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Stars Set For Music Saves Mtns. Concert; Steele Plans Skate Festival

Alison Krauss

Alison Krauss and Big Kenny recently joined the already star-studded lineup of Emmylou Harris, Dave Matthews, Patty Griffin, Buddy Miller, Patty Loveless, Kathy Mattea and more for the Music Saves Mountains concert. Presented by the Gibson Foundation and set for May 19 at 8 p.m. at the Ryman Auditorium, proceeds will go to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). The show is promoted by The Messina Group/AEG Live.

The Music Saves Mountains concert will serve as a fundraiser for NRDC’s campaign to end mountain top removal coal mining in Appalachia.

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The 4th Annual Alex LeVasseur Memorial Skate & Music Festival, in memory of hit songwriter Jeffrey Steele’s late son, will take place 
Sunday, June 27 at Jim Warren Park in Franklin, TN 2pm – 9pm. 

This is a free, family friendly event, and will take place rain or shine. There will be live music all day, skate demos, giveaways, food vendors, airbrush tattoos, game booths, autographed auction items, and more.

If you are interested in sponsoring this event or lending your time as a volunteer please contact Casey LeVasseur at [email protected]

Over 2,500 people attended this event last year and organizers believe it will continue to grow. Proceeds will go to 

The Alex LeVasseur Fund of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, a 501-c3 organization which benefits the Alex LeVasseur Memorial Scholarship Program and other initiatives. To learn more about Alex and the programs in his name please visit RememberAlex.com.

Lambert, Shelton Benefit Raises $70,000

Lambert and Shelton at the benefit.

For the second year in a row, Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton performed at a benefit concert in Tishomingo, OK to help local charities. Lambert’s MuttNation Foundation hosted the event which raised nearly $70,000. There were acoustic performances from Lambert, Shelton and Shelton’s cousin Clancy Davis, as well as a cocktail party, dinner and live and silent auctions. Tickets sold out well in advance, drawing attendees from all over Oklahoma and Texas. Proceeds went to causes in Tishomingo, OK and surrounding areas, with specific attention to the local Veteran’s program and the Tishomingo Animal Shelter.

Lambert with her dog Delilah

Lambert’s Third Annual “Cause for Paws” Benefit in Tyler, TX is coming up on Saturday, May 15, 2010 with proceeds going to The Humane Society of East Texas. Special guests include Whiskey Myers, Kacey Musgraves and Nan Kelley for an intimate evening of music and cuisine in the serene setting of Villa Di Felicita.

Thanks to Miranda’s loyal Ran Fans and the East Texas Citizens, The Humane Society of East Texas has become a no kill sanctuary since the fundraiser began three years ago.

Stars Go Blue, Springtime Stroll Concerts This Week

Rodney Crowell and Gretchen Peters are among the hit songwriters/artists set to perform at tomorrow night’s (3/23) 2nd annual The Stars Go Blue For Colon Cancer benefit. Joining them on the 7 PM line-up at the Loveless Barn are fellow tunesmiths Mike Reid, Barry Walsh and Peter Cooper, along with special guests Mike Snider, Wade Hayes and Bill Miller. Great American Country’s Nan Kelley will host the evening.

Up for bid will be 5 bar stools hand-painted by the appearing songwriters using the classic ribbon color for colon cancer – true blue. In addition, there will be one stool that was doodled and autographed by country music stars as they passed through the GAC studios.

Event tickets are on sale now and available at the Colon Cancer Alliance website, www.ccalliance.org, and the Loveless Barn box office the day of the show. General admission is $35. Exclusive blue ribbon tables are also available for $500 and include front row tables (four seats per table).

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In more benefit news, the 6th annual Music Row Springtime Stroll is taking place on Fri., March 26. The strenuous walk will start at Dan McGuinness Pub and run the lengthy 100 yards down Demonbreun to the Tin Roof where Tom Douglas, Jonathan Singleton, Mallary Hope, Ashton Shepherd and Rhett Atkins will perform. Proceeds benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

John Rich At Marathon Post-Show; Local Cumulus Radiothon

On Saturday, April 24, 2010, the Country Music Marathon & 1/2 Marathon will celebrate its 11th annual running in Music City. John Rich will headline the post-race concert at the Bridgestone Arena that night at 7:00 p.m., joined by special guest Cowboy Troy, and opening acts Heidi Newfield and Jerrod Niemann.

The concert is open to the public and tickets are now on sale for $35 at the Bridgestone Arena box office, and Ticketmaster.

The Country Music Marathon is a weekend celebration complete with a two-day Health & Fitness Expo, YMCA Country Music Kids’ Marathon and post-race concert. Adam Zocks is the event’s General Manager.

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Tomorrow, Tues. March 16, is the Cumulus Nashville Radiothon to benefit the Nashville Rescue Mission. All five of the radio cluster’s stations (SuperTalk 99.7-WTN; 92Q Nashville’s Big Station-WQQK; 95.5 The Wolf-WSM; 97.1 RQQ Nashville’s Rock Station-WRQQ; and i106-All the Hits-WNFN) will go commercial-free from 5 a.m. – 7 p.m. to raise money for the mission.

The stations want listeners to know that $2.26 is the cost of a meal for a homeless man, woman or child. Throughout the day, jocks will make their own “listener requests,” relying upon the generosity of their audiences to make donations by calling 877-294-GIVE or 877-294-4483 or in person at Camper’s Corner RV Superstore (730 Gallatin Pike North in Madison).

Krauss, Big Kenny Set Haiti Relief Show

Alison Krauss and Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas will headline a concert at the Ryman to benefit Compassion International’s Haiti disaster relief fund.

Big Kenny is hosting this Nashville edition of “Help Haiti Live” on Feb. 27, while another fundraiser will take place simultaneously in Los Angeles. Kenny will perform at the Ryman show along with Jars of Clay, Mat Kearney, Brandon Heath, Dave Barnes, and Matt Wertz.

On the Los Angeles schedule are Amy Grant, Rebecca St. James, NEEDTOBREATHE, Francis Chan and a yet-to-be announced guest. The concerts are sponsored by Gaylord Entertainment Company and will be streamed live at HelpHaitiLive.com.

Tickets will range in price from $25-$65, and can be purchased via Ticketmaster, as well as through the Ryman box office (800–745-3000) and The Ryman’s web site.

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Another local concert raised money to help Haiti last month. The Haiti Relief Concert at Brentwood United Methodist Church, starring co-hosts Point of Grace and Mark Schultz, raised over $50,000 to benefit the relief efforts of United Methodist Committee on Relief. That amount does not include on-line giving made available during the live webcasts.

Pictured: (L-R) Front Row: David Lee, Sanctuary Artist Mgmt; Stuart Dill, Sanctuary Artist Mgmt; Rev. Cliff Wright, BUMC; Amy Perry, Selah; Shelley Breen, POG; Leigh Cappillino, POG; Denise Jones, POG; Ginny Owens, Jill Tomalty, Word. Back Row: Greg Lucid, Lucid Artist Mgmt; Rev. Rob Huckaby, BUMC; J. Rollins, UMCOR;, Todd Smith, Selah; Mark Schultz, Larry Stewart, Rod Riley, Word; Melissa Hinnen, UMCOR.

Gill, Flatts, Steele, and Walker Headline Big Benefit Shows

Vince Gill will headline the 12th annual Jammin’ to Beat the Blues concert to benefit the Mental Health Association of Middle Tennessee (MHAMT) on Monday, April 19 at the historic Ryman Auditorium. Gill will be joined by yet-to-be-announced guest performers, and the show will be hosted by SouthComm CEO Chris Ferrell. Tickets start at $29.50 and go on sale Friday, February 12 at 10 a.m. via Ticketmaster outlets and the Ryman box office.

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Rascal Flatts, Kellie Pickler, Jason Michael Carroll, Keith Anderson, Little Big Town and special guests will perform at the 3rd annual Gift of Music concert Monday, February 22, 7:00 p.m., at Nashville’s Wildhorse Saloon. All proceeds will benefit the W.O. Smith Music School which has been providing 50 cent music lessons to Nashville’s underserved children for 25 years. Reserved seats and general admission tickets sold out in 20 minutes but VIP tickets are still available. The $500 VIP admission includes prime seating, dinner, valet and a chance to win autographed memorabilia. They can be purchased by calling 615-371-8878.

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The 3rd Annual Jeffrey Steele & Friends benefit concert and dinner is set for Thursday, March 11 at Rocketown in Nashville. The event benefits the Alex LeVasseur Fund (of the Community Foundation of Middle Tenessee) and its programs that help underprivileged and at-risk youth by motivating them in school and life. Artists slated to perform at this year’s event will be announced on twitter.com/thealexfund as well as at RememberAlex.com.

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Clay Walker is headlining his Chords of Hope MS Benefit Concert on Tuesday, February 23 at the Wildhorse Saloon. Also on the schedule are SHeDAISY, Lee Brice and Chuck Wicks. Tickets are available through the Wildhorse Saloon, starting at $10. All proceeds from the concert will go toward multiple sclerosis research at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. For ticket information, please visit www.wildhorsesaloon.com or call (615) 902-8211.

Sanford And Nichols At Sound Kitchen; Celeb Softball

Chas Sandford

Tim Nichols

Chas Sandford, Tim Nichols and friends will perform at Strings and Stories: A Night of Songwriter’s Tales on Feb. 20 at the Sound Kitchen in Franklin. The event will benefit the children of High Hopes Inclusive Preschool and Pediatric Therapy Clinic, and in addition to the performances, will include a “Meet the Artist” session with wine, beer and hors d’oeuvres. To make reservations please send a check for $125 per person payable to High Hopes, Inc., c/o High Hopes Fund Development, 1647 Mallory Lane, Suite 103, Brentwood, TN 37027.  You may also make reservations by phone at (615) 522-5611.

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The 20th annual City of Hope Celebrity Softball Challenge is set for June 7 at Greer Stadium in Nashville. Considered as an unofficial kickoff to the CMA Music Festival, this high-profile game features country stars, athletes and celebrities taking the field to represent team sponsors Grand Ole Opry Live and After MidNite with Blair Garner. Carrie Underwood, Vince Gill, Clint Black and many others have all stepped up to the plate in past years to help raise funds and awareness for City of Hope’s lifesaving mission.

Carrie Underwood at a past Celebrity Softball Challenge.

Industry Helps Children’s Hospital With Concert, Tennis Tourney

Members of the music industry are working together to raise much-needed funds for the Center for Child Development at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital. They are organizing the 37th annual Music City Tennis Invitational, scheduled for on April 24-25 at Vanderbilt University, and a special pre-tournament concert taking place this Thursday, Feb. 4 at the Bluebird Cafe. Award-winning artists and songwriters performing at the 9 PM concert include Chris Wallin, David Ball, Jim Collins and Thom Shepherd. Reservations can be made at the Bluebird website, www.bluebirdcafe.com or by calling the Bluebird at 615-383-1461.  Tickets are $15.

The MCTI tennis tournament regularly recruits recording artists, celebrities, songwriters and music executives. It is the only fundraiser that directly benefits the Center for Child Development at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. The Center provides screening, evaluation and referral services for children who are developmentally delayed or who suffer from such conditions as autism, intellectual disability and attention deficit hyperactivity disorders.

Since publisher Wesley Rose and Helen Farmer of the American Cancer Society founded the MCTI in 1973, it has raised $1,189,556. MCTI is the longest-running music-related charity tennis tournament in the country. The tournament is open to tennis players of all levels. Registration for one player is $235, or $195 for United States Professional Tennis Association’s (USTA) members. More information on sponsorship, volunteer opportunities, and player registration can be found at www.musiccitytennis.com. MCTI was recognized as the USTA Southern Charity Tennis Event of the Year for 2008 and the USTA 2008 Charity Tennis Event of the Year.

MCTI committee members (L-R): Patsy Bradley, MCTI Co-Chair; Bill Riddle, MCTI Co-Chair & Tournament Director; Kathy Ashworth, MCTI committee member; Phran Galante, MCTI Co-Chair; and Richard Falken, MCTI committee member.

Gill’s “Love Songs,” Urban/Mayer “Crossroads,” More

vinceVince Gill’s love songs have been compiled into a new album being released today (1/26). Love Songs is out via MCA Nashville. The Country Music Hall of Famer personally selected and sequenced his favorites for the 14-track compilation that spans his most popular albums released from 1991 to 2006. Among his numerous hits on the project are “Whenever You Come Around,” “Love Finds You,” and “The Rock Of Your Love” (with Bonnie Raitt).

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Keith Urban will pair with hit rocker John Mayer for tonight’s taping of CMT Crossroads. The show is set to air at a later date. Mayer was on a previous episode with Brad Paisley, and Urban has joined John Fogerty for an installment.

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bookThe second book in Tim McGraw and songwriter Tom Douglas’s My Little Girl series will be released Feb. 16. Love Your Heart again focuses on Katie and her dad, this time the story is about her school’s talent show, where she learns kindness is the best talent of all.

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The star packed line-up for this year’s Gift of Music concert benefiting W.O. Smith Music School caused tickets to sell out in about 20 minutes. Rascal Flatts, Kellie Pickler, Jason Michael Carroll, Keith Anderson, Little Big Town and surprise guests are set for the concert on Feb. 22 at the Wildhorse Saloon. VIP packages are still available for $500 by calling 615–371-8878.

Helping Haiti: Benefits With Superstars, Locals

taylor_swift_13557The ultimate superstar telethon for Haiti relief efforts airs tonight (1/22) at 8/7 PM/CT on all the major networks and cable outlets. Taylor Swift and Keith Urban are among the A-list celebs set to sing on Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief. The two-hour telethon will also feature performances by Wyclef Jean, Bruce Springsteen, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige, Shakira, Sting, Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilera, Dave Matthews, John Legend, Justin Timberlake, Stevie Wonder, Kid Rock, Sheryl Crow, Coldplay, Bono, The Edge, Jay-Z, and Rihanna. Jean, George Clooney and CNN’s Anderson Cooper, will host. Other stars will be answering the phones for donations.

The musical performances will be available for purchase through iTunes beginning tomorrow (1/23), with proceeds benefiting Haiti relief funds. As the most widely distributed telethon in history, the event can be found on numerous television networks and will be live streamed on numerous Web sites and mobile phone carriers.

Before the big telethon, the Gospel Music Channel is world premiering the video for “Are You Listening: A Love Song for Haiti” at 6 PM/CT. Kirk Franklin spearheaded the charity recording in Nashville, and more than 150 participants joined the cause including BeBe & CeCe Winans, Yolanda Adams, Natalie Grant, Mary Mary, and Jeremy Camp, who were in Music City for the 25th Annual Stellar Awards.

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Charity outreach organization Can-Do has joined forces with Livin The Music to create Project Haiti and is accepting supplies for drop-off at Sound Stage in Nashville (1420 Cowan Ct. 37207, 9am – 5pm). Toby Keith has donated 7 trailers/trucks to be filled with supplies and shipped to Haiti. You can follow the supplies that you donate, on-site operations in Haiti, or make an online donation here. Items needed: Medical supplies (first aid kits, bandages, rubbing alcohol, wipes, Ibuprofen, Benadryl, Tylenol…etc.), soap, purified water, hydration containers, non perishable food, baby formula, diapers, work gloves, tarps, face masks, headlamps, clothing, and blankets.

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Word Records & UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) will present a Benefit Concert for Haiti Relief with Point of Grace, Mark Schultz and special guests on Sat., Feb. 6, 7:00 p.m. at Brentwood United Methodist Church. Ticket info here.

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Radio stations are banding together for a one-day national radio event on Feb. 1 to help Haiti through Compassion International. “Help Haiti with Compassion” has a radio tool kit for stations. Content and resources are still being added such as liners and spots from country artists. Any radio group or station is invited to participate. For information contact Mike Severson, Compassion International, Artist & Radio Relations, at 615-496-6023 or [email protected]
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The Features, Blue Mother Tupelo, Zach Broocke, Damien Horne, Jason Johnson, Jeanne Jolly, Denitia Odigie, Joe E. Rich, The Roots Union and Scott Simontacchi are set for Nashville Reaches Out: A Benefit For Haiti. It will be at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, February 2, at Third & Lindsley. Cost is $10. All proceeds will go to Yele Haiti. The event is headed up by Broocke, Johnson and publicist Jill Garrett.