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On Friday and Saturday (10/6-7), the lawn and outdoor stage at Pisgah Brewing will be filled with friends old and new. The Marcus King Band Family Reunion brings together musicians from the region in a lineup organizer Marcus King curated himself. It's a way for some of the best area artists to play together, but it's also an opportunity for something deeper: connection and community. Single-day and multi-day passes are on sale now for what's sure to be a beautiful early fall weekend out in Black Mountain.
The Marcus King Band will play one set each day (the second with some special guests helping them out). Other artists include Blackberry Smoke, Big Something, George Porter Jr., and the People's Blues of Richmond. A portion of proceeds from the event will go to two non-profits based in Greenville, SC (King's hometown): Cannabis Forward, which works to raise awareness of marijuana's medical benefits, and Mental Health America of Greenville County, a mental health advocacy, awareness, and service organization.
The impetus came from King's own desire to see more of the people he loved, according to the event's press release. King and his band have been all over the world in the last few years. Last year, they released their sophomore album, The Marcus King Band, which was produced by Warren Haynes. National media is taking notice of the group, as well: The Washington Post noted that "King is poised to be one of music’s next great guitarists-a virtuosic talent capable of playing blues, rock, country, R&B, soul and more."
I spoke with King while the group was in Germany finishing up a European tour about what he's been up to and what the Reunion means to him.
You've been on the road a lot this past year. What, so far, has been your favorite place to play?
Red Rocks with Warren Haynes was certainly up there among our favorites. There are a lot of venues where we really love playing, but being there for the first time was really a magical experience—to have a show there and be able to play with Warren. And all my family came out. Everyone came to see us there. It felt like a really big step for the group and it was a lot of fun too; there were no logistical nightmares.