Bands will battle to benefit park


Published: Wednesday, August 1, 2007 at 8:34 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, August 1, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.

Instead of raising the roof, the live music planned Saturday in Hampton City Park will raise funds for the park's restoration.

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City of Hampton's Battle of the Bands benefit

What: Second annual city produced event to benefit restoration of Hampton City Park.

With the sounds of Southern rock, country, gospel and other styles filling the air, the city's second annual Battle of the Bands will raise much-needed funds to upgrade the park's facilities.

"Not only will everyone enjoy themselves and listen to music all day long, but they will help us benefit fixing the park for the kids," said Jim Mitzel, mayor of Hampton.

Nine musical acts are set to battle it out for the winning title in support of the park.

Dirt Road Band will return to the battle for the second time after contributing their country sound to the inaugural battle last year.

Others scheduled to perform are the country bands Wildfire, Carport Critters; the Southern rock groups Smokin' Fish Heads, Phil and Charlotte Cay, Minor Infraction, Steel Country Flashback, Lost & Found, and the gospel act Southern Connection Reunion.

"It's great that these individuals are coming to play for free because it's for a good cause," Mitzel said.

Solo artists Ronnie Turner and Barry Moore will also perform at the event. Mitzel will host the event with his neighbor and Wildfire frontman Jonny Strickland.

Spaghetti dinners will be sold for $5. Mitzel said that the money will go to upgrading the park's playground equipment and restoring the concession stand.

The event, which starts at 11 a.m. and continues to 8 p.m., will also feature a cake auction.

City manager Jane Hall and her husband, Charles Hall, a Hampton counsel member, will run a country store full of donated items to raise funds as well.

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