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Byline: Dan Beynon, Times-Union staff

MCGRAW DOES DOUBLE DUTY TO RAISE FUNDS FOR RED CROSS

More than two hours on stage wasn't enough for Tim McGraw. The country superstar played a concert Friday night in Auburn Hills, Mich., then teamed up with Kid Rock for a two-hour charity gig in nearby Pontiac. About 400 people showed up for the impromptu show, announced on local radio while McGraw was on his concert stage. Fans paid $20 each for admission, snapped up $10 T-shirts and and forked over money to have McGraw sing their requests. All the money -- $9,000 to $10,000 -- went to the Red Cross.

RADIO HOST WANTS COUNTERCONCERT

Talk radio host Mike Gallagher in Greenville, S.C., is proposing an alternative concert to a May 1 show by the Dixie Chicks, under fire for lead singer Natalie Maines' criticism of President Bush. There's just one small problem: Gallagher doesn't have an act, though he said he's talking with some well-known country acts. "I think people are so upset about the Dixie Chicks that if I have to get a banjo and stand up there on stage and sing On Top of Old Smokey people will stand up and cheer," he said. "They don't care." Gallagher, whose program is syndicated nationwide, said he'll donate all proceeds from the concert to military families from South Carolina. Maines upset many of the trio's fans when she told a London audience: "Just so you know, we're ashamed the president of the United States is from Texas." She apologized a few days later.

LITHGOW GOES OUT OF WAY FOR BENEFIT

A little thing like a blizzard couldn't keep actor John Lithgow from raising money for the Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation. He simply had to take a slight detour -- through Texas -- to get from his home in Los Angeles to the ski resort town of Vail, Colo. Last week's snowstorm shut down the Denver airport so he had to plot an alternate route, flying through Dallas and eventually landing at Eagle, about 30 miles west of Vail. …

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