Musician Ed Roland will be making an appearance in Aiken on July 11 to benefit Golden Harvest Food Bank. The lead vocalist and primary songwriter for the rock band Collective Soul will perform at The Willcox on Colleton Avenue.
The event, which will include a silent auction, is scheduled to take place from 7 to 10 p.m. It will be the latest in a series of fundraising concerts that Golden Harvest calls Feedback Sessions.
“This is something we started earlier this year,” said Michael Gibbons, Golden Harvest’s chief development officer for South Carolina. “The first one we did was in May with Patrick Davis and James Otto at River Island (in Georgia). We’ve worked closely with a promoter in Augusta over the years and the idea just kind of grew out of some discussions about neat events that would be fun and that would allow people to help out Golden Harvest.”
The Feedback Sessions are similar to the programs for the television series “MTV Unplugged,” which showcases popular musical artists playing acoustic instruments, according to Gibbons.
“These are concerts in intimate settings,” Gibbons said.
Roland’s work with Collective Soul has produced such hits as “Shine,” “December,” The World I Know,” “Where the River Flows,” “Gel,” “Precious Declaration,” and “Listen.”
Collective Soul’s “Tremble for My Beloved” was on the soundtrack for the 2008 movie “Twilight.”
Jesse Colin Young and his wife, Connie, will be the host couple for the Roland performance. Young is a founding member of The Youngbloods, a folk rock band that had the hit “Get Together” in the 1960s.
Tickets for the concert are $50 apiece and the price includes beer and wine. Food will be available for purchase.
Space at the event is limited. Around 150 people can be accommodated.
“We anticipate selling out,” Gibbons said.
Tickets can be purchased at www.goldenharvest.org or at The Willcox. For more information, email Gibbons at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Golden Harvest provides quality food and other grocery products to those in need in Aiken County and 29 other counties in South Carolina and Georgia. The organization’s headquarters is in Augusta.
Dede Biles is a general assignment reporter for the Aiken Standard and has been with the newspaper since January 2013.