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Marlow Music Complex Holds Tornado Relief Concert

MARLOW, Okla._A little rain could not keep people away from a day of country music, especially when all the proceeds go to Oklahomans in need.

After seeing the horrific aftermath of May's tornadoes across the state, a Marlow music complex wanted to help. Eleven bands joined together to put on a benefit concert for Oklahoma tornado relief. All musicians donated their time to raise funds that will help fellow Oklahomans rebuild.

Some of the Saturday's musicians have shared the stage with big time country artists. Yet, any member of the audience could see that Saturday's performance came from the heart. It was about hope, support, and raising all the money they could for people who have lost everything.

"When you loose everything you own, it is just more than a person can imagine," said concert organizer Frances Coffee.

Coffee watched the horrific footage of the tornados, and the devastation it left behind. The images were more than she could take, but when she saw that children lost their lives she was moved to help in any way that she could.

"It is bad enough to lose your home, but when you lose your children it just sends chills on me," said Coffee.

Knowing she could use her family's concert venue, she took to social media to find bands that would donate their time. The response was shocking.

"I had such an over abundance of response. It was just absolutely crazy," said Coffee.

Byron McKedy came from Harrah on Saturday to do what he loves, play music.

"It is a small thing that we can do. I just wish that we could do more," said McKedy.

But this concert has a deeper meaning to McKedy. He was in Moore for the May 20th tornado, and had friends who lost their homes. He believes playing to help those in need is just what you do.

"That is part of being an Oklahoman. Everybody sticks together. It is like no place else," said McKedy.

The rain may have held some people off in the beginning, but with the sun came the people. For just $10, people enjoyed music all day showing the state that southwest Oklahoma cares.

"We just need to show that we are Oklahoma strong," said Coffee.

All of the proceeds from Saturday's concert will go to the American Red Cross. Organizers have worked to designate that the money to be used for Oklahoma tornado relief.

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