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February 28, 2019

PEMBROKE, NCThe Red Hot Chilli Pipers are not the world-famous rock band you remember from college. They are a bagpipe band. A bagpipe band with attitude. The pipers will play the Givens Performing Arts Center on March 20 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $31, $26 and $21 for adults, and $10 for children and students. The show is sponsored in part by Springhill Suites of Lumberton.
The Scottish bagpipe band has gained popularity around the globe, playing more than 200 shows per year, and drawing a following of more than 360,000 on social media. The band fuses traditional Scottish music with modern rock and pop anthems.
The Red Hot Chilli Pipers’ setlist is an eclectic mix of traditional Scottish songs and standards like “Amazing Grace,” as well as covers of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’,” AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck” and dance hits of the 90s.
“They are a fun band. They do some really great covers of songs everyone knows, songs from multiple generations. It’s going to be high energy,” said James Bass, executive director of GPAC.
A famous story on social media details how a couple traveled to Ireland to see who they thought was the American rock band The Red Hot Chili Peppers only to learn they were attending a bagpipe concert. The story went viral and has become an unexpected publicity tool.
The band also appeared in a video with pop singer Ed Sheeran at an MTV awards show.
“I’d tell anyone to go out on YouTube and find one of their videos…see what they do… but trust me when I say seeing them live is a hundred times more fun,” said Bass.
The final performance in the 2018-19 GPAC Season is The Midtown Men, which is four of the original cast members of Broadway’s “Jersey Boys,” performing songs from the show and hits from the 60s.
Visit www.uncp.edu/gpac to see the full list of shows coming this season or call 910-521-6361.