Rockin' in Roxboro to benefit Kirby Rebirth

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Eight talented local area musicians will share their talents during Rockin’ in Roxboro, a talent competition, on Saturday, Jan. 25, at 7 p.m. at the Kirby Theater. The event is being sponsored by Piedmont Community College’s Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) national honor society to benefit the Kirby Rebirth: Upstairs-Uptown project to renovate the second floor of the Kirby Cultural Arts Complex.

Participating in the vocal competition will be: Precious Kenyetta Boyd, Joyce Merritt Deese, Michael Dixon, Tina Powell Kennedy, David Ramsey, Robin Allman Riggins, Joey Scott, and Leslie Wyatt.

“These contestants, who are donating their time and talents to the event, range in age from teens to grandparents and offer differing styles and experiences. All share a love for the arts and a desire to promote the arts through the Kirby Cultural Arts Complex,” said Teresa Burch, a PTK member and chairman for the event.

The competition will include three rounds, with three contestants being eliminated in each of the first two rounds, leaving two artists to compete in the final round. Prizes will be awarded to the winner and the runner-up.

The vocalists will be judged by a panel of celebrities who include the reigning Miss North Carolina Johna A. Edmonds, along with television and radio personalities Mike Morse, host of WNCN-TV’s “My Carolina Today; Brian Shrader, WRAL-TV reporter and anchor; and Cody Clark, WQDR radio on-air personality and music director.

"We are dedicating Rockin’ in Roxboro to the memory of Doug Newell, in recognition of his efforts to support the arts in Person County and specifically the Kirby Cultural Arts Complex,” said Burch. Roxboro Mayor Merilyn Newell will offer remarks in response to the dedication of the event to the memory of her late husband.

Master of ceremonies will be Ricky Hughes, a detective with the Roxboro Police Department. Special performers will include Chuck Dixon of Roxboro, who auditioned for the 2011 American Idol, and Jenna Scott, daughter of contestant Joey Scott.

Admission to the event is $10 per person. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the PCC Bookstore on the Piedmont Community College’s (PCC) Person County Campus, the Kirby Gallery, Footwear Plus, Tricia’s Espresso, and in the Academic Success Center on PCC’s Caswell County Campus in Yanceyville, or by contacting Teresa Burch at (336) 504-3862. Tickets also will be available at the door on the evening of the event.

PCC is spearheading the Kirby Rebirth project to raise the funds needed to renovate the second floor of the Kirby Cultural Arts Complex into usable space for artists’ studios, galleries, rehearsal and meeting space. The first phase of the project will include making the event accessible through the addition of an elevator and new electrical wiring.