CAMBRIDGE — The Dorchester Goes Purple campaign is set to kick off Friday, Aug. 30, with a free outdoor concert at the Amphitheater at Sailwinds Park in Cambridge.
The month-long Dorchester Goes Purple: Awareness Starts at Home campaign aims to raise awareness of opioid and other types of addiction.
The movement’s efforts will be highlighted by a series of community events that serve to educate and promote an open dialogue among Dorchester residents.
The kickoff concert at the end of August will feature the band Uprizing, with a performance of funk, R&B classics, top 40 and reggae sounds.
The band is a top dance party band, according to the Dorchester County Tourism office, with its unmatched versatility and through-the-roof energy.
The band’s leader, James Stewart Sr., has been part of the local music scene on the Eastern Shore for more than 30 years.
Stewart’s son, James Stewart Jr., is the band’s lead guitarist. James Jr. is known for his crowd-wowing Jimi Hendrix antics, like playing guitar with his teeth.
The band’s vocals, by Aaron Stewart, Miesha Foreman and Jacqueline Nichols, bring the group’s collective voice to life. The band is rounded out by Sam Cook III on drums and Marcus Clark on keyboard.
The Dorchester County Tourism office urges concert-goers to bring their own blankets or lawn chairs for optimal comfort. Children and leashed, friendly dogs are welcome.
Food at the event will be available for purchase from Creative Creations BBQ, but outside food is allowed.
The Amphitheater at Sailwinds Park is next to the Dorchester Visitor Center at 2 Rose Hill Place in Cambridge. This event is part of the “At the Sail” series of events organized by Dorchester County Tourism, Dorchester Chamber of Commerce and City of Cambridge.
For more information, visit www.dorchestergoespurple.com.