YORK -- There are plenty of talented musicians in the York and Clover area who've never had the chance to play in front of large crowds. They're usually front porch pickers who play under shade trees or around the camp fire.
Likewise, there are plenty of people in need.
York resident Jimmy Gladden has brought the groups together for Christmas in Dixie II, a benefit concert to help provide Christmas help for the foster children of York County DSS. The concert is 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Sylvia Theater. All proceeds benefit DSS foster children.
Last year, Gladden and a group of his friends formed the group Musicians for Friends In Need.
"We will hear about someone needing help with medical bills, or maybe recovering from a house fire, and just put on a concert to raise money for them," he said.
The musicians are mostly local folk who are "not ready for prime time," Gladden said.
"(We're) players who don't know enough songs to play a whole concert by ourselves, but we do real good playing four or five songs each," Gladden said.
Gladden credits the musicians for the group's success.
"It seems like the same ones show up at every concert and they not only play, but will do about anything else we ask them to do," he said.
Also, local businesses have pitched in to help, whether it's offering performance space, selling tickets or making donations. So far the group has held shows at Sylvia Theater and Garden Cafe, and they're planning shows next year at The Coal Yard and Bryan's Bistro. Concerts usually raise between $2,000 to $3,000 per show.
Last year's Christmas in Dixie helped out Bubba Nolan, who was suffering from a blood disease. Last month, the group held a benefit concert Wes Burrell, a York teen who was recently diagnosed with a brain tumor. They've also helped a friend suffering colon cancer, a family displaced by a fire and others in the community.
"This year we wanted to do something for children, and the foster children at DSS seemed a logical choice," Gladden said. "Kim Love at DSS told us there are kids who get into the system too late and they don't have sponsors for them to get Christmas gifts, so maybe this money will help them have a merry Christmas."
Want to go?
What: Christmas in Dixie II, featuring local musicians Rodney and Daniel Taylor, Sandy Norris and George White, Paul Finnican and Herschel "Brownie" Brown, Leo "Rooster" Reed, Bo Youngblood and Butch Watts, Howard and Galen Wall, Jimmy Gladden and Amy Ramsey, Chief and Debbie McHargue, Greg Lewis & Hank Gates, Josh Fosdick, and JS and the Steamrollers.
When: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10
Where: The Sylvia Theater, 27 N. Congress St., York
Cost: $10 admission
Tickets: Available at Old Master Golf Shop, The Garden Café, Green Dragon, The Coal Yard, Bryan's Bistro and Hummingbird Forest flower shop.
Details: 803-517-1673 or firstname.lastname@example.org