Concert to benefit tornado victims Friday

June 3, 2011 1:06:26 PM PDT
It's been more than a month since storms left 24 people dead and millions of dollars in damage in 18 North Carolina counties. Insurance adjusters say as many as 6,400 homes were damaged or destroyed.

Many tornado victims still need help, and organizers of a free benefit concert say they hope a little music will bring in more relief money.

Watch the YouTube performance from a local NC artist's dedication to those affected by the tornadoes.

An impressive lineup of bands begin performing at 5 p.m. Friday at the Raleigh Amphitheater. While admission is free, people who come to watch are asked to give what they can.

"All the money is going to four local charities, including Helping Hand Mission, Interfaith Food Shuttle and a couple of others," said Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker when he announced the concert last month. "It's all going to help people. None of its going to the administration. It will be 100 percent directly to people who need help, particularly for food, clothing, things like that."

Meeker said the event is called Rise up Raleigh, and that's exactly what he says he hopes people will do.

"We're asking people to donate $20 if they can, up to $100 if you are able to do that and then we'll easily raise our $100,000 goal," said Meeker.

Click here to donate even if you can't attend the show

Meeker said Raleigh based band The Conells will headline, along with a full slate of other bands including The Love Language and Marcy Playground.

Click here for more information about the bands and other concert info

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