A November concert extends the bond between a passionate local business owner and the Wellmont Cancer Institute to benefit cancer patients at Bristol Regional Medical Center who have potentially burdensome everyday expenses.
To support patients in need, Crooked Road General Store, which is owned by Marla Edwards, is bringing Dale Ann Bradley Bluegrass Band and Sister Sadie to Northeast State Community College’s Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts Saturday, Nov. 15. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., with the concert starting at 7 p.m.
“This annual concert is very special in my heart,” Edwards said. “Every year, different artists come here to raise money for our No Worries – or NOW – fund, which provides patients with financial support for unplanned emergency needs, such as gas and medications.
“These concerts are a great way for people to enjoy themselves while making a major difference in our community’s quality of life.”
The NOW fund is administered by Wellmont Foundation, which works with the cancer institute to distribute the money.
Previous acts to perform at this benefit concert include Rhonda Vincent and The Rage and Jeff and Sheri Easter.
“This is our fifth concert, and I thought Dale Ann Bradley was the perfect choice,” Edwards said. “She normally performs at Rhythm & Roots Reunion every year, so she already has a large, local fan base.”
Bradley is well-known for incorporating songs from all genres into her shows. She has been nominated as the International Bluegrass Music Association female vocalist of the year seven times and has won five times.
Sister Sadie, the night’s opening act, is a five-piece band of all female musicians and singers based in Nashville. The group features three veteran bluegrass singers –Bradley, Tina Adair and Gena Britt. Joining them are Beth Lawrence on bass and Deanie Richardson on fiddle, both of whom help with vocals. Bradley will perform with her band and Sister Sadie that night.
“We’re very grateful to Marla for always thinking of our patients and wanting to help them in such a meaningful way,” said Sue Lindenbusch, the cancer institute’s senior vice president. “This is important because concerns about basic necessities can and do distract patients from their need to focus on healing. But with angels like Marla looking out for them, it is one less thing they have to worry about.”
Tickets for the show are $20. They can be purchased in advance by calling Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts at 423-354-5173 or Edwards at 423-782-0254.