Music for Mike Benefit Concert set for War Memorial Auditorium on Sept. 25

Current and former Arista Nashville artists lend their talent to help with funding and awareness for organ donation

The 1990s flagship staff of Arista Nashville, affectionately known as “The Refugees,” are banding together with Sea Gayle Music on Sept. 25 to host Music for Mike, a concert in support of one of their own, Mike Owens, who needs a kidney transplant.

Tickets for the benefit concert are on sale now at, by phone at 615-782-4030, and in person at the TPAC Box Office, 505 Deaderick St., in downtown Nashville.

The Music for Mike performers include recent Songwriter’s Hall of Fame inductee Alan Jackson, superstar duo Brooks & Dunn, and critically acclaimed entertainer Brad Paisley, along with BlackHawk, Diamond Rio, Lee Roy Parnell, Pam Tillis, Phil Vassar, and Steve Wariner.

In total, these artists have sold over 150 million albums and racked up 99 number 1 hits. Backing this stellar line-up is veteran touring band, Sixwire.

95.5 Nash Icon is partnering with Music for Mike, and morning show host Marty McFly will serve as M.C. Charlie Cook, Cumulus Vice President Country Format, acknowledges the artist line up as a perfect fit for the station but explains their reasons for supporting the show run much deeper.

“Every once in a while, Nashville can come together for not only a good cause but in this case one that means something to all of us personally,” Cook said. “95.5 Nash Icon is proud to play a role in helping Mike and his family.”

Owens is part of the inaugural Arista Nashville promotion team who launched the careers of superstar acts Alan Jackson and Brooks & Dunn, among others. Following his time at Arista, he joined Universal South as Vice President of Artist & Repertoire and most recently served as Vice President of Creative with Sea Gayle Music. In December of 2014, Owens was diagnosed with kidney failure and has since required daily dialysis treatments while awaiting a donor kidney. The side effects of Mike’s disease led to other medical issues, including the amputation of a portion of his right leg last year, leaving Mike unable to work with medical bills piling up.

Proceeds from the benefit will go directly to the Mike Owens Family Trust to help defray a portion of his medical expenses. To donate to Mike in other ways, visit Mike’s Go Fund Me page, and visit for more information on how to become a kidney donor.

If You Go:
Music for Mike Benefit Concert
Sept. 25, 2018
7 p.m.
War Memorial Auditorium
301 6th Ave. North


Performance schedule, prices, and cast are subject to change without notice. The historic War Memorial Auditorium is managed by the nonprofit Tennessee Performing Arts Center. Institutional sponsors for TPAC include Nissan North America and Coca-Cola, and TPAC is funded in part by support from the Tennessee Arts Commission and the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission. TPAC reminds ticket buyers that the only official place to buy tickets online is and

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