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Oklahoma storms: Tornado benefit performances continue

Tickets are on sale Friday for the July 23 Rock for Oklahoma fundraiser that will feature Kings of Leon, The Flaming Lips, Jackson Browne, Built to Spill and special guests at Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W Reno.
by Brandy McDonnell Published: June 14, 2013

Kings of Leon, The Flaming Lips, Jackson Browne and Built to Spill are preparing to rock Chesapeake Energy Arena, while Toby Keith, Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Ronnie Dunn and Willie Nelson soon will have the University of Oklahoma going country.

Almost four weeks after a deadly EF5 tornado devastated Moore, Oklahoma's creative community continues to raise funds and spirits for those affected by the tragedies of May.

From country music superstar Blake Shelton and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Wanda Jackson to Grammy nominee John Fullbright and reunited red dirt standouts The Great Divide, Sooner State musicians have combined to raise millions for various tornado relief efforts. In addition, stand-up comedians, improv performers and dancers have organized benefit shows following this spring's destructive weather.

After all, the ferocious storms and their subsequent heartbreak didn't begin and end with the May 20 tornado in Moore and south Oklahoma City. Unfortunately, devastating twisters ripped through Carney, Shawnee and Little Axe on May 19, while another EF5 tornado struck the El Reno area May 31 and was followed by ruinous flash flooding throughout the metro area.

It's encouraging, then, that Oklahoma's music makers, performing artists and event organizers just keep reaching out to help the victims.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday for the July 23 Rock for Oklahoma tornado benefit that will feature Kings of Leon, The Flaming Lips, Jackson Browne, Built to Spill and special guests at Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W Reno.

“Shakespeare said ‘It is not enough to help the needy up, but to support them after' and in our small way we are trying to not just be here at the moment of immediate need, but to stay and help with the rebuilding. After all, this is our home and they are us and we are them,” said Wayne Coyne, the Oklahoma City-based frontman of The Flaming Lips, in a news release.

Priced at $35 and $50 (but subject to applicable fees), tickets for the benefit concert will be available at or by phone at (800) 745-3000.

“We couldn't be more proud to lend a hand to our home state. We were all devastated by what happened there,” said Jared Followill, bassist for Kings of Leon, a Grammy-winning rock band that has Oklahoma City and Talihina ties, in the release. “We have family and friends that were affected by the tornadoes … this is the least we could do.”

Toby Keith Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert

An all-star lineup of the country variety is set for the highly anticipated "Toby Keith Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert" set for July 6 at the University of Oklahoma's Gaylord Family — Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman.

The lineup of performers, now being assembled, includes Owasso residents Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood, former Tulsan Ronnie Dunn and Texas icon Willie Nelson.

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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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