The pirate music band The Bilge Pumps will headline the “Changing Winds Benefit Concert” in Norman on July 13.
The concert, taking place from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Santa Fe Train Depot, 200 S Jones in Norman, will feature five bands in a benefit for the Balliet family, who lost their home in the May 20 tornado.
The event features:
The Bilge Pumps — A pirate music band from Dallas.
Tullamore — An Irish/Celtic music band from Kansas City, Mo.
Black Oak Shillelagh — A Scottish/Celtic music band from Oklahoma City.
Tynear — An acoustic nautical band from Norman.
Dr. Rev. Mr. Cheeks Miller — A Celtic/nautical musician from Tulsa.
The Bilge Pumps have performed regularly at the Norman Medieval Fair since 2000.
According to a news release, the band heard from longtime fan Scott Balliet that the home where he and his daughter, Heather, lived was destroyed in the tornado.
The Bilge Pumps decided to put on a benefit concert to help Balliet, according to the release.
Their event will feature entertainment outside the Depot in addition to the concert inside, as well as a silent auction.
The Moto Chef Mobile Diner will also be there to supply farm fresh food and will donate a portion of its proceeds to the family.
Admission is free to the event, though donations will be accepted at the door to the Depot.
Portions of the proceeds of all sales at the event, including food and drink, band merchandise and silent auctions will go to benefit the Balliet family.