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Kevin Guptell, production lead for the Scotiabank Hantsport Homecoming Concert, displays a sampling of the concert tickets available for purchase at Moe’s Place Music Sales in Windsor. Advance tickets can also be purchased at the Scotiabank in Hantsport.
An outdoor concert planned for Hantsport this summer is about more than bringing lovers of live music together.
It's about coming home.
Long-time local volunteers Fred Martin,Chris Cuvilier and Kevin Guptell have made it their mission to ensure the Scotiabank Hantsport Homecoming Concert is an event that promotes their hometown while helping the community all at once.
The show, slated for July 26 from 1-7 p.m. at the Foundry Road Sports Field, will feature the Hantsport-based headliners No Name Blues Band, the rockabilly sounds of the Memphis Knights,recent Rock Recording of the Year ECMA nominees Rain Over St. Ambroseand acclaimed Blues performers the Hupman Brothers.
“I'm really excited about the quality of music,” said Guptell.
All of the profits taken in will be evenly divided amongst six Hantsport-based non-profit entities with volunteers working the event: the minor baseball and soccer association, community centre, fire department, Shamrocks baseball club and food bank.
Guptell, production lead for the homecoming concert, stressed that every dime of profit will benefit the Hantsport area in some way.
“This is just a community event trying to help people out.”
The organizers — volunteers looking for a unique way to help their hometown in tough economic times — even purchased their own tickets.
“We want people to come home. We want people to think about where they started. Maybe it's a place to come back to and retire,” said Guptell.
The Scotiabank Hantsport Homecoming Concert Facebook page has become a forum through which Hantsport residents of the past and present frequently chat about local history and share photos from back in the day.
Based on the hype generated by social media alone, Guptell said they hope to sell at least 1,000 tickets for the concert. According to Regional Emergency Management Organization (REMO) guidelines, they will be allowed 1,800 to 2,000 people at the concert.
Advance tickets can be purchased at Scotiabank in Hantsport or Moe’s Place Music Sales in Windsor for $15 each. Tickets purchased at the gate the day of the event will cost $20.
Platinum sponsor Scotiabank has agreed to donate up to $5,000 for the homecoming concert. The donation from Scotiabank is based on the number of tickets purchased at the Hantsport branch, Guptell said.
In addition to the concert, the weekend lineup will include a homecoming meet and greet at the fire hall July 25, a Lions Club breakfast, and a baseball doubleheader wherein the Hantsport Shamrocks will face off against the Windsor Knights. For more information, visit: www.hantsporthomecoming.com.
Just the details
What: Scotiabank Hantsport Homecoming Concert
Who: No Name Blues Band, Memphis Knights, Rain Over St. Ambrose and the Hupman Brothers.
When: July 26, 1-7 p.m.
Where: Foundry Road Sports Field
Cost: $15 in advance, $20 at the gate