MEMBERS OF BAND ALABAMA TO HEADLINE KATRINA BENEFIT CONCERT
MONTGOMERY, Ala.-- Commissioner of Agriculture & Industries Ron Sparks, Montgomery Mayor Bobby Bright and Gov. Bob Riley have announced a benefit concert for disaster relief for victims of Hurricane Katrina on Thursday, Sept. 8, at 7 p.m. at Riverwalk Stadium in Montgomery.
The concert will be an evening of acoustic entertainment featuring Randy Owen, Teddy Gentry and Jeff Cook of the group Alabama. Nashville songwriters also will join the members of Alabama for this unique concert. Bobby Moore and the Rhythm Aces will be the opening act.
Proceeds from the event will go to the Governor's Operation Golden Rule; the Mayor's Fund, which will directly help evacuees in Montgomery through the United Way; and the Alabama Agriculture Relief Fund (AARF), which will provide resources for farmers in Alabama.
Evacuees staying in Montgomery have been invited to attend with wristbands being distributed through area hotels. The city of Montgomery will be providing evacuees with food and drinks while at the concert. The city will also donate proceeds from concession sales to the relief effort.
Other supporters of the event include the Alabama State Employees Association and the Montgomery Area United Way. Nashville songwriters scheduled to attend include Neal Thrasher, who wrote "Fast Cars & Freedom" recorded by Rascal Flats, "I Lost It," recorded by Kenny Chesney and "The Real Life," recorded by Jeff Carson. Wendall Mobley also will appear. He, too, has written songs that were recorded by Rascal Flats and Kenny Chesney. A third songwriter, Jason Sellers, wrote "You Can't Hide Beautiful," recorded by Aaron Lines.
Gates open at 6 p.m. The cost of admission is a monetary donation at the door. Checks may be made out to "AARF." For more information, please contact Scott Absher at 334-240-7105.