JSU to benefit

Alabama band musician Randy Owen, also a member of the Jacksonville State University board of trustees, performs in 2016 during a Veterans Day ceremony on campus. The venerable group will play a benefit show for JSU in September. 

The legendary country music band Alabama will begin selling tickets Tuesday for a Sept. 26 concert to raise money for Jacksonville State University tornado disaster relief.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. starting at $25, plus applicable fees for the concert at JSU Stadium. Tickets can be bought at www.ticketfly.com or by calling 877-435-9849.

A limited number of general admission tickets will be available for purchase in person at the JSU athletics ticket office in Kennamer Hall. Also, a limited number of stadium club seats will be available for $125 and can only be obtained by calling the JSU athletics ticket office at 256-782-8499.

According to a Monday press release, all proceeds from the concert will be donated to JSU for disaster relief. A tornado tore through campus March 19, ripping down many trees and damaging several buildings.

Charles Lewis, executive director of the JSU Foundation, the private charitable arm of the university, said he hadn’t yet talked with concert organizers about the donation.

“But I assume that money will go to the foundation,” Lewis said.

According to a Monday press release, this will be Alabama’s first performance at JSU Stadium and its only appearance in the state this year.

Randy Owen, lead singer of Alabama, is also a JSU graduate and a member of the university’s board of trustees.

“As a proud alumni, Jacksonville State University is not only in our home state, but also very near and dear to my heart,” Owen said in the press release. “A tremendous amount of damage has been done to the campus that must be rebuilt and we are ready to do our part to help reconcile the devastation.”

Along with the multi-Grammy Award-winning Alabama, the concert will feature other musicians including the Charlie Daniels Band, Jamey Johnson, Riley Green, Shenandoah and Darren Knight “Southern Momma.”

“We hope all the people in Alabama, southeastern Tennessee and western Georgia will help support this event by buying tickets and attending the concert,” Owen said.


Staff writer Patrick McCreless: 256-235-3561. On Twitter @PMcCreless_Star.