Old Dominion + More Register for the Christmas Bombing Benefit Show
Old Dominion, Ashley McBryde, Lee Brice and Scotty McCreery are on deck to perform at an upcoming two-hour show called the 2nd Ave Strong Benefit, according to Row of music.
Airing live from Nashville’s Wildhorse Saloon on NewsChannel 5 on March 26, the benefit show will support reconstruction efforts focused on restoring the city’s Second Avenue neighborhood. Located just off the Broadway Strip of downtown Nashville, this neighborhood was hit by the 2020 Christmas Day bombing.
In addition to the musical performances, the 2nd Ave Strong benefit show will present a glimpse into the history of the neighborhood and its role in the evolution of Nashville over the years. The show’s goal is to raise $ 2 million to contribute to the estimated $ 10 million needed to restore the area. Nashville Mayor John Cooper will make an appearance at the event, as will Tennessee Governor Bill Lee.
Additionally, the benefit concert will feature a tribute to the first responders who helped residents of the Second Avenue neighborhood to safety on the morning of the bombing, preventing the attack from turning fatal.
When the bombing occurred on Christmas morning (December 25) 2020, the intentionally triggered explosion damaged more than 40 buildings and injured three people, according to CNN. The explosion occurred in the area of ââSecond Avenue and Rue du Commerce. Prior to the explosion, police responded to reports of a suspicious recreational vehicle and a voice recording from the recreational vehicle indicating that a bomb was going to explode in 15 minutes and that everyone within earshot had to evacuate . Prior to the bombing, the RV also released a recording of Petula Clark’s successful 1964 album, “Downtown”.
In the days that followed, authorities named Anthony Quinn Warner, 63, as responsible. Human remains found inside the camper van indicated that Warner was inside the vehicle when it exploded, making him the sole victim of the blast.
The New York Times reports that Warner, who lived in the Nashville suburb of Antioch, Tenn., was a computer scientist who seemed to lead a fairly lonely life. There was evidence to suggest he had linked loose personal and professional purposes in the weeks leading up to the bombing, but no possible motive was immediately clear.
A number of country stars have expressed their shock and horror at the incident and their support for Nashville. Tim McGraw offered prayers for the city, also including a sample from his 2013 hit, “Nashville Without You,” in tribute to Music City. For her part, Carrie Underwood thanked the first responders who prevented the human toll of the bombing from worsening.