ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - Country fans were fired up for the "Country Strong" concert at the CFE Arena Tuesday night, to benefit the OneOrlando Fund for the victims of the Pulse shooting. Fans said it was the perfect blend of country and community supporting an important cause that hits so close to home.
Country sensation Maddie and Tae were the first to perform, followed by Tyler Farr who played a few of his hits and then Jerrod Niemann took the stage; Billy Currington and Cole Swindell also performed. Every performer made sure they addressed the tragedy in Orlando and tried to uplift the crowd.
They also played a tribute to the 49 victims showing each of their photos on the big screen, followed by 49 seconds of silence. Fans started lining up hours before the concert, many of them said the concert is about so much more than just the music.
"I you love country music, If you just want to support the community anything you can do right now to kind of bring the community together as one,” said Anna Kiepke.
The show of unity was everywhere. A large banner above the entrance of the CFE Arena read, “We are Orlando Strong.” Fans also sported their #OrlandoUnited shirts to show their support. They say with the concert benefiting the City of Orlando's OneOrlando Fund, it's the perfect way to contribute to the cause.
“It' awesome, really awesome, I tried to donate blood a couple times but they were booked up every time I tried to go, so to help do something is awesome,” said Megan Rutyna.
Many fans also brought signs to show their support for the victims who passed away as well as those who were injured, showing that the community is in this together.
"We have one world, we have one pulse, we have one love, there's one heart," said Kiepke.
All proceeds from parking and ticket sales will go to the OneOrlando fund.