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TUCSON, Ariz. -- It was a sold out show Sunday night at the Fox Theater where musical groups gathered to raise money for the Fund for Civility Respect and Understanding.
It was the second benefit concert for the fund and it featured one of Congresswoman Gabby Giffords' favorites.
They're an indie rock group with southwest stylings. Calexico shared the bill Sunday night with a number of musical acts, donating their time and talent for the Civility Fund.
Singer Joey Burns actually met giffords during her first run for congress.
"We really hit it off and I could tell right away then she had that special something that so many of us know from experience that she's just a very wonderful and down to earth person," said Joey Burns.
Calexico is one of Gabby's favorite groups. They played at the U of A event marking one year since the tragedy.
"I looked over and smiled and she was just beaming you know swinging back and forth with Mark and seeing all the people up there on stage and seeing all the people in front it was a very warm and inviting surrounding," said Burns.
It's the kind of feeling shooting survivor Ron Barber is trying to maintain. He created the Civility Fund which has been used to combat bullying in Tucson high schools and promote awareness for mental health issues.
"They're not going to be solved or addressed in one year. Our fund, I hope, will be valid for many years and we want to continue to engage the community so we can get these problems solved," said Barber.
So why music? Barber says it heals.
"Many of the survivors and family members whose relatives died that day have said to us, 'Thank you for that concert. We finally smiled and came together in a very joyful way,'" Barber said.
Another big name to grace the stage Sunday night was Ben Folds.