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Star-studded Hurricane Harvey benefit concert coming to Austin

Star-studded Hurricane Harvey benefit concert coming to Austin

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Willie Nelson will be one of many stars at Harvey Can't Mess With Texas: A Benefit Concert for Hurricane Harvey Relief, taking place on September 22 at Frank Erwin Center. Photo by Shelley Neuman

Hot on the heels of George Strait's Hurricane Harvey benefit concert in San Antonio, plans have been announced for the star-studded Harvey Can't Mess With Texas: A Benefit Concert for Hurricane Harvey Relief on Friday, September 22, at Frank Erwin Center.

The four-hour concert will feature performances from a variety of music heavyweights, including Willie Nelson, Paul Simon, James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, Leon Bridges, Lyle Lovett, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, Ryan Bingham, Ha*Ash, and other special guests. The evening will also include special appearances by Matthew McConaughey, Dan Rather, Renée Zellweger, Luke Wilson, Austin Mayor Steve Adler, Houston Chief of Police Art Acevedo, and many more.

The concert will also be broadcast without commercial interruption on 11 TEGNA stations and stream internationally on from 9-10 pm Central time. TEGNA stations airing the broadcast concert include WFAA in Dallas; KHOU in Houston; KVUE in Austin; KENS in San Antonio; KBMT in Beaumont; KCEN in Waco-Temple-Bryan; KAGS in College Station; KIII in Corpus Christi; KYTX in Tyler; KIDY in San Angelo; and KXVA in Abilene.

Google will match the first $500,000 of donations through a pledge challenge. Volunteers from Google's Austin office and TEGNA employees will staff the phone banks at select station locations across the state. All viewers can support the relief efforts in post-Hurricane Harvey Texas by donating via telephone or online at

Proceeds will benefit Rebuild Texas Fund, which was created by the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation in collaboration with the OneStar Foundation. The four focus areas of the fund include health and housing; schools and child care; workforce and transportation; and capital for small businesses. The Dells are working to raise a total of $100 million for the long-term relief, recovery, and rebuilding efforts for all affected communities in Texas.

Tickets for the concert, ranging from $30-$199, will go on sale on Wednesday, September 13, at 3 pm at