No matter what you may think of Houston, there’s no shortage of good quality people here. As someone who has lived in multiple cities, in multiple states, and even multiple countries, returning to Houston eight years ago wasn’t an easy decision, but it’s one I’m glad I made. In the music and entertainment industry, it can sometimes feel like there are little if any good quality people within it. That is, except for in the Houston music community. While we touched on just some of the many people who were donating time, money, and more to this city for Harvey victims, it’s what the city’s music scene has in store for those victims that’s really heartwarming. There’s everything from benefit shows to all proceeds from album sales and merchandise going to help those in need. If the saying that “every little bit helps” is true, then those in the Houston entertainment scene will be offering up plenty of bits to those in need.
Starting off, indie rock band A Sundae Drive has offered up 100 percent of the money from merchandise sales at their shows for the rest of 2023 to go to Harvey victims. A similar sentiment from electronica artist MIEARS has been offered up, where all of the proceeds from her Austin and Dallas dates over the weekend will go to victims of the flooding. Houston rapper Kyle Hubbard has offered up 100 percent of the money collected from his upcoming album, All Good Things Come, to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.
There are also plenty of benefits scheduled and many, many more in the works. Over the next couple of days, we’ll see benefits from all sorts of places all listed below.
On Friday the new owners of Dan Electro’s will host a fundraiser and benefit to help local charity, Kids’ Meals. The charity provides sack lunches to disadvantaged children throughout Harris County, and the venue will hold a fundraising event from noon to 3 pm. There’s no cover to get in, though donations are greatly appreciated.
The guys in Los Skarnales will host a benefit for Harvey victims at Houston mainstay venue Fitzgerald’s. The all-ages show will not only feature a headlining set from the long-running ska band, but also feature sets from The Skatastrophics, Reyno Sabanero, Pachuco Boogie Sound System, Tejas Got Soul and DJ Moonstomp. Things gets kicked off by EyeAgainst with doors at 6 pm and a free cover. However, they are asking for donations of money, diapers, food, clothing, or whatever you can give.
Rudyard’s will host the Bayou Psych Out Fest with performances from Austin’s ST37, Houston’s Studded Left, and kai/ros. The $10 cover will go to benefit those affected by Harvey, and Studded Left has already said that they will donate their earnings from the show as well. The 21 & up event gets going with doors at 7 pm and a $10 suggested donation.
At Big Top Lounge, Sherita Perez will perform on a show where all of the proceeds will go to the Greater Houston Community Fund. With the reggae of DEM headlining, Steph Cooksey on before them, Perez on prior, Let Me Remember on as well, David Upp performing a solo set, and Niko Diaz on as well. Carlie J and Alyssia Dieringer will also play a short set while the soulful tunes of Adam Bricks will be opening things up. The doors are at 7 pm and the 21 & up show has a pay what you can cover, suggested between $10 and up with Dirty & Nasty as guest MCs.
In Market Square Park, The Tontons will perform a free concert, but are asking for donations for the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. The all-ages show gets going at 7 pm.
Nothing really seems to stop Classic Numbers at Houston’s favorite dance club Numbers, and this Friday is no different. Alongside your favorite mix of eighties and nineties jams as well as techno faves, DJ Wes Wallace is making the 18 & up show with a $3 to $10 cover have all of the proceeds go to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund with doors at 7:30 pm.
On Saturday at Cactus Records, the music shop will host their usual free in-store performances. However this time they are asking for a small donation to help victims of Harvey for your usually gratis beverages of Saint Arnold’s or Topo Chico. The shows are still free to attend, but the beverage money will go to Trill Funds For Victims of Harvey. The schedule will have singer songwriter Robert Kuhn on at 1 pm, the crazed energy of Gio Chamba at 2:30 pm, and the chill sounds of Say Girl Say on at 4 pm. The beverages are complimentary, though they do ask that you show up and leave a small donation for the cause.
The Secret Group will host a benefit comedy show called “We Need A Laugh.” While they don’t have a list of performers on the bill as of yet, knowing these guys there should be plenty of laughs in store. The all-ages show has doors at 7 pm and a cover between $5 and $10.
At Proof Rooftop Lounge, DJZ For a Cause will host sets from the likes of DJ Ill Set, Marco Torres, Yung Chris, One Love Athena and many many more. There’s more information here for the 21 & up show with a $10 cover and doors at 8 pm.
Sunday at Dan Electro’s, an event to raise money for victims of Harvey will feature live music, free hot dogs, and more. The 21 & up show has doors at 3 pm and a $5 cover going to the Greater Houston Community Fund. More information is available here.
The 13th Birthday Party for Houston’s Poison Girl will still go on with live music from Ruiners, Tee Vee, Young Mammals, Body Fat, Andy V, Cactus Flowers and Lazer Kittenz. The 21 & up show will also feature a donation table where you can leave items for those in need, or a place to make monetary donations that will go to HISD to help fund cafeteria workers as well as the most vulnerable families. Things get started at 4 pm and it’s free to attend.
Over at Stereo Live, Houston’s Surain will headline the Together We Are Houston Benefit Show. Sets from Angiesliste, White Noize and many, many more will all be on hand for the benefit covering all angles of the venue. The 18 & up show has doors at 5 pm and tickets for $10.
That’s about all for now. While there are multiple benefits in the works over the next coming days and weeks, these are just a few of what’s happening this weekend to help those affected by the devastation of Harvey. You can donate money to Mayor Turner’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund here if you cannot attend any of these benefits.