Smart Bets: Make-A-Wish Christmas party benefit concert

Now in its 16th year, the annual Make-A-Wish Christmas Party Benefit Concert has attracted a wealth of all-star musicians but, foremost, has raised significant funds to help grant the requests of children in Central and Western North Carolina diagnosed with life-threatening medical conditions. The 2017 iteration features such area talent as Steep Canyon Rangers fiddler Nicky Sanders; Chappell, composed of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Artimus Pyle on drums and his son Chris Pyle on guitar and vocals; singer McKayla A. Reese sitting in with Southern rockers The Log Noggins; Charlotte-based power trio Halden Vang; and Penrose-based “everyday Americana” artist Dave Desmelik. Brian Blades of 105.9 The Mountain will be the emcee for the all-ages show at The Orange Peel on Friday, Dec. 22, at 7 p.m. $13. Photo of Jake Haldenwang of Halden Vang by Arvind Photography

About Edwin Arnaudin
Edwin Arnaudin is a staff writer for Mountain Xpress. He also reviews films for and is a member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association (SEFCA) and North Carolina Film Critics Association (NCFCA). Follow me @EdwinArnaudin

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One thought on “Smart Bets: Make-A-Wish Christmas party benefit concert

  1. brian blades

    Thanks for the love! WE are really excited about this years line up and the bigger the audience , the more kids we can help through the foundation! Also want people to know my morning show partner will be joining me this year as a co-host of the evening!
    Thanks again and Happy Holidays,
    Brian Blades
    1059 the Mountain

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