Austin music scene Harvey benefits: Reckless Kelly plays ball for relief

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This is an ongoing list of events planned by folks in the Austin music scene to provide Hurricane Harvey relief. We will be updating this list as events pass and as more events are announced.

Reckless Kelly’s Celebrity Softball Jam has moved to fall and this year’s proceeds will go to Harvey relief. Photo by Cassandra Weyandt

RELATED: Over 165 musicians sign up to play for Harvey evacuees in less than 24 hours

Saturday, Sept. 9: Hurricane Harvey Relief Fundraiser at Threadgill’s. Ex-pat Brit-rocker Nic Armstrong and his band, the Thieves, headline a kid-friendly benefit bash to raise money for Harvey relief with 100% of ticket sales going to the Houston Flood Relief Fund. $8 adv. $10. door. 8 p.m. 301 W. Riverside Dr. More info 

Sunday, Sept. 10: Reckless Kelly Celebrity Softball Jam at Dell Diamond. The ninth annual music-and-sports event has moved from spring to fall this year, and in a late change in plans, proceeds will go to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. Joining Reckless Kelly on the bill this year for the concert, which follows an early-afternoon softball game featuring local music and media luminaries, are Cody Canada & the Departed, Wade Bowen, Midnight River Choir, Randy Rogers, Jamie Lin Wilson, John Evans, Rosie Flores, Jesse Dayton, Jason Eady, Charlie Robison, Mike & the Moonpies, Shinyribs, Bart Crow, Courtney Patton and more. A late add to the bill is alt-country band American Aquarium. $20-$30. Noon (game), 3 p.m. (concert). 3400 E. Palm Valley Blvd., Round Rock. More info.

Sunday, Sept. 10: Keep Austin Live Hurricane Harvey benefit at Flamingo Cantina. ATX hip-hop stands up for Houston as some of our city’s top talent including Protextor, Tank and Sertified take the stage at Flamingo. All proceeds benefit the Salvation Army. $5. 10:30 p.m. 515 E. Sixth St. More info. 


Saturday, Sept. 9: The Mystery Achievement will be collecting monetary donation for two organizations: Austin Pets Alive and The Rebuild Texas Fund at their CD release party at the ABGB. They will also be donating $5 from every CD sold.

Sunday, Sept. 10: Peelander-Z at Barracuda. Opening band Otonana Trio from Tokyo is donating all of the proceeds from this show and the rest of their U.S. tour to Hurricane Harvey relief. “This is a cause very close to their hearts, as they have toured the Southern United States several times and have developed many close friendships over the years. They also have great sympathy for these victims, having experienced the Tsunami in their home country of Japan,” a statement from their publicist said.

Sunday, October 1: Band Aid School of Music, Music Moves Mountains Foundation fund and instrument drive. The two music nonprofits are teaming up to raise money for musicians, music educators, music therapists and other music non-profits affected by Hurricane Harvey. They will be collecting financial donations as well as donations of instruments and gear.  Students from the Band Aid School of Music perform and Austin Land and Cattle Company will provide food. 1 p.m.  2309 Thornton Rd.

Fine Southern Gentlemen has created Houston Strong t-shirts with all proceeds benefiting the Greater Houston Community Foundation for pre-order and on-site printing. Available online here:

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

Beyoncé promises to ‘help as many as we can’ in Houston

In a statement released exclusively to her hometown newspaper, the world’s most famous Houstonian, Beyoncé Knowles pledged to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey.

Beyonce performs during the Pepsi Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show in 2016. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

RELATED: Drake pledges aid to Houston, the city that launched him

“My heart goes out to my hometown, Houston, and I remain in constant prayer for those affected and for the rescuers who have been so brave and determined to do so much to help,”  the pop superstar told the Houston Chronicle.

HOW TO HELP: Emergency groups, nonprofits aid flood-stricken Texans

She went on to say that she is “working closely with my team at BeyGOOD as well as my pastor (Rudy Rasmus at St. John’s in downtown Houston) to implement a plan to help as many as we can.”

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UPDATE: Over 165 musicians sign up to play for Harvey evacuees in Austin

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UPDATE 8.30.17: Erica Shamaly, director of the Austin Music Office, characterized Wednesday morning reports that musicians did not show up for their scheduled performance slots at the evacuation shelter at LBJ High School as a miscommunication.

Shamaly said her office was notified Tuesday afternoon that there were performance slots available as soon as 5 p.m. Tuesday or 9 a.m. Wednesday morning, but they were still working to get a process in place to assign musicians to shelters.

“We’re vetting through about 400 names and establishing a safe and regular process to get them placed. It’s just taking a little bit longer than we hoped,” she said. She said they also want to make sure to have the right kind of production volunteers available to be on site to assist the musicians, “just to be sure we’re not taking any resources away from evacuees.”

“We don’t want a situation that makes for any more stress for the volunteer coordinators at the shelters or for the evacuees themselves,” she said.

Shamaly said her office should have their process worked out so they can begin placing people on Wednesday.

UPDATE 8.29.17: On Monday afternoon, Stephanie Bergara of the Austin Music Office received a call from a colleague with a friend at the Red Cross. They were wondering if it would be possible to get some music at the Austin-area shelters for Hurricane Harvey evacuees.

She wanted to help, so Bergara passed the request along to the Austin music community via her office’s social media channels. She asked musicians who were willing to perform to contact her.

“It was such short notice, I didn’t know what to expect in terms of the response,” she said Tuesday morning.

On Aug. 27, 2017, Zoey Lynn Rodriguez, 8, entertained herself with balloon while waiting out Tropical Storm Harvey with 140 other evacuees at the Wilhelmina Delco Center in Austin, TX. (RESHMA KIRPALANI / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

HOW TO HELP: Emergency groups, nonprofits aid storm-stricken Texas

Almost immediately musicians began to answer the call. Dozens of them. Less than 24 hours after she made the first post, over 165 musicians had signed up to play. Bergara said she was “incredibly overwhelmed” by the outpouring of support from the Austin community.

“It’s more than just musicians,” she said. “A lady in Bastrop emailed and said, ‘I’m not a musician, but we have a bakery in Bastrop and we want to send cupcakes to evacuees, can you tell me where to do that?’ There was a woman who wanted to drop off aromatherapy kits. Another person asked if people need visits from therapy dogs.”

“The people who are willing to support evacuees in this town,” she said, her voice catching slightly, “man, people are just coming out of the woodwork with resources.”

At this time, Bergara said, the office doesn’t have enough space or time to provide performance opportunities at the shelters for all of the musicians who responded to the call, but she said they are exploring other ideas, including the possibility of a benefit performance to plug in as many musicians as possible.

EARLIER: Monday afternoon, the City of Austin music office put out a call for musicians willing to perform at Austin-area evacuation shelters. The local shelters are at Delco Center, LBJ High School and the Burger Center. Representatives from the office said they received the request for musicians from the Red Cross.

The music office is requesting artists with serious interest in performing to email They also request simple performance setups.

Drake pledges aid to Houston, the city that launched him

Rapper Drake took to his Instagram feed early Monday morning to express his devastation and pledge his support to Houston in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Noting that the city has “truly been a home to me over the last 8 years,” he said that along with his DJ and manager Future the Prince, he is “working with local relief groups to aid and assist the people of Texas.”

HOW TO HELP: Emergency groups, nonprofits aid storm-stricken Texas

Drake’s relationship with Houston is long and deep. He credits a show at Warehouse Live in 2009 with launching his career.  Since 2014, he’s hosted an annual Houston Appreciation Weekend in the city. The most recent HAW wrapped up late last month and included a charity barbecue, a pop-up strip club and a rare club performance from the Toronto superstar. Drake also has a Houston Astros tattoo on his shoulder.

RELATED: The Suffers’ Kam Franklin defends decision not to evacuate Houston

Drake “explained” his love for H-Town when we pretended to interview him before his 2015 Austin City Limits Festival appearance. Here’s what he “said:”

Let’s switch gears. You’re a big fan of Houston.

H-town my second home like I’m James Harden. (“No New Friends” on DJ Khaled’s “Suffering From Success” ft. Drake, Lil Wayne and Rick Ross, 2013)

What is it about the city that resonates with you?

The music all slow and the (expletive) all pretty. (“What Up” on Pimp C ft. Bun B., Drake, 2010)

Austin, TX – Canadian rapper, singer, songwriter Drake performed live in concert at the Frank Erwin Center on July 20, 2016 in Austin, Texas. Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman.

Hurricane Harvey updates for Austin music events

Lyle Lovett & His Large Band at ACL Live in 2016. Suzanne Cordeiro for American-Statesman

A handful of local music events were affected by Austin’s brush with the outer bands of Hurricane Harvey over the weekend.

  • Lyle Lovett performed his scheduled Saturday show at ACL Live, but the second show was canceled “due to the hazardous weather conditions impacting travel in the Austin area” and “to ensure the wellbeing of the patrons, staff, and artists.” according to a post on the venue’s Facebook page. The statement added that “refunds for tickets purchased through Ticketfly and will be processed within 7-10 days through point of purchase.”
  • Nutty Brown Amphitheatre’s show with the Josh Abbott Band on Saturday has been rescheduled for Oct. 27. According to the venue’s Facebook page, “All tickets from the original date will be honored, and if you are unable to attend the rescheduled date, please contact Ticketfly by August 31.” UPDATE: Another Nutty Brown show, with Nashville country singer Jake Owen on Sept. 2, also has been canceled, “due to the mass devastation in Southeast Texas,” per a statement from promoter Paragon/Nederlander. Tickets will be refunded at the point of purchase, per the statement.
  • Canadian rock band A Simple Plan postponed its Saturday concert at Emo’s. A press release from show promoter C3 Presents did not mention refunds, stating only, “We encourage ticket holders to hold onto their tickets for the soon-to-be-announced rescheduled date.”
  • C3 Presents also announced that Canadian indie singer-songwriter City and Colour canceled Tuesday’s scheduled show at Stubb’s, along with dates in Houston and San Antonio. “Orders have been fully refunded and will reflect on your account within 48-72 hours,” the statement read.
  • South Congress hot spot the Continental Club lost power on Saturday and moved a performance by Los Coast and the Jungle Rockers down the street to its sister club C-Boy’s, which did not have a power outage. Sunday’s shows at the Continental were canceled when power had not yet been restored. Power has now been restored, allowing the club to reopen for its usual Monday shows, according to owner Steve Wertheimer.
  • And in the hill country, the Kerrville Fall Music Festival announced it’s canceling this weekend’s three-day event because of “the number of our festival attendees and volunteers who are impacted by the damaging floods from Hurricane Harvey, according to executive director Mary Muse.

RELATED: More Harvey-connected event changes

Kerrville Folk Festival cancels fall event amid Hurricane Harvey concerns

The main stage of the Kerrville Folk Festival at Quiet Valley Ranch. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN 2010

The Kerrville Fall Music Festival, a smaller offshoot of the hill country town’s main Kerrville Folk Festival in the spring, announced Monday morning that it has called off this weekend’s Sept. 1-3 event because of Hurricane Harvey’s impact on the region.

Executive director Mary Muse cited “the number of our festival attendees and volunteers who are impacted by the damaging floods from Hurricane Harvey” in a statement posted to the festival’s website,” adding that the festival “is staffed by a small army of volunteers, many of whom live in the Houston area.”

The festival had planned to present touring artists including Susan Werner, Peter Mulvey and the Honey Dewdrops as well as such area performers as the South Austin Moonlighters, Sam Baker and the Bob Livingston Trio at Quiet Valley Ranch just outside of Kerrville’s city center.

The statement made no mention of refunds, but included the following: “For folks who planned to attend and purchased advanced tickets, or reserved RV sites at Quiet Valley Ranch for the Fall Music Festival, we ask your understanding and concurrence. Since the Kerrville Folk Festival Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, your advance purchases can now be converted to a tax-deductible donation to the festival which will be making a donation to Hurricane Harvey victims relief.”

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Houston rappers Trae tha Truth, Paul Wall, more respond to Hurricane Harvey

As flood waters deluged one of the greatest rap cities in the country, many of the city’s musical heavyweights and music scene personalities turned their social media streams into disaster information channels, retweeting messages from friends and fans trapped in their homes waiting for rescue. They also began to mobilize relief efforts for the weeks ahead.

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Here are some of their posts:

Rapper Trae tha Truth recorded a plea for help on Instagram. He’s been using his feed on the social media to share the latest disaster relief info.

Rapper Paul Wall is collecting supplies to aid families in his neighborhood.

He’s also planning relief events.

RELATED: The Suffers’ Kam Franklin defends decision not to evacuate Houston 

Lil Keke is also planning to collect donations.

Slim Thug shared photos of the flooding. He seemed shocked by the extent of the damage.

On tour in Washington D.C., Chingo Bling shared prayers for his friends and family at home.

Rapper Devin the Dude shared videos of the devastation.

The city’s patron saint, Beyoncé, shared her prayers.

So did Travis Scott, one of the city’s most prominent young rappers.

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DALLAS, TX – JULY 30: Rapper Trae tha Truth performs during week six of the BIG3 three on three basketball league at American Airlines Center on July 30, 2017 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ron Jenkins/BIG3/Getty Images)

Kam Franklin, lead singer of Houston band the Suffers, defends city’s mayor

The Suffers are an eight-piece Gulf Coast soul band from Houston. Kam Franklin, the lead singer is a force of nature, cranking out high voltage hooks while radiating warmth and charm.  They landed in the national spotlight after they scorched a set on one of David Letterman’s final shows, and they were fabulous at Austin City Limits Fest 2015. The band’s identity is so tightly wrapped with their hometown that they actually appear in a tourism video for the city.


In the wake of the catastrophic flooding in Houston, Franklin took to Twitter to defend Mayor Sylvester Turner’s decision not to evacuate the city, by sharing the story of her harrowing evacuation from the city during Hurricane Rita in 2005.

RELATED: Houston floods ‘beyond anything experienced before’

“There’s a huge difference between evacuating a city like Houston (2.4 Million) and Corpus Christi (326K),” she said, after opening a lengthy Twitter thread by calling out armchair analysts decrying her city’s mayor as “you (expletives) that have never evacuated a MAJOR city during a hurricane.”

She brought up some of the factors that folks who have never been forced to evacuate might not consider, like the fact that many people are forced to face the heartbreaking decision to leave their pets.

And she told the story of her own evacuation from the city in 2005, when Houston evacuated before Hurricane Rita, a storm analysts believed would be a direct hit on the city. She said it took her 23 hours to drive from Houston to San Antonio. And she shared a photo of the freeway she traveled on, which is now under water.  The water, she noted, took less than eight hours to fill up.

Oh yeah, she reminded us, and then there are the tornadoes.

HOW TO HELP: Emergency groups, nonprofits aid storm-stricken Texas

(WARNING: Coarse language)

She concluded with the exhortation to be part of the relief effort or leave the conversation.

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Over the weekend, Franklin’s band, the Suffers, was scheduled to play the Lockn’ Festival in Arrington, Virginia, but they canceled the gig to “stay home and take care of our families,” the band said in an Instagram post.

The Suffers performs on the BMI stage at ACL Music Festival on Sunday, October 4 2015. (Suzanne Cordeiro / For American-Statesman)