By Angel Mai
Sept. 8, 2017
The Bourbon Theatre will host a benefit show on Sunday to raise money for victims of Hurricane Harvey. The doors open at 5 p.m. and the show will begin at 6 p.m. Artists performing include Wendy & The Lost Boys, The Rewind, Josh Stephens, After Arizona and The Hanyaks, along with many more. Donations will be accepted at the door.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott has said Hurricane Harvey could require up to $180 billion for recovery efforts. In response to this natural catastrophe, the production team at The Bourbon discussed ways to help repair the damages.
According to Cortney Kirby, the venue’s marketing assistant, local bands and organizations began offering their services as soon as the call was put out.
“We figured we would try and do what we know best and put together a benefit show. A couple hours later, a local musician, Monte Peck, came to me and said he wanted to do something similar,” Kirby said. “We put our heads together, put a Facebook post out there and responses started pouring in.”
Kirby herself has personal connections to the area.
“I used to live in Dallas and I have a number of friends and old co-workers who live down in Houston. I have been hearing and seeing from them directly how much this hurricane has affected so many people and so many ways of life. It’s devastating,” she said. “I feel helpless being so far away like I’m sure many people here do. By having a benefit show, we can show our support and come together to do what we can to help.”
Kirby organized this show as an opportunity for people in the Lincoln community to support Hurricane Harvey victims through the means of donations.
All proceeds will be donated to the Houston Food Bank, The Coastal Bend Disaster Recovery Group, as well as Houston SPCA — Houston’s largest animal protection organization and shelter that is assisting lost pets in finding their home. The Houston Food Bank aims to provide food and supplies to residents in southeast Texas who will struggle to rebuild their lives, especially for the individuals who already struggle to provide for their family’s basic needs. The Coastal Bend Disaster Recovery Group aims to strengthen regional long term recovery by addressing unmet disaster related needs of individuals in the community.
Donors will also be eligible for raffle prizes that have been donated by many companies around the city, such as the Hyatt Place, The Coffee House, Shane & Sunny Photography, Everwell Chiropractic, and the Hillcrest Country Club, among many others.
The benefit show has already received plenty of support and feedback from performers, local companies and citizens alike.
“It’s been inspiring to see so many people come together,” Kirby said.
- The Rewinds
- M Shah
- After Arizona
- The Hanyaks
- DJ Relic
- Wendy & The Lost Boys
- Josh Stephens
- Gabe Nelson w/o PANTS
Suggested donation: $5
Angel Mai is an editorial intern with KZUM.