Kip Moore + Tony Hawk Impact Youth, Hurricane Victims With Music City Skate Jam
It’s not every day that you get to see Tony Hawk skate before your very eyes, but Kip Moore helped make that possible when he teamed up with the skating superstar for the 2017 Music City Skate Jam. It was all in the name of a worthy cause.
Moore and Hawk brought together the power of sports and music to help raise money for their respective foundations, Kip’s Kids Fund and the Tony Hawk Foundation, which both work to better the lives of youth. Proceeds from the Sept. 10 event also went toward hurricane relief for those affected by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma in Texas and Florida.
“I feel like our values are aligned with helping kids,” Hawk says of partnering with Moore.
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Moore performed at the event, and he had the audience in the palm of his hand with a set that mixed old and new hits. The rugged country star shone a spotlight on works from his latest project, Slowheart, with “Plead the Fifth” and “The Bull” acting as standouts. He had everyone singing and dancing along to the upbeat “Beer Money,” while sending a hush over the crowd with the intimate and poignant “Hey Pretty Girl,” but truly captured their attention with the fan favorite “That Was Us.” And no one could resist the fiery “Somethin’ ‘Bout a Truck,” which had every fan in the crowd jamming right along with the country star.
The “Wild Ones” singer helped build the Comeback Kid Skatepark through the Kip’s Kids Fund in 2015, providing a safe haven for youth in Salemtown, a financially disadvantaged neighborhood of Nashville. Moore brought the true spirit of the event to life when he revealed that parents have informed him that the skate park is keeping their children from gangs, while the youth themselves have shared that it’s the first place they’ve fallen in love with and that it has inspired hope in their lives.
Hawk and his crew of local and professional skaters wowed the crowd with tricks on a massive skate ramp. Newcomer Jordan Davis also put on an impressive set which included current country radio single, “Singles You Up.”
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