BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - With a price tag of roughly $8 million in damage, the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank is in great need of financial donations. A long list of talented, local musicians are all giving their time to help generate those funds.
The Sofa Kings, Burnhouse, The Anteeks, The Chase Tyler Band Caleb Paul of The Gillis Silo and Vidalia will all perform at the Varsity Theatre on Sunday, Sept. 11. All the proceeds going to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank.
"The greatest need for us is money because we're encoring cost for rented equipment, fork life, and staff overtime," said Mike Manning President & Chief Executive Officer of the GBR Food Bank. "There are so many moving parts that we don't have answers right now [as to how much money we need]."
The warehouse was damaged after about 4-feet of flood water made its way through the doors. A temporary location has been established, but it's made it difficult to continue the organizations primary goal - feed those in need.
"Because of the situation we're in we're getting tractor trailer loads in and it's just been an outpouring from our fellow food banks across the country," Manning explained.
All that generosity has helped keep the food bank running and as such, the organization has a greater need for money than for food.
"It's hard for us to process food right now," Manning explained. "We don't want to put anything back out to the public that we haven't verified. That's why it's better to give us money right now."
The concert at The Varsity will be a great way to do just that.
Tickets are just $15 in advance and $20 day of the show. VIP tickets are $50 and include exclusive balcony access, food from The Chimes Restaurant and beer from Mockler Beverage Company. There is also a $1 off, day of show, for each non-perishable food item brought to the doors (maximum $5 rebate). All tickets can be purchased at The Chimes Restaurant near LSU, varsitytheatre.com or at the door.
All patrons must be at least 18 years old with proper identification to enter. The doors will open at 6 p.m., with the show beginning at 6:30 p.m.
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