Lady Antebellum played at a mini-prom for Henryville, Ind. Wednesday night. Lady Antebellum helped raise $235,000 to help rebuild the town struck by a tornado.
Henryville Junior-Senior High School students won an online contest to bring in the top-selling act, which also is playing a full benefit concert later Wednesday at the KFC Yum Center in nearby Louisville, Ky.
At a prom-style party in Louisville's downtown arena overlooking the Ohio River, the band surprised the students by playing for them in a private show. Teens in casual clothes cheered and screamed under a disco ball hung over the dance floor.
"Each and every one of you have inspired us, and we're so honored to be here, I know it's your second prom technically," said singer Hillary Scott. The band couldn't play at the high school's actual prom last month because of a scheduling conflict.
Scott and another band member, Charles Kelley, selected two students to dance with during the short acoustic show.
Henryville junior Kelsey Guernsey said she couldn't believe how close she was to the band.
Her home, like many of the students' houses, was damaged in the March 2 tornado that destroyed the school. She said private concert with the band was a high point of an otherwise tragic year.
"It seemed kind of unbelievable because Henryville is so small and we really don't ever get anything really big like this," she said.