Combustion Music recently wrapped its ninth annual Combustion Music Hope Town Music Festival, raising over $250,000 for local charity partners.
The three-day event kicked off Friday (Dec. 2) at Hope Town Inn & Marina with a performance by Darius Rucker and actor Charles Esten, who sang original song “Hope Town” with co-writers Austin Goodloe and Combustion President, producer and songwriter Chris Farren.
Saturday’s writers round featured hit writers Brett James, Ashley Gorley, Chris DeStefano, Kendall Marvel and Brett Tyler, who performed some of their over 150 collective No. 1s at Firefly Sunset Resort. Rising writers and artists Goodloe, Payton Smith, Joybeth Taylor, Tom Whall, Jessica Farren and Emily Earle also performed over the weekend.
An ongoing live auction raised money for partners Every Child Counts (ECC), Friends of the Environment (FRIENDS), and the Hope Town Volunteer Fire and Rescue (HFTR).
“Hope Town is an incredibly beautiful place, but it still has plenty of need,” notes Farren. “I realized early on the importance of giving back to this place that has given us so much. It’s been a very trying time for the people of these islands since hurricane Dorian, but I’m super grateful to all of my friends and countless supporters for helping us aid in that recovery in some way.”
Money raised will be directed specifically towards the rebuilding process from the devastating 2019 Hurricane Dorian, which ravaged the Hope Town community. Those interested in financially supporting the recovery can donate via Venmo @hopetownmusicfest.