Willie Nelson Heads Up Texas Strong Hurricane Harvey Relief Benefit Lineup
Willie Nelson will top the bill at an upcoming Texas Strong benefit for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. Harvey Can’t Mess With Texas: A Benefit Concert for Hurricane Harvey Relief will take place in Austin on Sept. 22.
Nelson and a list of multi-genre superstars including Paul Simon, James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, Leon Bridges, Lyle Lovett, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, Ryan Bingham and Ha*Ash will take the stage at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin for the fundraiser. According to Austin news station KVUE, the event is the largest live benefit concert in Texas.
Tickets for the Harvey Can’t Mess With Texas benefit are set to go on sale Wednesday (Sept. 13) at 3PM CT at www.rebuildtx.org. Prices range from $30-$199.
Matthew McConaughy, Dan Rather, Renee Zellweger, Luke Wilson, Austin Mayor Steve Adler, Houston Chief of Police Art Acevedo and more will make special appearances during the Texas Strong benefit. Charlie Sexton is serving as musical director, and Asleep at the Wheel will be the house band for the evening.
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“We got lucky when Hurricane Harvey avoided Austin, but though it missed us, it hit our neighbors hard. Every time I’ve asked you to help our neighbors you’ve risen to the challenge,” Mayor Adler says in a statement. “Now we have an opportunity to do good by being our best, and that means putting on a show and having a good time. Let’s show the world what it means to be the Live Music Capital of the World in the greatest state in the Union. I’ll be there and hope to see you, too.”
11 Texas television stations will broadcast the benefit in a special one-hour, commercial free special titled Texas Strong: Harvey Can’t Mess With Texas from 9PM to 10PM CT on Sept. 22. The event will also live stream live internationally during the broadcast hour at YouTube.com/TexasStrong.
Google has pledged to match the first $500,000 of donations as part of a pledge challenge. Volunteers from Google’s Austin office and station employees from KVUE will help staff the phone banks at select station locations across Texas during the Texas Strong Hurricane Harvey benefit.
The announcement of the benefit comes one day after George Strait, Blake Shelton and more country stars joined in the Hand in Hand benefit for hurricane relief, which broadcast across all four major networks Tuesday night (Sept. 12). Country highlights from that event included Shelton and Usher singing a duet on the classic soul hit “Stand by Me,” Brad Paisley and Darius Rucker joining Demi Lovato and CeCe Winans to perform the Beatles‘ “With a Little Help from My Friends” and Strait leading Miranda Lambert, Chris Stapleton, Lovett and Robert Earl Keen in a medley of his hits “If It Wasn’t for Texas” and “I Believe.”
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