Kyle Forry, of Barefoot West, is a big fan of Zac Brown Band and the acts on Brown’s label, Southern Ground Records. Brown and his business are about more than making money playing music. Forry and his mates are into giving back, too.
There is a confluence here, and you can see and hear it at 8 p.m. January 11, when Forry and bandmate Justin Arnett play a benefit set of acoustic music at Stageit.com. The 50-minute set will raise money to send a local child to Brown’s Camp Southern Ground, in Fayette County, Ga.
According to the camp’s website, Brown was inspired by his own experience as a camp couselor “to create a state-of-the-art facility that will serve children, ages 7-17, with both typical and special needs. Zac has long recognized the necessity for every child to have access to the best resources in order to be able to grow and succeed.” The camp is still in the development stages, but at least one local child wants to go.
Forry said in an e-mail that 8-year-old Logan Wilkerson and his parents, Matt and Hope Wilkerson, of Bedford, are huge fans of Brown, his label and camp — not to mention big supporters of the Roanoke Valley music scene.
“They’re just amazing people, so we’re trying to do something nice for them,” Forry wrote. “Logan falls in with the special needs group of children that Camp Southern Ground will cater to, once the camp is open. I believe the cost per child for the camp has been estimated at around $700.00. Logan has already started saving money to attend.”
See the show next Friday night via http://www.stageit.com/barefoot_west/let_s_send_logan_to_camp_southern_ground/16370. If you go now, you can buy a ticket to the show, Forry wrote.
“We currently have 99 tickets with the price set at ‘Pay What You Can,’” he wrote. “Viewers can tip the band, and make requests via chat, during the show. It’s a pretty kick ass service for musicians.”