It’s no secret that Houston is in pain — flooded houses, ruined businesses, struggling families, closed schools, bruised bodies, broken hearts – you name it, we’ve got it. The devastation inflicted by Hurricane Harvey is widespread and long-lasting. But amidst this suffering is a glimmer of hope. Hope for the people that have lost it all. Hope for the families whose homes were washed clean of memories. And hope that the city of Houston will recover.
From the moment Harvey’s impact on the city began to unfold, friends, families, neighbors, fellow Texans and out-of-state patrons began stepping out of their homes and into action.
Even the Houston music scene did what it could to help during the storm. Local venues like Warehouse Live and The Secret Group opened their doors for donations and provided a delivery service to shelters in need. White Oak Music Hall and Pegstar Concerts partnered with Friends of Little White Oak Bayou to raise money for the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund and act as a volunteer hub for surrounding neighborhoods. Houston artists like Trae Tha Truth and Paul Wall provided both monetary and physical support through charity events, donation operations and in-person rescue efforts. Beyond the city limits, national artists like Sylvan Esso and Diplo even stepped up to the plate and successfully helped spur relief efforts from the music community at large.
Last weekend, in response to the growing efforts of Houston’s music scene, the lovely patrons of Do512 and The Mohawk (a live-music venue in Austin, Texas) brought Austin residents, artists and politicians together for a night of music to benefit the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.
“Houston Strong” was a one-night concert event that featured performances by Austin musicians like The Octopus Project, Robert Ellis and Walker Lukens in front of a sold-out audience. The mayor of Austin, Steve Adler even made an appearance and encouraged attendees to continue lending time, money, and energy toward the Houston relief efforts.
With events like this occurring across Texas and elsewhere, along with the local efforts of musicians and non-musicians alike, the city of Houston is ultimately on track to regaining normalcy.
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