Troy's relief concert ends up a success

For his first attempt at a full-scale relief concert, Micah Grimes thinks he did OK.

Grimes, a Troy journalism student and a redshirt freshman offensive lineman, helped develop and plan the “Help for Haiti” relief concert on the Troy campus Friday. The concert was designed to help raise funds for those injured in the Haiti earthquake.

The idea was the brainchild of Grimes and local musician Joshua Johnson, and despite bad weather forcing the concert inside, Grimes said he was happy with the results.

“It was exactly what I thought it would be if we had to move it inside,” Grimes said. “I knew the attendance wouldn’t be as much. I knew that if the weather came through and started pouring like it did that there wouldn’t be as many people. It wasn’t disappointing, but I know we could have done at least 500 or so more people if it was outside.”

Grimes said about 700 people showed up to Recreation Center Gym during the six-hour concert and so far about $3,500 has been raised. Grimes said the student government association on campus is still waiting for donations from faculty and alumni to come in before a final tally is made.

Grimes said he is expecting the final total to be around $4,000, which isn’t bad considering the concert was asking for a $5 donation at the door.

“If we had had it outside, we probably could have reached that goal of $7,000 or $8,000,” Grimes said. “But $3,500 ain’t nothing to shake a stick at.”

When all the money is in, Troy’s student government association will send a check to Doctors Without Borders in New York.

Grimes said the concert itself was a lot of fun and that The Nasty Nate Experience, the band that’s made up exclusively of Troy football players, stole the show. Twelve bands played in the show, and Grimes said for their effort he made sure to record concert footage that each could use in their promotional materials.

“The talk around campus was that everyone enjoyed it and the money raised, that was probably the best thing,” Grimes said.