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Nashville Tornado: Benefit Concerts, How to Help

Music City continues to recover after a deadly storm devastated neighborhoods on March 3rd

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Numerous benefit shows are springing up in Nashville after a tornado badly damaged parts of the city and destroyed the Basement East.

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It’s been nearly a week since a series of tornadoes struck the Nashville area on March 3rd, causing widespread damage in the city’s densely populated neighborhoods — including the destruction of beloved music venue the Basement East — and killing more than two dozen people in the surrounding area. Volunteers have been working overtime to clear streets and yards or bring food and other necessities to affected areas, but it’s going to be a long road to recover and rebuild.

One of Nashville’s greatest, most plentiful resources is its deep well of talent, and performers are already organizing benefit concerts to raise funds for the groups managing relief efforts. Last week, singer-songwriter Brian Wright turned his album release party at Dee’s Country Cocktail Lounge into a benefit show featuring Aaron Lee Tasjan, Will Hoge, Allen Thompson, and Josh Rouse. Kelsey Waldon also raised funds and collected goods for Gideon’s Army at her Sunday night show at Third & Lindsley.

The next couple of weeks are packed full of similar benefits, from the all-star To Nashville, With Love concert taking place on Monday with Jason Isbell and Brandi Carlile, to a more niche gig like the Long Players and their songwriting pals on Thursday, March 12th.

Here’s a list of upcoming shows and of ways you can help.

Volunteer:
Hands on Nashville

Donate:
Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee
Gideon’s Army
Nashville Severe Weather
Community Resource Center

Events:
To Nashville, With Love
When: Monday, March 9th, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Marathon Music Works
About: Jason Isbell, Brandi Carlile, Sheryl Crow, Yola, Brothers Osborne, Dan Auerbach and many others join an all-star lineup to raise funds for Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. The concert is already sold-out, but will stream live on Lightning 100 and donations can still be made through the event site.

Mitchell Tenpenny & Friends
When: Monday, March 9th, 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Where: Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row
About: “Drunk Me” singer Mitchell Tenpenny’s benefit concert on Monday sold out so quickly that he added a second one for later in the evening, which also sold out. He’ll be joined by an eclectic mix of artists including Devin Dawson, Hardy, Jessie James Decker, and the Band Camino.

All Hands on Deck! Tornado Relief Show
When: Tuesday, March 10th, 7 p.m.
Where: City Winery Nashville
About: Buddy Miller, Mary Gauthiet, and Vanessa Carlton highlight this Americana-leaning lineup to benefit the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee’s Emergency Response Fund. Tickets are available for $25 and up.

Hailey Whitters
When: Tuesday, March 10th
Where: Exit/In
About: Rising performer Whitters was originally scheduled to play the Basement East in celebration of her new album The Dream. Once the tornado forced a change of venue, she decided to turn the show into a benefit.

Tornado Relief Benefit Concert
When: Tuesday, March 10th, 6 p.m.
Where: Never Never
About: A group of rock, pop, and country performers including Emerson Hart, Cassadee Pope, Tommy Sims, Fancy Hagood, the Brummies, Audra Mae, Kree Harrison, Aaron Raitiere, Ashley Ray, Patrick Davis, Lauren Jenkins, and Liz Rose will pack folks into the cozy Never Never cocktail bar in Nashville’s Wedgewood Houston.

Them Vibes
When: Tuesday, March 10th, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Dirty Little Secret
About: Rock band Them Vibes, who backed Maggie Rose on her album Change the Whole Thing, will headline a tornado benefit show featuring Whiskey Wolves of the West, Kalie Shorr, and Lady Couch.

The Long Players and Nashville’s Songwriters Play for Hands on Nashville
When: Thursday, March 12th, 7:30 p.m.
Where: 3rd & Lindsley
About: Nashville’s the Long Players are known for live renditions of entire classic albums and will this time be joined by Nashville songwriters Beth Nielsen Chapman, Jace Everett, Gordon Kennedy, Don Schlitz, and Webb Wilder to raise money.

Ray Stevens
When: Thursday, March 12th, 7:30 p.m.
Where: CabaRay
About: Country Music Hall of Fame member Ray Stevens will donate all the proceeds from the 2020 season opening night at his namesake CabaRay Showroom to tornado relief.

Thee Rock N’ Roll Residency: A Benefit for Nashville’s Tornado Victims
When: Saturday, March 14th, 7 p.m.
Where: Mercy Lounge
About: Nashville’s hard-rock torchbearers Thee Rock N’ Roll Residency rally the city’s hefty hard-rock community for a riff-heavy benefit. Lzzy Hale, Joe Hottinger, and Josh Smith of Halestorm, Mark Slaughter, Bebe Buell, and other rockers who call Music City home will all take the stage.

Metal for Nashville: a Metalcore Tribute to Benefit Nashville Tornado Relief
When: Saturday, March 14th, 8 p.m.
Where: Exit/In
About: Former/current members of Staind,All That Remains, Framing Hanley, CKY, and Accept rock out with covers of songs by Lamb of God, Killswitch Engage, and Avenged Sevenfold.

Caitlyn Smith
When: Friday, March 20th, 6 p.m.
Where: Grimey’s New & Preloved Music
About: Singer-songwriter Caitlyn Smith will release her new album Supernova on March 13th and will play an intimate set at popular record store Grimey’s the following week to raise money for the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.

Songs for Our Neighbors
When: Sunday, March 15th, 8 p.m.
Where: Mercy Lounge
About: Caroline Spence, Sam Outlaw, Great Peacock, and Ben Danaher join this intriguing lineup of East Nashville performers to benefit Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee

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