Concert raises thousands for EKY flood relief

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) — The Burl hosts 300 music nights each year, but co-owner and talent buyer Will Harvey says Saturday’s event is especially big.

“We are here to raise money for flood relief for our brothers and sisters in Eastern Kentucky,” Harvey said.

More than a dozen artists from Kentucky and outside gathered for a benefit concert at The Burl on Saturday.

“Fortunately, we have a very strong community of musicians who all give their time for free. All of their effort, all of their energy, all of their talent and we’re just happy to have a place that can facilitate that,” Harvey said.

Many artists from Saturday’s lineup participated in several similar events, benefiting Eastern Kentucky.

“They write and they perform music and it comes from a vulnerable place and because of that they are always ready to help. They may not always be the loudest, but they’re always willing to put their boots on and work to help people,” said Austin Shuck of the Appalachian Pioneer Program.

Singer-songwriter Eric Bolander is one of many performers to take to The Burl stage on Saturday.

“I don’t have a lot of extra money, a lot of extra time, but I have a handful of songs and an instrument and if I can help bring in a few more people to throw a little extra cash in the pot then I can contribute that way,” Bolander said.

Similar benefit concerts at The Burl have raised tens of thousands of dollars. An event at The Burl in January raised $30,000 for Western Kentucky after the 2021 tornadoes.

Saturday’s event has raised over $20,000 so far.

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