Annalise & Friends Tornado Relief Concert

June 1 Benefit For Oklahoma Tornado Relief Fund Of The Salavation Army

Annalise MorelliPHOTO: Annalise Morelli

Rising country/soul talent Annalise Morelli will perform with her band, "Annalise & Friends," on Saturday, June 1, at 6PM at the 12th and Porter Nashville restaurant/entertainment venue in a benefit for the Oklahoma Tornado Relief Fund of The Salvation Army.

"I chose The Salvation Army as the charity to partner with because I have volunteered with my late grandmother, Alice Faye Fash, who was a social worker and chaplain for many years before she passed in 2009," said Morelli. "I have seen firsthand how much love and care goes into the Salvation Army Recovery Team efforts and want to help give back in some small way. I hope people will give what they can and help Oklahoma City as they rebuild their lives again. I have always wanted to play at 12th and Porter, and the timing was perfect to drive over to Nashville and make it happen, since my band members and I were finishing up a show in Birmingham, Alabama, on May 31."

Performing with Morelli on Saturday night are members of her band who are coming to Nashville from Charleston.

Scottie Frier will be playing guitar with Brandon Brooks on drums and Tim Lumas bass guitar.

Morelli is currently performing in the southeast as well as heading back into the studio on June 10 to work with hit singer-songwriter Steve Dean toward completing her first full album with songs they have co-written.

Recent releases of Morelli's music include You Never Forget the Crazy, co-written with Sony ATV writer Shanna Crooks Perez and singer-songwriter Jared Scott; and Bluebirds, which is her own composition and great for crowd sing-a-longs.

Morelli's next appearance will be at the WestHaven PorchFest on June 15, at 1PM.

Originally from Charleston, S. C., Morelli, now a Nashville resident, is a writer for BMI and a member of the Country Music Association. At age four, her gift for music emerged when she began harmonizing with her mother, Lisa Morelli, while she was cooking in the kitchen and singing the gospel hymn, Deep and Wide. Piano lessons followed, and soon she was on her way to a career in country music and songwriting.
Annalise Morelli's first vocal performance was at Ashley River Creative Arts School (formerly Wallace Middle School) in Charleston. Today, she also plays guitar, drums and the ukulele. When in Nashville, Morelli attends Fellowship Bible Church in Franklin.

For more about Morelli's music, visit .

A representative of The Salvation Army will be on site at the event to speak on behalf of the organization about what "Doing the most good" means to them, and to accept donations for the Oklahoma Tornado Relief fund. Those unable to attend and wishing to make a donation can mail their donation check directly to: The Salvation Army Disaster Relief, P. O. Box 2536, Oklahoma City, OK 73102.

To give online, visit

To donate by phone, call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769), or on a mobile phone, text the word "STORM" to 80888 to donate $10 to the Salvation Army. To confirm the gift, respond with the word, "Yes."
(A one-time donation of $10 will be added to the donor's mobile phone bill or deducted from a prepaid balance. Message and data rates may apply. All charges are billed by and payable to the donor's mobile service provider. Service is available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint and TMobile. By participating, the donor certifies that he/she agrees to the terms and conditions, that he/she is 18 years or older, or has parental permission, and has authorization from the account holder.

Donations are collected for the benefit of The Salvation Army by the Innovative Giving Foundation and subject to the terms found at Privacy policy: Text STOP to 80888 to stop; Text HELP to 80888 for help.)

The venue, 12th and Porter, is located at the corner of 12th Avenue and Porter Avenue, 114 12th Ave., N., Nashville. For directions, visit or call (615) 320-3754.

The Altos: Like The Sopranos Only Lower   Opens May 31

The Center for the Arts will present The Altos: Like the Sopranos Only Lower, an Interactive dinner theater musical comedy mystery at 6:30 p.m. May 31, June 1, 7 and 8. Shane Lowery will direct this spoof of the famous HBO series and the family that inspired it all.

According to “The Altos” website, the plot centers on Tony’s funeral. His wife Toffee has invited you to the wake. Chris wants you to check your weapons at the door, and he has extras if you don't have any. Uncle Senior has a rigged dice game going, Tony's Ma is loco and. Tony's shrink, Dr. Malaise, is giving free analysis.

Almost no one seems sad that Tony is gone, and they certainly don’t seem happy when he's discovered alive. Be prepared to “dodge” bullets, laugh at the songs and see if you can figure out who put a contract out on Tony.

The cast comprises well-known local actors, including Shane and Emily Lowery, Nick Dearing, Chris Todd, Gary Davis, Sherry Sunday Booth, Jamie Storvick and Arabelle Polllick.

Tickets for the dinner theater production cost $35 for single adults or $60 per adult couple, and $30 for single seniors (60 and older) or $55 per senior couple.

For reservations or more information, call 615 904-2787 or go online at

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