HUNTERSVILLE – Organizers of Barnstock ’11 hope the third annual, one-night music festival on Aug. 6 will draw 750 people this year and raise more money for the Davidson Fire Department.
Miles Brown, 19, grew up in Davidson next to former Fire Chief Wilson Sadler and decided to start the Barnstock concerts to support the fire department. All of the concerts have been held at a barn at 15305 Black Farms Road in Huntersville, which belongs to Tony Brown, Miles’ father. Miles Brown promises “all genres of music” and a drug-and-alcohol-free concert, which lasts from 6:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Volunteers will accept donations at the door and also will sell drinks, hot dogs and hamburgers.

The first two Barnstocks have raised more than $6,100 for the Davidson department, drawing recognition from the Davidson town board. More than 300 people attended the inaugural concert in 2009, and last’s year’s event attracted more than 550.

Miles’ support staff includes Royden Goode, food and beverage director and technology coordinator; Michael Lopez, stage coordinator; Wes Harkins, photographer; Roger Tharrington, parking coordinator; and Curtis Huges, head of security.

Although the organizers don’t set an age restriction, the website cautions, “Barnstock is not considered a family event.”

Any band interested in participating in the event, should email Miles at mbrown@mybarnstock.com.