As Thanksgiving Day draws near, friends and families are prepping their birds, finalizing their menus, and picking out loose pants in anticipation of stuffing themselves into a tryptophan-induced haze. It’s all a big part of our time-honored tradition of Thanksgiving. In Roanoke, another tradition has become well established to help provide for our neighbors who aren’t as fortunate. Now in its 6th year, Martin’s Downtown and Tobacco Apache are kicking off the festivities with a pre-Thanksgiving, Feed the Need Thanksgiving Food Drive.
This Wednesday, Nov. 23, local bands and artists will play to help raise donations for the local area food bank. If this year is anything like past years, patrons can expect a packed house complete with some of the best local tunes our region has to offer.
At 8:00, Foster Burton kicks off the night with a solo acoustic set. Seph Custer and the Papa Tom Band follow with a mix of classic and modern rock. Host band Tobacco Apache goes on third, with the always funky, soul rock band Half Moon Band closing out the night.
Tobacco Apache, which features Mason Jennelle, on drums, vocals, Josh Lynch, bass, vocals, Sam Fochtman, singer, rhythm guitar, T.J. Young, lead guitar, and Paul Tressel, keyboard, and vocals. The band first formed in 2010 and decided early on to make Feed the Need an annual event. The Appalachian rock group, which plays mostly originals, sprinkled with a few classic rock covers, is gearing up for another fun, pre-turkey extravaganza that helps ensure that families in our region can not only celebrate Thanksgiving, but survive.
“We make sure to switch up the lineup each year to keep it fresh,” said Tobacco Apache front man Sam Fochtman. “This is our (local bands) opportunity to give back to the community that supports us all the time. Giving back makes our community stronger.”