Granger Smith, Tegan Marie to Play Flint Water Crisis Benefit Concert
Granger Smith and country newcomer Tegan Marie have volunteered to be part of the Flint Water Crisis solution. Next month, the two country singers will play a benefit show for Hurley Children’s Clinic in an effort to help kids and families affected by the Flint, Mich., emergency.
The April 7 concert will take place at Dort Federal Event Center atrium. Smith and Marie — a Flint native — will play an acoustic concert. For $10 fans can enjoy the music and sample food from local restaurants. Marie is a 12-year-old singer with a very big social following. Her covers have helped her generated over 100K fans on Facebook. A rendition of Kelsea Ballerini’s “Love Me Like You Mean It” grown to more than 2.5 million views, and it spurred a meeting between the two rising stars.
Smith is a country hitmaker from Texas. “If the Boot Fits” is his current country single, but that song follows up the chart-topping “Backroad Song.” His new Remington album features several deeply personal stories, and a few rockers from his alter ego Earl Dibbles Jr. It’s not clear if Dibbles will make an appearance on April 7.
The Flint Water Crisis began in 2014, when the city of Flint switched water sources. The switch allegedly lead to spiked levels of metal in the water, affecting the health of children and other residents. Several lawsuits are pending, and the state and federal government have declared a state of emergency. The Hurley Children's Clinic was among the first to report elevated blood lead levels. In May, the clinic’s Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha will be awarded the Freedom of Expression Courage Award by PEN America.
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