From the massive Hand in Hand telethon success to football star J.J. Watt's multimillion-dollar viral fundraising campaign, Texans have seen impressive relief efforts to benefit the millions of people affected by Hurricane Harvey. Now, the Texas country music community is joining in.
The Texas Music Flood, a string of benefit concerts set primarily for Oct. 8, with some taking place Oct. 15, will bring together the biggest names in Texas country music in many of the state's most beloved venues.
As Harvey rolled in a couple of weeks ago, a collection of artists, promoters, venue owners and radio personnel hatched the plan that now includes more than 20 Texas venues, from Galveston to Midland, Lubbock to Waco. It even includes a few out-of-state venues like Joe's Bar in Chicago.
In D-FW, three venues are hosting Texas Music Flood shows: Hank's Texas Grill in McKinney, Rockin' Rodeo in Denton and Magnolia Motor Lounge in Fort Worth.
The lineups for each show are being announced individually as they come together, with Sam Riggs, Bart Crow and Brandon Jenkins topping the 10-act bill on Oct. 8 in Denton.
The McKinney show on Oct. 8 will feature an all-female bill with the so-called GRITS (Girls Raised in Texas) including Kylie Ray Harris, Kaitlin Butts and Holly Tucker, among others.
Information isn't yet available for the show at Magnolia Motor Lounge in Fort Worth Oct. 15.
Proceeds from Texas Music Flood shows will go to the Rebuild Texas Fund. Spearheaded by Austin tech legend Michael Dell, who has donated over $20 million to the fund through the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, the Rebuild Texas Fund will focus on helping stabilize families with a focus on health and housing, schools and child care, workforce and transportation and rebuilding small businesses. At press time, the Rebuild Texas Fund had raised $44 million.
Texas Music Flood concerts will take place on Oct. 8 and 15. For updated information on venues, artist lineups and performance times, visit texasmusicflood.org.