Chris Stapleton Taking Part in ‘A Concert for Charlottesville’
Chris Stapleton is among the artists taking part in A Concert for Charlottesville, hosted by Charlottesville natives the Dave Matthews Band. The event is billed as "an evening of music and unity" following the white supremacist, white nationalist, Ku Klux Klan member and neo-Nazi rally, and the counter-protest that turned deadly, in the city in mid-August.
In addition to DMB and Stapleton, A Concert for Charlottesville will feature Pharrell Williams, Justin Timberlake, Ariana Grande, Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard, the Roots, Cage the Elephant and some other special guests. Tickets for the Sept. 24 show, which will take place at the University of Virginia's Scott Stadium, will be free for Charlottesville residents and UVA community members; however, attendees are encouraged to donate to the Concert for Charlottesville Fund, which has been set up at the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation.
Requests for A Concert for Charlottesville tickets can be submitted via ConcertForCharlottesville.com through noon ET on Monday (Sept. 11); a limited number of tickets will also be available at the John Paul Jones Arena box office, also for free, on Sept. 15 at 10AM ET. Funds raised through the concert will benefit victims of the events in Charlottesville and their families, first responders and organizations devoted to the promotion of healing, unity and justice locally and nationwide.
Following the rally and counter-protest in Charlottesville, Jason Isbell, Margo Price, Maren Morris, the Brothers Osborne and more condemned the white supremacists' gathering, while Kip Moore was especially vocal, urging his fans and followers to spread kindness and take care of each other and sharing his thoughts on growing up in Georgia and seeing racism spread. The Cash family spoke out against the rally after footage of a neo-Nazi wearing a Johnny Cash T-shirt spread online, and, after watching a speech given by the mother of Heather Heyer, who was killed during the counter-protest, Blake Shelton urged his fans and followers to listen to her words.
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