Concert to raise money, spirits for Raleigh tornado victims

Posted June 3, 2011 2:54 p.m. EDT
Updated June 3, 2011 7:33 p.m. EDT

— 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 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.