Paige Johnson bringing live show to Angier

Country Yard Party set for Aug. 29

Posted 8/21/20

Angier singer/songwriter Paige King Johnson has decided it’s time to bring a live event to the Angier area — with safety measures in place.

On Aug. 29, Johnson and a few of her fellow …

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Paige Johnson bringing live show to Angier

Country Yard Party set for Aug. 29

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Angier singer/songwriter Paige King Johnson has decided it’s time to bring a live event to the Angier area — with safety measures in place.

On Aug. 29, Johnson and a few of her fellow musicians will get together at Johnson Properties for what she calls The Country Yard Party. Plans call for fans to be able to attend and maintain social distancing, while still being able to get outdoors, enjoy some bluegrass and country music and try to put the current troubles on hold for just a while.

“I first had the idea for The Country Yard Party around Thanksgiving of last year. I had envisioned this festival very similar to the bluegrass festival that took place in Angier almost 40 years ago,” Johnson said. “When COVID hit, we had to postpone the event and for a long time, we were not sure if we would be able to host it at all this year.”

So, with that in mind, Johnson began working on a plan to have the event in spite of the virus. What she came up with was a way to have live entertainment and still meet the social distancing requirements implemented during Gov. Roy Cooper’s recovery plan.

“With a lot of planning and research and praying, we’ve finally come up with a plan to be able have a very much needed music festival while adhering to all social distancing guidelines,” she said. “All attendees have two ticket options, gather as a family or group of six or less in their own 12-by-12 foot space with your picnic blanket or lawn chairs or park your car or truck in our 20-by-20 foot tailgate spaces to enjoy the music in and around your vehicle.”

The lack of places for entertainers to perform and for fans to have a place to come out and enjoy live music spurred the idea along further, Johnson said.

“For the past months, musicians like myself have not been able to do our normal jobs and it truly has been some of the most frustrating months of my career, as it has been for many people,” Johnson said. “I was determined to find a way to still put this festival on in 2020, no matter what hurdles we would have to jump to do so. I think our community and us artists need live music and entertainment now more than ever before, and all of the bands are more than ready to give them a show they will never forget.”

In addition to Johnson, the slate of acts includes the Cumberland County Line Bluegrass, Abby Stephens and Faith Bardill. All are local performers and friends of Johnson.

Bardill hails from the Sanford area and Stephens is from the Benson area.

“In addition to my band playing, the show will be featuring some of my favorite local bands and some of my dearest friends, including Abby Stephens, Faith Bardill and the Cumberland County Line Bluegrass group,” Johnson said. “We’re going to have four plus hours of great live music for everyone to be able to sing and dance along to in their own socially distanced space. And we’re going to have some of my favorite local food trucks onsite selling some delicious food.”

In addition to food trucks, fans are allowed to bring their own coolers, no glass containers will be allowed, and if tickets — $20 per person — are purchased in advance, purchasers will be entered into a special drawing via Johnson’s Facebook page. The prize package will include a Country Yard Party hat and two additional general admission tickets to the event.

Gates open for the show at 2:30 p.m. and the show starts at 4.

More details for the prize package giveaway can be found on Johnson’s Facebook page, facebook.com/paigekingjohnson/ and tickets to the event can be purchased at eventbrite.com/e/the-country-yard-party-tickets-107707291408) or 919-639-2231.

Rick Curl can be reached at rcurl@mydailyrecord.com or 910-230-2037.

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