Stingrayz Band to kick off festival

47th Crepe Myrtle Celebration is Friday and Saturday

By LAURA PATTERSON
Assistant managing editor
Posted 9/10/21

On Friday night, the Stingrayz Band will kick off Angier’s 47th Crepe Myrtle Celebration, which runs two days this year.

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Stingrayz Band to kick off festival

47th Crepe Myrtle Celebration is Friday and Saturday

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The Stingrayz Band is not new to Harnett County. The four-person act recently performed in Coats during the town’s monthly Crank Up Coats event. On Friday night, the veteran musicians will kick off Angier’s 47th Crepe Myrtle Celebration, which runs two days this year.

For bass guitarist and vocalist Phil Matthews of Garner it’s like coming home. Matthews graduated from Angier High School, and in 1968, he performed at the town’s street dance.

“It’s good to be back in Harnett County,” Matthews said. “Coming back [to Angier] is like going full circle.”

Although band members have all performed for many years, they have been together with the Stingrayz Band for two years.

Joining Matthews in the group are Bobby Owens of Wilson Mills on keyboards and vocals; Steve Bartholomew of Garner on drums and vocals; and Ray Hall of Smithfield on lead guitar and vocals.

The Stingrayz recently performed at the Saturday night Benson dance at the American Legion building. Attendees during Friday’s concert from 7 to 10 p.m. on the Depot stage in downtown Angier should be sure to bring their dancing shoes.

“We play a variety,” Matthews said, “from oldies, beach, Southern rock and everything in between — all dance music.”

The Crepe Myrtle Celebration will continue on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a full slate of activities, including live entertainment, food trucks, more than 100 vendors, activities for children and much more. At noon, there will be a special ceremony to remember the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

“We’re hoping for a weekend of good weather,” Matthews said.

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