By Bailey Faulkner
Don’t miss your chance to support young Appalachian musicians by celebrating the life and music of Prince at The Local.
Originally scheduled for May 3, this event has been rescheduled for Tuesday, May 10.
Local funk-rock fusion band Bafoodus will raise money for the Boone chapter of Junior Appalachian Musicians with a night of exclusively Prince covers.
Unlike most of Bafoodus’ performances, Tuesday’s benefit show at The Local will be open to all ages. The night’s proceeds will go directly to JAM, a nonprofit organization that promotes music education in and around the High Country.
Taking the opportunity to help out the community by celebrating the life of the legendary musician, the members of Bafoodus hope to inspire young musicians as Prince inspired them.
Junior Appalachian Musicians
JAM was founded by Helen White in the spring of 2000. Originally located in Alleghany County, North Carolina, the program has now expanded to almost 30 locations in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.
JAM strives “to provide communities the tools and support they need to teach children to play and dance to traditional old time and bluegrass music.” The nonprofit envisions a world in which all children can be engaged members of their communities by participating in traditional Appalachian music together.
Boone’s JAM chapter is stationed at the Jones House in downtown Boone. On Thursday evenings, kids age 6 to 18 can take instructional classes on the fiddle, guitar, banjo, mandolin, ukulele and dulcimer. In addition to offering these classes, the chapter provides opportunities for kids to perform in front of live audiences. The program also features guest artists throughout the year.
JAM’s teacher-student ratios are usually 8:1 or lower. With this small group instruction, JAM gives young aspiring musicians the unique, hands-on opportunity to learn the instruments and history of the Appalachian area.
The nonprofit encourages its chapters to provide scholarships to children whose families cannot easily afford music lessons. The program’s tuition is determined by a student’s public school lunch status, with $10 weekly fees for full-paying students and $5 weekly fees for students on free or reduced lunch.
For more information about Boone’s JAM chapter, click here.
Each Bafoodus member cites Prince as a major musical influence.
“After the initial shock upon learning of Prince’s death, Scott Haynes, Mike Runyon and I decided we should honor his musical legacy by performing an all-Prince cover show. We are all long time fans and have enjoyed performing his tunes for years,” guitarist Andy Page said.
The lineup for Bafoodus’ benefit will be:
Andy Page (guitar)
Scott Haynes (bass, vocals)
Mike Runyon (keys)
Chaisaray Schenck (drums)
In addition to the lineup, special guest Laura England will bring her vocal talents to the mix. Other guests may be announced in the next few days leading up to the show. You can click here to stay posted.
The High Country favorites will be dedicating their entire show to covering Prince songs, so you better get ready to dance! The band has around 16 covers planned for the night.
“In line with Prince’s history of charitable donations, we decided to hold a benefit for local music instruction by donating 100% of the proceeds to the Boone chapter of Junior Appalachian Musicians. Hopefully, this will provide some inspiration to make music in our community as Prince has inspired so many with his music,” Page said.
Throughout the years, Bafoodus has played to packed crowds around Boone and the High Country. The band plays an irresistibly danceable mix of funk, rock and pop with hints of jazz. You can check out the band’s music here.
Bafoodus is especially thankful for The Local’s generosity in opening the show to all ages and providing a venue with great space and quality sound reinforcement.
The show will start at 10 p.m. There will be a $5 cover charge at the door.
Don’t miss out on your chance to support young, local musicians and celebrate the life and music of Prince!