Top Artists Support Worthy Causes

Many big name artists are set for benefit concerts in Nashville over the next few weeks. On Feb. 2 Dolly Parton, Ronnie Dunn, Kellie Pickler, Keith Anderson, Jennifer Hanson, Mark Nesler, and Matt Gary will turn out for the Gift of Music benefit at the Wildhorse Saloon. The 7 PM fundraiser for the W.O. Smith Music School is being presented by The Dustin J. Wells Foundation, which was established to honor the memory of Dustin (son of Dennis J. Wells, D.D.S., and nephew of music producer Kent Wells) who lost his life in a 2005 car accident. Last year’s Gift of Music concert raised more than $50,000. Tickets are available via Ticketmaster and start at $45. VIP tickets are $500.

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Lorrie Morgan, Vince Gill, Tracy Lawrence, Joe Diffie and guest Jesse Whitley will perform at the Life Through Music Concert to benefit Grammy-winning Nashville bassist Chris Kent who has Multiple Myeloma. The concert will be Thurs., Feb. 5, 7 PM at the Cannery Ballroom. Tickets start at $25, and VIP tickets including artist meet & greet and drinks are available for $65. For tickets go to www.mercylounge.com or www.ticketweb.com.

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