Another country benefit concert to aid victims of the recent outbreak of deadly tornadoes in Oklahoma is in the works. This time, one could argue that the star power is larger than the first one that Blake Shelton headlined and organized on May 29th in Oklahoma City. Oklahoma natives and country superstars, Ronnie Dunn, Toby Keith and Garth Brooks, are moving closer to a concert date set for this summer.
Dunn confirms to Tulsa World that the blowout show is tentatively scheduled for the Fourth of July weekend in Keith’s hometown of Norman. Norman was wiped out by an EF5 Memorial Day tornado that swept through the area on May 20th killing dozens of residents and injuring many more.
“There are a lot of moving parts to work out, but this is what we’re aiming for,” Dunn states.
Keith has stated in several media reports that he’d love to have the concert at some place huge, like the University of Oklahoma sports venue in Norman. Although no specifics have been announced yet, Keith’s publicist told Tulsa World that “we have nothing specific to announce. We will soon.”
Dunn refers to this concert as a “second wave” of support from the music community for the residents of Moore, acknowledging that Shelton’s NBC special, Healing in the Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert, was the first.
“There will be a need for months and months to come.”
Following the tornado, Dunn talked to Brooks about doing a second concert.
“I talked to Garth, and he agreed that we’d keep our heads down until Blake’s thing was done and until Toby took the lead,” Dunn claims. “We’d be the ‘second wave’ of efforts to help people because there is a need for a second wave. There will be a need for months and months to come.”
Dunn said he was passing through the area on his tour bus when the tornado hit Moore. After receiving a bunch of emails and texts about the weather, he checked his radar app on his phone and they “high-tailed it out of there to safety just as the tornado hit” the town.
He then called Blake Shelton’s manager, Narvel Blackstock, also husband of Reba McEntire, and spoke to him who was “breathless, literally, working everything out for Blake’s benefit show. He said he’d call me back.”
Dunn also said he knew Keith would be busy for awhile after turning on the news and seeing him with his “boots on the ground” accessing the damage and assisting with clean up efforts.
After seeing Keith absent from Shelton’s show, I speculated to myself that he may be organizing one of his own. Turns out, I was dead on. I also began to wonder if Brooks would participate, given he lives in Owasso. If confirmed as a performer, Brooks will be very busy Fourth of July weekend as he films his final performances for a concert DVD of his One Man Show at the Encore Theatre in Las Vegas as well. It would also be a rare home-state performance for the mega star.
We will pass along more information on this event as soon as it becomes available.
Author: Buddy Iahn
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