Music Unites Us Concert to Support Active-Duty Military, Veterans & Families

Thursday, July 9, 2020 — NASCAR legend Kyle Petty, gospel singer Mary D. Williams, singer/songwriter Jonathan Byrd, and Ron Capps, the founder of the Veterans Writing Project, will join other musicians to support active-duty military, veterans, and families in a virtual concert, Music Unites Us.

Scheduled Tuesday, July 14 at 8 p.m., Music Unites Us is presented by the Dare Arts Council as part of the North Carolina Veterans Songwriting Workshop.

Over 20 local, regional and national musicians will participate in the concert including Jonny Waters, Nags Head, N.C.; Jonathan Byrd, Carrboro, N.C.; Morgan Creek Bluegrass, Chapel Hill, N.C.; Mark and Aimee Bumgarner, Asheville, N.C.; Bill Rea, Manteo, N.C.; Ruth Wyand, Kill Devil Hills, N.C.; Tony Rosario, Colorado; The Brown Mountain Lightning Bugs, Winston-Salem, N.C.; Joe Tyson, Kitty Hawk, N.C.; Karl Werne, Virginia Beach, Va.; Marcy Brenner and Lou Castro, Ocracoke, N.C.; OBX Shredders, Manteo, N.C.; Shawnee Kilgore, Austin, Texas; Mary D. Williams, Smithfield, N.C.; Mike Lille Nashville, Tenn.; Chatham Rabbits Pittsboro, N.C.; Jana Pochop, Austin, Texas; Jamie Trent, Richmond, Va.; Ray Scott, Semora, N.C.; Tim Reynolds, Kill Devil Hills, N.C.; Kyle Petty, Randleman, N.C. and Ron Capps Silver Springs, Maryland.

“Our hope is that the virtual concert will inspire and unite all of us to recognize the service of servicemen, servicewomen, and veterans to our country,” said Chris Sawin, executive director of the Dare County Arts Council. “We are delighted that these outstanding musicians have donated their time and musical talents to celebrate the military and music in North Carolina.”

Music Unites Us will be broadcast live on Tuesday, July 14 on the Dare County Arts Council Facebook from 8 p.m.–9 p.m. EDT, and the North Carolina Arts Council Facebook page.

Music Unites Us and the Veterans Songwriting Workshop were organized in partnership with the N.C. Arts Council, N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources’ Come Hear North Carolina initiative, the USO of North Carolina as well as Dare County partners Outer Banks Community Foundation and The Dare County Veterans Advisory Council.

​For more information about the virtual concert, the veterans songwriting, and annual writing workshop visit