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Will Rock For Food Marshall Tucker Band to play benefit for Marion Food Pantry

  • Marion Ministerial Alliance Executive Director J.R. Russell is shown here in his office on Calvert Street in downtown Marion.

    Marion Ministerial Alliance Executive Director J.R. Russell is shown here in his office on Calvert Street in downtown Marion.
    Ceasar Maragni photo


 
BY CEASAR MARAGNI
Contributing Photojournalist
updated: 2/22/2019 12:49 AM

MARION -- An official with the Marion Food Pantry, an offshoot of the Marion Ministerial Alliance, is announcing an appearance this summer by the Marshall Tucker Band as a headliner for the annual "Will Rock For Food" benefit concert at the Marion Cultural & Civic Center.

Longtime Ministerial Alliance Executive Director J.R. Russell said this week that in addition to the popular southern rock band, famous for hits like "Heard It In A Love Song," Fire On The Mountain," "Can't You See" and "Take The Highway," the concert will feature local favorites The Jeff Pritchett Project and acoustic performer and top 10 finalist from NBC's The Voice -- Dave Fenley.

The Marshall Tucker Band hails from North Carolina where its unique blend of rock, rhythm and blues, jazz, country and gospel helped define what is universally known today as "southern rock."

The group has had seven gold hit singles, as well as three platinum albums during its storied career.

The Marion Food Pantry, which is located on Calvert Street, serves local families who face financial struggles in providing the very basics of food needs for themselves.

Russell added, "We help these families by providing boxes of food through our pantry and by serving a hot daily noon time meal through our soup kitchen every weekday. We've been doing so since 1981."

Their soup kitchen alone serves an average of over 1,400 meals each month, according to Russell.

Tickets will go on sale for the concert beginning at 8 a.m. Friday, March 1 at the box office or online at marionccc.com. The performance is set for 7 p.m. on Friday, July 26.

This is the only "fundraiser" that the Ministerial Alliance hosts each year.

 
 
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