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Charitable Efforts: Camp Bisco, ‘Ricky Nelson Remembered’

03:01 PM Friday 6/7/13 | |

Not all music-related charity efforts result in star-studded lineups on mega-concerts that are broadcasted over a myriad of TV networks and cable channels.  Two that might have escaped your notice involve Camp Bisco and the “Ricky Nelson Remembered” tour.

Organizers of Camp Bisco, the multi-day music and camping extravaganza helmed by Disco Biscuits, are reaching out to ask fans to send a little relief to those affected by two tornados that swept through the festival’s host town of Mariaville, N.Y., last week.  Plowing through Montgomery and Schenectady Counties May 29, the EF2-rated twister packing 125 mph winds tore roofs off of buildings, uprooted trees and left such a trail of destruction that National Weather Service meteorologist Vasil Koleci described the amount of damage as “unbelievable,” according to the Albany Times Union.

To help rebuild the area, Camp Bisco producer MCP Presents has posted a web site through rally.org to collect donations.  Click here to help.

This isn’t the first time MCP Presents and Camp Bisco have asked music fans to help those affected by tragic weather conditions.  Two years ago they reached out to help those affected by a hurricane that blew through the area in 2011.

This year’s Camp Bisco is scheduled for July 11-13 at the Indian Lookout Country Club in Mariaville.

Zelienople, Pa., may not be in the heartland but a theatre in the Pennsylvanian town near Pittsburgh is joining forces with Nelson twins Matthew and Gunnar to raise funds to help Oklahoma tornado victims.

  • After The Tornado

    Dawn breaks over the rubble left earlier in the week when a tornado hit Moore, Okla.
    April 24, 2013

    (Brennan Linsley/AP)

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Touring with their “Ricky Nelson Remembered” tribute to their father, the Nelsons are diverting a portion of the proceeds from their gig at Zelienople’s Strand Theatre scheduled for Saturday, June 8 to Red Cross disaster relief.

The Nelsons also sweetened the pot by donating an autographed guitar and an opportunity to join them for a private dinner at local eatery Herbe’s Z-Town Cafe to be auctioned off.

“Music heals, music has power,” Matthew Nelson said.  “We want the Oklahoma communities to know that we care about them, but we also want to let the people in Zelienople know that this show is a chance for them to feel something amazing.  It’s a celebration.”


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