Jan. 25 concert to aid victims of tornado

Jan. 25 concert to aid victims of tornado

GIFFORD — Craig Bertram said he and his band, Southern Transfer, and members of Ryan Ideus & the Feudin Hillbillys came up with the idea about the same time.

They wanted to stage a concert to benefit victims of the Nov. 17 tornado that swept through Gifford.

That concert will become reality Jan. 25 at Gordyville, just west of Gifford.

The Saturday event will feature 10 acts, with music ranging from country and western to blues and rock. A strongman show will also be included.

"You don't realize how bad these things are until it hits home," Bertram said of the storm devastation. "I have lived and worked in this area for 25 years, and my wife, Wendy, grew up in Penfield, so we have many close friends and family from the Gifford area."

There will be two stages, sponsored by Trav's Automotive and C.V. Lloyde. The event kicks off at 3 p.m., with the Feudin' Hillbillys the final act starting at 10:30.

Organizing the concert are the Southern Transfer band, Ideus and representatives from Gifford State Bank, Gordyville, Rube's Country Cooking and Rantoul Township High School.

A kids' zone will also be available from 2 to 6 p.m. with a bounce house and inflatable obstacle course. A caricature artist, photo booth, face painting and drawings will be among the other attractions.

Entry is a $10 donation. Children 15 and under get in free.

There will also be 50/50 drawings, concert shirts available (advance orders can be made on the Gifford tornado relief concert Facebook page) and a raffle for an Indy custom guitar and Fender Squire amp donated by The Pawn Shop of Rantoul and LV Johnston of Rantoul, respectively.

All of the attractions will be present at no charge to the organizers.

"This is just one way we can help and give back to the community and give everyone a chance to relax and have a little fun," Craig Bertram said.

Schedule of entertainment

Doors open at 2 p.m., and the music begins at 3 p.m. at Gordyville for the Gifford tornado relief concert scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 25.

Entry is a $10 donation. Children 15 and under get in free.

Gifford resident Kalista Lutes will perform the national anthem at 2:45 p.m.

The entertainment schedule:

Paul & Gloria, 3 p.m.

Mike and Kayla, 3:30 p.m.

Boat Drink Caucus with State Rep. Chad Hays, 4 p.m.

HOH, 4:30 p.m.

Strongman John Beatty, 5 p.m.

Mason's Jar, 5:30 p.m.

Tons O' Fun, 6:30 p.m.

X-Krush, 8 p.m.

Southern Transfer, 9 p.m.

Ryan Ideus & Feudin' Hillbillys, 10:30 p.m.

Also available: kids zone 2-6 p.m. with bounce house and inflatable obstacle course, caricature artist Dan Wild, photo booth, face painting, Indy custom guitar and Fender Squire amp raffle; 50/50 drawings and concert shirts.

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