|The annual event will include live music, food and fireworks |
Callaway resident James Seay and his three children are the Hollow Springs Band who will perform at the Rocky Mount Rotary Club’s Independence Day Festival.
Friday, June 22, 2012
By CHARLES BOOTHE - Staff Writer
Groova Scape and the Hollow Springs Band will headline this year's Rocky Mount Rotary Club's Independence Day Festival.
The festival will be held on Tuesday, July 3 at the football stadium at Franklin County High School, starting at 5 p.m.
Plenty of food and drink will be available, as well as games and activities for children. As usual, a huge fireworks show will close out the free annual festival.
Members of the Rocky Mount Rotary Club are now selling raffle tickets for $100 and for $1. Three cash prizes will be given away during the festival for the $100 ticketholders. First place is $5,000, second place is $3,000 and third place is $2,000.
Proceeds from the raffle will benefit the Southern Virginia Child Advocacy Center (CAC), Boy Scouts, Franklin County Family YMCA and the Children's Miracle Network.
Prizes will also be given away to holders of the $1 raffle tickets. Those prizes include a gas grill, gift cards, a gift certificate from Haywood's Jewelry, a watch from Carter's Jewelry and a rod and reel combo from Franklin Outdoors.
A few spots for food vendors are left to be filled. If interested, call Billy Kingery at 420-2848.
The prestigious Patriot Award will also be presented at the festival, honoring the service of a Franklin County veteran.
Vocalist Brittany Sparks fronts Groova Scape, known for its ability to rev up covers of everything from Sound Tribe/Sector 9 to the Beatles and Howlin' Wolf.
Henry Lazenby plays the guitar with Jay Tuggle on bass and Cody Kesling on drums.
Based in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, Groova Scape has developed an international following over the internet with regular listeners in California, Texas, and North Carolina, plus the United Kingdom and France. The band has made numerous appearances on regional television and traveled to make appearances at the Crozet Music Festival in Charlottesville, Culturefest and Pink Moon festivals in West Virginia, and the Day-Glo Music Festival in North Carolina.
The Callaway-based Hollow Springs Band is making an encore appearance at the festival.
The band features James Seay and his three children, Rebekah,15, Alison, 14, and Evan, 12.
Hollow Springs has built a repertoire of country, bluegrass, rock, folk and classical music, including two songs written by Seay.
Rebekah plays the fiddle and sings lead, while Alison, affectionately nicknamed "Squabie," plays the keyboards and sings harmony. Evan plays an electric bass and adds his special touch of harmony.
Seay plays guitar and adds a mature voice to the harmony mix.
The band recently released its first CD, "Roads to Nowhere."