McGraw Sets Benefit, Summer Tour

Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors will headline an April 10 concert in Austin, Texas, to benefit the Gridiron Heroes Spinal Cord Injury Organization. A summer amphitheater tour will follow.

Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors will headline an April 10 concert in Austin, Texas, to benefit the Gridiron Heroes Spinal Cord Injury Organization. A summer amphitheater tour will follow.

Also on the bill for the Austin show is Billy Bob Thornton, with whom McGraw is filming the high-school football movie "Friday Night Lights," along with other special guest performers.

The event is being organized by "Friday Night Lights" director Peter Berg, who, while filming a game last fall, witnessed a San Antonio football player suffer a spinal-cord injury while making a tackle, paralyzing him from the neck down. As a result, Berg organized the concert to benefit this player and others like him through the non-profit Gridiron Heroes organization.

The concert will be held at Auditorium Shores, and tickets go on sale March 6 for $20, $15 for high school students.

Though McGraw's touring plans for 2004 have yet to be announced, sources say he will play a run of outdoor amphitheaters from mid-June through August, approximately 40-45 dates in total. Last year, McGraw grossed $33 million from 53 shows, 14th among all acts.

McGraw is managed by RPM Management, and booked by Rod Essig at Creative Artists Agency.

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