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 Walmart are 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 to 52000, 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.
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.”