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'Annapolis Rising' benefit concert for Capital Gazette shooting victims underway

Posted: 5:02 PM, Jul 27, 2018
Updated: 2018-07-27 18:42:56-04

Saturday is the one month anniversary of the Capital Gazette shooting. Mayor Gavin Buckley put a benefit concert together to support the victims of the shooting that killed five Capital Gazette workers and the first responders that came to the rescue. The concert also will promote freedom of the press. 

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"Show these journalist that you support them, show the solidarity you have and make them understand that we believe this could have been anybody's newsroom," said Mayor Buckley.

The tickets are $25 ahead of time or $30 Saturday. The show will kick off with Annapolis custom guitar maker Paul Reed Smith playing the national anthem at noon and feature speakers and artist throughout the day. Leading up to the main performers at 8:30.

Good Charlotte has connections to Annapolis. Benji Madden plays guitar and sings.

"Benji was on his honeymoon in Italy with Cameron Diaz and he texted and said, "What can we do to help?"

This will cost the city close to $30,000 in fees for police and fire department overtime. Some council members didn't want the city to help out with the cost and pushed the vote off until September. Mayor Buckley thinks this may be a narrow minded approach since the city will benefit from the few thousand people that show up for the concert. 

"If we don't get the votes for it that just means we will pay the city the fees and that means less money will go to the victims, families and the charity."

This is where the stage will be on Calvert Street. This is an all day event so the Mayor suggest you take advantage of Annapolis as much as you can while your here.

"You know, see a speaker and go off down town and grab a crab cake or something like that and then come back and see Good Charlotte."

To purchase ticket for the concert, click here