Alan Jackson photo via Alan's Twitter
It may have taken seven months to get the job done, but Alan Jackson finally played his much anticipated fundraising/contest prize concert in Mineral, Virginia and ended up raising $152,500 dollars to boot for the earthquake-damaged town.
Back in August of last year, Mineral was severely damaged in a rare earthquake that rocked the area. The small town of 400 apparently caught America's attention because later in the year when Eventful began a contest to bring a free Alan Jackson concert to the city who got the most "demands," much of the country banded together and voted for Mineral. The city ended up winning the contest in October by more than 20,000 votes over the closest runner up.
Shortly after winning, though, reality set in and the truth came out about how much the winning city had to provide in order to make the concert a reality. From meeting Jackson's production requirements to finding a venue that could hold 1,000 to 3,000 people, it quickly became obvious that there was a lot more involved than the town had anticipated in bringing the free concert to them.
But it looks like the town and their supporters really came together because seven months after finding out they were the winning town, Alan Jackson finally pulled into Mineral and performed his “Music for Mineral: The Aftershock of Hope" concert in a local high school parking lot. Nearly 6000 people attended and, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the concert raised $152,500 which will be used to help rebuild Louisa county's schools.
So glad this all finally came together for Mineral.
If you'd like to see some pictures from the concert, the Richmond Times Dispatch has a nice gallery here.