Alabama, Sheryl Crow and Brad Paisley are just some of the artists taking the stage for the "Bama Rising" tornado relief concert next month in Birmingham. The show, which will feature many other country music superstars, is planned for June 14 at the BJCC Arena. Tickets for the event will go on sale via Ticketmaster on Friday. This is the latest, and to date, the largest, local benefit show to help victims of the April 27, 2011, tornadoes in the state. Hats off to the country music community for its continuing efforts to draw attention to the tragedy and raise money for the recovery efforts. More attention and more money? Win, win for Alabama!
Alabama's lead singer, Randy Owen, was on hand for a morning press conference in Birmingham to announce details about "Bama Rising." He said, "My hope is that this will bring happiness and help to my fellow citizens," adding that he wants "everyone in the state to feel like they are part of it." Don't worry, they will Randy. While certain cities in the state, including Tuscaloosa, are getting a great deal of attention from celebrity visits, this show seems geared toward all towns hit so hard (and in some cases, leveled) by the deadly tornado outbreak last month.
"Bama Rising: A Benefit Concert for Alabama Tornado Recovery" has the potential to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for the cause from ticket sales. And what better cause? The state is hurting in so many ways at the moment, so a show of this magnitude can only help. Additional performers include Martina McBride, Sara Evans, Dierks Bentley and Darius Rucker are also on board - and expect more to be added in the weeks to come. Fantastic effort by country musicians to support their hurting fan base and use their celebrity for good.
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