Blake Shelton's Oklahoma tornado victims benefit concert to air May 29
Things are coming together for the benefit concert that Oklahoma native Blake Shelton announced on Tuesday’s episode of The Voice. On Wednesday, May 29, NBC will air Healing in the Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert to support victims of the fatal tornado that caused wreckage in central and eastern Oklahoma earlier this week.
The concert will be televised live from Oklahoma City’s Chesapeake Energy Arena at 9 p.m. ET, raising funds for the United Way of Central Oklahoma May Tornadoes Relief Fund.
The tornado killed at least 24 people, injured hundreds, and damaged houses, hospitals, and schools in Moore, Okla. and Oklahoma City.
Shelton, a judge on NBC’s The Voice, will perform in the concert along with wife and fellow country artist Miranda Lambert. Also set for the show are Reba McEntire and Vince Gill, both Oklahoma natives. More performers will be announced soon.
“Everyone has their way to help, and mine as an entertainer is to perform to help raise money and awareness for this tragedy,” Shelton said in a statement. “This is why I want to do this special and especially hold it in Oklahoma City, which is near ground zero.”
This isn’t the first time Shelton has supported Oklahoma tornado victims with his music. In 2011, Shelton and McEntire hosted two shows to benefit Oklahomans affected by the Atoka County tornadoes. The two sold-out concerts raised $500,000 for tornado victims.
Tickets for next week’s concert go on sale Saturday, May 25, at 10 a.m. CT, on Ticketmaster.com.