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Keith sets tornado benefit; Brooks, Yearwood, Nelson, Dunn appear

Thursday, June 13, 2013 – Toby Keith's Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert will be held Saturday, July 6 at the University of Oklahoma's Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman.

Garth Brooks, Willie Nelson, Trisha Yearwood and Ronnie Dunn will all appear. Proceeds will benefit The United Way Of Central Oklahoma May Tornadoes Relief Fund.

"I grew up in Moore," said Keith about the deadly twister. "I live in Norman, and I've got lots of family and friends who were directly affected. I know these folks, and they're resilient, but we're going to keep helping them any way we can. I'm proud to get together with some others from around here who are just as committed as I am to supporting these communities."

"Once we got the news that the tornado had hit Toby's hometown, Miss Yearwood and I told Toby we were at his service for whatever he chose to do," Brooks said. "I am amazed at the human spirit the tornado victims have shown. I am humbled by the giving of the volunteers. It is an honor to get to be a part of this healing process."

Doors open at 1:30pm, show time is 3 p.m. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 21 at 10 a.m. All seats are $25, all inclusive, all seats reserved with an eight-ticket purchase limit.

Updates on the event and lineup will be posted at www.tobykeith.com.

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