The music festival, located at Downstream Casino Resort, was held in order to raise money for the City of Joplin Tornado Relief Fund and the event featured five bands, food, T-shirts, and a Heisman Trophy winner.
The Venue at Downstream Casino Resort is only a few miles west of Joplin and was the site of the stage where five acts performed. They were the FOS Project from Fayetteville, Ark., Liverpool Legends, a Beatles tribute show from Branson, Mo., The Bryant Band from St. Louis, Mo., The Nace Brothers Band from Kansas City, Mo., and the original Cate Brothers Band from Springdale, Ark.
It was a very hot Sunday afternoon so the number of attendees at the outdoor music festival was small. But that did not keep the bands from giving it their all. One voice really captured this reporter’s attention. Only later did I learn that the lead singer for the FOS Project, Amanda Cole-Collins, was at one time the lead vocalist for the group En Vogue.
FOS Project performing at the Joplin United Tornado Victims Benefit Music Festival. Quapaw, Okla. June 5, 2011
And, according to KRMG, The Bryant Band’s Tom Bryant was the former lead singer of Head East, and Bobby Schneck, current guitarist for Slash and former guitarist for Aerosmith and Green Day, made a special appearance.
Billy Sims touring tractor-trailer at Joplin United Tornado Victims Benefit Music Festival. Quapaw, Okla. June 5, 2011
As it turned out, the tractor-trailer belongs to 1978 Heisman Trophy winner Billy Sims. Sims was the star running back for the Oklahoma Sooners and the Detroit Lions. Now, Sims is a businessman and philanthropist.
I made my way up the stairs and into the trailer and came face-to-face with Billy Sims himself. He was promoting Billy Sims Barbecue restaurants in conjunction with the music festival. Sims graciously posed for a few photographs, with an OU football in one hand and Billy Sims BBQ sauce in the other. Sims told me how grateful he was that his Joplin restaurant was not destroyed by the tornado and encouraged me to go to Range Line Road and see the devastation first-hand.
Heisman Trophy winner and Billy Sims Barbecue owner, Billy Sims. Downstream Casino - Joplin United Tornado Victims Benefit Music Festival. June 5, 2011
As the sun was beginning to set, I took Mr. Sims’ advice even though that meant missing The Nace Brothers Band and Cate Brothers who were joining together for a “jam segment to close the show,” reports Tulsa World.