Raleigh lists bands for tornado relief concert

Posted May 25, 2011 7:03 p.m. EDT
Updated June 3, 2011 3:51 p.m. EDT

— 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."