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Tickets benefit fund for needy children in area

By Staff Reports
Published in News on December 10, 2013 1:46 PM

With a little less than a week to go until their annual Christmas concert, tickets for The Embers are going fast.

The band will once again take to the stage as part of the campaign to raise money for the Empty Stocking Fund, a Goldsboro charity that has provided holiday cheer for less fortunate youngsters for more than a century.

This year's show will be held Monday, Dec. 16 at 7:30 p.m. in Moffatt Auditorium at Wayne Community College. A portion of the proceeds from the event will be used to buy clothing and toys for needy kids in Wayne County -- a drive that band members have said they are proud to be part of.

"It's all about the kids," lead singer Wayne Free said following last year's performance. And the same can be said about this year's concert.

The legendary beach music band, led by Goldsboro native Bobby Tomlinson on drums, has changed its lineup slightly since last year but it still promises to be an Embers show -- full of lights, laughter and extraordinary music.

The band has already begun its annual Christmas concert series and is playing at venues in and around the state this week.

But on Monday night, the six-man group will arrive in Wayne County, ready to give fans an evening they won't soon forget.

The band, organized more than a half century ago, is observing its eighth year of special holiday concerts. After releasing more than 25 albums and singles , the band's creativity has not waned and this season its members have put out two new singles "Lovey Dovey," and "Little Mama," that harken back to their musical roots.

Monday night's show will highlight the band's familiar repertoire of Christmas favorites as well as some new numbers.

In addition to Tomlinson and Free, the band boasts four other multi-talented musicians who shift easily from one instrument to another, giving the band its signature sound. Stephen Pachuta, Jeff Grimes, Jimmy Weaver and Jeff Blanton round out the cast.

Tickets for the show are $22 for adults, $10 for children under the age of 12 and $35 for VIP seating. The latter also gets you a chance to have refreshments and get a chance to meet the band at 6:30 prior to the show.

To reserve a seat, call 919-739-7905.