Days after standing on the Las Vegas stage where the country's deadliest mass shooting unfolded, country music artist Dylan Scott is in Franklin Tuesday night for a concert benefiting a local nonprofit.
Scott left the Route 91 Harvest music festival Sunday night moments before a gunman opened fire from a high-rise hotel killing over 50 people. Tonight, he is at K99.1FM's Concerts for a Cause at JD Legends in Franklin.
"He thought it was very important that they still have the show because despite all of the hate that happened on Sunday this is a good way to show up for the Pink Ribbon Girls and show solidarity among country music fans," K99.1 FM's Nancy Wilson said.
Tuesday night's concert benefits the Pink Ribbon Girls, a nonprofit that provides support and services to breast cancer patients, survivors and their families.
"Not only do they take care of the folks who have the cancer, but they take care of the families, providing meals, providing comfort, providing counseling while a loved one is going through cancer," Wilson said.
K99.1FM's James Frye said he is honored to have Scott in the Miami Valley following Sunday's shooting.
"To me it’s an honor and it shows the resilience of country music, the fans, the artists, that they're ready to get back on the stage and they’re not going to let something like this keep them from continuing," Frye said.
Charlie Samaan, owner of JD Legends, said the entertainment complex has increased security for tonight's performance.
“I think people really need the music. They need the music in their lives to get away, so for everyone its going to be a great opportunity to be outside […] and get their minds away from everything," Samaan said.
Cancer survivor Angie Evans is at tonight's concert and said Scott’s performance is a way of moving on.
"It's probably very difficult for him to come out here but you have to go on and continue with your life. If you let something like this keep you from doing what you love then they win and you lose," Evans said.
"With me being a survivor, that’s what I do.”
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