Willie Nelson, Paul Simon, Bonnie Raitt to headline Harvey benefit concert

September 13, 2017 - 7:30 am
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AUSTIN (KJCE) -- Austin's Frank Erwin Center will hold a benefit concert for victims of Hurricane Harvey next Friday.

"Harvey Can't Mess With Texas: A Benefit Concert for Hurricane Harvey Relief" will take place next Friday, September 22, from 7-11 p.m. Tickets are sold out but your can still make donations at www.RebuildTX.org.

"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," said Austin Mayor Steve Adler. "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."

In addition, 11 television stations around the state owned by TEGNA, including Austin's KVUE-TV, will air a one hour live commercial-free special from 9-10 p.m. that night, and be broadcast internationally on YouTube.

Performances scheduled include Willie Nelson, Paul Simon, James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, Leon Bridges, Lyle Lovett, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, Ryan Bingham, and Ha*Ash. The evening will include special appearances by Matthew McConaughy, Dan Rather, Renée Zellweger, Luke Wilson, Austin Mayor Steve Adler, Houston Chief of Police Art Acevedo and many more. Charlie Sexton will serve as Music Director, with Asleep at the Wheel sitting in as the house band.

Proceeds from the concert and other donations will benefit the Rebuild Texas Fund, created by the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation. The Dells are working to raise a total of $100 million for the long-term relief, recovery, and rebuilding efforts for all affected communities in Texas.

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