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Daryl Hall & John Oates to Headline Band Together's Main Event

Music fans of all kinds, get excited and mark your calendars for a charity concert you don't want to miss! Band Together NC, a Triangle-based organization that uses live music as a platform for social change, has announced the legendary, iconic pop/soul duo Daryl Hall & John Oates as their headline for this year's main event on May 3 at Walnut Creek Amphitheatre, benefitting Communities In Schools of Wake County and Durham (CIS).

The legendary American pop/soul fusion duo began in the 1970s and continues to make their impact on all music from boy band harmonies, to neo-soul to rap-rock fusion. The Philadelphia-bred musicians have sold more albums than any other duo in music history, with 20 million albums and over 80 million records sold as of 2012. With 34 chart hits, such as "You Make My Dreams Come True", "Kiss on My List", "I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)," "Sara Smile" and more, they have a broad following in the U.S. and internationally.

Most recently both Daryl Hall and John Oates have released solo projects. Daryl Hall has a multi-award-winning monthly web series, Live from Daryl's House. As a duo they released their first box set, Do What You Want, Be What You Are: The Music of Daryl Hall & John Oates. The box set has a total of 4 CDs containing 74 tracks, 16 of them previously unreleased. They have paved the way for contemporary artists, and continue to be a living legend of the music industry.

Also appearing on May 3 as special guest is Robert Randolph & The Family Band, bringing a distinctive mix of rock, funk, and rhythm & blues. Randolph has earned a spot on Rolling Stone's "100 Great Guitarists of All Time" list and the band is well-known for its tireless touring and unforgettable performances at such festivals as Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

This year Band Together is raising the bar, making this charity concert bigger and better than ever before. Band Together's Main Event - the largest charitable music event in the Southeast - is moving to Walnut Creek Amphitheatre, the Triangle-Area's largest outdoor music venue.

Music as a Platform for Social Change

In 2012, Band Together NC's Board of Directors chose for the first time two nonprofit organizations as their 2014 recipients, Communities In Schools of Wake County and Community In Schools of Durham. Both organizations share a common mission to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. And this year, Band Together aims to surpass all of its previous events, with a goal of raising at least $1 million in proceeds for the two organizations.

Through individual and corporate donations, Band Together has raised nearly $3 million for local nonprofits since its arrival onto the scene in 2001. Major contributors have included Cargill, S&A Cherokee, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, Bank of America, Duke Realty Corporation, PNC, Lincoln Theatre, Synergy Commercial Advisors, RPG Solutions, Brand Fuel, Trisure, CapTrust, Prometheus, Hosted Solutions and Manning, Fulton & Skinner, PA. Sponsorships begin at the $500 level and are still available.

Tickets for the event range from $49 (in advance) for general seating/Upper House Reserved to premium Gold Circle seating for $95. Tickets will be on sale starting at 10:00 a.m., March 1 through Ticketmaster.com.

For more information about Band Together, visit www.bandtogethernc.org, become a fan on Facebook, and join their LinkedIn group or follow @bandtogethernc on Twitter. To learn more about Communities In Schools of Wake County and Durham, visit www.ciswake.org or www.cisdurham.org.

About Band Together NC

Band Together NC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that operates under one mission: using live music as a platform for social change. Since its inception in 2001, the organization has grown to become the largest annual charitable music event in the Southeast, donating nearly $3 million to philanthropic organizations. Band Together's annual concert event is organized and led by a team of more than 500 volunteers from across the Triangle.

About Communities In Schools

Communities In Schools is a nationwide network of passionate professionals working in public schools to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. The network works within the public school system, determining student needs and establishing relationships with local businesses, social service agencies, health care providers, and parent and volunteer organizations to provide needed resources. For more information, visit www.communitiesinschools.org.

All proceeds from the 2014 Band Together-Communities In Schools of Wake County and Durham partnership will go to hiring a minimum of six graduation coaches and mentors who will directly serve more than 600 students while indirectly serving 6,000 more students in the Triangle. Analysis by EMSI, one of the nation's leading economic modeling firms, has shown that Community in Schools' model is providing an $11.60 benefit/cost ration to every $1 invested.