Avett Brothers headlining Florence benefit concert Tuesday

GREENVILLE, NC (WITN) - The Avett Brothers will be in Eastern Carolina Tuesday night to headline a benefit concert for Hurricane Florence relief.

Concert organizers say their goal is to raise $250,000 for local charities to help rebuild areas affected by Florence. They say their main focus is in Onslow, Craven and Jones Counties.

Proceeds from the concert will be split among five different charities in the east, including:

The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina. The Food Bank has distributed nearly 3 million meals and has packed 10,000 disaster relief boxes for families in need since the storm, according to Eastern Regional Director George Young. Donations are still needed to support the Food Bank's warehouse, trucks, drivers, fuel and other costs.

The New Bern Relief Fund. This was set up after the storm to help purchase or build houses for people who lost their homes in the storm.

RISE. Established in Jones County, the non-profit focuses on long-term recovery. They'll use the donations to provide resources for families, schools, businesses and churches trying to get back on their feet.

Onslow Community Outreach Program. Based in Jacksonville, the non-profit helps low-income families. Since Hurricane Florence, they've distributed goods and meals to approximately 2,000 families and individual in need.

RAFI (Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA). The organization works in association with Farm Aid to provide assistance and information to farmers who suffered losses during the hurricane.

So far, more than 4,000 tickets have been sold at $65-$75.

Organizers say the Avett Brothers, along with Future Islands and Valient Thorr, are performing for free to help as many people as possible in Eastern Carolina.

The concert starts at 6 p.m. at Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum.



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The band is made up of two brothers, Scott and Seth Avett, along with Bob Crawford, Joe Kwon, Bonnie Avett Rini, and Mike Marsh.

Scott Avett is an ECU Alumnus.

His brother, Seth, said in a statement "We are honored by the opportunity to contribute to our friends and neighbors affected by Hurricane Florence. We hope this performance not only provides some financial relief for victims of the storm but also is an occasion to celebrate the resilience of the people of North Carolina. We can’t wait to return to the eastern part of the state!"

The show will also feature bands "Future Islands" and "Valient Thorr," which both have connections to Eastern Carolina.

The concert is scheduled for Tuesday, November 13 at Minges Coliseum.

Tickets are $75 for lower level seats and $65 for upper level. They're on sale at https://ecutickets.net/ and can also be purchased by phone by calling 800-DIAL-ECU (800-342-5328).

Proceeds will be donated to Hurricane Florence relief efforts.

The benefit concert is being organized by Inner Banks Media, ECU, the City of Greenville and Uptown Greenville. The Carolina Panthers have also stepped in as a main sponsor.

ECU Chancellor Cecil Staton said in a statement “It’s an honor to be able to contribute our facilities and the talents of our staff to help raise funds for Hurricane Florence victims. We are so thankful to The Avett Brothers for their willingness to do this for our region of the state. We are particularly proud to be welcoming one of our own, Scott Avett and other ECU Alumni, back to campus. We are proud of Scott’s incredible career and accomplishments and gratified he and others are willing to do this show at ECU for hurricane relief efforts.”