CHAMPAIGN — Bluegrass and country star Alison Krauss will return to perform in her hometown for the first time in a nearly a decade with a concert at the Virginia Theatre to benefit Crisis Nursery.
Krauss and Union Station, featuring Jerry Douglas, will perform at 8 p.m. Oct 5. Ticket prices are still being determined. Tickets will go on sale to the general public Aug. 26. They can be purchased at the Virginia Theatre box office at 203 W. Park Ave., C, or online at www.thevirginia.org.
All proceeds will benefit Crisis Nursery.
“We couldn’t be more surprised and thrilled by this news,” said Stephanie Record, executive director of the nursery. “We were notified on Monday about the possibility of such a show and the past few days have been a whirlwind of details. We are delighted to hear of Alison’s passion for Crisis Nursery and that we have been chosen to receive the proceeds from this concert.”
Krauss’ most recent triumph is her 2007 certified platinum album “Raising Sand,” a collaboration with Robert Plant and producer T Bone Burnett. She gathered six Grammy Awards for it, including Album of the Year and Song of the Year, bringing her total to 26 Grammys.
Krauss and Union Station released “Paper Airplane” in April 2011, full of all-new recordings and their first album since 2004.
Crisis Nursery is dedicated to the prevention of child abuse and neglect by providing 24-hour emergency care for children and support to strengthen families in crisis. The nursery is available for the entire community to access with no fees, income eligibility or waiting list.
It also provides birth family support and parenting education to strengthen parent skills and confidence.