This past Friday, Deep South Entertainment threw a Holiday Party to celebrate the season, a killer year of music, but most importantly - to party with some of Raleigh's finest. Toasts were made, dancing was had, and there was even a little temporary deafness for some. It was a fabulous evening among friends.
As part of the Holiday Party festivities, Deep South presented four spectacular people with its Annual "Rock On" Award - a recognition given to those who have gone above and beyond to support and celebrate music in the local community. The recipients this year were Mayor Nancy McFarlane and Ron McFarlane, John Odom, and Christina Coffey.
Mayor Nancy McFarlane and Ron McFarlane have continuously poured themselves into music and the arts both personally and professionally. Their continued vision of Raleigh as a music city has come to fruition through their support and implementation of events and programs, both big and small. Local festivals, such as Oak City 7 and Hopscotch, have flourished with their support and international destination events, such as Wide Open Bluegrass, continue to grow in the city. The McFarlane's continue to make Raleigh a creative and forward-thinking music city.
John Odom has been a continuous visionary for the arts through his service on Raleigh City Council. More recently, John was a leading force behind the implementation of Oak City Sessions, Raleigh's live music television program. Through the program, Raleigh has the opportunity to celebrate the thriving music scene on a global level; It is through John Odom that Raleigh artists can have a platform to be heard.
Christina Coffey wears many hats, and she wears them well. As a long-time volunteer with Band Together, Christina utilizes music and concerts as an avenue for awareness and service to local non-profits. This year, through her continued service on The Junior League of Raleigh, she has been a leader for entertainment. Her love for music and creative vision has been such an important resource to the local community.
As 2016 comes to a close, we give a toast to these talented and innovative people for their continuous support of the local music community. Cheers to Nancy, Ron, John and Christina - you keep things thriving.