More Harvey benefits in Austin: Musicians continue relief efforts

Beat Root Revival is among the acts playing a Harvey relief benefit at Donn’s Depot on Sunday, Sept. 17. Peter Blackstock/American-Statesman

This week’s announcement of the Sept. 22 “Harvey Can’t Mess With Texas” concert at the Erwin Center is the 800-pound gorilla of hurricane relief benefits, to be sure, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t still a lot of smaller fundraiser continuing to be presented around town by local musicians who want to help. Here are a few on the immediate horizon:

Friday, Sept. 15: Play It Forward at Blackerby Stage & Studio. The staff at Blackerby Violin Shop is hosting a benefit concert and instrument drive for Houston area music students affected by Hurricane Harvey. The program features the Blackerby staff performing music composed by native Texans including Joseph Shuffield, Luke Ellard and Mother Falcon; Benjamin Britten’s Simple Symphony; and Beatles songs led by the Eggmen’s John Burgess. Blackerby is working with Houston Arts Partners, an organization that aims to provide resources, communication and support to arts programs in the greater Houston area. Funds collected will go directly toward purchase of new instruments and instrument accessories. $20 suggested donation; also accepted are gently used instruments, music stands, strings, metronomes, tuners, shoulder rests and the like. 7 p.m. 1111 W. Anderson Lane. More info.

Saturday, Sept. 16: Helping Har-vacuees. East 12th Street venues team up to raise money for charities working on Harvey relief efforts including  ShelterBox USA, Emancipet and Unicef. Dozen Street kicks off the day early with a free brunch at 2 p.m. with bands performing all day and night including a special set from Foot Patrol at 3 p.m. The Big Easy begins their benefit with a blues jam at 6:30 p.m. and  Full Circle Bar is donating all the proceeds from every Skee-Ball game of the night to the efforts. $10 cover gets you into all three venues and each of the clubs, plus food truck Red Wraps are donating 10% of Saturday net sales. Neighboring bars Rio Rita and King Bee are also contributing to Harvey relief efforts. More info.

Saturday-Sunday, Sept, 16-17: Harvey Flood Benefit at Moontower Saloon. Musicians including Texiana Bluez, Whiskey Rebellion and Jukebox Heroes will play from noon to 11 p.m. Saturday and noon to 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Donations of water and canned foods will be accepted for the Central Texas Food Bank, along with cash that will go to the Austin Disaster Relief Network for those in need after Hurricane Harvey. 10212 Manchaca Road. More info.

Sunday, Sept. 17: Hurricane Harvey Help at Donn’s Depot. Roots musicians including Beat Root Revival, Ernie Durawa with Will Knaak, the Drakes with Redd Volkaert, the Mike Cross Band, the John Gaar Band and Charles Thibodeaux will perform. Donations of requested items such as chainsaws and paper products will be accepted along with a suggested donation of $10 to $20, with all collected items and cash going to the Austin Disaster Relief Network. 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. 1600 W. Fifth St. More info.

Sundays, Sept. 17 and Sept. 24: Bands With Vans benefit for Harvey relief at Spider House. One novel way for musicians to help is to work with Bands With Vans, which teams bands up with venues working as drop off locations in Houston collecting supplies. Walker Lukens did the first one last week; they’re following up with a country show Sept. 17 featuring Mayeux & Broussard, Ricky Espinoza and the Band In Black, followed by a Latin/brass-band dance party on Sept. 24 with Superfonicos, Minor Mishap Marching Band, Continental Drift and Wache. $7 suggested donation. 7 p.m. 2908 Fruth St. More info.

Monday, Sept. 18: Fastball at Chet’s Livestream Concert. Austin pop band Fastball is teaming up with comedian and Unpopular Opinion Network podcaster Chet Wild to play a set at Wild’s home in Los Angeles that will be livestreamed for those who donate. All net proceeds benefit the Center for Disaster Philanthropy Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fund. More info.

Planning a Hurricane Harvey benefit that’s not on this list? Drop us a line.

Author: Peter Blackstock

Music writer for the Austin American-Statesman and Twitter: @Blackstock360

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