LUMBERTON — A band with Robeson County roots will rock to support local victims of Hurricane Matthew.
Dark Water Rising has turned a Fayetteville performance into a benefit concert in light of the catastrophic flooding that has struck the county from which three of its five members hale.
Aaron Locklear, the band’s drummer, said the group was already planning a show for Saturday with the Fayetteville Arts Council as part of that organization’s ongoing exhibit on American Indian artists. The free show is in front of the Arts Council building at 301 Hay St. in Fayetteville from 7 to 9 p.m.
“We were out of town and the hurricane hit and with everything going on we’re trying to make it a fundraiser event,” he said.
The band will be collecting non-perishable food, water and clothing to bring to Robeson County’s emergency shelters, which currently have about 1,300 people staying in them.
The band describes its sound as “rocky soul” taking inspiration from Aretha Franklin to Lynrd Skynrd in their original music. They have earned two Native American Music Awards for “Debut Duo or Group of the Year” and “Best Gospel/Inspirational Recording.”
Locklear says the performance will be “a more emotional show” than others. The band’s lead vocalist, Charly Lowry, has come home to Robeson County this week to volunteer and its lead guitarist, Corey Locklear, who is a nurse, has returned home to help those in need. Tony Murnahan, on bass and acoustic guitar, and Emily Musolino on vocals and guitar, round out the band’s lineup.
“It’s free, come out, get your spirits lifted and support a great cause,” Locklear said.