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Oklahoma twister relief benefit sells out, again

Tuesday, July 2, 2013 – The Oklahoma Twister Relief Concert now has sold out twice.

Additional tickets released last Friday for the July 6 concert in Norman, Okla. being spearheaded by Toby Keith sold out within minutes. The original batch of tickets sold out similarly fast when first on sale June 21.

Keith, Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Willie Nelson, Sammy Hagar, Ronnie Dunn, Mel Tillis and John Anderson as well as Carrie Underwood (via satellite from the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville) will perform.

Just added to the bill are Krystal Keith and Kellie Coffey. Brooks will be going on stage at 4 p.m. with Keith scheduled in the closing time spot. The concert will end with a 10-minute fireworks display. A grand finale performance of various performers appears likely, according to Keith's publicist.

Ford Trucks, Verizon Wireless, Academy of Country Music Lifting Lives, and Walmart are sponsoring the concert. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation committed $1 million to Oklahoma tornado relief. Sponsorship donations and underwriting of the concert, and donated services from suppliers and vendors from all over the country, will allow the net proceeds of tickets (after tax and credit card fees) to benefit the United Way of Central Oklahoma May Tornadoes Relief Fund to aid recovery efforts.

The show will be at the University of Oklahoma's Gaylord Family - Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. with the show starting at 3 p.m.

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