BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - American Idol" runner-up Bo Bice opened his home to victims of Hurricane Katrina. Now he's singing to help the cause.
Bice and his band, SugarMoney, will perform a benefit concert for Katrina relief on Saturday night at Verizon Wireless Music Center in suburban Birmingham. Tickets are $20 to $55, with proceeds going toward Habitat for Humanity's reconstruction and relief work.
In an interview published Friday in The Birmingham News, Bice said there's a need "to lift some spirits up."
"People also need to know this is an ongoing problem. It's not just something you give your $5 to and forget," Bice said in a phone interview from Nashville, Tenn., where he was in a songwriting session.
Bice, 29, his wife, Caroline, and their infant son live in Tennessee, but he still owns a home in Helena in suburban Birmingham and opened it to a family of evacuees from Louisiana after Katrina.
Bice said fans needn't worry that recent ill health will stop him. Bice underwent emergency surgery in mid-August to repair a blocked intestine, and broke his foot July 31 during a performance on the "American Idol" tour.
"I'm doing great," he said. "It's cool. I actually got better after I laid down and took a break. I'd been sick for a while and just kept on going."