EASTERN NC – The American Red Cross East North Carolina, Tricounty Giveback, Smiley’s Unique Entertainment and ViewStub are excited to announce a three-day COVID-19 virtual relief concert.

Funds raised through the live streaming event will benefit the Red Cross and its ongoing efforts to maintain a healthy blood supply during the pandemic. The challenges of the past year have made it difficult for organizations to host events and concerts. Tricounty Giveback, Smiley’s Unique Entertainment and ViewStub are ready to bring people together through music and mission.

This three day live streaming concert will air: Thursday, June 10th, 3pm to 9pm; Friday, June 11th, 12pm to 9pm; and Saturday, June 12th, 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Tickets are available at viewstub.com/Circle-for-Life, and $ 10 from every ticket sold goes to the Red Cross’s lifesaving mission. Bands and entertainers from all genres and from all over the world will perform.

Confirmed artists include (CTS) Called To Serve, Kylie Trout, Houston Bernard, Sam Cary, Laine Lonero, Dinan, The Messenger Black Truth, Imblog, Black Tie Society, Bent By Sorrow, Old Iron, Stevie Franks, Markus Sanders, Toby Gibson, Toms Handgun, The Muckrakers, Silver Travis Band and Exploding Sun.

For more information on artist and band submissions, see tricountygiveback.org. Submissions are accepted until Tuesday, June 1st.

The Red Cross tests donated blood, platelets and plasma for COVID-19 antibodies. The test can show whether the donor’s immune system has produced antibodies to this coronavirus, regardless of whether they have developed symptoms.

Tests can also identify the presence of antibodies developed after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. Plasma from routine blood and platelet donation that has tested positive for high antibody levels can be used as convalescent plasma to meet the potential future needs of COVID-19 patients. Convalescent plasma is a type of blood product obtained from COVID-19 survivors with antibodies that can help patients who are actively fighting the virus.

The Red Cross doesn’t test donors to diagnose any disease called a diagnostic test. To protect the health and safety of Red Cross employees and donors, it is important that people who are uncomfortable or believe they have COVID-19 postpone the donation.