The first installment of Lincoln County Family YMCA’s 2019 Keith Turner Memorial Concert Series will be held on Friday featuring the popular bluegrass band Deeper Shade of Blue. This is a free community event to be held outside, at the pavilion across the street from the Lincolnton YMCA and the Lincoln County Health Department. Keith Turner was a Lincolnton resident who had a passion for helping youth and families in the community.
This is the first year that the YMCA has had a concert series and the second year the annual concert has been held at the pavilion at the Y. It was previously known as the KREWE Fun Fest and is held to raise funds to send local children to summer camp at the YMCA.
“The YMCA’s call is to strengthen community and we are doing that,” YMCA senior director of member experience Alisha Dameron said. “Paula Turner and her late husband, Keith Turner, were very much active members of the YMCA. Paula also sits on the board. Keith had a heart attack right outside the YMCA.”
This is the 17th year that concerts have been held to memorialize Keith Turner and raise money for the YMCA.
“It all started with Keith, Rick Ramseur, Larry Dellinger and Harry Costner, who were all high school classmates,” Paula Turner said. “They got together and wanted to raise money for underprivileged children in Lincoln County. That’s how we got to the Y and these concerts started. Last year approximately 80 percent of the kids who attended camp received financial help. We’ve done it every year since.”
Based in the Monroe area, the members of Deeper Shade of Blue have been together for almost 20 years.
“We have released a CD on Mountain Fever Records, ‘Steam,’ and have had success with the title single,” lifelong Lincolnton resident Scott Burgess said. “It went number one on the Roots Music Chart and it also charted on Bluegrass Today. We’ve had some other cuts on the CD that have charted on the gospel charts as well. We released it last June and are pretty proud of it. We’re starting to think about starting another project. I love coming home to Lincolnton and I hope we get a good turn out.”
Burgess, who plays bass in the band has been involved in bluegrass music pretty much his whole life. Troy Pope plays the guitar, Jim Fraley plays the banjo and his son Jason Fraley plays the mandolin. Frank Poindexter plays the dobro (resonator guitar) and is the uncle of the Rice Brothers who are well known for their bluegrass music. Everyone in the group sings.
This is a free community event and everyone is welcome, with donations to the YMCA Annual Campaign strongly encouraged. Family-friendly drinks and ice cream will be available for free (while supplies last), with food available for purchase from Lincolnton High School Band Boosters.
The second concert will feature the Frank Love Orchestra and will be held on Aug. 15. The third series will be in September but the date has not been set yet. The series is presented by Abernethy Chrysler Jeep Dodge.
The pavilion is located across the street from the Lincolnton YMCA and the Lincoln County Health Department. A golf cart will be available to transport individuals who may be mobility challenged. There is limited seating so lawn chairs are recommended. The Lincoln County Family YMCA is located at 1402 Gaston Street in Lincolnton.