Local musicians to busk on Davis Street to support the State Theatre

Posted by on Dec 17, 2015

by Allison Brophy Champion, Culpeper Star Exponent

VINCENT VALA/STAR-EXPONENT Kevin Woodward plays harmonica at Fusions restaurant on South East Street last August.

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Kevin Woodward plays harmonica at Fusions restaurant on South East Street last August.

A local group of merry musicians will take to Davis Street Sunday to play holiday tunes and raise money for the Culpeper State Theatre.

Harmonica player Kevin Woodward organized the impromptu “Santa band busking” event that will start at 2 p.m. at the corner of Main and East Davis streets and proceed from there. All tips generated will go toward the theater’s ongoing fund-raising campaign.

The community helped Woodward, of Culpeper, through some hard times, including homelessness, and now he wants to give back.
He said, “I want to do my part to save the theater. I know what it means to a lot of people.”

Woodward hopes to live stream to the Internet the street music event via Periscope, offering different perspectives from each artist.

“Let’s let the world know that the State Theatre is going to stay open,” he said.

Multi-talented musician Teddy Deal loves the arts, and that’s why he’ll be performing on Davis Street Sunday.

“This town is exploding with talent, much of it under the age of 21, with zero outlets to perform in front of a quality crowd other than the State Theatre,” he said.

Last year, Deal – the father of two young children — performed as a Culpeper Has Talent contestant at the State Theatre, and is passionate about keeping local culture alive.

“I will not have my children grow up in a town where the community doesn’t support the arts,” he said.

The State Theatre brings together people of all backgrounds and ages, said Deal, a paid musician who travels the state performing.

“If we lose the theater, it would be the biggest tragedy to ever occur in Culpeper in my lifetime,” he said.$400,000 goal to fund next year’s operations. Theater representatives have said the venue would go dark by Dec. 31 if adequate funds are not raised.

Allison Brophy Champion is a news reporter for The Culpeper Star-Exponent. You can contact her at 540-825-0771 ext. 101 or abrophy@starexponent.com.​