REO Speedwagon returns to the Midwest to headline the Ridin’ the Storm Out – Floods of 2008 Relief Concert to be held July 16...

REO Speedwagon returns to the Midwest to headline the Ridin’ the Storm Out – Floods of 2008 Relief Concert to be held July 16 at Prairie Meadows in Polk County, IA, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to flood victims. The Little River Band is the special guest, with additional guests TBA.

Tickets are priced at $20, go on sale July 2, and are available in person at the Meadows Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster Express at 866-448-7849. In support of this benefit, Ticketmaster has agreed to waive all convenience and handling fees.

Prairie Meadows has underwritten the entire cost of this concert, which includes all ticket sales and revenue from a silent auction to be held that evening. Corporate and media organizations voicing support for this endeavor have been increasing by the hour. A Web site linked to Prairie Meadows detailing additional information and funding opportunities is expected to be up and running on or around July 1.

All checks should be made payable to “2008 Flood Relief and Recovery Fund” and mailed to the Prairie Meadows Accounting Department, PO Box 1000, Altoona, IA 50009-0901. Monetary donations may also be deposited in any of the flood relief barrels placed throughout the Prairie Meadows facility through July 16. Prairie Meadows will deliver the donations to The Greater Des Moines Community Foundation, which has volunteered to act as a conduit in distributing the donated funding directly to Polk County for the flood victims.

REO Speedwagon recently performed a 16-song set in Chicago, recorded in Hi-Definition for the hit PBS concert series, Soundstage. “REO Speedwagon: Live in the Heartland (2008)” airs on July 3 at 9 PM CDT. Kevin Cronin (lead vocals, guitar), Bruce Hall (bass), Neal Doughty (keyboards), Dave Amato (lead guitar) and Bryan Hitt (drums) perform in front of fans on their home turf, spanning REO’s 35-year career – from the Number 1 hits “Keep On Loving You” and “Can’t Fight This Feeling” to tracks from their most recent album release, “Find Your Own Way Home.”

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REO Speedwagon itinerary:
(Dates subject to change)

July 1 Muskegon, MI Heritage Landing
July 3 St. Paul, MN Harriet Island Park
July 4 Naperville, IL Naperville Ribfest
July 5 Elizabethtown, KY Freeman Lake Park
July 9 Lansing, MI Common Ground Festival Adado River Park
July 10 Interlochen, MI Interlochen Center (Kresge Auditorium)
July 11 Beloit, WI Beloit Riverfest
July 12 Merrillville, IN Star Plaza Theatre
July 16 Polk County, IA Prairie Meadows (Flood Relief benefit)
July 17 Effingham, IL The Rosebud Theatre
July 18 Fond du Lac, WI Fond du Lac County Fair
July 19 Riverside, IA Riverside Casino and Golf Resort
July 31 West Allis, WI Wisconsin State Fair
August 1 Wausau, WI Wisconsin Valley Fair (Grandstand)
August 2 Sterling Heights, MI Sterlingfest Dodge Park
August 7 Trumbull, CT Indian Ledge Park
August 8 Cumberland, MD Firefighters Sportsmens Bash
August 9 Asheville, NC Biltmore Estate
August 11 Waldorf, MD Regency Furniture Stadium
August 14 Pittsburgh, PA PNC Park at North Shore
August 15 Lockport, NY Moslon Canal Concert Series
August 16 Columbus, OH The LC Pavillion
August 17 Greenville, OH Darke County Fair
August 23 Detroit, MI Joe Louis Arena
October 2 Valley Center, CA Harrahs Rincon Open Sky Theater
October 3 Reno, NV The Silver Legacy
October 4 Wendover, NV Peppermill Concert Hall
October 10 Oranjestad, Aruba Aruba Entertainment Center
October 18 San Juan, Puerto Rico Roberto Clemente Coliseum
October 24 Champaign, IL Assembly Hall University of Illinois
October 25 Evansville, IN The Centre
October 26 Wabash, IN Honeywell Center