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If you find yourself in the Nashville area at the end of this month, you won’t want to miss this great opportunity to support our fellow country music bloggers CountryMusicIsLove and the City of Hope!
CountryMusicIsLove is proud to announce the 3rd Annual CountryMusicIsLove Concert benefiting City of Hope, one of the nation’s leading research, treatment and education centers for cancer and other life-threatening diseases. This year’s concert will feature acoustic performances by Micheal Ray, Chris Cavanaugh, Kristen Kelly, THE FARM, JT Hodges, Chuck Wicks, Love and Theft, Casey James, and Craig Campbell. Whitney Duncan will do double duty as host and performer for the second year in a row.
The cause hits close to home for many of the artists, including Casey James. “My family has been massively affected by cancer,” James shares. “My Paw-Paw passed away last year from cancer. My Nana passed away from cancer and my mother is a two-time cancer survivor, thyroid and breast. I can go on and on. There’s a large history of that in my family. Anything I can do to help and to do my part to make things better, I’ve always been into doing that, so it was an honor to be asked to come out and play. I’m excited to play the music and come see the fans, but most excited just to be a part of the whole thing.”
The 3nd Annual CountryMusicIsLove Concert benefiting City of Hope will be held February 21, 2012 at 7:30pm at Exit/In in Nashville, Tenn. Tickets are $15 and 100% of tickets sales will be donated to City of Hope. Tickets are available here: http://bit.ly/cmiltickets.
Please visit http://www.countrymusicislove.com/2012-benefit-concert for additional information.
Carrie Underwood made wishes come true this holiday season for the schools in her hometown of Checotah, Oklahoma with donations amounting to $350,000 through her C.A.T.S. Foundation – Checotah Animal, Town, and School Foundation. Each of the four schools – Marshall Elementary, Checotah Intermediate School, Checotah Middle School, and Checotah High School – learned just in time for Christmas that they would receive the necessary funds from C.A.T.S. to fulfill various school needs. The donations will go towards items such as new computer labs for each school, plus playground equipment, physical fitness equipment, as well as new band uniforms, furniture, storage, instruments for their music programs, among other items.
This fall, Darius Rucker will lay down his guitar and pick up a bat instead.
Rucker has been chosen as Team Captain for Piggly Wiggly team in the Slim Down the South Celebrity Softball Challange. The event takes place October 1 at Jo Riley Park in his hometown of Charleston, South Carolina. Actor Bill Murray will step up as Team Captain for the opposing Wells Fargo team. Proceeds from the game will benefit Louie’s Kids, which works to fight childhood obesity.
For more information on this benefit for a wonderful cause, please visit the website here.
Don’t live in Nashville? You’re in luck! Taylor Swift announced today that she will be streaming 2 songs online from her “Speak Now…Help Now” Fundraiser for disaster victims on Twitter.
“I’ll be streaming 2 of the songs from the Speak Now/Help Now rehearsal performance worldwide- Saturday at 9pm central on taylorswift.com,” - @TaylorSwift13.
Lucky fans in Nashville, TN will get to see Taylor’s last dress rehearsal before she opens her tour in Omaha, NB on May 27th. The dress rehearsal will take place on May 21st at Bridgestone Arena in downtown Nashville, TN. The event is called “Speak Now…Help Now” and 13,000 fans will be allowed to attend. The rehearsal is to help victims of the tornados that hit the south just a few weeks ago.
Got a dirty dog in Tampa Bay, Florida that likes listening to The Band Perry? You’re in luck! The ACM New Artist of the Year winners are part of a volunteer team with Purina Dog Chow for a dog wash before their concert with Tim McGraw on Friday, April 29th, 2011. They’ll be giving out tickets and autographs to anyone stopping by. Best of all.. it’s free! All proceeds go towards the Humane Society of Tampa Bay.
For more information, check out their event page on facebook here.
Jennette McCurdy has raised a total $139,643 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital during her cross-country mall tour, Generation Love For St. Jude, which concluded April 14th. For weeks, Jennette performed for thousands of fans and raised money by signing autographs and selling charity CDs with all proceeds benefiting the cause. Before embarking on the tour, Jennette made it her personal mission to raise $100,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital – a charity that is very dear to her heart.