Alan Jackson performs ‘Aftershock’ concert in Mineral, Va.
Country crooner Alan Jackson performed in Mineral, Va., Sunday night in a concert to benefit the community at the epicenter of the 5.8-magnitude earthquake that rattled the East Coast last summer.
According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Jackson’s “Music for Mineral: The Aftershock of Hope” raised $152,500 for the Louisa Education Foundation. The funds will be used to help rebuild Louisa county's schools, which were damaged in the quake.
About 6,000 people gathered to hear Jackson sing, reported the Times-Dispatch. The concert was held in the parking lot of Louisa County High School, which was condemned after the Aug. 23 earthquake. Those without tickets reportedly watched the concert from nearby hilltops.
Even nine months after the earthquake — which damaged buildings and monuments in Washington, and was felt as far north as Maine and and far south as the Carolinas — Louisa County continues to experience aftershocks.
According to the Times-Dispatch, the quake caused nearly $80 million in damage in Louisa County, including $64 million in damage to school property. No one was injured.
“I think it says a lot about Alan Jackson that he's willing to do a benefit concert,” Kandra Orr, who attended the show, told the Times-Dispatch. “He's really walking his talk. His music has a lot of heart.”