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W H E N M A N Y T H I N K O F RO C K Y M O U N T,
IT'S MOST OFTEN IN CONNECTION
W I T H A S H O W AT T H E P O P U L A R
A N D R E L AT I V E L Y N E W H A RV E S T E R
PERFORMANCE CENTER. BUT THERE'S
A G O O D B I T M O R E T H A N T H AT T O
T H E T I N Y S E AT O F G O V E R N M E N T F O R
F R A N K L I N C O U N T Y.
IF YOU WANT TO DATE ROCKY
MOUNT'S resurgence to the opening
of the Harvester Performance Center in
2014, you won't get a lot of argument. Fact
is, though, you're missing the real Rocky
Mount, the one that combines the past,
present and future into a fascinating ball
of the artistic, the commercial and tourism
that raises eyebrows among the uninitiated.
The Harvester, of course, is the elephant
in the room, featuring some of the truly
interesting musical aggregations in the
country, everything from Glenn Miller to
Buddy Guy, Keb' Mo' to Blue Oyster Cult,
Delbert McClinton to Doyle Lawson,
Kenny G to the Little River Band, Ricky
Skaggs to Gaelic Storm, B.J. Thomas to

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Rhonda Vincent, 150 shows a year, 460
seats at a time.
Last year, the Harvester saw $1.6 million
"move through its doors," according to
Rocky Mount Town Manager James Irvin.
Its shows drew from 50 fans to a number of
full houses and netted $31,000 for the year.
Rocky Mount "carries the books, the brick
and mortar and we provide management,"
for The Harvester, says Irvin. "Otherwise,
it's self-sustaining."
Tourism Director David Rotenizer says
The Harvester is "a game-changer," making
Rocky Mount "an easier sell."
It is also a business magnet. Dulcie
Hankins opened Wood Grains, a handmade furniture store, directly across

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