Since the day after a devastating EF5 tornado tore through his hometown of Moore, Toby Keith has been planning a benefit concert to aid the recovery efforts.
This morning, the Oklahoma music superstar announced that he and an all-star country lineup will play the “Toby Keith Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert” Saturday, 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.
Doors will open at 1:30 p.m., and show time is set for 3 p.m.. Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, June 21, at Ticketmaster.com or by phone at (800) 745-3000. All seats are $25, all inclusive, all seats reserved, with an eight-ticket purchase limit, according to an email from Keith’s publicist.
Proceeds will benefit The United Way Of Central Oklahoma May Tornadoes Relief Fund. Updates on the event and lineup will be posted at www.tobykeith.com.
For Keith, this event and the May storms that led to it are deeply personal. His sister and other relatives had their homes badly damaged in the May 20 tornado, he has said in interviews.
“I grew up in Moore, I live in Norman and I’ve got lots of family and friends who were directly affected,” he said in the email. “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.”
For Brooks, who was born in Tulsa and grew up in Yukon, the deadly May tornadoes also hit close to home and heart.
“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 says in the email. “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.”