Celebs and musicians gathered last night at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN to perform at a benefit concert called Nashville Rising: A Benefit Concert For Flood Recovery in order to raise much needed funds for the flood victims of Nashville. As you may know, torrential rains caused massive flooding in and around Nashville in early May which resulted in 22 deaths and over $2 billion in damage. Last night’s benefit concert was organized to raise money for the flood victims still dealing with the effects of last month’s flooding. Here are a couple photos of Sandra‘s appearance/performance last night:
Nashville Rising was as much a celebration of Music City as it was a flood-relief benefit concert. Star after star — including surprise visitor Sandra Bullock — professed their love and admiration for the city and its people, who have been praised for handling one of the state’s most destructive natural disasters with grace, dignity and charity. “Nashville will rise and that is why we have come together tonight,” said Faith Hill, who organized the benefit with husband Tim McGraw. “Musicians, football players, coaches, our elected officials, you in the audience, yes, we are all the same. We’re just neighbors who care and friends who want to make a difference.” It was a subdued night, but still filled with No. 1 hits and poignant songs played to a sold-out crowd at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, which housed as much cross-genre star power as the building’s seen. Musicians from the country, rock and Christian music scenes turned out with the aim of raising $2 million for The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. The flood, spurred by record rains across Tennessee on May 1 and 2, killed 22 people in the state and caused $2 billion in damage in Nashville’s Davidson County alone. The water forced thousands from their homes, struck some of the city’s biggest landmarks and destroyed the instruments and gear of scores of musicians. “It happened to our friends, our neighbors, our loved ones and our homes,” Hill told the crowd. “Everyone here knows someone affected by the flood.” Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood sang their hits, Blake Shelton and Trace Adkins praised the hillbillies of Tennessee, Lynyrd Skynyrd saluted its second home, Miranda Lambert rewarded fans with her two No. 1s, and Bullock even got in on the act. Reese Witherspoon, Matthew McConaughey and Dolly Parton taped video messages for the crowd. “Nashville Rising is just another way to say, `Love thy neighbor,’” Parton said … Bullock, who was in “The Blind Side” with McGraw, came on stage late in the show to introduce Hill. “So listen,” she told the crowd. “They say a community is only as strong as it’s weakest link, right? From the look of it, there are no weak links in this community.” Bullock said she told McGraw she could stage a wardrobe malfunction or a few comedic pieces for the crowd but soon realized she needed to do something more. “I’m going to contribute some music and I’m going to bring the house down and I’m going to do it Nashville style,” she said before strapping on an acoustic guitar and sitting in front of a microphone. “If I can have some quiet please,” she said. She pieced out the opening riff of “Smoke On The Water” to some of the night’s loudest cheers, before introducing Hill. “That’s good stuff isn’t it?” Hill said. “Sign that girl right away.” Hill then turned in one of the night’s best performances with a soaring vocal on “Stronger” and a rousing version of “Piece Of My Heart.” “How can I follow that?” McGraw asked before finishing off the evening with “Southern Voice” and “Live Like You Were Dying.”
Unfortch, it seems to me that coverage of the Nashville flood has been superseded by coverage of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill (at least here on the West Coast) but I love that the people of Nashville took matters in their own hands to orchestrate flood relief for those in need. I understand the Bridgestone Arena was sold out last night … meaning a lot of affected people will get the money they desperately need.
As the report above says, Sandra did perform a bit during last night’s Nashville Rising benefit concert. After the jump, check out a short video from her performance … More »