Photo Gallery: Hall & Oates

Check out scenes from last weekend’s Hall & Oates concert, part of a Band Together NC fundraiser benefitting Communities in Schools of Wake County and Durham! 

At its largest event to date, held on May 3, Band Together NC Executive Director Matt Strickland and co-founder Danny Rosin announced proceeds from the evening would top $600,000.

The concert – attended by more than 4,000 music fans – will push fundraising closer to the final goal of raising $1 million for the 2014 partnership with Communities In Schools of Wake County and Communities in Schools of Durham. A final fundraising total will be announced at a press event in the next two months.

Band Together NC, a Triangle-based organization that uses live music as a platform for social change, has become the largest charitable music event in the Southeast since its inception in 2001 following the tragic events of 9/11. Including fundraising totals to date, the organization has raised more than $3.5 million for the Triangle community to date.

Legendary duo and newly-inducted Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Daryl Hall and John Oates performed as headlining artists for the 2014 concert, accompanied by Robert Randolph and the Family Band, DJ Logic and NC southern-indie band Jack the Radio – who earned a slot after winning Band Together’s 2014 Last Band Standing contest.

Due to the growing community support, Band Together moved its concert to Walnut Creek Amphitheatre, its biggest venue to date, to accommodate the more than 4,000 attendees.

“We set lofty goals for this year’s event,” said Strickland. “Two partners, a bigger venue, bigger event and larger musical acts. But we knew we could accomplish it with the help of our dedicated support system of sponsors, volunteers and Triangle music fans. As we get closer to reaching our fundraising goal, we’re confident about the impact we’ll leave with CIS of Wake County and Durham in helping students in our community reach optimal success.”

Total funds raised this year are anticipated to surpass the $860,000 that Band Together raised in 2013 for its nonprofit partner, Tammy Lynn Center for Developmental Disabilities.

Funds were raised through sponsorships, ticket sales, silent auctions, a wine grab, the Last Band Standing concert, live artist paintings and a raffle at the concert event. Proceeds raised for CIS will go toward 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.

Band Together will partner with StepUp Ministry for its 2015 partnership. Proceeds raised will be used to maintain StepUp Raleigh; open a parent organization, StepUp North Carolina; and open a seed organization, StepUp Durham.

For more information about Band Together, visit

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