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Hoonose to perform Saturday in support of Food for the Soul

Posted: December 26, 2013 5:04 p.m.
Updated: December 27, 2013 5:00 a.m.

By TOM DIDATO

C-I (Camden, S.C.) sports editor

Last winter, following a benefit concert held at his establishment, The Venue on Broad, Phillip Brown brought a carload of food, coats, sweaters and monetary donations to Food for the Soul’s home base in Camden.

A few minutes later, Brown returned with another carload of donated goods. He would repeat the trip to the facility two more times, each time with a car filled with what was taken in from an annual Food for the Soul benefit concert. Food for the Soul is a partner agency of the Kershaw County United Way.

Saturday, The Venue on Broad’s (1020 Broad St. in downtown Camden), latest entry in the annual Christmas holiday tradition will try and outdo its predecessors in terms of giving back to the less fortunate in Kershaw County.

Saturday’s free charity show will begin at 9 p.m. with guests only being asked to bring canned goods, non-perishable items, winter coats, jackets or sweaters, all of which will be turned over to Food for the Poor.

With the popular late 1980s classic rock band Hoonose being the headliner, the Hoonose and Friends show will feature a reunion of local bands with the ever-popular Thomas Flyer Band and The Emminence Front.

Hoonose had a strong following in and around the Midlands in the late 1980s and headlined shows at some of the Palmetto State’s hottest nightclubs. The four-man group is made up of Danny Massalon on bass, Leo Price on guitar, John Miranda on sax and flute and Larry Kelly on drums. Hoonose plays a mix of rock classics delving into groups ranging from the Allman Brothers to Jethro Tull to The Pretenders.

The Thomas Flyer Band has performed in and around the Midlands since the 1970s and still attracts a large and loyal following in and around Kershaw County. The Emminence Front, formed in 2010, will be the youngest group on the card as they return to the stage for this special night of music.

Having served its first meal on Sept. 9, 2009, Food for the Soul serves free, home-cooked meals four days a week to anyone in need. Two years later, the group was brought under the United Way of Kershaw County umbrella. In 2012, the organization served more than 17,000 free lunches.

Food for the Soul has expanded its role in the community since that first lunch was served more than four years ago. Since then, the organization has operated an emergency shelter for the homeless whenever temperatures are predicted to be 36 degrees or lower. Food for the Soul provides men and women’s showers as well as the use of washing machines.

Camden’s Johnny Watson, a professional and sound operator for some of the biggest events throughout the world (including the 2009 U.S. Presidential Inauguration), has been a part of the annual holiday show in Camden and said it is one which he and many other local residents look forward to all year long.

"We’ve always had a good response for this show," Watson said. "We have this show around the holidays each year. Hopefully, people will grab some canned goods and come out to the show. We hope we can get a lot of needy people some help here in our community."

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