Coming off the heels of the deadly and terrifying Manchester attack and the One Love Manchester benefit, Ariana Grande is making news for headlining the Charlottesville benefit concert. The concert will be held on September 24, 2017, and is free.
Billed as an evening of music and unity, other notable acts include The Roots, Dave Matthews Band, Cage the Elephant, Brittany Howard, Justin Timberlake, Chris Stapleton, and Pharrell Williams. The event is being promoted online with the hashtag #Concert4CVille and is promoted and organized by the Dave Matthews Band.
Ariana Grande has experienced terror and hate first hand when after her concert, 200 people were injured and 22 people, including children, were killed due to a suicide bomber.
Though Ariana was traumatized by the event, she returned to Manchester and with her One Love Manchester benefit concert, raised 23 million for the victims. Now, she joins the Dave Matthews Band and others to help combat hate and promote love for the Charlottesville and University of Virginia.
— Tim Dodson (@Tim_Dodson) September 6, 2017
Charlottesville was shaken to its core when after a white supremacist rally, the activist Heather Heyer was mowed down in a car. Twenty-year old James Fields has been charged with her murder. The attack shook Charlottesville as well as the nation and sparked riots and protests across the country.
The Dave Matthews Band is from Charlottesville, and the benefit concert is an emotional, heartfelt project for the group. The Charlottesville benefit concert will be a time to promote healing and wholeness and will take place on September 24, 2017, at the University of Virginia’s Scott Stadium.
— MTV Music ? (@MTVMusicUK) September 6, 2017
Ariana has continually used her platform as a famous singer to promote love and healing. Though she suffered deeply after the Manchester terrorist attack, she didn’t give in to fear or remain in hiding. Instead, she returned to Manchester and gave back to the community.
Now, Grande proves that her heart is in the right place as she headlines the Charlottesville benefit concert. While the Manchester attack was terrifying, the Charlottesville attack was one of the worst events that transpired on U.S. soil in 2017.
What do you think about Ariana Grande performing in the Charlottesville benefit concert? Are you surprised that she would do another concert just months after One Love Manchester?