It’s not every day a country concert is held in Middletown, but on April 1, country singer Sam Grow will be performing at Memorial Hall to help raise funds for new gear and equipment for Volunteer Hose Company.

The event includes dinner and a meet-and-greet with Grow, followed by the concert.

“Sam is just a really great guy. He’s very kind, open hearted, and he treats all of his fans like family,” said Sam Adams, promoter of this Middletown event, and a personal friend of Grow’s. “He does stuff like this a lot, he does all kinds of benefits and really tries to support small businesses. He just tries to look out for everyone.”

Adams, who lives in Middletown with his wife Jennifer, met Grow about 7 years ago when Grow was an up-and-coming artist. Since that time, Adams said that Grow has remained the same despite gaining fame.

“He’s very loyal,” Adams said. “He’s never gotten a big head either. He just stays grounded with his friends and family. My wife and I recently had our vow renewal, and he actually sang at our vow renewal.”

Dawn Morris, a resident of Middletown, has been witness to Grow’s kindness and openness towards his fans at previous concerts.

“I have been to quite a few Sam Grow concerts and very excited that he's playing at Middletown Fire Hall,” Morris said. “The guys in the Sam Grow Band treat you like family when they see you.”

Fans excited to see Sam

Since announcing his intentions on Facebook, there has been no shortage of excitement by his fans.

“I have seen Sam Grow and his band perform at different venues from a wedding on the beach to a small corner bar in a strip mall,” said Middletown resident, Bonnie Borthwick. “This band brings great energy to a crowd. I am very excited that this band is coming to Middletown to help raise money for our firehouse.”

Dawn Morris, who has traveled to Maryland to see Grow and his band perform, also expressed her excitement for the event.

“Sam Grow always draw a great crowd so helping raise money for equipment and gear should be a piece of cake,” Morris said. “He is an amazing performer, and they are a great group of men who will rock the night away. If you didn't get your tickets good luck they usually sell quickly.”

Autograph signing

During the afternoon hours leading up to the concert, Grow will be visiting some of the local businesses in Middletown for autograph signings, in an effort to bring some of his fans out to the town’s small businesses.

“I told him a lot about Middletown,” Adams said. “I told him about how small it is, but how fast it is growing, and what a great thing it would be to go around and do the signing at local businesses, because it gave him a chance to help attract people to the small businesses, and give back to the community.”

Grow will begin his tour around the local businesses at 3:30 p.m. at Immediato's Bistro. After that he will visit Eco-Centric Salon and Spa at 4 p.m., Elana's Florist at 4:30 p.m., and finish up at Sully’s Irish Pub at 5 p.m.

IF YOU GO

WHAT Country concert by Sam Grow to benefit Volunteer Hose Company of Middletown

WHEN Saturday, April 1. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Dinner with all-you-can-eat beef and wings at 7 p.m. Meet-and-greet at 8 p.m. Concert at 9 p.m.

WHERE Middletown Memorial Hall, 27 W. Green St., Middletown, at the firehouse

TICKETS $40 each. Cash bar. Call Jennifer Eisenhauer, (302) 388-8812 or see the website vhc.27.com.