The two were originally scheduled to perform at the Grand Ole Opry House on August 22nd but moved their show to Bridgestone Arena after the devastating flood that hit Middle Tennessee in May. After seeing the damage done by the flood the two artists have decided to give a portion of their proceeds to Habitat for Humanity’s Timberwood project. Prior to the flood Habitat for Humanity had approved 16 families to be partner families for the 26 house Timberwood challenge. Donations generated by the concert in August will go directly to sponsoring the homes for these families who were affected by the flood.
In response to the two’s decision, David Gray said, “Nashville is a music town, founded on its proud musical heritage, but is as vital now as it ever was. To play there as a musician is always a special thing. Nashville crowds have a unique and passionate appreciation, not only of the songwriter’s art, but also of the musicianship that brings it to life. I am proud to be able to lend my support to the rebuilding of the city.”
Ray LaMontagne adds, “Nashville is such a part of this country’s musical heritage that, as a musician, I’m happy to be raising money for such a worthy cause. As a human being, I’m happy to be helping people rebuild their lives.”
The concert will still be on August 22nd at the Bridgestone Arena.
Information from Bridgestone Arena and the David Gray Blog