Concerts to benefit local organizations

In the coming week, Elkins will be alive with the sound of music.

Two amazing concerts – one Friday and one Monday – will give local residents a respite from the cold weather and warm them with the soothing sounds of a litany of talented musicians.

First, on Friday, Phillip Phillips will play for a capacity crowd at the Harper-McNeeley Auditorium on the campus of Davis & Elkins College.

The concert, which was postponed earlier this year for an ailing Phillips, will showcase the “American Idol” winner, who recently earned a nomination for the American Music Awards’ New Artist of the Year.

A limited number of tickets still are available, and only can be purchased online – – or by telephone at 800-594-TIXX. Tickets are $15 for D&E students, $25 for general admission and $35 for prime seats.

Dugas, an up-and-coming duo, will open for Phillips at 7 p.m., with the main act starting at 8 p.m.

Friday’s concerts are sponsored by Elkins Fordland, Allegheny Insurance and Yuengling.

Monday’s show, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Elkins, will feature a night of music highlighted by a performance from the West Virginia Highlanders of Davis & Elkins College.

The Polio Plus Concert will start at 7 p.m. at the Elkins High School auditorium.

Several other musicians will play throughout the evening, many offering a patriotic tribute to those who served our country.

Tickets for the event are available from any Rotarian and at selected businesses in Elkins. Ticket prices are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. All seats are general admission.

These two shows not only provide area residents a chance to show their community pride, but they benefit a pair of fantastic organizations.

All proceeds from the Phillip Phillips concerts will benefit the Elkins-Randolph County YMCA.

The receipts from Monday’s concert will go toward the Rotary Club’s efforts to eradicate polio – a goal all Rotarians hold near and dear.

Both the Rotary Club of Elkins and the YMCA do amazing jobs in serving our community. Through the support of these events, we all can give a little bit back to these organizations who have given us so much.