NORMAN – Tickets for Toby Keith’s Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert old out in a little more than an hour Friday morning due to overwhelming demand, according to a news release.
Once production is finalized event organizers may have additional tickets that could be released for purchase.
In addition to the Norman resident, performers will include Owasso residents Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood, former Tulsan Ronnie Dunn,Willie Nelson, Sammy Hagar, Mel Tillis and John Anderson. More artists are being added to the lineup and will be announced on a future date.
Ford Trucks, Verizon, Academy of Country Music Lifting Lives, and Walmart are aboard as sponsors. In addition to sponsoring the relief concert, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have committed $1 million to Oklahoma tornado relief, according to a news release.
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 charity concert happens Saturday, July 6 at the University of Oklahoma’s Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman. Doors open at 1:30 p.m., show time is 3 p.m.
For Keith, this event and the devastating 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,” the Clinton native said in a news release.
For the semiretired Brooks, who was born in Tulsa and grew up in Yukon, the deadly May tornadoes are motivating him to perform his first home-state show since a 1997 Oklahoma City and Tulsa concert series.
“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. “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,” Brooks said in a news release.
Net proceeds (minus only credit card merchant fees and OK sales tax) will benefit The United Way of Central Oklahoma May Tornadoes Relief Fund. Donations are also 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. 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 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.”
Updates on the event and lineup will be posted at www.tobykeith.com as well as here on BAM’s Blog.