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Star-studded Baton Rouge flood relief concert set for Monday night

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The Louisiana Rising benefit concert will be held Monday night. (Source: Raycom Media) The Louisiana Rising benefit concert will be held Monday night. (Source: Raycom Media)
Headliners of the concert include, from left, Aaron Neville, Randy Jackson and Harry Connick Jr. (Source: Handout) Headliners of the concert include, from left, Aaron Neville, Randy Jackson and Harry Connick Jr. (Source: Handout)

(RNN) - Big names in entertainment will perform to benefit Louisiana flood victims Monday in Baton Rouge.

Grammy-winner and New Orleans native Aaron Neville will headline the "Louisiana Rising" concert to be held at 7 p.m. Sept. 5 at the River Center Theatre.

Neville will join performers Hunter Hayes and Better than Ezra and hosts Randy Jackson and Harry Connick Jr, among others, for the event to raise money for the American Red Cross Louisiana Flood Relief. A full list of performers can be found here.

Click here for a livestream of the concert tonight.

"I am happy to be able to aid Louisiana, my home state," Neville said in a news release sent out by Raycom. The people there are in my prayers that they can find their way back."

In addition, several celebrities will be offering messages of support, including Louisiana natives Eli Manning, Britney Spears, Trace Adkins and Tim McGraw. LSU coach Les Miles and former LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr will also make a statement.

The concert will be broadcast live on all Raycom Media stations and in an additional 26 markets on stations operated by Sinclair Broadcast Group. Both companies are sponsoring the event.

Other outlets broadcasting the concert include ABC-owned and operated stations, Hearst Television, Cordillera Communications, Meredith, Graham Media and Cox Media. It will also be shown on Bounce TV. In all, the concert will be aired live in 85 percent of the country and in 91 local markets.

Other celebrities who will make appearances during the program include John Goodman, Matthew McConaughey, James Taylor Vince Gill, Scott Bakula and Amy Grant.

The online livestream will include additional performances after the TV broadcast ends.

More than 150,000 homes were damaged in the flood, which caused an estimated $20 billion in damage and left 13 people dead. The Red Cross says the flood is the worst disaster since Superstorm Sandy in 2012.

Raycom CEO Pat LaPlatney and Sinclair Programming COO Arthur Hasson said in a news release that local media outlets have an inherent responsibility to help the cities they serve.

"This is the true spirit of local television, as different broadcast groups come together to help address a huge challenge in Baton Rouge, LaPlatney said. "Local broadcasters all across this country make a difference in the lives of the communities we serve every day."

Hasson echoed that sentiment and said public service is at the heart of those outlets' mission.

"Local television stations play an important role in every community in this country, especially as it relates to public service, emergency alerts and local news," Hasson said in the release. "What we have seen in prior devastations is that local media can have a tremendous positive impact on the communities they serve.

The concert is being promoted on its website LouisianaRisingFloodRelief.com and on social media using the hashtags #SupportLouisiana and #SupportLA

To donate and help those affected by the flood, click here on the Louisiana Red Cross website.

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