Monday, July 22, 2013

July 2013: The Elizabeth City Area Chamber of Commerce presents - FREE USO of NC live concert event!

PSA Announcement
For Immediate Release

Please help us to promote this exciting FREE USO of NC live concert event!

The Elizabeth City Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce this year’s exciting USO of North Carolina concert, which is featured as part of our annual Coast Guard Week.  This event is the perfect tie in with the First Friday Art Walk, which is also free and open to the public and is the same evening in downtown Elizabeth City, North Carolina.
Headliner and rising country star Ansel Brown will grace the big stage as he performs his patriotic anthem to our local military men and women: “Our Country”.  This USO of North Carolina concert is being generously co-sponsored by several local businesses to support our men and women in uniform.  North Carolina is both the birthplace of the first base-centric USO and the longest running USO center in the world.

The FREE outdoor concert will take place on Friday, August 2, 2013 at Waterfront Park in Elizabeth City, North Carolina.  Waterfront Park is the perfect venue for this live concert and is located directly across the street from Museum of the Albemarle on Water Street.
We are also pleased to have our opening act southern rock band Outlaw 21 from the foothills of North Carolina.  This great band had the honor of playing at the 2012 Rolling Thunder event in Washington DC that honors American Veterans and featured Gary Senise’s band, Lt. Dan Band.

This concert is part of the Elizabeth City Area Chamber of Commerce's annual Coast Guard Week which offers numerous activities and events as a "thank you" to our local Coast Guard and their families.
Locals will have the opportunity to preview the talents of Outlaw 21 at a live show at the Elizabeth City Wal-Mart on Wednesday, July 31st.  Join us for a FREE lunch sponsored by Pepsi and Wal-Mart.  Guests receive a Famous Franks hot dog, chips, and a Pepsi product Wednesday, July 31st, 11am– 3pm.  Donations to the USO are appreciated.  Ray Turner from Dixie 105.7FM will be broadcasting live at this exciting event.  The community is highly encouraged to attend this event and guests will learn of the many ways that they can volunteer the USO of North Carolina.
Coast Guard week will be held the week of July 29- August 3, 2013.  These bands which are southern rock and country style both have strong military based themes which tie in perfectly to honor our Coast Guard and all military branches.  See Ansel Brown’s website at for details.  You can also find both bands on Facebook.
The concert will offer food and beverages for cash purchase along with a beer garden sponsored by City Beverage.  We encourage all families to join us for this unique and special event.
This is our third year featuring the USO of North Carolina concerts.  Last year we featured 80’s rocker John Parr and in 2011 we hosted upcoming Nashville Star Ashton Shepherd, which was the original kick off to the USO of North Carolina concert series.  Both concerts were a huge success and very well-received by thousands in the community.

For more information, please contact Kelly Thorsby, President of The Elizabeth City Area Chamber of Commerce at 252-335-4365 or

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