The Dixie Bee-Liners are about to depart for a weekend trip to England, and are asking their fans to consider helping them out with tour expenses. Shows are scheduled on Friday (8/13) at Fairport’s Cropredy Convention Festival in Oxfordshire , and on Saturday (8/14) at the Cold Dog Soup festival in Reading.
The opportunity to play these two shows, which will involve sharing the stage with acts like Little Feat and The Coal Porters – and appearing on national radio and TV – was too good to pass up. But as any internationally touring artist knows, it is very difficult to cover costs, much less make money, on a two-day stay.
So… they have set up a PayPal account for fans and friends to contribute a few dollars to help cover the flights and lodgings for the weekend. Pretty savvy idea.
There is also a fund raising event this evening (8/10) in Abingdon, VA where the the Bee-Liners make their home base.
Just to prove what an awesome, tight-knit arts community we have in Southwest Virginia: Actors and members of the Barter Theatre community are coming together on Tuesday night, August 10, to help raise funds for The Dixie Bee-Liners’ Totally Awesome (and Totally Expensive!) 2010 U.K. Tour.
There’ll be music and poetry from Barter actors, plus silent auctions, delicious refreshments, and plenty of fun to spare! And… The Dixie Bee-Liners will make a rare, intimate appearance with special guest dobroist Todd Livingston!
The fun will start in the Barter Cafe, immediately following the Aug. 10 production of Tuesday’s With Morrie. Admission is free. A suggested donation of $10 will express your thanks for the evening’s entertainment.
If you would like to make a donation to the cause, just click over to the Dixie Bee-Liners web site, and look for the link that reads “Click here or we’ll have to check Buddy with the luggage.”