It took only a few weeks for organizers to arrange a Myrtle Beach concert to benefit victims of Hurricane Florence and the flooding it brought to the Pee Dee.
“Myrtle Beach was pretty much unscathed but the surrounding communities got a lot of flooding,” Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce spokeswoman Julie Ellis said. “There are estimated 1,000 houses had been severely damaged by the waters.”
Among the performers scheduled to appear is South Carolina’s own country superstar Darius Rucker.
“He really does a lot to take care of people and kids and a lot of great programs here in South Carolina,” Ellis said. “So we’re thrilled that he’s willing to come out and do a few songs with some of his friends who will be performing as well, and serving as his backup band in some cases.”
The concert’s partners include the City of Myrtle Beach, the Pelicans minor league baseball team, and chamber of commerce brought the event together quickly with an assist from the annual Carolina Country Music Festival to get the talent.
“These artists are coming in and playing for free, just out of the kindness of their hearts,” Ellis said. “They have rearranged their schedules and agreed to come to Myrtle Beach.”
As for recovery, two months after Hurricane Florence while many parts of South Carolina are back to normal, victims of the hurricane still have upturned lives while insurance and government agents continue to assess their losses.
“When the world is–seems like there’s always so much going on and so many negative things, it’s really nice that even in the face of a major storm, tragedy like we’ve suffered, people are willing to pull together and do it. It’s such a beautiful thing,” she said.
Scheduled to perform:
• Love and Theft
• Chase Bryant
• Michael Ray
• Carly Pearce
• Josh Philips
• Davisson Brothers Band
• The Swon Brothers
• Blue Dogs
• Warrick McZeke
• Darius Rucker