A benefit concert supporting Triangle nonprofits, produced by Band Together and United Way of the Greater Triangle

Raleigh, N.C. (April 28, 2021) – Band Together and United Way of the Greater Triangle have announced the funk-soul trio Khruangbin will headline Comeback Fest, a benefit concert for the Triangle taking place on Saturday, October 23, 2021 at Red Hat Amphitheater in Downtown Raleigh. Opening acts include soul-revivalist Lee Fields and the Expressions and legendary hip-hop MC Big Daddy Kane. Presale tickets will be available April 28th, and public on sale begins Friday, April 30th at 10am at the ticket link.

Band Together and United Way have partnered to host Comeback Fest to help support Triangle nonprofits. All profits from this event will be used to support the Triangle’s recovery and stabilization now and beyond the COVID-19 pandemic, benefitting nearly 100 of the community’s most impactful nonprofit organizations. To learn more about Band Together and United Way’s efforts to help the Triangle rebuild, visit https://www.bandtogethernc.org/21-partnership.

Khruangbin’s music is multilingual, weaving far-flung musical languages like East Asian surf-rock, Persian funk, and Jamaican dub into mellifluous harmony. The Houston, TX group—bassist Laura Lee, guitarist Mark Speer, drummer DJ Johnson—pulls inspiration from all over the globe. Their most recent album, Mordechai, pulled reference points from Pakistan, Korea, and West Africa, and incorporated strains of Indian chanting boxes and Congolese syncopated guitar. Khruangbin is undoubtedly enchanting and dynamic, with a sound that emulates “the world, rather than any one particular part of the world,” says the bassist Laura Lee.

Lee Fields and the Expressions are at the forefront of the soul revival, a bustling and ever-growing corner that has nourished 21st century pop music. With a sound that transcends time, Lee Fields and the Expressions’ music sings of endless love, of endless hurt, of reverberating kindness and complex wisdom. Their music has been sampled by some of the most notable contemporary artists, such as J. Cole and Travis Scott. Lee Fields and the Expressions are living history.

Big Daddy Kane is widely considered to be one of the most influential and skilled MCs in hip hop. Kane is known for his ability to syncopate over faster hip hop beats, and he is acknowledged for being one of the pioneers of fast rhyming. Kane has several gold albums, and endless music accolades including a Grammy award. He also received a VH1 Hip Hop Honor in 2005.

Please join Band Together and United Way of the Greater Triangle in raising over $2 Million to support the recovery of our community from the COVID-19 pandemic. Ticket sales, individual donations and corporate sponsorships to Comeback Fest will directly support the most impactful nonprofits in the Triangle who are at the frontlines of our community’s stabilization.

 

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Band Together is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization composed of business and community leaders and volunteers from across the Triangle. Since its inception, the organization has donated over $10 million to 20 philanthropic organizations through one mission: connecting the community to nonprofits through the power of live music. Band Together’s annual concert event is organized and led by a team of more than 200 volunteers. Band Together’s Main Event has become the Southeast’s largest annual charitable music event, bringing music with a mission to over 50,000 concert goers. 

About United Way of the Greater Triangle:

United Way of the Greater Triangle’s mission is to eradicate poverty and increase social mobility through the power of partnerships, with support provided across four counties: Durham, Johnston, Orange, and Wake, NC. Through three impact focus areas – Cradle to Career, Healthy Families, and Equity in Leadership – United Way supports 85 nonprofit organizations doing the on-the-ground work needed to break the cycle of poverty. To learn more, visit www.unitedwaytriangle.org.

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