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July 5, 2013

Oklahoma art benefits storm victims

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Ford Trucks, Verizon Wireless, Academy of Country Music Lifting Lives and Walmart are on board as sponsors. Sponsorship donations and underwriting of the concert, and donated services from suppliers and vendors from all over the country, will allow the net proceeds of tickets (after tax and credit card fees) to benefit the United Way of Central Oklahoma May Tornadoes Relief Fund to aid recovery efforts.

More artists may be added to the lineup. For updates on the event visit tobykeith.com.

Country stars aren’t the only ones joining the cause. The Flaming Lips, Oklahoma psychedelic alternative rock band, are teaming up with fellow Oklahoma rockers Kings of Leon, Jackson Browne, Built to Spill and other special guests during Rock for Oklahoma, a benefit concert for Oklahoma tornado victims.

Proceeds from the 6:30 p.m. July 23 show at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City are also going towards the United Way of Central Oklahoma May Tornadoes Relief Fund.

Tickets, on sale now, start at $42 and can be purchased at ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000.

“Shakespeare said ‘It is not enough to help the needy up, but to support them after,’ and in our small way we are trying to not just be here at the moment of immediate need, but to stay and help with the rebuilding,” said Wayne Coyne, The Flaming Lips frontman. “After all, this is our home and they are us and we are them.”

Jared Followill, Kings of Leon bassist, said performing in the concert was the least his band could do.

“We couldn’t be more proud to lend a hand to our home state,” Followill said. “We were all devastated by what happened there.”

Pullout box:

Donations are currently being accepted for the United Way of Central Oklahoma May Tornadoes Relief Fund. Give by credit card at unitedwayokc.org or by calling 405-523-3598, 405-523-3597, or the United Way of Central Oklahoma’s main number at 405-236-8441. Checks may be mailed to the United Way of Central Oklahoma, P.O. Box 837, Oklahoma City, OK, 73101, with notation for May Tornadoes Relief.

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