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Kellie Coffey and fireworks finale added to Toby Keith's Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert

by Brandy McDonnell Modified: July 3, 2013 at 1:30 am •  Published: July 2, 2013
Kellie Coffey
Kellie Coffey

NORMAN – Tickets for Norman resident Toby Keith’s Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert went on sale on June 21 and sold out in a matter of minutes due to overwhelming demand.

As promised, once production was finalized event organizers had additional tickets to release for purchase. Those seats went on sale last Friday and sold out within minutes.

The capacity crowd will be entertained by Keith, Owasso residents Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood, former Tulsan Ronnie Dunn, Willie Nelson, Sammy Hagar, Mel Tillis, and John Anderson as well as Carrie Underwood (via satellite from the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville).

As previously reported, Keith’s daughter Krystal Keith, who released her debut EP back in April, has been added to the lineup.

In addition, fellow Oklahoma country singer Kellie Coffey is joining the bill, according to a news release issued today. Coffey, a Moore native, performed at a May 27 memorial service for victims of the May 20 EF5 tornado that tore through Moore, which is also Keith’s hometown.

According to today’s release, Garth Brooks will go on stage at 4 p.m. Saturday.

“Once we got the news that the tornado had hit Toby’s hometown, Miss Yearwood and I told Toby we were at his service for whatever he chose to do,” Brooks said in a news release. “I am amazed at the human spirit the tornado victims have shown. I am humbled by the giving of the volunteers. It is an honor to get to be a part of this healing process.”

As previously reported, the Country Music Hall of Famer was already booked to play a July 6 return engagement at the Wynn Las Vegas when Keith began organizing his Twister Relief Concert. But Brooks’ publicist said the Tulsa native decided to fit both shows into his schedule.

“Garth is opening the show in Oklahoma and then getting in a plane for his show in Vegas. Thankfully the time difference allows (him to do) both,” Nancy Seltzer said in an email.

Keith is scheduled in the closing time spot at Saturday’s Twister Relief. The concert will end with a 10-minute fireworks display. Rumors are also abound of a grand finale performance, according to today’s release.

Ford Trucks, Verizon Wireless, Academy of Country Music Lifting Lives, and Walmart are on board as sponsors. In addition to sponsoring the relief concert, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have committed $1 million to Oklahoma tornado relief. Sponsorship donations and underwriting of the concert, and donated services from suppliers and vendors from all over the country will allow the net proceeds of tickets (after tax and credit card fees) to benefit the United Way of Central Oklahoma May Tornadoes Relief Fund to aid recovery efforts.

The Twister Relief Concert is set for Saturday at the University of Oklahoma’s Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla. Doors open at 1:30 p.m., and show time is 3 p.m.

Special road closures and parking information are listed after the break.

In addition, donations are being accepted online via the United Way home page at www.unitedwayokc.org. Checks may be mailed to the United Way of Central Oklahoma, P.O. Box 837, Oklahoma City, OK 73101 with notation for May Tornadoes Relief.

Verizon Wireless is offering a text-to-donate capability before, during and after the benefit concert. Currently, customers of any wireless carrier may donate by texting the keyword REBUILD to 52000, which will give an automatic $10 donation to the United Way of Central Oklahoma’s May Tornadoes Relief Fund. Verizon Wireless customers will be limited to five text donations.

“When Toby asked me to come on board, I immediately said ‘Yes,!’” said Sammy Hagar in a news release. “He’s put together a hell of a concert lineup to help raise funds for the brave and resilient people of Oklahoma. My job is going to be to help them take their minds off their problems and have some much needed, good old-fashioned fun.”

For Keith, this event and the May storms that led to it are deeply personal: “I grew up in Moore, I live in Norman and I’ve got lots of family and friends who were directly affected. I know these folks and they’re resilient, but we’re going to keep helping them any way we can. I’m proud to get together with some others from around here who are just as committed as I am to supporting these communities,” he said in the release.

Updates on the event and lineup will be posted at www.tobykeith.com.

I got the chance to talk with Toby about the benefit concert. Look for the first part of my interview on Friday.

ROAD CLOSURES AND PARKING INFORMATION

This information is subject to change. For more, go to: http://www.soonersports.com/ot/ok_twister_relief_concert.html

Traffic Flow

These streets near the stadium are closed beginning four hours prior to the beginning of the concert:

(1) Lindsey St., which runs east and west along the southern edge of the stadium will close at Elm (west of the stadium) to just east of Jenkins Ave. Only those patrons with parking credentials for the Asp Avenue Parking Facility or the MP12 lot will be able to access Lindsey. They must approach from the west.

(2) Jenkins Ave. will be closed south of Page to all traffic except for those parking in the Field House Parking Lot and south to Farmers Street.

(3) Brooks will be closed from Jenkins to Trout to all traffic but those with a parking pass for the Brooks Lot, Monnett Lot, Duck Pond Lot or East Side Stadium Suites Lot. No traffic except emergency vehicles and authorized support vehicles will be allowed west of Monnett on Brooks or south of the entrance of parking lot A-10 on Jenkins (Field House Lot). The Norman Police Department will no longer permit parking on Brooks Street between Jenkins Ave. and Classen Blvd. on event days. This area will remain clear to help ease post event traffic congestion. Any vehicles parked in this location on event day will be towed.

Free Concert Parking
Free parking is available at all university lots excluding the Asp Avenue Parking Facility and the Suite Lot located directly East of the stadium.

Disability Parking
For more information on physical disability parking, please call the parking office at (405) 325-3311.

City Streets Parking
The City of Norman will be enforcing parking restrictions during the concert. The primary area of enforcement will be No Parking areas that are not exempted on normal stadium event days. Please take the time to read the signs before parking on a city street.

RV Parking
Non-electric spots in the northwest parking lot of the Lloyd Noble Center will be available. The Lloyd Noble Center is located approximately one mile south of the Gaylord Family Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. For prices and registration information, please go online or call (405) 325-4666.

-BAM

by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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