A benefit concert to help those impacted by the recent floods and tornado will be held Sunday at the Denny-Crump Arena in Adams Park. The show will begin at 2 p.m. and will feature a number of local bands, and will end at 10 p.m.
The latest effort to raise money for those impacted comes from Coyette Camper, lead singer of Coyette and the Haywire Band.
Camper said she and her band were performing in Lawton May 25 when El Reno was hit by an EF-3 tornado. The storm killed two people and left many more homeless..
“I knew what I was supposed to do,” said Camper. “God gave me the gift to sing, and he had me exactly where he wanted me to be.”
Her idea has become something of a one-day music festival, as over a dozen bands are scheduled to perform. The bands make up various genres including country and western, rock, acoustic and praise and worship.
The El Reno Strong Storm Victims Benefit is free to the public. Vendors will be selling hamburgers, hot dogs and other food items. Those attending are asked to make a freewill donation which will be distributed along with concession sales to the victims of the city’s recent storms.
Camper said she is friends with a few of the people who lost their homes.
“A lot of people have lost everything. We want to help them with medical bills, groceries, vacations, somewhere to live, just anything they need to feel better.”
Camper said she has been delighted by the response to the event. More artists signed up to play than she expected, and volunteers have pitched in to ensure that most needs for the event have been met.
“The El Reno Strong motto always comes through every time something happens. They always come together.”
Camper praised the efforts to help those impacted, especially those made by El Reno Mayor Matt White.
“The only thing on his mind is the good of the community,” Camper said of White.
“He’s done awesome things for the town.”
Camper grew up between El Reno and Calumet.
Armed with a five-string bass guitar, she’s been belting out classic style country songs with her band for 36 years.
The band member lineup has changed over the years, but the one constant has been her passion for Southern music. Influenced by the likes of Patsy Kline and Merle Haggard, the Haywire Band covers a variety of worldwide hits.
The band has played all over the country and is busy with shows nearly every weekend. For Camper, just making the journey is a dream come true.
“Some people hate their jobs, but not me. I get to enjoy what I do.”
Former members of the Haywire Band will also be in attendance at the event. Other artists scheduled to perform are David Chamberlain, Emily Faith, Rachel Lynch, Dave Yokum, Jeremiah Goodblanket, SuckerPunch Suzie, Brandi Reloaded, The Stinnett Brothers Band, Keith Williams and the 420 Band, Southwind Band, Jeannie Bearpaw and Jbo Isenberg.
Special guests include Jude Northcutt of Jude and Jody and Oklahoma guitar legend Joe Settlemires.