McGraw Tops Makeup Concert

Tim McGraw gave concertgoers what they missed when the final day of the four-day Big Valley Jamboree festival in Camrose, east of Edmonton, was cut short Aug. 1 by strong winds and heavy rain that deluged the site.

McGraw headlined a Sept. 17 makeup concert at Edmonton’s Rexall Place for about 13,000 Jamboree ticketholders, according to the Edmonton Journal. The event included a moment of silence in memory of Donna Moore, the one person killed when the devastating weather caused a portion of the Jamboree main stage to collapse.

More than a dozen concertgoers were also injured that day including a member of Billy Currington’s band, which performed just prior to the collapse.

Volunteers at the event collected donations for a trust fund set up to help Moore’s two sons. Those donations will be added to about $55,000 already contributed by Big & Rich, the Edmonton Oilers NHL team and others, the paper said.

Despite the tragic circumstances this year, Panhandle Productions’ Larry Werner announced Sept. 16 that Big Valley Jamboree, which features top country artists such as McGraw, will be held again next summer at Camrose.