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Band Together: Benefit Concert Planned to Raise Funds for Tornado Victims

The holiday season is over, but for many the devastation of the Christmas Day tornados that touched down in Birmingham are still very present with memories of loss scathed with the enormous task of starting over.

That hasn’t stopped the Greater Birmingham and surrounding communities from trying to ease some of that pain, as thousands offered their support by supplying items such as food and water to toiletries, clothing and furniture to help the victims of the Christmas Day tornadoes. That support will grow even greater tonight as some of Birmingham’s own talented artists take to the stage to perform for a benefit concert supporting that are working to recover. Birmingham City Council Pro Tem Jay Roberson, who represents communities in District 7 that were largely devastated by the tornadoes, will serve as co-host to the concert along with County Commissioner Sandra Little Brown.

Councilor Roberson said he is reaching out to businesses and corporations to keep the contributions coming in and looks forward to help replenish much of what has been lost.

“I can’t imagine the experience that many of our citizens had to endure on one of the most sacred days known to our culture,” Councilor Roberson said. “If we can mend their heartache in the least way possible by showing up and serving them with all we have to offer, I’m confident that we will recover.”

The concert will begin at 7 tonight and will take place at Workplay located at 500 23rd St. South. Donations of any amount over $10 will be taken at the door for admission into the concert. Ruben Studdard, Taylor Hicks, Lenard Brown of the Controllers, Eric Essix, Little Memphis and Friends, Rick Carter, Ona Watson, Alvin Garrett of Just a Few Cats and more will take to the stage for what concert organizers say will be a night of renewed hope for the community.

This article is a contribution from Chiara Perry ( in the Birmingham City Council Public Information Office. For more information please contact 205.254.2294