McCrory's taps big name local band to play inaugural ball

Concord-natives The Avett Brothers have been one of the fasting rising bands in recent years and they’ve played the stadiums to prove it. But the band will add another high-profile gig to its hectic tour schedule this weekend when they play newly-elected North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory’s inaugural ball.

Along with the Avetts, North Carolina bands, Parmalee, Bull City Syndicate, The Hot at Nights and Old Habits have also been tapped to perform at the Jan. 11 event.

Avett Brother’s bassist Bob Crawford said in a release about the performance: “It is an honor to have been asked to participate in this event. Beyond any party affiliation, we wish to serve the state of North Carolina any way we can. We wish Governor Pat McCrory the best of luck through the coming years.”

This is a bit of a change for the Avett Brother’s though as they’ve never been overtly political. Their music, a recipe of heavy banjo and bass licks covered by soulful and introspective lyrics delivered with a southern drawl, has never veered into that messy world. They’ve always seemed at their best when singing about relationships, life and dying and the women they love.

Their most recent album, The Carpenter, tends to stick to the formula the Avett’s have done so well of tweaking the music of the Appalachian Mountain bands for a larger audience.

Last year, Crawford was quoted at a Nashville concert by several news outlets espousing a libertarian-leaning ideology about the dangers of a bloated central government and the need for financial reforms. But the band has rarely made its political leanings known or even relevant to their music. They generally are quoted as saying they prefer to have fans from both sides of the aisle.

Here’s the release about the event:

The Avett Brothers and Parmalee to Headline the N.C. Governor’s Inaugural Ball Gala Presentation 

North Carolina entertainers to perform throughout the Inaugural Ball events

RALEIGH, January 8, 2013 – North Carolina natives, The Avett Brothers and Parmalee, will be the featured entertainment at the N.C. Governor’s Inaugural Ball Gala Presentation Friday, January 11 at the Raleigh Convention Center. But the North Carolina ties don’t stop there. N.C. Agricultural and Technical State University’s drumline, William Peace University Singers and Mark Kano and Mike Garrigan round out the entertainment for the Presentation.

After the Presentation, ball attendees will dance the night away to Bull City Syndicate, The Hot at Nights and Old Habits.

Bob Crawford of The Avett Brothers said, “It is an honor to have been asked to participate in this event. Beyond any party affiliation, we wish to serve the state of North Carolina any way we can. We wish Governor Pat McCrory the best of luck through the coming years.”

The Avett Brothers, who are from Concord are made up of brothers, Scott and Seth Avett on guitar, Bob Crawford on stand-up bass, Joe Kwon on cello and Jacob Edwards on drums. The band has toured worldwide, sharing their bluegrass, country, punk, pop melodies, folk, rock and roll, honky tonk and ragtime sound with people across the globe. The band was recently nominated for a Grammy and has made appearances on television shows, such as “Friday Night Lights,” “Parenthood” and “One Tree Hill.”
Parmalee made its way from Eastern North Carolina to the country music capital of the world, Nashville, Tenn., where they have become a country rock sensation. The group has toured nationwide but will always call North Carolina home. Inaugural Ball Gala Presentation attendees will not only get to hear Paramlee perform “Carolina,” but the band is also giving away a free download this new, not-yet-released song.

Bull City Syndicate is named after their hometown of Durham and consists of a four-horn front line with powerhouse funk, rock vocals.

The Hot at Nights are an exploratory jazz trio based out of Raleigh, just like Old Habits, which blends blue grass, rock and country.

“At the Inaugural Ball events we will not only celebrate the Council of State and Governor Pat McCrory, but all of North Carolina,” said Pat Wilkins, Junior League of Raleigh President. “I’d like to specifically thank Dave Rose from Deep South Entertainment for his help in securing so many great performers from across North Carolina. It’s going to be a great night with great entertainment!”

Since 1933, North Carolina’s newly elected governors have selected the Junior League of Raleigh to serve as the host of the Governor’s Inaugural Ball. This event, which celebrates the Governor and Council of State, helps the League continue its tradition of service to the community by raising much-needed dollars to support the League’s projects and programs. It is through this tradition that the Junior League of Raleigh is able to achieve its vision of strengthening communities by embracing diverse perspectives, building partnerships and inspiring shared solutions.

The Junior League of Raleigh is hosting the Governor’s Inaugural Ball for the 20th time. The League’s tradition of planning inaugural festivities began in 1933. With the volunteer efforts of approximately 400 League members, working an estimated 21,000 hours, the Junior League of Raleigh is able to host the Inaugural Ball as a fundraiser to support community and statewide programs that benefit North Carolina.

The Junior League of Raleigh ( is a nonprofit organization focused on training women as community leaders and volunteers. The League is a member of the Association of Junior Leagues International and is the 9th largest of 294 Leagues internationally. The Raleigh League has more than 1,800 members serving Wake County with programs of education and volunteer service. The League has contributed more than 232,000 volunteer hours since 2000, focusing on promising youth.

Since 1930, the Junior League of Raleigh has contributed more than $5 million to community projects and programs. The League reaches out to women of all races, religions and national origins who demonstrate an interest in and commitment to volunteerism.

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