JSU students excited to see big-name bands in small town


It’s not too often the students at Jacksonville State University have a chance to see a big-name band like Alabama on campus. Wednesday night, they’ll get that chance.

The popular country band will perform at Burgess-Snow field, home of the Gamecocks football team, at 6 p.m. as part of a relief concert designed to raise money for repairs after a tornado did millions of dollars worth of damage to the campus in March. Jason Isbell and the Charlie Daniels Band are among the other performers.

Some JSU students almost can’t believe such big-name performers are coming to campus.

“Oh my goodness, I love Alabama,” JSU junior Madion Burell said. She grew up in Jacksonville, and her family listens to the band. She says her dad has even met lead singer Randy Owen. She was at the beach the week the storm hit and was sad to see all the damage when she returned. So she appreciates what Alabama is doing for the community. 

“Them coming here is amazing,” she said, adding that she plans to attend the concert. “I think that’s going to be so great for the community as well as the university. I think the students are going to love it.”

Eric Cline also grew up in Jacksonville, and his family’s home was damaged during the tornado. He’s thankful for how the bands are helping.

“I think it’s an awesome way to get the community involved in this relief effort and also just be involved on campus,” he said.

Gates open at Burgess-Snow Field at 4 p.m. The concert begins at 6. Organizers say they’ll have the concert “rain or shine,” but they’ll pause if lightning comes through. The say they’ll make every effort to have a full concert.

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