Students turn class project into relief

A group of students from The University of Alabama have organized a relief concert tonight at Rounders to benefit the Tuscaloosa Disaster Relief Fund.

The concert, titled “Relief at Rounders,” will feature musical acts ranging from the Sean Rivers Band, a country band well-known for its song “My Mind on Tuscaloosa,” to Bo Latham, a hip-hop artist who will premiere his song “4/27/11” live for the first time. Other acts include The Trophies, Wynt Earley and DJ Houndstooth.

The students organized the concert as part of their music management class led by music professor Pam Penick. Bo Latham, one of the students in Penick’s class and a Tuscaloosa native, helped organize the event after having his home destroyed by the storm of April 27.

“I truly believe this could be a beautiful story of struggle, perseverance, hope and unity,” Latham said.

In addition to the musical performances, merchandise from the relief group T-Town, Never Down will be available for purchase. All proceeds from T-Town, Never Down merchandise will also be donated to the Tuscaloosa Disaster Relief Fund, as well as five percent of all Rounders’ sales Wednesday.

Lindsay Knight, a junior majoring in nursing, said that while she was not a student at the University at the time of the storm, she was devastated to hear about its effect on the Tuscaloosa community.

“I think [Relief at Rounders] is a great relief event,” Knight said. “A lot of students go to Rounders, and it is a well-known spot on The Strip. It seems like an easy and effective way to raise money for a good cause.”

Dillon Dyer, a junior majoring in public relations, agreed that Relief at Rounders is a great way to help out the community while still being able to have fun with friends.

“This was a time that people will never forget, a time that will be a burden on many people’s hearts,” Dyer said. “Most importantly, we are a community that still stands together after tragedy.”

The concert starts at 10 p.m. and lasts until 2 a.m. There will be a $5 cover fee at the door. All of the cover charges will go to benefit the Tuscaloosa Disaster Relief Fund. Extra donations will be collected.

 

 

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