WNCN is the media sponsor for Band Together, and the headline act was announced Wednesday morning on WNCN's 11 a.m. newscast.
Hall and Oates began in the 1970s and continue to make their impact on all music from boy band harmonies to neo-soul to rap-rock fusion. The Philadelphia-bred musicians have sold more albums than any other duo in music history, with 20 million albums and over 80 million records sold as of 2012.
They were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2003, and will join the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in April. With 34 chart hits, such as "You Make My Dreams Come True," "Kiss on My List," "I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)," "Sara Smile" and more, they have a broad following in the U.S. and internationally.
Hall and Oates have recently released solo projects. Hall has a multi-award-winning monthly web series, Live from Daryl's House. As a duo they released their first box set, "Do What You Want, Be What You Are: The Music of Daryl Hall & John Oates."
The box set has a total of four CDs containing 74 tracks, 16 of them previously unreleased. They have paved the way for contemporary artists, and continue to be a living legend of the music industry.
Also appearing on May 3 as special guest is Robert Randolph & The Family Band, bringing a distinctive mix of rock, funk, and rhythm & blues. Randolph has earned a spot on Rolling Stone's "100 Great Guitarists of All Time" list and the band is well-known for its tireless touring and unforgettable performances at such festivals as Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
This year Band Together's Main Event – the largest charitable music event in the Southeast – is moving to Walnut Creek Amphitheatre, the Triangle-Area's largest outdoor music venue. WNCN's Page Crawford and Sean Maroney will emcee the event.
Each year, Band Together selects a charity as its partner.
In 2012, Band Together NC's Board of Directors chose for the first time two nonprofit organizations as their 2014 recipients, Communities In Schools of Wake County and Community In Schools of Durham. Both organizations share a common mission to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. And this year, Band Together aims to surpass all of its previous events, with a goal of raising at least $1 million in proceeds for the two organizations.
Last year, Band Together raised $852,000 for the Tammy Lynn Center.
Through individual and corporate donations, Band Together has raised nearly $3 million for local nonprofits since its arrival onto the scene in 2001.
Tickets for the event range from $49 (in advance) for general seating/Upper House Reserved to premium Gold Circle seating for $95. Tickets will be on sale starting at 10 a.m., March 1 through Ticketmaster.com.
All proceeds from the 2014 Band Together–Communities In Schools of Wake County and Durham partnership will go to hiring a minimum of six graduation coaches and mentors who will directly serve more than 600 students while indirectly serving 6,000 more students in the Triangle. Analysis by EMSI, one of the nation's leading economic modeling firms, has shown that Community in Schools' model is providing an $11.60 benefit/cost ration to every $1 invested.
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