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Carburetors play Music by the Lake on Sunday

The Carburetors, the Flat Rock-based honky-tonk/rockabilly band, perform at 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, as the Music by the Lake series wraps up at Blue Ridge Community College.

Founded around 2002 by Jay Goree and Mark Warwick, the band has since expanded its membership as well as fan base throughout the region and beyond. The band grew when it brought on Bill Munoz as drummer and Damien “Duke” Domingue on bass, although for Sunday's show Tucker Warwick will play bass and Tyler Matthews will be on drums.

After releasing a CD called “Y’all Don’t Tell My Mama I Was Here” in 2004, the Carburetors saw rapid success, with the sole bluegrass song on the CD going on to rank as No. 4 on a national bluegrass chart, according to Warwick.

“We love bluegrass, but we’re really more of a rockabilly/honky tonk sound,” he said.

The band went on play various festivals, including a rockabilly festival in Europe, featuring concerts in Amsterdam, Germany and Belgium. Returning to Blue Ridge Community College is a no-brainer for the group, as the outdoor venue of the school affords its audience a complete lack of distractions, and lets them relax and enjoy the music in nature instead of a noisy bar setting.

Concert goers can expect to have a great deal of fun, as the band prides itself on getting the audience excited.

“People come up to us all the time and tell us how much fun they’ve had, and that’s easy to accomplish with songs like ‘White Trash Noise’ and ‘Quarter Machine.’ We’re good musicians ultimately, but it’s all about having fun,” Warwick added. When not rocking out with his crew, Warwick serves as general manager and radio show host alongside his wife, Paige, on WTZQ radio.

Guests are encouraged to come out to Music by the Lake and enjoy this free concert in the serenity of nature. For more information, visit The Carburetors U.S.A. Facebook page.