Almost 20 Texas country performers and bands will play in Waco on Sunday in a benefit raising money to rebuild the Texas Gulf Coast after Hurricane Harvey hit in late August, but that’s only part of the picture.
Similar benefits take place Sunday in 11 cities across the state as Texas musicians pool their talents and resources in Texas Music Flood, a series of concerts aimed at raising money for the Rebuild Texas Fund. That fund, led by the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, covers rebuilding efforts in 39 Texas counties and already is at $70.7 million toward a $100 million goal.
The Waco part of the Texas Music Flood concerts will take place at downtown The Backyard, with gates opening at noon and the music starting at 1 p.m.
The lineup will feature performers Adam Hood, Jason Eady, Deryl Dodd, Drew Kennedy, Courtney Patton, Jackie Darlene, Mike Stanley, John Dempsy, Clayton Landua, Ryan Turner, Kensie Coppin, Sundae Drivers, the Huser Brothers, Cody Sparks and Station Creek: a mix of regional and local performers who will provide just under a dozen hours’ worth of music for a suggested $5 donation.
Waco-area resident Brad Beheler, co-owner and editor of the country music website and support service Galleywinter.com, was one of the event’s early organizers with Jennifer Allen, on-air personality for Waco country radio station KRMX, 92.9, Shooter FM, assisting in lining up items for a silent auction and raffle.
Allen wasn’t surprised at the willingness of Texas musicians to help out in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, whose high winds heavily damaged Rockport and Port Aransas, both near where it made landfall, and whose torrential rains caused record flooding in Houston, Beaumont, Port Arthur and along much of the Texas Gulf Coast.
“The Texas music community is very much like a family,” Allen said. “A lot of these people lost equipment or had canceled (performance) dates or knew someone personally who had. … It’s easy to dismiss something that’s far away, but this is a ‘These are our people’ kind of thing.”
Sunday’s Waco show has several performers doubling up to help out. Adam Hood, one of the event’s headliners, will play the night after filling in for the Josh Abbott Band at the Heart O’ Texas Fair & Rodeo. Abbott and his band, who were present at the Oct. 1 mass shooting in Las Vegas that killed 59 people, canceled their fair appearance because of equipment held for the shooting investigation and because of members’ still-unsettled emotions.
Both Drew Kennedy and Josh Grider will play two other Texas Music Flood shows on Sunday, adding Waco to an itinerary that also includes Coupland and New Braunfels.
Waco organizers kept admission low at a $5 suggested donation to encourage turnout. The event also will feature a raffle and silent auction of items including signed photographs, instruments and lyric sheets.