By Steve Balcom/The Splinter Group
Be Loud! Calling, the 8th annual concert supporting the adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer support program at UNC Health, will take place Saturday, Nov. 20 at the Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro. The evening will celebrate The Clash’s 1980 seminal double album London Calling with four bands – Preeesh!, Pipe, John Howie Jr. & The Rosewood Bluff and Snatches of Pink – each performing a side of the classic release.
The concert will benefit the Be Loud! Sophie Foundation, which works closely with the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center to help 13- to 39-year-olds maintain their independence, identity and dignity in the face of overwhelming illness. The Foundation honors the memory of Sophie Steiner, a Chapel Hill teenager who died of cancer in 2013, and was founded by her parents, Niklaus and Lucy Steiner.
“We’re excited to bring our live music series back to Cat’s Cradle,” said Niklaus Steiner of the Be Loud! Sophie Foundation. “We missed bringing the community together last year during COVID and are excited about this ‘one night only’ celebration of one of my favorite albums of all time. We’re so thankful for the generosity of the bands who will be performing and of our local music community, who support this event each year.”
The Be Loud! Concert series is the largest annual fundraiser for the Foundation, which created an AYA team at UNC Health dedicated to the support and care of teen and young adult cancer patients. In the 8 years since the annual concerts began, the hospital staff supported by the foundation has grown to include Program Director Lauren Lux, Dr. Andrew Smitherman (Medical Director), Catherine Swift (Social Worker), Melissa Matson (Nurse Practitioner), Jordan Lodato Hunt (Fertility Preservation Coordinator), Dr. Jule Childers (Palliative Care Physician) and Dan Kleissler (Research Assistant).
Tickets are $25 and are available at www.beloudfestival.com, www.catscradle.com or by calling the Cat’s Cradle box office at (919) 967-9053. All proceeds from Be Loud! Calling will benefit the Be Loud! Sophie Foundation.