Capitol Arts Center to have annual fundraiser this weekend

Lucas Aulbach

The Capitol Arts Alliance’s largest fundraiser of the year, Rocktoberfest, will be tomorrow at the Capitol Arts Center, Executive Director Karen Hume said.

The event will include a live auction, silent auction and a performance by local band Skip Bond and the Fugitives.

It will start at 6 p.m. and last until about 10 p.m., box office associate Katie Maurer said.

Tickets are $50 and are available online and at the center’s box office.

The theater seats about 800 people, and they hope to have it completely filled that evening, Hume said.

The evening will start off with food and drinks at 6 p.m., she said.

Many restaurants from the area are contributing refreshments, including Mariah’s and 440 Main Restaurant and Bar, Maurer said.

Then the auctions will take place before the band performs, she said.

Items being auctioned off include original artwork from local artists, WKU sports packages and savings bonds, Hume said.

Skip Bond and the Fugitives are scheduled to perform at the event from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., said Tommy Holderfield, the band’s general manager.

Six out of the 10 band members are WKU graduates, he said.

The band’s lead singer, Steve Wilson, is a circuit judge in Warren County.

The band is looking forward to the upcoming performance, Holderfield said.

Holderfield, who is also the band’s keyboardist, described the band’s music as a mix between classic R&B, blues and classic rock.

Money raised at the event will be put towards keeping the center running, Hume said.

While the Capitol hosts many other local concerts every year, Rocktoberfest remains its biggest annual fundraiser, she said.

Maurer is optimistic for the event.

“There’s going to be good food, good music, and it should be a good time for everyone,” she said.