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The likes of Willie Nelson, Paul Simon and James Taylor have all signed on for Harvey Can't Mess with Texas: A Benefit Concert for Hurricane Harvey Relief, which will help victims of last month's hurricane in Southeast Texas.
The event, set for Sept. 22 at Austin's Frank Erwin Center, will also feature live performances and rare collaborations from Bonnie Raitt, Leon Bridges, Lyle Lovett, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, Ryan Bingham and a number of special guests.
Texas natives Matthew McConaughey, Dan Rather, Renée Zellweger and Luke Wilson will also appear at the event, which will air live on 11 Tegna-owned stations in Texas as well as on YouTube. Tickets for the four-hour event go on sale today at 3 p.m. CST.
All proceeds will go to the Rebuild Texas Fund started by Michael and Susan Dell.
"We are proud to stand with Texas and present 'Texas Strong' across our stations," said Tegna president and CEO Dave Lougee. "The outpouring of support from the local community and communities across the nation is a testament to the spirit, grit and determination of the people of Texas. We are proud to work alongside our partners to help bring aid and healing to those impacted by Harvey."
"For us, this is personal," said Susan Dell. Both she and her husband Michael, the founder of Dell Technologies, are from Texas, the latter being from Houston, which was directly impacted by historical flooding due to Harvey.
"This fund was created to help rebuild all of the communities—big and small—that have been devastated by Hurricane Harvey," said Michael Dell. "We will be rebuilding for years to come."
News of the Harvey Can't Mess with Texas benefit concert follows Tuesday night's star-studded telethon, which featured a live performance from Chris Stapleton, Miranda Lambert, George Strait, Lyle Lovett and Robert Early Keen, all performing Strait's hits "Texas" and "I Believe."