Concerts to benefit Addie

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By Marty Finley

 A Louisville bar is hosting two benefit concerts next month — one of which features a prominent country star — to help recoup financial losses for an Elizabethtown toddler fighting cancer.

Nick Nowinski, owner of Baxter’s 942 Bar & Grill, has booked country musician Gary Allan for a show at 6 p.m. March 25. Doors open at 4 p.m. and an opening act takes the stage at 5 p.m., he said.

Tickets start at $10.31 and go on sale in the coming weeks, he said. The show is a partnership between Baxter’s 942 and New Country Q103.1 radio station in Louisville. Only 250 tickets will be available, according to the station.

Allan recorded a series of hits through the years, including “Watching Airplanes,” “Life Ain’t Always Beautiful” and “Songs About Rain.”

Nowinski said proceeds from ticket sales will be given to the Addie’s Army foundation, which was created by the family of Addilyn Roberts, a 3-year-old battling leukemia.

The bar also has organized a free benefit show for 9 p.m. March 7 featuring Louisville cover band Cover Me Badd, the members of whom are donating their time to host the show at no charge, Nowinski said. Cover Me Badd touts experience in multiple genres of music, from jazz and country to rock and hip hop, for an “eclectic, upbeat show,” according to its Facebook page.

Nowinski said proceeds from the $5 cover charge will benefit the foundation. Both shows will be held at the bar, which is at 942 Baxter Ave. in Louisville

Louisville police charged Kyle T. Nunn, 30, of Louisville with two counts of theft by deception, including cold checks less than $10,000, saying he stole $9,000 from the bar and the foundation.

Nunn is accused by police of collecting money from the bar and family to stage a benefit concert for Addilyn with country star Jason Aldean headlining. The concert was a farce and, according to police, Nunn kept the money for his own benefit. Aldean had no knowledge of the event, according to the Roberts family.

Ben Roberts, Addilyn’s father, said he attended LaRue County High School and played in the band with Nunn. While they were never the best of friends, he did not take Nunn as one who would attempt to take advantage of their situation, he said.

Roberts was promoting the Gary Allan show Thursday and said he was touched by the support for his daughter, thanking those who have reached out to his family wanting to help.

“It’s amazing,” he said. “It kind of puts me at a loss for words.”

Because of their shared experience, Roberts has struck up a solid friendship with Nowinski.

“Nick is one heckuva guy,” Roberts said.

Since the story about Nunn’s arrest, Nowinski said he has been contacted often by those who want to help Addilyn and host a benefit show. Because of this interest, Nowinski believes a series of shows will be arranged at the bar to aid Addie’s Army.

“We’ll probably have multiple ones,” he said. “These are just the ones that are set in stone right now.”

Roberts said he has spoken with another country artist who wants to organize a show later this year but he could not release any further details on the potential event at this time.