Chad Garrett and Friends Concert to Benefit RCC

Thursday, September 19, 2013
Chad Garrett

The Rector Community Center is continuing its efforts to bring talented performers to the local stage. The next special event will be a second helping of Chad Garrett and Friends beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at the community center.

Garrett, a singer/songwriter native to northeast Arkansas, has built a strong following in the area with his performances which feature a mix of country, southern rock and gospel stylings. Garrett led a program at the center in February which drew a solid crowd. Returning with Garrett are keyboardist Ken Wadley and singer Lindsey Ford. Joining in the fun is bassist Brad Owen. Ford, a senior at Rector High School, wowed the audience at the previous performance, bringing Christian and country favorites to life with her powerful voice. Wadley has impressed audiences throughout the area with his keyboard and piano skills. Wadley recently performed in Rector as part of The Ultimate Oldies Show, lighting up the crowd with his renditions of many favorites and requested tunes. Owen is a multi-talented performer, playing several instruments in addition to the bass guitar. He performs with several bands throughout the area, including The Ultimate Oldies Show.

"It's going to be another outstanding show," community center director Linda Robinson said. "Their show here in February was just great and we look forward to enjoying them again. Everyone who was here for their first concert knows how talented these artists are and those who weren't here should definitely make plans to attend this time around."

Events such as this concert have helped in ways other than just providing a night of high quality entertainment for local crowds. Through the planning of such events, the Rector Community Center has been able to raise funds as part of a matching grant in order to make numerous improvements to the center. The site has recently completed several updates to the lighting and air conditioning. To date, four new air conditioners have been installed; energy efficient lighting and concert lighting have been installed in the multi-purpose room and new flooring laid in the office, as part of the improvements. Additionally, vent covers and weather stripping have been installed to improve the heating and air conditioning costs at the site.

"All these improvements have been made possible through a Rural Arkansas Development Grant and matching funds from the City of Rector," Robinson said. "Donations have been made by the community to help with these matching funds. Our goal was $10,000, and to date we have raised $9,000. We ask everyone to please come out and support our ongoing efforts to improve our Community Center and keep it a beautiful building for our future citizens of Rector."

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