SHEENA BARNETT: Benefit shows a great way to help tornado victims

“Love heals all wounds and not just time alone.”
– Jeff Buckley
When things get bad, I turn to music. Better than anything else, music hits the system immediately. It can transport you to a whole other world, away from your problems and worries. Or, it can give you a shoulder to cry on, wrapping you in a comforting blanket of prose.
My music of choice when I’m down is anything by Jeff Buckley.
His angelic voice tells me it’s OK, that’s he’s been there, too, and that it’ll get better.
Fellow music fans can concur – when you’re down, there’s nothing quite like music to soothe the soul.
That’s why I’ve been so proud to see the various benefit concerts that have popped up in response to the devastating tornado in Smithville.
Not only are these events raising money and collecting much-needed donations, but they’re offering up music by some of the area’s best talent.
The first one was Picking Up the Pieces at Goodtime Charlie’s in Tupelo.
Organizer Brandy Michelle pulled the day-long concert together in basically 24 hours. It was a whirlwind of activity for her: bands dropped out and new ones were added on, even on the day of the show. Donations were dropped off, and Michelle herself made a trip to Smithville to survey the damage and to sign up to volunteer.
The concert raised just under $2,000.
The next benefit show is tonight, at the Park Heights rooftop.
Hosted by Greg Dillard, Relief from the Rooftop will feature the music of artists like Dillard’s band Busted Screen Door, Matt Nolan, Eric Stogner, Kevin Waide, Pay Per Blues, Tara Priest and John West, and plenty more.
The show begins tonight at 7 p.m.
I’ve covered Dillard enough that I shouldn’t have been surprised to hear about his latest benefit show. He’s hosted similar concerts in the past, all benefitting St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
It’s folks like Dillard ad Michelle that make me proud of the musicians, and music fans, in Northeast Mississippi.
Not only is this area covered with talented musicians and diehard music fans, but they all know how to put the talent in this area to good use.
Hopefully Relief from the Rooftop will be just as successful as Picking Up the Pieces.
Hopefully plenty of money will be raised and lots of donations will be collected.
Hopefully anyone affected by the tornado can find solace in the music.
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