Dorchester Goes Purple Kicks Off Aug. 30

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The 2019 Dorchester Goes Purple campaign, which aims to raise awareness of opioid and other types of addiction, kicks off with a free outdoor concert with Uprizing on Friday, Aug. 30 from 6 to 8pm. Food will be available for purchase from Creative Creations BBQ.

The Dorchester Goes Purple: Awareness Starts At Home campaign will continue throughout the month of September.

The band Uprizing will perform a mix of funk, R&B classics, Top 40, and reggae, on the Choptank River waterfront at the Amphitheater at Sailwinds Park (next to the Dorchester County Visitor Center) in Cambridge.

Featuring several vocalists, guitar,bass, keyboard and drums; Uprizing’s versatility and through-the-roof energy makes it a top dance party band. Hailing out of Delmar, the band offers a mix of classic covers that range from the soulful sounds of Adele and Mary J. Blige to the rock and roll classics of Jimi Hendrix and combines this with a reggae beat.

Uprizing, Photo by Jill Jasuta.

The band is led by James Stewart, Sr. who has been part the local band scene on the Shore for more than 30 years. One of the area’s top bass players, James Sr. earned the John Postley Memorial Top Bass Man on the Shore Award. He is accompanied by his son, James Stewart, Jr. who is Uprizing’s lead guitarist. James Jr. is one of the top up and coming guitarists in the area with musical talents that wow the crowd with his Jimi Hendrix antics playing with his teeth. Vocals are provided by Aaron Stewart, as well as Miesha Foreman and Jacqueline Nichols, whose traditional gospel singing backgrounds bring powerful voices to the group. The band is rounded out by Sam Cook III on drums and Marcus Clark on keyboard.

Be sure to bring your blankets and lawn chairs. Children, as well as friendly dogs on leashes, are welcome.You are free to bring a picnic.

The Amphitheater at Sailwinds Park is next to the Dorchester Visitor Center at 2 Rose Hill Place in Cambridge. This event is part of the “At The Sail” series of events organized by Dorchester County Tourism, Dorchester Chamber of Commerce, and City of Cambridge.

Watch for updates and more information about the Dorchester Goes Purple campaign at DorchesterGoesPurple.org.

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