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Rock Can Roll

Raleigh's Bright Young Things helped attract a large crowd to NC State's Rock CAN Roll festivities, which benefited a regional food bank.

In continuing NC State’s mission to assist and serve those beyond the borders of our campus, Student Government, the Union Activities Board and WKNC 88.1 came together with a singlular goal in mind – cranking up the volume to help the Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC fight hunger across 34 North Carolina counties.

Although rain forced the fundraiser off Harris Field and into Witherspoon Student Center, it didn’t deter music fans, or those just looking to help a great cause, from coming out.

“It’s a great way for us to be able to not only support local music, but also help contribute to the Food Bank,” said Sarah Hager, a sophomore communications major at NC State.

Rising local artists Bright Young Things – featuring several NC State alums on its roster – and Arizona-based What Laura Says provided the evening’s entertainment.

“We were invited by Michael Robinson, of the band [and Terpsikhore Records labelmates] Annuals, who explained to us the premise of the event, and that it would be in their hometown of Raleigh,” said Mitch Freedom, bassist for What Laura Says. “It’s people rallying together for a purpose… collecting cans to support those who are less fortunate.

“It’s just the type of event that What Laura Says loves to be involved with.”

The entirely student-organized event left a similar impression on those who volunteered, hoping to participate in the shared mission of service so prevalent at NC State

“We really wanted to bring a couple of good bands to our campus, and a partnership between several student organizations really helped bring it all together,” said NC State senior Matt Lanouette, one of the event’s organizers. “There’s good music and people can enjoy themselves, but we really just want to be able to give back.”

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