The devil went down to Georgia, according to Charlie Daniels’ famous hit, and odds are good he’ll play it here in Columbus on Nov. 18.
“Of course. We’ll do it or we’ll get lynched,” Daniels said in a recent interview.
The Charlie Daniels Band, led by legendary musician Charlie Daniels, is giving a benefit concert for Laughing Child International, a ministry operated by Columbus native Shane Clark. Camp Laughing Child in Mexico is for children with HIV-AIDS. Worldwide, 2.3 million children are afflicted. Jonathan and Lisa Moore, a Columbus-based Christian duo, will open for the event at RiverCenter for the Performing Arts.
Earlier in the day, Daniels will be part of a barbecue lunch auction featuring music by Eastwind Bluegrass with auctioned items including Daniels’ autographed fiddle. Mayor Jim Wetherington has declared Nov. 18 “Charlie Daniels Day,” and Maj. Gen. Michael Ferriter, commanding general of Fort Benning, is scheduled to appear at the auction.