Saturday concerts to benefit Save-A-Youth, Hope Station

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Wilsonians can take note of back-to-back musical events making melodious moments in downtown Wilson Saturday.

The Jamming for the Juniors fundraiser to benefit the Save-A-Youth musical program will feature a variety of eastern North Carolina musicians from 2 to 5 p.m. and from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at 217 Brew Works at 217 South St. in downtown Wilson.

In between sets, the Wilson Youth Council will host the HopeFest 2018 benefit concert across the street at the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park stage from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

“I guess we are going to piggyback off each other and pull off of each other’s crowd,” said Jimmy Sink, a Jamming for the Juniors organizer. “We should have music for basically all afternoon and evening on Saturday.”

Performers will include Kelly Smith, Dale Bryce, Steven Stewart and other familiar Wilson-area entertainers.

Sink said the concert will raise money to buy musical instruments for the Save-A-Youth band program. He said the program is so needy for resources that in some cases, three or four students must share one instrument.

“We’re trying to raise some money and get some instruments for these kids,” Sink said.

If attendees can, they are encouraged to bring a musical instrument to donate in exchange for a $50 gift card from 2017 Brew Works. The instruments must be in good condition. Anything from guitars to brass and woodwind instruments will be well-received.

Sink said wood-fired brick oven pizzas will be sold for $12 for cheese and $15 for three toppings with all proceeds going to benefit the Save-A-Youth program.

The purpose of the Wilson Youth Council’s concert is to collect donations for Hope Station, a shelter for homeless men in Wilson.

Attendees are asked to bring along donations of mens socks, T-shirts, deodorant, toothpaste and toothbrushes.
“It really started as a simple idea,” said Noah Buck, a first-year member of the Wilson Youth Council and leader of the concert team. “We just want to support those in need. Many of us are blessed with musical talent and we want to use these gifts to benefit others.”

A group of a dozen teenagers will perform on the stage for the concert.

The Chick-fil-A food truck will be on scene at the park for refreshments.

“It’s amazing what these youth council members have put together,” said adviser Theresa Mathis. “They are motived by compassion and we hope the community will come out to support their efforts. The 100-plus Wilson Youth Council members are already donating items and spreading the word to make sure a large crowd attends the concert and brings even more donations.”

Some 20 prizes will be given away as part of a raffle during the event. Raffle tickets are $1 each.

For more information about the Wilson Youth Council, call 252-399-2308.

Musicians who would like to join in the Jamming for the Juniors event can call Jimmy Sink at 919-795-4693.

“Any bands or musicians that would like to participate, we would love to have you,” Sink said.