It’s been a rough month for natural disasters affecting North America, and the artist community has come together to show their support in various benefit concerts around the country. On September 22 at Austin’s Frank Erwin Center, Willie Nelson, Paul Simon, James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt and more will host the Harvey Can’t Mess With Texas benefit concert. Performances from Leon Bridges, Lyle Lovett, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, Ryan Bingham and Ha*Ash, will also highlight the event that promises “exclusive performances and rare collaborations.” The house band will feature Charlie Sexton as musical director with Asleep At The Wheel.
Harvey Can’t Mess With Texas is expected to be the largest live concert benefit in Texas, and will open ticket availability at 3PM CT here. All proceeds from the concert will benefit the Rebuild Texas Fund. The event will also be broadcast live on 11 Texas-area channels, as well as on a 1-hour long live YouTube stream. Google will match donations up to $500,000 during that stream.
Following the success of Tuesday night’s Hand In Hand telethon, which raised $44 million and featured performances from Stevie Wonder, Dave Matthews, and more, the sights are high for the Texas event. Paul Simon has already pledged $1 million to those affected in small towns outside of Houston, according to Rolling Stone.