Willie Nelson, James Taylor, Paul Simon Among Hurricane Harvey Benefit Concert Headliners

Other celebrity attendees include Stern Show veterans Dan Rather, Luke Wilson, and Matthew McConaughey

September 13, 2017
James Taylor performs in 2015 James Taylor performs in 2015 Photo: Shutterstock

A handful of celebrities are banding together in the hopes of proving not even Mother Nature can mess with Texas.

Stern Show veterans Willie Nelson and James Taylor are headlining a Hurricane Harvey benefit concert alongside several other music icons, like Paul Simon and Bonnie Raitt. The special event—titled “Harvey Can’t Mess With Texas”—will be held Sept. 22 at Austin’s Frank Erwin Center.

Other big-name celebrities attending include past Stern Show guests Matthew McConaughey, Luke Wilson, and Dan Rather, as well as entertainers like Renée Zellweger, Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, and Lyle Lovett.

Tickets for “Harvey Can’t Mess With Texas: A Benefit Concert for Hurricane Harvey Relief,” which promises “performances and rare collaborations,” are available at RebuildTX.org. Simon and his wife Brickell have already offered up $1 million for those affected by the calamitous storm.

“We got lucky when Hurricane Harvey avoided Austin, but though it missed us, it hit our neighbors hard. Every time I’ve asked you to help our neighbors you’ve risen to the challenge,” Austin Mayor Steve Adler said in a statement given to Rolling Stone. “Now we have an opportunity to do good by being our best, and that means putting on a show and having a good time. Let’s show the world what it means to be the Live Music Capital of the World in the greatest state in the Union. I’ll be there and hope to see you, too.”

This concert follows Tuesday’s “Hand in Hand” telethon, which raised more than $55 million for survivors of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey.

Get more information on “Harvey Can’t Mess With Texas” here.

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