On any given week, Dallas-Fort Worth's calendars are brimming with fundraisers and charitable events -- so many, in fact, almost everyone can find ways to get involved.
It's also easy to find a diversity of support. Whether you are most passionate about Breast Cancer Awareness, wounded service members, literacy and education, disaster relief, animal rescue or another worthy cause, you'll find Texans offering a helping hand.
That's something to feel proud of, D-FW.
For live music lovers, several great upcoming concerts let your going out funds go a little farther. It's a win-win: Fans get to see huge talent while raising money for others. Here are some of best shows with notable headliners who have donated their time to raise money and awareness.
Cory Morrow on Oct. 6
This native Houstonian and Texas Tech alumnus rose in the Red Dirt ranks alongside college buddy and collaborator, Pat Green, in the late '90s and early aughts. A 2005 brush with the law marked a dramatic turn in Morrow's creative path, according to biographer Mark Deming. Over the last 12 years, his music -- particularly 2015's The Good Fight -- has developed a stronger spiritual focus, one defined by "guts, truth, and growth," the artist's website says.
Known for rollicking live shows, Morrow puts his talents to use at the 18th Annual Rise Roundup on Oct. 6. Price of admission is $150, and it includes the concert, an open bar and bites, as well as access to live and silent auctions at the Frontiers of Flight aviation museum at Love Field in Dallas.
The event's beneficiary, the Ashford Rise School of Dallas, provides inclusive early childhood education for children with Down Syndrome and other developmental disabilities, who learn and play alongside peers the school calls traditional learners. (About three of every 10 students in classrooms are traditional learners.)
In partnership with the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas, the Rise School of Dallas provides services for children aged 6 months to 6 years from teachers with master's level educations and on-site occupational, physical and musical therapists. Rise was founded at the University of Alabama in 1974; in Texas, locations have been planted in Dallas, Houston and Austin.
Sixty students attend the school per day to maintain a 3:1 student to teacher ratio; students with developmental challenges attend daily, while traditional learners sometimes attend fewer days per week to achieve student-teacher relationships, according to Maude Pampel, the Rise School of Dallas' director.
The Rise School has also fostered a tight-knit community of support for parents and whole families with similar challenges and hopes, says Director of Development and Event Coordinator Katie Purcell.
Funds raised through the Rise Roundup -- as well as other events throughout the year -- will go toward maintaining the Rise School's current costs and to increase access to more children through financial aide.
Board member Marshall Estes, whose two traditional learner sons attend the Rise School, has even bigger goals to grow additional Rise school locations in D-FW. The Rise model of highest-quality education is repeatable and effective, he says. Currently, parents bring children from all over the Metroplex, and wait-lists are long; Estes is hopeful soon the school will be able to fill an even larger need in North Texas.
If this cause is close to your heart: Grab gourmet ice cream at Howdy Homemade, a shop in Dallas' Park Cities that employs adults with special needs, and read about new all-abilities playgrounds in D-FW that focus on inclusive play.
Sam Riggs, Bart Crow and dozens of Americana artists Oct. 8 and 15
Texans sprang into action when Hurricane Harvey ravaged coastal cities in August. Within hours, local restaurants, artists and businesses were pitching in to raise funds where possible. But the work is far from over.
The Texas Music Flood concert series includes concerts at more than 20 venues in Texas this month, including Rockin' Rodeo in Denton (Oct. 8), Hank's Texas Grill in McKinney (Oct. 15) and Magnolia Motor Lounge in Fort Worth (Oct. 15.)
If this cause is close to your heart: Keep an eye out for a special beer from Granbury's Revolver Brewing Company; it's expected on taps in October, and 100 percent of proceeds go to Harvey Relief and check out ongoing efforts by restaurants and businesses in Dallas-Fort Worth.
The feels: Read about folk acts and locals who raised thousands for Harvey relief at Poor David's Pub in Dallas (owner David Card, who organized the benefit, also went down to help clean up); heroic business owner Jim "Mattress Mack" McIngvale, who offered up his stores and products to displaced Houstonians; and, rapper Bun B who spearheaded the A-lister studded Hand in Hand benefit that raised more than $44 million.
Joan Baez, Patty Griffin, Steve Earle and James McMurtry on Oct. 15
The final stop in this charitable concert series' 2017 tour, Dallas' Majestic Theatre will host singer-songwriter legends Joan Baez, Patty Griffin, Steve Earle and James McMurtry during an intimate acoustic performance on Oct. 15.
A small island in the Italian Sicilian region, Lampedusa has since the early 2000s faced overcrowding as an entry point for immigrants from North Africa, the Middle East and Asia seeking to move to the European Union. In 2013, Pope Francis called for global awareness and assistance to the island and to migrants' plights.
"We kind of have an obligation because we have more than most people," Earle told St. Louis Public Radio in 2016. "And, refugees from the Mideast, I think we had a hand in creating the chaos that's causing those people to leave their homes. We may have a moral obligation to step up."
Lampedusa: Concerts for Refugees seeks to "raise awareness and money to support expanded educational opportunities for displaced people through Jesuit Refugee Service's Global Education Initiative," according to the JRS website.
If this cause is close to your heart: Check out the Chamber Music Society of Fort Worth's In the Theater of Life on Oct. 14 at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. The event "features two works written during a time of dramatic upheaval in the lives of the composers - - Igor Stravinsky and Olivier Messiaen," according to a statement. The performance includes "a dramatic visual representation" with life-sized marionettes and shadow puppets by Dan Butterworth.
Marcus Anderson (former saxophonist for Prince) on Oct. 28
If you don't know Marcus Anderson by name -- yet -- you might know him as That Amazing Saxophonist Price Discovered.
In Dallas, you can catch Anderson and special guests performing works by Prince, Michael Jackson, Luther Vandross and Anita baker at Uptown Theater's Power of Love concert on Oct. 28. Power of Love proceeds benefit Susan G. Komen of Dallas County, in observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
But, back to Prince...
Biographer Fred Thomas says the late, great Purple One spotted "a video of one of Anderson's fiery solo performances" and "immediately hired [him] as a full-time touring musician for the New Power Generation between 2012 and 2016."
A multi-instrumentalist, Anderson plays sax, flute, piano and bass, and he sings, writes, choreographs, produces and arranges horn sections. He has worked with CeeLo Green and Judith Hill and released solo jazz albums, like the deeply spiritual and reflective My Inspiration in 2016.
If this cause is close to your heart: Check out Breast Cancer Can Stick It Drummathon at Klyde Warren Park on Oct. 15. The free, annual family-friendly fest includes drum solos from A-listers like Carmine Appice (who played with Ozzy Osbourne and Rod Stewart), Sandy Gennaro (who played with Joan Jett and Cyndi Lauper) and more.
And, the Rosé All Day Wine and Music Festival at Arlington Hall on Oct. 29. It features tribute bands Petty Theft (Tom Petty), Hard Night's Day (the Beatles) and Straight Tequila Night ('90s country covers) and $40 admission includes a keepsake blanket and wine glass. It benefits AIRS Alliance & Reconstructive Surgery. Here are other upcoming cancer awareness benefits in D-FW.
Lucky Peterson on Dec. 9
Lucky Peterson's story is nothing short of remarkable, and that's part of the reason he seems such a fitting headliner for Deep Ellum Art Co.'s Benefit Blues Concert and Art Show Dec. 9. The concert, which also features Dallas-based Josh Alan Friedman, raises funds for the Refuge Center for Women in Dallas.
There will be a silent auction for artwork by Beauty in Poverty, as well as a raffle, and "opportunities to make charitable donations as Christmas gifts," the venue says.
Born Judge Peterson, son of New York nightclub owner and bluesman James Peterson, Lucky Peterson "played his first gig at age three" and "by the time he was five, he had already recorded his first single," according to Alligator Records. At five, he was discovered by blues legend Willie Dixon and a few months later he appeared on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, the bio says.
A multi-instrumentalist, Peterson cut his teeth touring the world. In the late aughts, he spent time in treatment for drug addiction and he returned to music at 45 years-old with the 2010 album You Can Turn It All Around, according to a biography on the artist's official Facebook page.
These days, he lives in Dallas with his family, where he plays for his church's congregation when he isn't touring, the bio says. He'll release an album, Tribute to Jimmy Smith, on Oct. 13, which you can pre-order here.
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