Local artists band together for tornado relief events | Community


MURRAY- Artist Rebuilding Together (ART), a newly organized group, will hold a two-day concert from 9 p.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday, February 4 and 5, at the Big Apple Grill & Bar to help raise funds for Western Kentucky efforts. tornado relief.

The event will feature six musical artists, all of whom donate their time and talent to the cause. The Friday schedule includes performances by Andrew O’Rourke (9 p.m. to 10 p.m.), Melanie A. Davis (10 p.m. to 11 p.m.) and Ryan Gilchrist (11 p.m. to midnight). The Saturday schedule includes Josh Brown (9 p.m. to 10 p.m.), Barely Blue from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m., and Keene and Collins (11 p.m. to midnight). The event is free, but donations to the Tornado Relief Fund are encouraged and will be accepted onsite throughout the two-day celebration of local talent.

The ART organization was started by Murray residents Kara Odom, Andrew Burnham and Gregory Lee (Cookie) Simpson.

“All proceeds from this event will go to the Tornado Relief Fund,” Odom said. “As artists and locals, we wanted to do something to help. And art comes in all its forms… it includes therapy, love and healing. It brings together people from all walks of life. We wanted to form a group that would really not profit because we heard of so many scams affecting our neighbors.

“We know that when the dust settles people will be working for a long time to rebuild what they’ve lost and we want everyone involved to know that the people of Kentucky are here to help and give them hope.”

ART and a group of volunteers also organized a second fundraising event scheduled from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, February 26. This will include a silent auction of items donated by local artists as well as an “interactive family” afternoon. The event and auction will take place at Pagliai’s Pizza and Italian Restaurant across from Chestnut Park. ART will take over Pagliai’s Jungle Room with a variety of tables and craft supplies for youngsters to complete their own art projects.

This second fundraiser is also a donation-only event. At the same time as the artistic activity for children, a silent auction will take place in the banquet hall of the restaurant from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.


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