Benefit concert set at Alabama university hit by twister

JACKSONVILLE, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama university that was struck by a tornado earlier this year is preparing for a benefit concert to help with the recovery.

The country music group Alabama will headline a show at Jacksonville State University on Wednesday night with the goal of helping rebuild the campus about 80 miles (129 kilometers) northeast of Birmingham.

Alabama lead singer Randy Owen is a graduate of Jacksonville State and serves as a university trustee.

The university website says concert performers include Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit; The Charlie Daniels Band; Jamey Johnson; and Shenandoah.

A powerful tornado severely damaged about two dozen buildings when it hit the university in March. Students are living in alternative housing this fall including mobile homes.

Concert proceeds will go to the university’s disaster relief fund.

Can’t make the concert? Find out how you can donate to the Jacksonville State disaster relief fund HERE.