Attend these Hurricane Harvey benefit concerts this weekend


This weekend, Austin residents can support the local music scene as musicians band together to provide donations and relief to victims of Hurricane Harvey.

Throughout Austin, local businesses and restaurants have announced special deals benefiting Hurricane Harvey disaster relief funding. But shopping and eating locally is not the only way for residents to get involved—they can also attend live music events.

Austin-area musicians made it clear throughout Monday and Tuesday they are eager to help when over 315 musicians applied to perform at local shelters.

The Texas Music Office requests musicians who wish to participate in a benefit show to email with “INTERESTED IN PERFORMING at Hurricane Harvey Benefit Concert” in the email’s subject line. If a benefit show is already planned, the office said to email the same address but with the subject line “HURRICANE HARVEY Benefit Concert.”

Additionally, the Texas Music Office partnered with MusiCares to provide disaster relief funding for musicians affected by the hurricane, according to the organizations. Musicians can apply here.

Check out these benefit concerts in Austin this weekend.


1. Guy Forsyth, Carolyn Wonderland at Antone’s Nightclub

The Austin-based singer-songwriter announced his previously scheduled concert will now be a benefit show with proceeds to benefit Hurricane Harvey victims.

Doors at 9 p.m. $10-$15. 305 E. Fifth St., Austin.

2. Peterson Brothers, Tomar & Friends at 3Ten

This show was previously scheduled as an after-show for the Buddy Guy concert at ACL Live. Now it’s a benefit with proceeds going to the Red Cross.

Doors at 9 p.m. All ages welcome. $10. 310 Willie Nelson Blvd., Austin.


3. Hard Proof at Central Market

The band performs at Central Market Friday night with 100 percent of T-shirt and CD sales as well as donations given to the Red Cross.

6 p.m. Free. 4001 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin.

4. Body Rock ATX: Kanye vs. Beyonce at Empire Control Room

This installment of Body Rock ATX will donate $3 from each ticket sold to Austin-based social justice organization Counter Balance ATX for hurricane relief efforts. Attendees can also bring canned goods, nonperishable food items, new underwear and toiletries to donate.

10 p.m. $10. 606 E. Seventh St., Austin.

5. Black Joe Lewis and the Octopus Project at the Mohawk

The benefit show at the Mohawk features local musicians—including Walker Lukens and Otis the Destroyer—as well as businesses Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Brown Distribution, Austin Eastciders and Karbach Brewing Co. The show benefits the Greater Houston Community Foundation. Attendees can donate diapers, baby formula, blankets, feminine products and toiletries.

Doors at 7 p.m. $20. 912 Red River St., Austin.


This event poster can be purchased for $10 at Cheer Up Charlies. (via Poster by Lauren Dickens)

6. Beyonce vs. Rihanna Dance Party at Cheer Up Charlies

This dance party featuring Austin-based DJ Girlfriend is free, but event posters will be sold by Good Party ATX for $10 to benefit hurricane relief funding.

10 p.m.-2 a.m. Free. 900 Red River St., Austin.

7. A Labor of Love w/ TJR, Chocolate, Hook N Sling and Loud Luxury at Ironwood Hall

Hosted by Real Music Events, all of the profits from the show will be donated to relief funding.

8 p.m.-2 a.m. $25. 505 E. Seventh St., Austin.


8. Rotel Vegas Chili Cookoff at Hotel Vegas

Hosted by El Brujo, the cookoff will benefit the Houston Food Bank. Austin musicians Sailor Poon and the Sun Machine will perform.

Doors at 9 p.m. $5 minimum donation. 1500 E. Sixth St., Austin.

9. Hurricane Harvey Flood Relief Concert at Willie’s Joint

The show features performances by Kimberly Dunn, Lang Freeman, Kensie Coppin and Sarah Hobbs. Willie’s Joint staff will collect both small denomination gift cards to grocery stores and goods—including diapers, formula, towels and canned goods—and then hand deliver the donations to relief and evacuation centers.

4-7 p.m. Free. 824 Main St., Buda.

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