A concert & silent auction will be held at Tower Theatre in Oklahoma City on March 31

Tower Theatre will host the Byron Berline Benefit, a concert and silent auction to support the legendary Bluegrass fiddler and his family.  Berline’s Double Stop Fiddle Shop & Music Hall, home to Oklahoma's largest collection of violins & bows, was completely destroyed in a tragic fire in downtown Guthrie on Feb. 23. The Byron Berline Benefit will be held on Sun., Mar. 31 at Tower Theatre in Oklahoma City. Tickets are on sale now.

Partnerships with Eventbrite and Jill Castilla with Citizens Bank of Edmond ensure that 100% of the event’s proceeds will benefit Byron Berline and his family. Donations can be made online at Towertheatreokc.com.

Touted as “one of the most inventive fiddlers ever …” Berline is a three-time National Fiddle Champion. Originally from Oklahoma where he began playing the fiddle at age 5, Berline lived and worked in Los Angeles for 26 years before returning to his home state in 1995 to open the Double Stop Fiddle Shop & Music Hall. Since the fire, the building has been declared a complete loss and Guthrie fire officials estimate a $3 million loss for structures and contents.

As a session fiddler, Berline has recorded with The Band, The Byrds, The Eagles, The Rolling Stones, Manhattan Transfer, Bob Dylan, John Denver, Elton John, Olivia Newton-John, Kay Starr, Alabama, Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Kirs Kirstofferson and Willie Nelson.  Byron was inducted into Oklahoma’s Musicians Hall of Fame, named Oklahoma’s Ambassador of Goodwill and created the Oklahoma International Bluegrass Festival.

The Byron Berline Benefit will be at Tower Theatre on Sun., Mar. 31. Tickets are $25 to $50 in advance. Doors open and silent auction begins at 5 p.m. Program starts at 7 p.m.  Performing acts will be announced at a later date.