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Big names rock for flood relief in Cayce, but no Stevie Wonder

Some well-known names in music appeared at a concert Sunday to help raise money for flood relief in South Carolina, but Stevie Wonder, who was expected to be the headliner couldn’t make the event.

Rockin’ 4 Relief, a concert at the Historic Columbia Speedway in Cayce, raised money for those affected by last month’s floods. But it also was a remembrance for the nine victims of the June shooting at Charleston’s historic Emanuel AME Church.

Among Sunday’s performers were Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and ZZ Top frontman Billy Gibbons, R&B singer Lyfe Jennings, “America’s Got Talent” contestant and Greenville native Benton Blount, Season 12 “American Idol” winner and St. Helena Island native Candice Glover, and the Benedict College Gospel Choir.

Wonder was scheduled to appear, but an announcement during the event said the pop legend couldn’t make it from Charlotte, where he performed a concert the night before.

For those who attended hoping to hear Wonder, there are tentative plans for him to perform at another concert for the cause in the spring.

“We’ll be having a second flood relief concert in the spring and we’re looking at March,” said Keith Seymour, media relations consultant for the Rocking 4 Relief Concert. “They are in the process of rescheduling.”

People who purchased tickets at the gate were given information on how to redeem free VIP tickets to the rescheduled concert. Those who purchased tickets online will be mailed VIP tickets when the rescheduled date is confirmed.

The Florida National Guard organized the event, with BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina serving as one of the main sponsors.

Profits from ticket sales went to the Central Carolina Community Foundation for flood relief.

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