The Panhandle Strong benefit concert, originally scheduled to take place in November but postponed to January, has officially been cancelled.
The concert was created in support of Hurricane Michael, the October 2018 storm which was categorized as the third-most intense hurricane to ever hit the U.S. It was also the strongest storm on record to hit the Florida Panhandle, causing the deaths of at least 60 people and over $14 billion in damages. The show was rescheduled from November to take place on January 19, 2019.
“When you see the devestation it moves you,” executive producer of the Panhandle Strong benefit show, Rendy Lovelady, said ahead of the show. “You can’t help but be absolutely- I mean the first time I saw it I cried.”
However, according to MyPanHandle.com, Lovelady said although there were national TV sponsors in place, they “just couldn’t get the schedule to line up to make it happen.” Instead, $10 from every ticket sold at Lovelady’s other two events, SandJam and the Pepsi Gulf Coast Jam, will be donated to help hurricane relief efforts.
SandJam, the alternative music festival at the M.B. Miller County Pier, will hold its second annual show next April and is set to feature acts like Kings of Leon, Third Eye Blind, and Young the Giant. The Gulf Coast Jam will commence next August, however, the lineup has not been revealed yet.
To donate to Hurricane Michael relief efforts, visit Direct Relief.