On Tuesday, September 25, 2018, current and former Arista Nashville artists will take to the stage of the historic War Memorial Auditorium in support of music industry veteran Mike Owens at the “Music for Mike” benefit concert.
The Music for Mike list of performers, which reads like a country music Who’s-Who, includes recent Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee Alan Jackson, superstar duo Brooks & Dunn, and critically acclaimed entertainer Brad Paisley, along with Blackhawk, Diamond Rio, Lee Roy Parnell, Pam Tillis, Phil Vassar and Steve Wariner.
In total, these artists have sold over 150 million albums and racked up 99 No. 1 hits. Backing this stellar line-up is veteran touring band, Sixwire.
In 2014, Owens, a radio promotion manager with Arista Nashville throughout the 1990’s, was diagnosed with end stage renal disease and has been placed on dialysis while he awaits a donor kidney.
95.5 Nash Icon has partnered with Music for Mike, and morning show host, Marty McFly, will serve as emcee. Cumulus VP Country Format, Charlie Cook, acknowledges the artist lineup is a perfect fit for the station, but explains their reasons for supporting the show run much deeper. “Every once in a while Nashville can come together for not only a good cause but in this case, one that means something to all of us personally. 95.5 Nash Icon is proud to play a role in helping Mike and his family.”
Owens’ treatment has led to other health issues and mounting medical bills. Proceeds from the sale of tickets will go directly to the Mike Owens Family Trust. Donations can be made to Mike on his GoFundMe page. Information on how you can become a kidney donor can be found here.
Concert begins at 7:00 p.m. at War Memorial Auditorium (301 6th Ave N, Nashville, TN).
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