Alan Jackson – Free Concert for Quake Damaged Town
We reported earlier that Alan Jackson had teamed with a company called "Eventful" to allow people from all over the country to vote on where he and his band would perform a concert, absolutely free. Well, now we know the winner, and it's a town that beat out some big competition.
A big thank you to our colleagues at CBS6 in Richmond, VA for help with this story.
The little town of Mineral VA has seen its fair share of rough times since August. And in the words of the vice-mayor "Finally something goes our way."
That's because Mineral, the epicenter of a major quake on the east coast last August has been chosen the site of a free concert from country super star Alan Jackson. Everone in the town is anxiously awaiting a call from the concert promoter with details of when, where and how the concert will be staged.
In an epic effort, the little town was able to garner over 30,000 votes to grab the top prize.
"The victory over the larger cities has been a great moral boost for us," said Vice-Mayor Bernice Wilson-Kube. " "Everybody here is really, really excited."
The fact that makes it even more impressive is that the isolated little village has slow, dial-up internet access and wanted the good news of a free concert so bad that they beat out the big boys with WI-FI and high speed data service.
The town is also hoping that the concert will be a springboard to getting some type of help with rebuilding. "We'd like to see it help raise funds for people that don't have insurance and can't afford to fix their chimneys and homes," the vice-mayor continued.
Nothing has been finalized but one of the venues they're looking at could hold up to 7,500 people.
Mineral, VA suffered millions of dollars worth of damage and as of right now, the town has been turned down for disaster relief funds from FEMA.
It's nice to see some good news for the folks of Mineral. We'll be watching this story closely and will follow up when details of the concert are finalized. Stay tuned.