Coastal Georgia native, Key West regular and Bahamas brother Billy Currington is headed to Key West with his full band to host a free benefit concert on Saturday, Sept. 14 at Sunset Pier.
The idea for the concert came after Currington experienced a near miss of Hurricane Dorian last week at his residence in Tybee Island, Georgia. His friends and extended music family in the Bahamas — particularly in his home away from home in Green Turtle Cay — were not as fortunate.
“After seeing the impact Hurricane Dorian had on the Bahamas, I felt I had do something,” said Currington. “I looked online for organizations already in motion, helping out the island of Green Turtle Cay, which I came to know when we shot the video for ‘People Are Crazy.’ I saw that my friend Paul Menta is heading up fundraising efforts with Key West Cares and putting on a show at the Key West Theatre, and I decided I wanted to be a part of what they’re doing.”
“There will be an additional opportunity for a fund-raiser at the full band after-party at the Sunset Pier starting around sunset,” he added. “If you have something to auction, hit up Paul Menta at Key West Cares. Paul runs Key West Legal Rum distillery and has just put in the first super sweet auction item. Most of all, I can’t wait to hang and see people gather together for the love of the Bahamas.”
Currington has earned 12 No.1 singles, including the double-platinum hits “People Are Crazy,” “Must Be Doin’ Somethin’ Right,” and most recent multi-week No. 1 hits, “It Don’t Hurt Like It Used To” and “Do I Make You Wanna.” His latest album “Summer Forever” debuted at No. 3 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart. His latest single, “Details,” is climbing the charts at country radio.
With this show being last minute — and free — the fund-raising efforts will rely solely on front gate donations, local sponsorships and volunteer staff. Currington has connected with Key West Cares and the locally-based organization will handle the disbursement of funds to the ravaged islands.
The fundraiser will start at 6 p.m. with local performers playing the regularly scheduled Sunset Pier evening show. At 7 p.m., Currington will play a small opening set at Key West Theater to help with their benefit and will then make his way to Sunset Pier at Ocean Key Resort (Zero Duval Street) for his full band show at 8:30 p.m. For tickets and more information, go to eventbrite.com and search for Key West Cares.
The show is all ages. Food and drinks will be available at the Sunset Pier bar and a portion of the sales will be donated to the relief efforts. More information is at the Key West Cares Facebook page.