Local Bands Host Benefit Concert For Aurora Theater Shooting Victims

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They say music brings people together, and in Huntsville, Alabama it's connecting a group of musicians with people more than 1,000 miles away.

Lead singer of local band "Destined," Holly Hines, says she was riding to work the morning of July 20th, when she heard 12 people were killed, and dozens more injured in a theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado.

"For some reason it really impacted me, it hurt my heart for humanity," said Hines. "First thing I did was pick up my phone and send out some mass messages to friends of mine in the music community, and let them know what I wanted to do. I asked if they were on board for that and everyone that I contacted was on board immediately."

The result: Rock 4 Aurora. Four Tennessee Valley bands, coming together to use their gifts to touch the lives of people they have never met. And in a way, thank a nation that came to their aid during Alabama's own tragedy.

"These are our fellow Americans," said Hines. "In April 2011 Huntsville was hit by a string of tornadoes and people around the country rallied around us and helped us. I think this is the perfect opportunity for us to give back."

Every penny made, from the $10 cover charge to the t-shirt sales and raffle tickets, will go to the Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance.

The bands playing at Rock 4 Aurora:

  • Destined

  • Angry Native

  • Dixie Voodoo Revival

  • Pushin' Overload

The event is at the Crossroads Music Hall and will go until 1 a.m. Sunday night.