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March tornado benefit features local musicians

Nathan Proctor

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Throughout the year, Alabama natives have teamed up to put on fundraisers in order to raise money for rebuilding Tuscaloosa. The Tuscaloosa-based website joins that group of natives this March with the Tuscaloosa Get Up Tornado Relief Concert.

The concert is scheduled for March 23 at the Bama Theatre. is working in coordination with The Tuscaloosa Arts Council and the local rock and roll five-piece The Dexateens.

The proceeds from the event will go to Tuscaloosa Habitat for Humanity.

“All proceeds from the event will go towards our goal of rebuilding a whole house for a family that lost theirs during the storm,” announced. “We want to harness the power of music to help heal Tuscaloosa.”

Along with the Tuscaloosa-based Dexateens, the concert will feature the up-and-coming Alabama Shakes, blending rock and soul out of their hometown of Athens, Ala., and the Birmingham-based rock band Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires.

According to their website, devoted to showcasing the culture of West Alabama, the idea for a benefit concert was conceived a few days after the April 27 tornado. However, the idea was shelved, as hands-on relief efforts were most needed in Tuscaloosa at the time. Now, nearly a year later, Tuscaloosa Get Up has been created.

General admission tickets are $15, and a limited number of VIP packages are available for $50. According to the Well That’s Cool website, VIP packages include light food, beer, an event poster and a short acoustic set from a few of the bands.

For anyone who cannot attend the event but still hopes to help the cause, one can make a tax-deductible donation on their website.

To hear the bands or buy tickets to the event, visit


How to buy tickets

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General admission tickets: $15

VIP Package (includes food, beer, poster and exclusive acoustic set): $50

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