My Morning Jacket, Neko Case, and Phosphorescent will play a fundraiser at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater to benefit United Way of West Alabama. Proceeds will go toward tornado relief in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The concert will take place on Friday, August 19th.
Alabama experienced 53 tornados in late April. Over 7,000 homes were destroyed. 41 citizens on a six-mile track of destruction were killed. The city is still in the process of rebuilding.
Jim James of My Morning Jacket issued the following statement:
My Morning Jacket is honored to be given an opportunity to do our part in helping the folks of Tuscaloosa cope with this tragedy and for us, it is a reminder of just how close we all are as people and how important it is for us to come together in times of trouble. Life is a crazy journey and you never know what the next day may bring. We all need each other to help make it thru.
Case said, “I want to help too. Humans are amazing creatures when we stick together!”
“Alabama is my home state and we were in San Francisco and it was two full days of worry before I could get through on the phone lines and reach my family…it means the world to me that the My Morning Jacket boys were thinking along the same lines and that they reached out to Phosphorescent and that we can get there to Tuscaloosa and lend a hand. Alabama, this one’s for you,” was Phosphorescent’s statement.
Tickets go on sale Friday, June 17th at 10 a.m. central time.