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Exclusive Virtual Benefit Concert to support VLM!

“All Together For Animals” National Recording Artist

Virtual Benefit Concert to Stream March 31

The concert will support the Virginia Living Museum


Newport News VA (March 24, 2021) – The Virginia Living Museum, with the support of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), announces an interactive virtual music benefit concert – “ALL TOGETHER FOR ANIMALS.” This all-star benefit concert will feature streamed original performances from Brad Paisley, Old Dominion, Ashley McBryde, Riley Green, Jessie James Decker, Shy Carter and Wynonna Judd! The event emcee is Cody Alan, host of Country Music Television’s Hot 20 Countdown, iHeartRadio’s CMT After Midnite, and CMT Radio Live.

The benefit concert, produced by Contemporary Productions in St. Louis, Mo., aims to relieve the negative financial impact the COVID-19 pandemic caused for AZA accredited zoos and aquariums.

“The welfare, care, and feeding of the Virginia Living Museum’s 250 living species of native animals and thousands of native plants never closes or furloughs. The coronavirus pandemic has complicated operations and challenged guest experiences but we persevered” said Rebecca Kleinhample, Executive Director of the Virginia Living Museum. “The fact that country music’s best artists understand the benefit of connecting people to nature and are generously supporting our recovery is a really inspiring way to set up a wonderful family friendly show.”  For each $30 e-Ticket purchased, $15 goes directly back to the Virginia Living Museum.

The performances were shot on location at the AZA-accredited Nashville Zoo at Grassmere and at the Steel Mill studios in Nashville, Tenn.

The event will be streamed on Wednesday, March 31st at 8:00 PM EDT, 7:00 PM CDT, 8:00 PM MDT, and 7:00 PM PDT. During the show, viewers will have the opportunity to make additional donations in real time, with proceeds directly benefiting the Virginia Living Museum. More information and tickets can be purchased at

You can purchase eTickets directly at:

The Virginia Living Museum is dually accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums(AZA) and the American Alliance of Museums (AAM).

About AZA

Founded in 1924, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of zoos and aquariums in the areas of conservation, animal welfare, education, science, and recreation. AZA is the accrediting body for the top zoos and aquariums in the United States and 12 other countries. Look for the AZA accreditation logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better future for all living things. The AZA is a leader in saving species and your link to helping animals all over the world. To learn more, visit

The Museum is open daily from 9am – 5pm and is located at 524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News, I-64, exit 258A. All COVID-19 guidelines will be enforced. Masks, social distancing, and groups of 10 or under will be mandatory. For more information visit or call 757-595-1900. You can also find the Museum on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.


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