Breast Cancer Awareness Month may be over, but a group of local musicians is seeking to show folks that the fight against the disease never ends.
This Saturday Grapefull Sisters Vineyard will host the first-ever Rock the Ribbon Family Festival, a music festival to raise money for Caring in Our Lifetime, a nonprofit group which helps pay medical bills for those suffering from breast cancer in Horry and Georgetown Counties.
The event will feature a full slate of local and regional artists performing on stage from 1 to 5 p.m. with food, raffles, kids gams and activities throughout the day. The music will kick off with a event organizer and local singer-songwriter Angie Capone who says while she'll be buys putting things together, she couldn't pass up an opportunity to perform.
"I decided to put myself on first to be the guinea pig for the sound guys and all that," she said. "Plus, then I can work everything else after that and be there if folks need me."
In addition to having a chance to show off her skills on stage, Capone says her motivation for putting together this event was personal.
"I have a cousin Gina who lives in Pennsylvania who was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer and they said they didn't have any options for her, they wanted to use experimental drugs and things. And I just hated that I was hearing this and couldn't be there or have a chance to visit her," she said. "This is my way to do something for her."
Capone says that after talking to her cousin about what she could do, she decided to put together a fundraiser that contribute toward paying medical bills as quickly as possible. Although she could have easily spent six months putting something like this together, Capone said she felt the time was right now.
"I was talking to Doc [Carroll] that owns Grapefull Sisters and just picked a date. I wanted to hurry up and do it before it got cold," she said.
Luckily, in recruiting folks to perform and pitch in she didn't have to go far beyond friends and family. Capone's brother, Dino, owns Dino Capone's School of Rock and volunteered his students up to participate.
"That's my brother, and so I defnitely wanted to get the kids out there as part of this," she said. " Broken Strings, one of the school's bands will perform and they're great. They got a really good female singer."
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She then reached out to her friends to bring in Mafia, a local rock band, blues whiz Jaynie Trudell and Jaesen Izm (ne' Moore), along with country singer Duane Lee Proctor, Jassy Cornwell, who is the granddaughter of country legend Loretta Lynn, and local rockers Full Impact, who will headline the show.
All the music will take place at the Carrollwoods RV Campground, which sits behind the vineyard on the same plot of land. Capone says she fell in love with the venue, which is located between Longs and Tabor city on the S.C./N.C. state line, when she opened for local jam band Tanglespeak this summer.
"It's awesome out there. They've got a huge stage in this huge open field with a kids play area," she said "We'll have a big bonfire and hayrides, there will be holiday lights up, and there's a little bar inside where you can take a tour and get some good wine drinks."
Capone hopes that by putting on something like this, shes's doing her part to give back to the community and may be able to help inspire other musicians to do the same.
"We have a great lineup of awesopme talent and we're raising money for local patients, it's going to great," she said.