Raleigh lists bands for tornado relief concert

Posted May 25, 2011
Updated June 3, 2011

— The City of Raleigh on Wednesday announced the line-up for the June 3 concert to benefit the victims of last month's tornadoes. A dozen performers will take the stage at Raleigh's downtown amphitheater that evening beginning at 5 p.m.

Admission to the concert is free, but donations will be accepted. Those who can't attend can donate to the cause online. Proceeds will benefit four Raleigh-based charities that are helping tornado victims repair and rebuild, Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, Salvation Army of Wake County, Helping Hands Mission and Centro International de Raleigh.

The performers are:

  • Raleigh gospel singer Marshetta Parker,
  • R&B band Red Sonja, recent winners of an audition for Simon Cowell's new show, X-Factor,
  • Alissa Morena, the Nashville singer/songwriter whose "Far From Here" is the theme for TV's "Army Wives" series,
  • Siler City's Desafiados Musical,
  • Motor Skills, a Raleigh band Independent Weekly compared to Radiohead,
  • Indie rockers the Young Cardinals,
  • Kooley High, a hip-hop group out of New York by way of North Carolina State University,
  • Folk group The Small Ponds, 
  • Marcy Playground, of the 1997 hit "Sex & Candy,"
  • The Love Language, a popular Raleigh pop-indie band, and
  • The Connells, who have performed on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien."



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  • Raleigh.Girl99 May 26, 2011

    Remember, if you want to donate to Tornado Relief, you can go to

  • ProudConservative2 May 26, 2011

    Sorry, one of the key members of the Knack died last year and they can't carry on.

  • Shelley Cooper May 26, 2011

    where's the knack?

  • soblue May 26, 2011

    Have we lost sight of the reason for this BENEFIT concert? No matter who plays, the effort is to help the victims of the tornadoes. I agree it would be awesome for some high profile entertainment to donate their talent. They would certainly bring in a larger crowd. Kudos to all involved in organizing and participating in this charitable event. If it were no more than coffee and donuts with a radio blasting in the background, good hearted people would show up to lend their support to those devastated souls that need our help. If you cannot attend for whatever reason, please open your hearts and wallets and make a donation large or small by clicking on the highlighted link in the above article~ Peace, Love & Charity

  • davido May 26, 2011

    It is really great to see a diverse lineup here! The best thing about these shows is that you get to hear other styles of music than you may be used to hearing.

  • rabbitrabbit May 26, 2011

    So, so excited to see The Love Language! They're just wonderful...definitely one of my most-played for the past few months. This is fantastic, and I'm glad so many bands got involved. (I still like the Connells, too.)

  • bmg379 May 26, 2011

    yes the connels were a good band,key word WERE,in the late 80s early 90s and only on a limited college circuit

  • bmg379 May 26, 2011

    what a bad lineup of bands noone but Dave Rose and Deep South like,guess noone with any real talent wanted to donate thier talent and $ to southeast Raleigh

  • Swartz May 26, 2011

    well I for one am highly disappointed the OTG band will not be there because they would have offered some nice comical relief to actual talent

  • ProudConservative2 May 26, 2011

    I heard Led Zep was gonna be there for a reunion show. I'll be very upset if they don't show. Actually, the Connells are an excellent live act.