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 1Muskegon, MIHeritage Landing
July 3St. Paul, MNHarriet Island Park
July 4Naperville, ILNaperville Ribfest
July 5Elizabethtown, KYFreeman Lake Park
July 9Lansing, MICommon Ground Festival Adado River Park
July 10Interlochen, MIInterlochen Center (Kresge Auditorium)
July 11Beloit, WIBeloit Riverfest
July 12Merrillville, INStar Plaza Theatre
July 16Polk County, IAPrairie Meadows (Flood Relief benefit)
July 17Effingham, ILThe Rosebud Theatre
July 18Fond du Lac, WIFond du Lac County Fair
July 19Riverside, IARiverside Casino and Golf Resort
July 31West Allis, WIWisconsin State Fair
August 1Wausau, WIWisconsin Valley Fair (Grandstand)
August 2Sterling Heights, MISterlingfest Dodge Park
August 7Trumbull, CTIndian Ledge Park
August 8Cumberland, MDFirefighters Sportsmens Bash
August 9Asheville, NCBiltmore Estate
August 11Waldorf, MDRegency Furniture Stadium
August 14Pittsburgh, PAPNC Park at North Shore
August 15Lockport, NYMoslon Canal Concert Series
August 16Columbus, OHThe LC Pavillion
August 17Greenville, OHDarke County Fair
August 23Detroit, MIJoe Louis Arena
October 2Valley Center, CAHarrahs Rincon Open Sky Theater
October 3Reno, NVThe Silver Legacy
October 4Wendover, NVPeppermill Concert Hall
October 10Oranjestad, ArubaAruba Entertainment Center
October 18San Juan, Puerto RicoRoberto Clemente Coliseum
October 24Champaign, ILAssembly Hall University of Illinois
October 25Evansville, INThe Centre
October 26Wabash, INHoneywell Center

Last Updated on July 3, 2008 by By Bob Grossweiner & Jane Cohen