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Rockin Out Alzheimers set for Jan. 23
Billy Joel tribute band to play concert at the PAC
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The Billy Joel tribute band "The Stranger" will play a benefit concert Jan. 22 at the PAC for the Alzheimer's Association of Coastal Georgia. - photo by Special

For the fourth consecutive year, the Rockin’ Out Alzheimer’s committee in Bulloch County is bringing a night of nostalgic music to Statesboro to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association of Coastal Georgia.

The Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016 concert will feature “The Stranger,” a popular Billy Joel Tribute Band. At only $20 per ticket, the committee is anticipating a sellout of the 825 seats at the Performing Arts Center at Georgia Southern University.

The planning committee hopes to raise more than $35,000 to benefit local programs and services provided by the Alzheimer’s Association.

Sea Island Bank president Darron Burnette is the committee chair, and he is excited about the upcoming concert:

“Like in years past, we are expecting a huge crowd at the Performing Arts Center, so we encourage everyone to get tickets early,” he said.

Burnette’s mother and grandmother both suffered with the disease. In a search for answers and guidance, he joined the Alzheimer’s Association of Coastal Georgia, where he is now a member of the board. Burnette and co-chair Chandler Dennard wanted their fundraiser to stand out from the 5k’s and softball tournament they host each year.

In years past, the Rockin’ Out concert has featured tribute artists ranging from Elton John to Journey. It’s a different way to raise money and awareness: using nostalgic music from decades past to fight against memory loss.

The Stranger is the complete premiere tribute to the music of one of the world’s most beloved performers, Billy Joel. Comprised of some of the best and most experienced musicians in the business, the 6-piece band brings together an authentic replication of Billy's timeless music, crowning it with soulful, spot on vocals that makes listening to a Billy Joel song so special.

The party doesn’t stop after the concert is over. “An after-event celebration will be hosted at Wild Wing Café on Fair Road, where the band Tokyo Joe will be performing throughout the night,” Burnette said.

For more information about the event and for ticket sales, visit the Georgia Southern Performing Arts Center at georgiasouthern.edu/pac or call Casey Corley at (706) 836-3461 or email ccorley@alz.org

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