On April 15, four of Nashville’s top country music songwriters — Jim Collins, Phil O’Donnell, David Lee, and Joel Shewmake — will perform as part of the “Jammin’ for Jack Johnson” benefit at Sodium at 7 p.m.
The four, who have hits from artists such as Kenny Chesney, George Strait, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Montgomery Gentry, Craig Morgan, Jason Aldean, LeeAnn Womack, Lady Antebellum, & Craig Campbell in addition to three current “top 20” songs on the country charts, are donating their time to help the young Centennial High School freshman.
All proceeds from the benefit will go directly to Ben, Jill, Jack and Benny Johnson who not only were victims of the historic May 2010 flood but have also been battling Jack’s malignant tumor, which was discovered in his brain last June, one month after the flood. Jack attended Poplar Grove School from pre-K through eighth grade, and he is currently enrolled at Centennial High School as a freshman although he has not been able to attend classes this year due to his treatments. Jack is unique in that he is a child living with autism. While autism makes Jack endearing, it makes battling cancer that much more challenging.
The show will be from 7-10 p.m. at Sodium, 1725 (Suite 100) Columbia Ave. Franklin. The cost is $15 per adult and $10 for students and children 18 & under with a $50 maximum per family. In addition to live music, Jet’s Pizza will have pizza, Costco will be providing desserts, and Sodium will have a full-service coffee bar and non-alcoholic beverages for sale. A portion of the food and drink sales will be contributed to the benefit fund.
As if that’s not enough, there will also be a silent auction with items ranging from concert tickets to autographed items to original painting to services such as family photography and salon makeovers. Sodium also provides an atmosphere welcoming to the little ones. There will be childcare available for the cost of a ticket.
Tickets will go on sale April 4 at Poplar Grove School, Franklin Special Schools central office, Centennial High School & Sodium. Tickets will be available April 3 at Franklin First United Methodist Church. Tickets will also be available at the door.
For monetary contributions, contact Fifth Third Bank regarding the Jammin’ for Jack Johnson Benefit Fund.