Florida Georgia Line, Riverbend Festival 2013 and WUSY US 101, the hosts for The Forgotten Child Fund Benefit will tell you it is timing and class acts that make successful events. Florida Georgia Line (FGL) Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard committed to performing at two key events in Chattanooga this year. In June, the Duo drew the largest crowd reported by Chip Baker, Director of Riverbend Festival at the Bud Light Stage during the opening night of Riverbend, then later in the evening briefly joining Jake Owens on the main Coke Stage.
The FGL Duo (Kelley and Hubbard) returned in November to Track 29 for the WUSY US 101 hosting The Forgotten Child Fund sponsored and supported by the Chattanooga Fire and Police Departments, Hamilton County Emergency Services, Hamilton County Special Tactics and Rescue Service, and Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department. Monica Kinsey, Track 29 manager/operator indicated the available tickets and VIP meeting rooms sold out quickly through internet and box office sales. Those attending the event agreed it was quite possibly the best performance this year.
The commitments for both Riverbend and Track 29 (The Forgotten Child Fund) occur months and often years in advance of schedule performance dates. In late Spring 2013, FGL rose to national recognition with a number of awards prior to Riverbend performance in June. Awards by Academy of Country Music, Billboard Music Awards and CMT Music Awards included New Artist, New Vocal Duo or Group, Single, Duo and Break through Video “Cruise” of the Year. FGL completed their awards with the Country Music Association (CMA), with single of the year for the song “Cruise” and Vocal Dual of the year. The duo recently was touring as opener for Jake Owens.
Both events were packed with fans, at Riverbend it was a stage performance to a sea of fans as far as you could see from the Bud Light stage. However at Track 29, Florida Georgia Line brought their acoustic sets to a packed house of enthusiastic fans. Also, part of The Forgotten Child Fund benefit included a silent auction as the duo offered several items for the silent auction held by US-101.
Ms. Ashley Croft , promotion director w/ Clear Channel Media & Entertainment parent company of WUSY US 101. The Riverbend photos illustrated in this story were part of the silent auction and future Charity benefits with Brian and Tyler taking the time to autograph several of them.
A previous story published on Chattanoogan.com a couple of weeks ago shared the significance, impact and community contributions both Zach Dylan and the D-Railed and Florida Georgia Line made on behalf of The Forgotten Child Fund. http://www.chattanoogan.com/2013/11/23/264181/PHOTOS-The-Forgotten-Child-Fund.aspx
The supporters (firemen, police officers and EMS) will be forever grateful but most important will be the child who will received a Christmas from the act of kindness of so many who gave.
Mark A Herndon, contributor/photographer