• Belmont Country Club Summer Concerts * KC & the Sunshine Band

        Foundation needs Sunshine to save concert series
        EntertainmentBy Eileen M. Carlton
        Source: Fairfax County Times
        TUESDAY, JULY 29 2008 UPDATED TUESDAY, JULY 29 2008

        The Loudoun Foundation needs a little sunshine, right this very weekend, and it has just the band to provide it. KC and the Sunshine Band will go onstage at Belmont Sunday, Aug. 3. Opening for KC will be the Justin Trawick Band.

        The weather has dealt the Loudoun Foundation some cruel blows this summer. According to Tracey Parent, president of the Loudoun Foundation, which sponsors the event, the outdoor concert series has been plagued by weather problems all season.

        Out of 10 scheduled concerts, Parent wrote in a press release, two have been canceled due to rain and four others have played to significantly reduced, rain-soaked audiences. Parent indicated that with the losses mounting, the future of the charity event is in question.
        “We’ve had a challenging year, that’s for sure,” Parent continued. “As optimistic as I try to be, this has been grueling.”

        Travis Tritt, scheduled to appear on July 13, was never able to take the stage. Lightening, thunder and pouring rain forced the cancellation of the concert.

        “It’s only the second time in five years we’ve had to cancel a show with an audience in the venue,” Parent wrote. “People were so disappointed and I felt terrible for them.”

        One week later, Parent reported, a determined but small crowd of fans stood in heavy rain and wind to listen to The Charlie Daniels Band.

        “We’re gonna stay here as long as you do,” Charlie Daniels called out from the stage. “We came to play for you.”

        “The community response has been incredible,” Parent wrote. “I have people calling me to say how sick they were for us when they saw the rain. Knowing how difficult it has been, our banker told me she cried when it rained on the last concert. But people are coming and I’m hearing that they want us to keep going.”

        KC and the Sunshine band will be the final concert of the series, and Parent hopes the popular group will bring the crowds back to the arena.

        “We really need them to come to this last show,” Parent wrote. β€œIt’s like clapping so that Tinker Bell lives. We need everyone to say, ‘I believe. I believe.'”

        The gates open at 5 p.m. at the Belmont Country Club, 19661 Belmont Manor Lane, Ashburn. The Justin Trawick Band goes on at 6:15 p.m. and KC and the Sunshine Band at 7:15 p.m.
        Tickets are $17 in advance, $20 at gate and $35 for Gold Circle seating.

        Contact 703-327-9096, info@liveatbelmont.com.

        Article taken from http://www.fairfaxtimes.com/news/2008/jul/29/foundation-needs-sunshine-save-concert-series/