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Mill sings out for hurricane victims

Sinclaire Sparkman • Updated Oct 3, 2017 at 11:00 AM

Community members gathered at the Mill on Saturday for a free concert with donations going to people affected by recent hurricanes. 

Organized by a partnership with music artist J.R. Jones, the concert may be the first in a series coming to the Mill. 

“We had been talking about doing the family game night sort of thing. [Jones] had asked about doing a rehearsal for the band. We agreed, and with all the hurricane stuff happening, he suggested we open it up and turn it into a benefit concert,” said Diane Parness, general manager of the Mill.

The event included the family game night aspect with oversized games for children like bowling, Twister, corn hole, basketball and others in the Mill’s main thoroughfare as bands played from Edgerton Hall. 

 “We really appreciate what Diane and Laura have done. They have worked really hard on this thing,” Jones said. 

Jones does a television show upstairs at the Mill in the New Century Production studios called the J.R. Jones Show, which invites musicians from all over the country to come and play. Jones said the show appears on Music City’s channel 9, channel 19 on Comcast and it also appears on YouTube. 

Acts at the hurricane benefit concert included the Music City Slickers, Linwood Road, magician Rodney Kelley, Razzy Bailey, Band of Faith, Yalina Valeria & Fidel Hernandez, Leona & Ron Williams and Zack Janson with the J.R. Jones TV Show Band. 

Food from Grace Dining and Spunky’s Saucy Dog was available at the event. 

All of the proceeds went through the Texas Country Music Association to be given to victims of hurricanes in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

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