Music veteran Mac Arnold helps cure the blues in Henderson County

GOT THE BLUES: Hendersonville-based nonprofit Thrive works to help adults with mental health symptoms transition from surviving to thriving, according to the organization's executive director Kristen Martin. Blues legend Mac Arnold, pictured, will aid in the mission by headlining Thrive's fourth annual Blues & Bids fundraiser. Photo courtesy of the artist

WHAT: Thrive’s fourth annual Bids & Blues fundraiser, featuring Mac Arnold

WHERE: The Cove at Highland Lake

WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 13, 2-6 p.m.

WHY: “Everyone feels blue at some point in their life, and music is one of many ways to cope,” says Kristen Martin, executive eirector of mental health organization Thrive. “We like to connect blues music to our mission as a way to reduce stigma and promote advocacy.”

Accordingly, music veteran Mac Arnold and his band Plate Full O’ Blues plus special guest Eric Congdon will headline the nonprofit’s fourth annual Bids & Blues outdoor event. The featured artist’s resume recalls his varying roles alongside icons like James Brown (who was a member of Arnold’s first band), Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker.

“All funds raised go directly to support the individuals we serve in living a happy, healthy and productive life,” Martin explains, noting that one of Thrive’s programs was recently cut due to lack of funds. “Thrive’s role in the Henderson County area is to assist adults with mental health symptoms to move from surviving to thriving. Thrive supports adults with a mental health diagnosis [as they] obtain employment, volunteer experience, independent living [arrangements], and social and coping skills.”

Event tickets include a catered picnic by local chef Lark Lindsey, complimentary drinks from Sierra Nevada and MetroWines, and participation in a live auction. Plus, Martin notes: “The Cove at Highland lake provides a beautiful scenic view of the lake. … It’s a great night that supports a wonderful cause!”

Bids & Blues tickets are $25 for adults, $10 for children ages 6-12 and free for children younger than 6. They are available at or by calling 697-1581.


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About Kat McReynolds
Kat studied entrepreneurship and music business at the University of Miami and earned her MBA at Appalachian State University. Follow me @katmAVL

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