skills: Raleigh's own electronic beat rock act earned comparisons to Radiohead and Interpol in a recent "must-watch" list in Independent Weekly.
- Young Cardinals: Singer James Forgey fronts a group with similarities to Kings of Leon, Black Keys and The Verve. As an actor, Forgey appeared in the 2008 film "The 27 Club," which won Best Film at the Milan International Film Festival. Look for Forgey to perform "I Might Get Home," an acoustic song about the tornadoes hitting his hometown.
- Kooley High: Six former NC State students comprise a hip-hop group lauded by Rolling Stone for "grand, thumping tracks from sliced-up soul and shards of R&B."
- The Small Ponds: Caitlin Cary (formerly of Tres Chicas and Whiskeytown) and Matt Douglas (formerly of The Proclivities) front this Raleigh folk act.
- Marcy Playground: You may remember the mega-hit "Sex & Candy," which spent 18 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard charts in 1997. The band has since recorded four albums and sold more than 5 million copies worldwide. One of the band's first shows outside New York was in 1996 at The Brewery in Raleigh, and the members still call it their second home.
- The Love Language: The N&O's own David Menconi says singer-songwriter Stuart McLamb's songs combine the emotional directness of Big Star with the immediacy of Guided by Voices.
- The Connells: These Raleigh rockers get the prime slot from 10:10 to 11 p.m. Formed in 1984 by brothers Mike and David Connell and vocalist Doug MacMillan, the band has eight full-length albums, including the college radio favorite "Boylan Heights." The band performed hit song "Maybe" on Late Night with Conan O'Brien.
The generosity of the bands and corporate sponsors ensure that all proceeds will go to local charities helping tornado victims, city officials have said. To find out more about the festivities, visit riseupraleigh.com.