Charlotte rocks for peace at home

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An eclectic lineup of local bands will perform the annual Charlotte Rock for Peace at Home event next week at the Neighborhood Theatre. Proceeds from the show — which features the New Familiars, Actual Proof and Lamb Handler — go to the United Family Services' domestic violence programs and shelter for battered women.

It's a worthy cause underscored by the three three domestic violence-related deaths in the city this year and 57 statewide.

Three deaths may not seem like an extraordinary number, but when combined with national statistics on domestic violence — a woman is beaten every 15 seconds in the U.S., according to the Department of Health and Human Services — it's a serious problem. Children who witness abuse are more likely to become abusers as adults.

If you don't go to another concert this year, consider going to this one. Here are descriptions of the bands and more info from the event's press release:

The New Familiars are ... known for their “back porch hoe-down” energy, combined with their “rock show” professionalism. They are amped to be the headlining act for this cause.

Actual Proof is a Neighborhood Theatre regular and great friends of The New Familiars. Their music is deep rooted in various genres such as jazz, afro-cuban, funk and world-beat. ...

Lamb Handler, another local favorite, compare their sound to Queens of the Stone Age and Foo Fighters...

The Rock for Peace will not only entertain — it will help the local community. When making your weekend plans don’t skip over this great opportunity! Tickets are $12 in advance and $16 day of show. Parking on the street is free; parking behind the venue is only $3! Doors open at 8:30pm, so come early and check out the great drink specials!

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