Tickets for the Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert went on sale on Friday, June 21 and sold out in a matter of minutes due to overwhelming demand. And as reported on the day of the initial on-sale, once production was finalized event organizers had additional tickets to release for purchase. Those seats went on sale on Friday, June 28 and sold out within minutes.
The capacity crowd will be entertained by Toby Keith, Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Willie Nelson, Sammy Hagar, Ronnie Dunn, Mel Tillis, and John Anderson as well as Carrie Underwood (via satellite from the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville). Just added to the bill are Krystal Keith and Kellie Coffey. Garth Brooks will be going on stage at 4:00pm with Toby Keith scheduled in the closing time spot. The concert will end with a 10-minute fireworks display. Rumors are also abound of a grand finale performance.
Ford Trucks, Verizon Wireless, Academy of Country Music Lifting Lives, and Walmartare on board as sponsors. In addition to sponsoring the relief concert, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have committed , $ 1 million to Oklahoma tornado relief.Sponsorship donations and underwriting of the concert, and donated services from suppliers and vendors from all over the country, will allow the net proceeds of tickets (after tax and credit card fees) to benefit the United Way of Central Oklahoma May Tornadoes Relief Fund to aid recovery efforts.
The twister relief show happens Saturday, July 6 at the University of Oklahoma's Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla. Doors open at 1:30pm, show time is 3pm. Special road closures are listed below.
Donations are also being accepted online via the United Way home page at www.unitedwayokc.org
. To give by credit card, call 405-523-3598, 405-523-3597, or the United Way of Central Oklahoma's main number: 405-236-8441. Checks may be mailed to the United Way of Central Oklahoma, P.O. Box 837, Oklahoma City, OK 73101 with notation for May Tornadoes Relief.
Verizon Wireless is offering a text-to-donate capability before, during and after the benefit concert. Currently, customers of any wireless carrier may donate by texting the keyword REBUILD
, which will give an automatic $ 10 donation to the United Way of Central Oklahoma's May Tornadoes Relief Fund. Verizon Wireless customers will be limited to five text donations.
"When Toby asked me to come on board, I immediately said 'Yes,!'" said Sammy Hagar "He's put together a hell of a concert lineup to help raise funds for the brave and resilient people of Oklahoma. My job is going to be to help them take their minds off their problems and have some much needed, good old-fashioned fun."
For Keith, this event and the May storms that led to it are deeply personal. "I grew up in Moore, I live in Norman and I've got lots of family and friends who were directly affected. I know these folks and they're resilient, but we're going to keep helping them any way we can. I'm proud to get together with some others from around here who are just as committed as I am to supporting these communities."
"Once we got the news that the tornado had hit Toby's hometown, Miss Yearwood and I told Toby we were at his service for whatever he chose to do," Brooks says. "I am amazed at the human spirit the tornado victims have shown. I am humbled by the giving of the volunteers. It is an honor to get to be a part of this healing process."
Updates on the event and lineup will be posted at www.tobykeith.com
ROAD CLOSURES AND PARKING INFORMATION
This information is subject to change. For more go to www.soonersports.comTraffic Flow
These streets near the stadium are closed beginning four hours prior to the beginning of the concert:
(1) Lindsey St., which runs east and west along the southern edge of the stadium will close at Elm (west of the stadium) to just east of Jenkins Ave. Only those patrons with parking credentials for the Asp Avenue Parking Facility or the MP12 lot will be able to access Lindsey. They must approach from the west.
(2) Jenkins Ave. will be closed south of Page to all traffic except for those parking in the Field House Parking Lot and south to Farmers Street.
(3) Brooks will be closed from Jenkins to Trout to all traffic but those with a parking pass for the Brooks Lot, Monnett Lot, Duck Pond Lot or East Side Stadium Suites Lot. No traffic except emergency vehicles and authorized support vehicles will be allowed west of Monnett on Brooks or south of the entrance of parking lot A-10 on Jenkins (Field House Lot). The Norman Police Department will no longer permit parking on Brooks Street between Jenkins Ave. and Classen Blvd. on event days. This area will remain clear to help ease post event traffic congestion. Any vehicles parked in this location on event day will be towed.
Free Concert Parking
Free parking is available at all university lots excluding the Asp Avenue Parking Facility and the Suite Lot located directly East of the stadium.
For more information on physical disability parking, please call the parking office at (405) 325-3311.
City Streets Parking
The City of Norman will be enforcing parking restrictions during the concert. The primary area of enforcement will be No Parking areas that are not exempted on normal stadium event days. Please take the time to read the signs before parking on a city street.
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About ACM Lifting Lives
ACM Lifting Lives® is the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Country Music dedicated to improving lives through the power of music. Each year, ACM Lifting Lives provides funding to music-related therapy and education programs, including the organization's flagship ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp, a partnership since 2010 with Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities in Nashville, TN. ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp is a week-long residential program open to individuals with Williams syndrome, talented in music from around the nation, and has a dual purpose of studying Williams syndrome while providing music enrichment through performance and education. Other Lifting Lives giving includes serving members of the country music community who face unexpected financial hardship through the Diane Holcomb Emergency Relief Fund, and partnering with music artists to improve lives. For more information, please visit www.ACMLiftingLives.org