Drumming to Beat Cancer: drumSTRONG Rhythm & Arts Festival Returns to Charlotte Next Month
Where can you raise awareness and funds for cancer, be part of a new Guinness World Record, eat gourmet food, and enjoy great music? The 8th annual drumSTRONG event, of course!
Located just 4 miles south of the Charlotte city limits in Weddington, NC at Misty Meadows Farm, festivities start Friday, May 16 and run through Sunday. Activities include inventive stage sets, local and international art & food vendors, a craft beer garden, a cancer health expo, yoga, KidzFun activities, music from celebrity artists, belly dancing, and of course, the much anticipated Drum-a-Thon.
The concept is straightforward: a Drum Circle marathon produced by DrumsForCures, Inc. in which participants get sponsorship for each hour they drum. Cancer awareness and survivorship support are raised to new levels and the funds benefit cancer initiatives globally.
The event began as a record-breaking 24-hour nonstop rhythm-driven jam. Each year organizers have added an additional hour and have continued to break the previously set record.Â Since the first event in 2007, drumSTRONG has expanded to over 70 cities in 25 countries to help support cancer initiatives.
Throughout the event, festival attendants can enjoy an assortment of local and international food vendors:
The Sugar Shack – Serving up festival favorites including organic and veggie sandwiches, french toast, coffee, tea as well as breakfast all day
Papaâs Pizza To GoÂ –Â Southern chain with Weddington location offering fresh baked pizza, subs, wings, salads and more
The Homegrown CrepeÂ –Â Charlotte area food-truck that specializes in gourmet made from scratch crepes
Taco Green-GoÂ –Â AÂ local, Chef owned and operated, eco-friendly, food truck offering a rotating selection of fusion style street tacos, ceviche, and other goodies
Master Bacon – Charlotte food truck devoting an entire menu offering to America’s favorite food, bacon
Oowee BBQÂ –Â Charlotte area food truck serving up traditional BBQ favorites
Gourmet GoombahÂ –Â A Rock Hill-based Italian-American mobile kitchen
Boogie Bean CoffeeÂ –Â Locally owned and operated coffee roasting company hailing from Holly Springs, NC
King of PopsÂ –Â Providing an ecologically responsible, fresh, all-natural frozen treat in a fun neighborhood environment
Cookies for CancerÂ –Â National non-profit organization with local chapters raising funds and awareness for childhoodÂ cancer research through bakes sales
Gates open at 12:00 pm on Friday and the Drum-A-Thon âkick-offâ is noon on Saturday with drumming continuing non-stopÂ tillÂ Sunday afternoon. The event is rain or shine but festival organizers have pledged to provide large tents in preparation for rain. Onsite camping is permitted for no extra charge and campers are encouraged to come early and set up.
Other musical acts include local and national artists:
The Felice Brothers, Kopecky Family Band, Chatham County Line, American Aquarium, Yo Mamaâs Big Fat Booty Band, Dom Flemons (Formerly of Carolina Chocolate Drops), Joe Pug, HRVRD, Lost in the Trees, The Mantras, The New Familiars, The Love Language, Marley Carroll, Bombadil, Overmountain Men, Junior Astronomers, Dirty Drummer, Elonzo, Ancient Cities, Super Ape, Grown Up Avenger Stuff, Of Good Nature, Replicas, Sinners & Saints, Time Sawyer, Pullman Strike, The Business People, Cairo Fire, and Miami Dice.
To purchase tickets and to learn how you can get involved please visit drumstrong.org.