Leesburg native Phillip Phillips, shown performing to a nearly sold-out crowd on last month at Chastain Park in Atlanta, will be performing in Albany tonight for the first time since winning "American Idol." (Photo: Jason Braverman)
ALBANY — Former American Idol winner and platinum recording artist Phillip Phillip is returning to his hometown this weekend to lend his support to a local cause as headliner of the Music=Change benefit concert.
The concert is a fundraiser for non-profit organization Mission:Change and will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at the Exchange Club Fairgrounds in Albany, rain or shine.
In addition to showcasing Phillips as the headliner, the benefit will feature other area artists Blastov, Evergreen Family Band, Meow Ka-Pow, Anne Cline and Anthony Johnson.
There will also be a silent auction featuring signed memorabilia from Phillips and a wide variety of other musical talents including the Dave Matthews Band, Matchbox 20, Rob Thomas, Luke Bryan and John Mayer.
In between each artist’s set, event organizers will also be showing short films documenting the work of Mission:Change in hopes of encouraging those in attendance to get involved.
“This night will serve as our only fundraiser for the year and give us the opportunity to share who we are and how people can join us in making our community a better place,” said Mission:Change Executive Director LaDonna Urick. “It’s also a chance to listen to some great bands from the area as well as welcome back my brother, Phillip Phillips, for his first homecoming gig since winning American Idol in 2012.”
Advance tickets to the event are $40 and can be purchased through missionchange.com or at the Mission:Change office at 308 Flint Avenue in Albany. Advance tickets can also be purchased at Austin’s FireGrill, Railway Freight and the downtown Albany Convention and Visitors Bureau Welcome Center on Front Street.
Tickets can also be purchased at the gate for $50. All proceeds from tickets sales will go to benefit Mission:Change. The gates will open at 6 p.m.and the show will start at 7 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. Outside food and coolers are not permitted.
Austin’s FireGrill and Glenn Eames Fire Wood Pizza will serve as food vendors and there will also be a cash bar. Children are welcome at the event, and infants get in free.