Concert to raise money, spirits for Raleigh tornado victims

Posted June 3, 2011

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— A crowd was forming Friday evening in Raleigh where 12 bands were performing a benefit concert at the downtown Raleigh Amphitheater to benefit the victims of the April 16 tornadoes. 

'Rise Up' concert benefits tornado victims 'Rise Up' concert benefits tornado victims

"Rise Up Raleigh" starts at 5 p.m. and is free, but donations will be accepted. Those who can't attend can donate to the cause online or text the word "need" to 50555 to donate $10.

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 bands performing Friday night 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."

A total of 138 Raleigh homes were destroyed and nearly 700 homes sustained major damage during multiple tornadoes on April 16. Raleigh had more than $115 million in residential and commercial structural damage.


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  • mmtlash Jun 3, 2011

    it's great to see people come out in support of a cause such as this....nice to see folks are still good in spirit and not just complaining about taxes or "shoulda/woulda/coulda" stuff...one of the most positive aspects of the southerner's personality historically has been willingness to help out your neighbor and support your community....glad to see some folks holding onto it.

  • TeresaBee Jun 3, 2011

    I would love to see this live streamed.

  • clickhere Jun 3, 2011

    hmmm, if you're worried about being bailed out in a disaster, buy insurance. I've been reimbursed pretty much $35k from insurance companies in the hail storm, and I was unemployed for 18 months prior to the April 16 storm and still paid the insurance bill. If everyone is getting bailed out that didn't have insurance, why have insurance companies? Ok, maybe we all shouldn't buy insurance . . .

  • ajfuddermukker Jun 3, 2011

    This is great for the "Raleigh" victims, but what about the rest of us?

  • pappybigtuna1 Jun 3, 2011

    I wonder about this goings on - it is a shame that the storm destroyed their homes and they have been helped.
    If these folks had jobs or were on welfare before the storm that situation has not changed.
    If they were working or getting food stamps again nothing has changed after the storm.
    If they were paying rent or a mortgage once again nothing has changed.
    There was nothing in their home that they could not live without.
    Five or six weeks have past, are we creating a hand out mentality.
    The hames are gone, move to another home, get on with your lives

  • dwntwnboy Jun 3, 2011

    Looks like it will be a beautiful night for a concert, it's not too hot, humidity is down. Great music for a good local cause- what more could you ask for?