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Avett Brothers play to sold out Center crowd

Concert brought $300,000 in donations, a record for the Center for the Arts.

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The Avett Brothers perform July 10 at the Center Theater, where every seat was filled. The benefit concert for the Center for the Arts brought out fans of the band as well as people who wanted to support the Center. It raised a record-breaking $300,000.

The Avett Brothers were halfway through their concert Wednesday night when Scott Avett, one the of band’s lead singers, hopped into the crowd and ripped his pants.

The wardrobe malfunction didn’t stop him from making a loop around the Center Theater and singing to fans face to face.

When Avett returned to the stage he proudly displayed the hole in his Levi’s to the sold-out crowd, and people cheered.

The Grammy-nominated band is arguably one of the biggest acts to grace the Center for the Arts stage.

The folk rock group filled all 500 seats for the Center’s only fundraiser this year, which brought in a record-breaking $300,000 in donations.

“This year’s Center Benefit was a smashing success thanks to the support of the local community and The Avett Brothers,” the Center’s Development Director Anne Ladd said. “The benefit will directly go toward furthering our mission of connecting our creative community by providing a dedicated campus, supporting excellent programming and nurturing a collaborative spirit.”

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People gather outside The Center for the Arts before The Avett Brothers’ performance.

The Avett Brothers told the audience that it was an honor to be there playing music for a good cause.

“I’m in my home state of Wyoming,” Scott Avett told people in the audience, who by that time were on their feet.

The brothers grew up in North Carolina, but Scott Avett was born in Cheyenne, which he proudly sings about in “The Traveling Song.”

“I was born out west in Cheyenne town,” Avett sings, “while my ma and pa was ramblin’ ’round.”

The band played a packed, two-hour set list and debuted a song, “Who Will I Hold,” from an album that’s set to be released this fall.

For hard-core Avett Brothers fans it was a special experience to see the band in a smaller theater.

“I’m just so happy they’re here,” said Victor, Idaho, resident Jean Abrams who attended the concert solo while her husband and two kids stayed at home.

“We considered getting a babysitter,” Abrams said, “but at those ticket prices my husband told me to just go.”

For over a decade Abrams has been driving hours to see The Avett Brothers. The 43-year-old is in the band’s fan club.

“It’s so stupid,” Abrams said. “I just love them.”

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Left: Bob and Julie Skinner, of Gainesville, Texas, are hard-core Avett Brothers fans. The retirees, age 62 and 58, have been following the band for four years. With the benefit concert in Jackson they have now seen the band perform 50 times. Right: For their 35th wedding anniversary Bob and Julie Skinner gave each other rings engraved with lyrics from the band’s song “The Ballad of Love and Hate.” One ring reads, “I’m yours and that’s it, whatever,” and the other, “You’re mine and that’s it, forever.”

The concert drew fans from all over. It was a milestone show for Gainesville, Texas, couple Julie and Bob Skinner, who have now seen the brothers play 50 times.

The retirees, 58 and 62, have been following the Avett Brothers since 2015 and have their lyrics engraved onto their 35th wedding anniversary rings.

“I’m yours and that’s it, forever,” Bob Skinner’s ring reads.

The Skinners said the Center concert audience was more subdued than other Avett crowds they’ve seen.

Some concert attendees admittedly weren’t familiar with the band’s music and were just there to support the Center. Many of them left as brand-new fans. 

Contact Emily Mieure at 732-7066 or

Emily Mieure covers criminal justice and breaking news. She has reported for WDRB TV in Louisville, Ky., WFIE TV in Evansville, Ind., and WEIU TV in Charleston, Ill.

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