‘Buck Up For Joplin’
Scheduled for June 17-19, the Show Me Music and Arts Festival in Springfield, Mo., was already a big deal before a devastating tornado leveled Joplin, Mo., May 22. Featuring big-name talent such as Tim McGraw, Trace Adkins, Big & Rich, Train, OneRepublic, Kellie Pickler, Little Big Town and REO Speedwagon, the festival has joined with the United Way to coordinate four primary activities benefiting efforts aiding Joplin’s recovery.
The activities come in the form of two auctions, live and silent, plus sales of items such as T-shirts and beach towels while volunteers take donations at all entrances and urge festival goers to “Buck up for Joplin.”
All funds raised will go to the United Way of Southwest Missouri and St. John’s Mercy Hospital which handles 80 percent of the charity medical cases in the area and was heavily damaged by the storm.
Weekend passes and single-day tickets for the festival are still available. Visit ShowMeMusicFest.com for more information.
Country songstress Jo Dee Messina is also helping people whose lives were devastated by the Joplin-area tornadoes.
Messina had originally designated her June 25 performance in Pittsburg, Kan., as a benefit for the Holy Trinity Montessori school in Nashville. However, after learning that the show’s promoter, Joplin resident Al Zar lost everything in the storm, Messina and Holy Trinity head Kate Riley offered to help him out.
“After the tornadoes, I reached out to Al, knowing they hit close to where we were having the concert,” Messina said in a statement. “He lost everything. When I told Kate about this, she was saddened and suggested that if the shows do happen, they should give the money to him. When my management offered this to Al, he said, ‘Instead of me, why don’t we offer the proceeds to all the people in Joplin, by donating proceeds to the Joplin Red Cross?’ and so we are!”
For more information on the June 25 show in Pittsburg, Kan., click here for the Memorial Auditorium website and here for Messina’s website.
A Fixxed Fight Against Cancer
For the past few years Alarm frontman Mike Peters and other musicians have made musical journeys to the summits of some of the world’s tallest mountains, all to benefit cancer charity Love Hope Strength. Now one of the bands that accompanied Peters to the top of Mt. Everest is doing a bit more to fight the disease.
The Fixx has released a new single – “Moving Mountains” – with all proceeds going to Love Hope Strength. Appropriately, the single was released on National
Cancer Survivors Day, which traditionally takes place the first Sunday in June.
“Moving Mountains” was originally composed by Fixx members Cy Curnin and Jamie West-Oram during an LHS trek to the top of Kala Patthar at Mt. Everest. You can download the song from the Love Hope Strength website with all proceeds going to the charity organization. Just click here.