Grimm concert to benefit Hancock Co. community radio

HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Hancock County native and former America's Got Talent winner Michael Grimm's cross country "Fairytale Tour" will include a stop in South Mississippi.

Grimm will perform Thursday night at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Coliseum the 8th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Folks who turn out for the concert will also be supporting a cause near and dear to Michael's heart.

He became a local boy makes good success story when he won the million dollar top prize on the America's Got Talent TV show in 2010. During his concert on the 8th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina his manager said he will remember the not for profit community radio station that helped Hancock and West Harrison County residents get through the storm.

"The Hancock County Amateur Radio Association and WQRZ provided the only communications to the outside world from Hancock County for ten days straight after the storm when all other systems failed," said WQRZ Station Manager Brice Phillips.

Grimm is donating $0.50 of every ticket sold for his coast concert to WQRZ. The community educational radio station is also the place that gave Grimm his first public air place.

"I remember when he was 15-years-old he playing in the local little taverns, the Log Cabin and the Brass Anchor here with his dad playing acoustic guitar and we're the first persons to put it on the air because we were always about making sure local talent got out on the air waves," explained Phillips.

In addition to broadcasting weather alerts through its emergency alert system, WQRZ features local musicians one night a week.

Phillips said, "We pride ourselves in making sure their was a venue for the creative artist. We're proud and honored that a fine local artist is going to support the endeavors that this community radio station does for the entire community."

Phillips said proceeds from the concert will be used for general operating expenses for the radio station run by volunteers.

"As we remember what happened during Katrina eight years ago, I think it's important that music therapy is what kept the community together as we were on the air during Katrina. And it's a wonderful celebration for a local resident and musician that made it nationwide to come back and celebrate the art of music."

Phillips said there will likely be a number of somber Katrina memorial services held on the 29th and attending the Grimm concert will be a good way to lift your spirit.

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