Costner to play benefit in Warren

WARREN – He’s best known as a top-name movie star. But Academy Award winner Kevin Costner also is a country rock musician who fronts the band the Modern West, which will play the Packard Music Hall on April 22.

Tickets go on sale Tuesday.

”Kevin Costner has a show, ‘Hatfields & McCoys,”’ promoter Ken Haidaris of Warren-based Sunrise Entertainment said of the 2012 mini-series. ”It’s a very interesting show.

”It’s a wonderful country show. Country is very popular right now, so we wanted to bring it to Warren, Ohio,” Haidaris said.

The latest release from Kevin Costner and The Modern West is ”Famous for Killing Each Other: Music from and Inspired By ‘Hatfields & McCoys.”’ The album, the group’s fourth, peaked at No. 14 on the Billboard charts. Previously, their first release, ”Untold Truths” in 2008, peaked at 61 on the country albums chart.

The show is a benefit for Richard ”Chookie” Alber-ini, who’s Alberini’s Restaurant in Niles closed in May. Owner Richard “Chookie” Alberini was diagnosed with stage 3 sarcoma, an aggressive form of cancer, and is unable to work while he’s being treated.

The evening will include an auction and 50/50 raffle, with all net proceeds going to Alberini’s benefit fund to defray medical expenses.

”I’m sitting here with Chookie right now,” Haidaris said Tuesday night. ”We’re earning some money to diffuse medical cost. We’re taking something and trying to make it better.”

In a statement released earlier Tuesday, Haidaris said, ”A limited number of VIP tickets are available at $150 and include a meet-and-greet with Kevin Costner and the band prior to the show. All other ticket prices are $100 to $35.”

Costner has starred in some of the biggest films of the last 30 years, including ”Dances With Wolves,” ”Field of Dreams,” ”Bull Durham,” ”The Untouchables,” ”JFK” and ”Man of Steel.”

Costner starred in the three-part miniseries ”Hatfields & McCoys,” which premiered in 2012 on the History Channel and broke a record by attracting 13.9 million viewers.

The miniseries purports to tell the true story of America’s most famous family feud. Costner won an Emmy and a Golden Globe for outstanding lead actor in a television miniseries or movie for his role as William Anderson “Devil Anse” Hatfield.

On the band’s website, Costner writes ”Modern West got its start when my wife (Christine) encouraged me to reconnect musically with John Coinman. I asked John to get some guys together starting with Blair Forward, who was in the first and only band I was ever in.

”If we played it would be Live, Loud and Long. The idea was simple. Don’t stop the party. Everybody understood and everybody went to work.

”Teddy Morgan out of Nashville is our lead guitarist and producer. Larry Cobb from Tucson keeps the beat. Park Chisolm on vocals and guitar covers all my mistakes and hails from Nashville. Roddy Chong, Bobby Yang, from Atlanta, and Luke Bulla, from Nashville burn fiddle for us when they aren’t killing it with their own bands,” Costner writes.