Well, it seems that My Morning Jacket is following in Honest Tune‘s footsteps and stepping up (in a much more major way than we were able to) to do their part to provide disaster relief assistance to those affected in Tuscaloosa by the tornadoes in that tore through the region in late April. (Please take note of the Honest Tune effort to provide assistance to those affected by the disaster in Joplin, MO)
On Friday, August 19th My Morning Jacket, Neko Case, and Phosphorescent will play a fundraiser at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater to benefit United Way of West Alabama. The money raised will go towards tornado relief in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, which is still in recovery after being struck by a devastating twister less than two months ago.
On April 27th, an astonishing 53 tornadoes tore through Alabama, including a massive EF-4 tornado that was nearly a mile wide. In a span of merely five minutes, the EF-4 destroyed and/or damaged over 7,000 homes in Tuscaloosa and tragically took the lives of 41 citizens on a six-mile track of destruction. Thousands upon thousands of local citizens have been affected by the damage and the city is still in the process of rebuilding.
Statement from My Morning Jacket’s Jim James:
"My Morning Jacket is honored to be given an opportunity to do our part in helping the folks of Tuscaloosa cope with this tragedy and for us, it is a reminder of just how close we all are as people and how important it is for us to come together in times of trouble. Life is a crazy journey and you never know what the next day may bring. We all need each other to help make it thru.’
Statement from Neko Case:
"When I saw footage of the tornado destruction my heart broke. But I’m also SO inspired by all the coverage of people helping each other though the tragedy, be it selfless acts of bravery or just sending what little they can. I want to help too. Humans are amazing creatures when we stick together! I love us! "
Statement from Phosphorescent:
Phosphorescent was on tour when the news reached me about the Alabama tornados. Alabama is my home state and we were in San Francisco and it was two full days of worry before I could get through on the phone lines and reach my family. I am very lucky to have found out that they were all ok and it is devastating to think of all the people who weren’t as lucky. Since then I have been racking my brain to find a way to help or to set up a benefit or figure out anything we could do. It means the world to me that the My Morning Jacket boys were thinking along the same lines and that they reached out to Phosphorescent and that we can get down there to Tuscaloosa and lend a hand. Alabama, this one’s for you.Love, Phos
Tickets go on sale Friday, June 17th at 10am Central.