Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

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December 20, 2013

Tunes for tornado victims

Five area bands coming together to help those affected by storms.

It’s a little bit country, a little bit blues and a little bit rock and roll and comes 100 percent from the heart.

Five area bands are coming together tonight for a benefit show to help victims of the Nov. 17 tornado that tore through Kokomo.

Hear from Paul Stout Country, Mike Milligan and Steam Shovel, Flyin Blynd, Branded Bluegrass and Right Turn.

An Elvis impersonator will also make an appearance at Elite Banquet & Conference Center. Bands start at 5 p.m., and dinner is served at that time.

There will be an auction from 6 to 7 p.m.

The last band takes the stage at 11 p.m.

Enjoy a beef and noodle dinner and listen to music late into the night for just $10. All proceeds are being donated to the Red Cross to help those around town who lost homes and businesses in the storms.

Milligan said he’s been playing with his band for 20 years now and has become really selective about shows he performs. He plays at only a handful of benefit concerts each year.

When local DJ Rebecca McWhirt sought out area bands for this show, though, Milligan was one of the first to sign up.

“My friends’ houses were crushed in the tornado,” he said. “It could have been me. It wasn’t, but it could have been.”

Milligan was just waiting for someone to organize a benefit show, so he could jump in and help.

McWhirt said all five bands stepped in immediately to help. Since then, the community has been getting excited about it.

“I was really blown away by the quick response” she said. “It’s wonderful. It’s just been escalating.”

People have been calling her to let her know their whole family will be at the show. She’s put together goody bags to give away to children at the event and is trying to get Santa Claus to make an appearance.

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