By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal
Bluegrass and gospel stars are hitting the stage in Fulton this weekend for a good cause.
“The Queen of Bluegrass” Rhonda Vincent and her band, the Rage, will perform, along with Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, the Chuck Wagon Gang and Paul Williams and the Victory Trio.
It’s the 17th year for the concert, which benefits Tupelo’s Regional Rehabilitation Center and takes place on the Itawamba Community College campus.
The show is the brainchild of ICC’s Buster Davis, said Kay Mathews, executive director at Regional Rehab.
“He’s a real supporter of the Regional Rehab Center, and so he came to us and said, ‘I’d like to do a gospel concert for the rehab center,’” Mathews recalled. “We had maybe 450 people at the first one, and it outgrew that spot. Then we had it at the old gym on the ICC campus and that held maybe 1,500 or 1,700 people. Then we moved to the Davis Event Center and it holds 3,000-plus. It’s been filling up to capacity since.”
It’s usually a sell-out, and it’s the rehab center’s biggest fundraiser.
That’s music to the ears of Mathews and her staff. The Regional Rehabilitation Center provides free professional services, including speech, occupational and physical therapy, to patients in 26 counties in Northeast Mississippi.
Money raised by the concert pays for the center’s operation costs and client care.
“We’re not affiliated with a national organization, so the money stays right here,” she said.
Not only does Regional Rehab benefit from the concert, but the audience is treated to a concert featuring the best in bluegrass and gospel.
Each of the artists have enjoyed decades of success, with numerous award nominations and countless records sold between them all.
“You have these four entertainers for $20, and each of them are on stage for an hour,” Mathews said. “It’s unbelievable to see how talented these people are.”
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What: 17th annual bluegrass benefit for Regional Rehabilitation Center, featuring Rhonda Vincent, Paul Williams and the Victory Trio, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, and the Chuck Wagon Gang.
When: 4 p.m. Saturday
Where: Davis Event Center, Itawamba Community College, Fulton
Cost: $20/reserved seats, $15/general admission. Tickets are $5 extra day of show.
Info: (662) 862-8272, (662) 862-3711, (662) 862-9796, (662) 842.1891
Extra: Barbecue plates will be available for $10 at 2 p.m. at the Cypress Pavilion next door to the event center.