A big part of RnM Promotions is accepting customers as family. This built-in pay-it-forward approach is behind an RnM Promotions/SkinCare Block Party set for Sept. 16 at 3 p.m. at the firm’s office on 43 Sylvatus Highway.
“We’re going to have hot dogs, drinks, snacks for sale and will feature the Donnaha Station Band and the band Confuzion,” said RnM Owner Mike Lara. “They were named after the founder’s hometown which was named after the last chief of the Sauras. They cover anything from Janis Joplin to Lynyrd Skynyrd. One of the vocalists is amazing. She sounds just like Janis and she can also do Stevie Nicks. The founder of the band is Michael Brian Spainhour. The band’s been around for about 20 years. He started the band when he was 17. They have won best guitar and best vocals at Daytona Bike Week for three years in a row and are going back in October.”
The band “Confuzion” composed of Melody Tate on drums and vocals and Christina Robinson on vocals and guitar will also be featured. Lara said Tate and Spainhour plan a “guitar battle.”
“They do the whole behind the head, everything. They are nuts,” Lara said. “The two will also be playing with Donnaha at some point but they will be doing their own set, too,” Lara said. “We will offer VIP tickets where you can come into the lounge here, chill with the band and get autographs. Brian is actually planning on starting (to teach) guitar lessons here at RnM and that will be fun.”
Participants may purchase tickets in advance at www.rnmpromoskin.com on the firm’s online store. Cost is $10 for general admission and $15 for VIP. The VIP includes access to the band in the lounge. He said they have 1,200 followers on Facebook.
“They (Donnaha) are what you expect out of a southern rock band. They are the new-age Lynyrd Skynyrd. I mean, they are not flashy or bums. They come out looking like blue-collar workers and sing for the blue-collar workers,” said Lara. “This is going to bring some of their loyal fans and we’re going to give them an opportunity to actually meet the band,” said Lara. “It’s clean music, so bring your family, your kids and friends. They will play from 3 p.m. until the crowd says stop. We encourage people to bring their own lounge chairs so if they just want to sit and watch.”
Lara said the block party idea came out of a RnM/American Independent Wrestling Federation fan appreciation day in Mount Airy (N.C.) on August 19. Lara was looking for a band. Donnaha came up. He talked with the manager, bartering for them to perform at the AIWF event in return for a concert hosted by RnM. In the RnM fashion a grand of sand turned into a dune really quick.
“Nothing stays small when you think of an RnM event. So, we decided to do it outside and they brought in Confuzion to make it more than a concert. We thought why not sell out the whole parking lot and make it a block party? We’ll probably throw out some tee shirts and solar lanterns,” Lara said.
RnM is partnered with “Healthi-Preparedness Project” and personal portable solar lanterns will be sold to help Hurricane victims. With the purchase of a family pack of three lights for $35, the two personal solar lanterns will be donated to a family in need of light in Texas and Florida.
The Project provides off-grid living education, products and services and is located in Marion, Virginia. Information on it can be obtained at Healthi.Preparedness.Project@Mail.com; texting 276-243-8382 or voice mail at 276-243-4355.
“We hope to shine some light in the midst of a dark situation for these families. How cool would it be to hear on the news Hillsville donated solar lanterns to flood victims? That would be awesome,” said Lara.
Rita said the lights are self maintained and useful without batteries with a limited lifespan. She said these lanterns typically charge for eight hours and can go for thousands of hours afterwards and can run more than ten hours on a single charge.
“Rita and I tested them out camping. We charged it on a Friday while setting up tents and fishing poles and just that charge lasted Friday night, Saturday night and Sunday morning,” said Lara. “We turned it off during the day, flipped it on its back to charge and we were good to go.”
Tee shirts from the online store in a variety will be available. Gift certificates for RnM Skin Care will be available with the couple interested in vendors as well. The two are familiar with the power of hurricanes.
“I moved away from the coast because of hurricanes. What is cool is a lot of towns down there hand out plywood because if you have to wait in line you might not get any. I’ve been in a category 4 Hurricane and it’s no fun. A tsunami I was in in Japan was enough for me. We watched the wind push a Humvee down a hill. It was that strong. It picked it up and rolled it down the hill,” said Lara. “This is our way of showing everybody that we are not just here for our community but every community. RnM has been in business since March and 90 percent of what we’ve done since opening our doors is giving back to the community. We are partnered with two different veteran groups, Boy Scouts and LuLaRoe. Giving back is what our platform is. We just have fun helping everybody. The block party is something to do in Hillsville. Bring your kids and family, come out and enjoy some good music. Have a good time.”
David Broyles may be reached at 276-779-4013 or on Twitter@CarrollNewsDave.