George Strait to Host Hurricane Harvey Benefit in San Antonio

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As a dedicated native to the state of Texas, George Strait has taken on the task of hosting an official Hurricane Harvey benefit show out in San Antonio.

Strait isn’t doing the duties alone though, as he’s booked fellow country artists such as Miranda LambertChris Stapleton, Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen to join along for the festivities. They plan to perform at the Majestic Theater in San Antonio, with selected performances airing alongside the coverage for the already announced national benefit.

One of his performances from the San Antonio benefit concert will be aired live as a part of the star-studded Hand in Hand televised benefit, in which the nation will witness celebrities from all ends come together in New York, Los Angeles and Nashville to help those in need. Blake Shelton was announced to co-host the Nashville portion of the broadcast alongside actress Reese Witherspoon. Other famous faces set to help out during the broadcast include Beyoncé, Oprah, Barbra Streisand, George Clooney, Matthew McConaughey and many more yet to be announced.

Fans wanting to be a part of Strait’s benefit show are able to purchase tickets on Wednesday, September 6, at 10 a.m. CST on Ticketmaster. All of the proceeds raised will go right back into the Rebuild Texas Fund thanks to the help of a handful of charitable sponsors.

The Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Harvey Relief will air on all the major broadcast networks as well as select cable channels and social media outlets on September 12 at 8 p.m. EST. A re-airing of the program will go on at 8 p.m. PST for viewers on the West Coast. Phone lines, text messaging and digital donating will all be open to the public throughout the show, as well as an hour following its premiere.

George Strait to Perform Live from Texas for Hurricane Harvey Relief Telethon




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Country superstar George Strait just joined a star-studded lineup for the Hurricane Harvey Relief Telethon. The one-hour televised event takes place on Sept. 12. All proceeds go towards aiding hurricane victims.

Strait is one of Texas’ most famous musicians. He also owns a home in Rockport, a coastal town that suffered major damage in the storm.

Last week, Strait referenced working on Harvey relief efforts via Twitter. He tweeted that he’s working on something that includes the “whole country music community.”According to Variety, the relief telethon spans much more than just the country community. Dubbed Hand In Hand: A Benefit For Hurricane Harvey Relief, the telethon will air on the four major networks, as well as CMT. Stars will join in from Los Angeles, Nashville and New York.

For his part, Strait will appear in concert. He set up a live performance at San Antonio’s famous Majestic Theater. Which is notable in and of itself, since Strait retired from touring.

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Other famous musicians appearing during the special include Houston native Beyoncé, Blake Shelton and Barbra Streisand. But that’s not all. George Clooney, Oprah Winfrey, Julia Roberts, Jamie Foxx and Matthew McConaughey (both Texas natives) plan to appear, among many others.

Hurricane Harvey devastated the Texas coast a little over a week ago. Tens of thousands of people in Southeast Texas lost their homes, and at least 63 people lost their lives. Much of Houston flooded to historic proportions.

Harvey is estimated to be the costliest natural disaster in Texas’ history. Recovery efforts will take years and cost tens of billions of dollars.

Strait isn’t the only major country musician stepping up. In fact, the country music community and much of America as a whole rallied around Houston. Professional athletes from the Houston Texans and Tennessee Titans raised millions of dollars for relief. Chris Young and Lady Antebellum raised hundreds of thousands of dollars almost immediately.

Miranda Lambert, Chris Stapleton Join George Strait’s San Antonio Harvey Benefit Concert



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George Strait has assembled some of country music’s biggest stars to help give back to those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Earlier today (Sept. 5), it was announced that Strait would perform as part of the upcoming Hurricane Harvey Relief Telethon. That performance will be taken from a star-studded benefit concert featuring Strait and his Ace in the Hole band at the Majestic Theatre in San Antonio, Texas. He’s also recruited Miranda Lambert, Chris Stapleton, Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen for the once in a lifetime concert.

A selection of performances from the concert will be included in the national telethon. If you want to see the entire show, the full event will also be streaming via Facebook Live.

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If you’d rather head to San Antonio and see it all happen for yourself, you can snag a ticket beginning Sept. 6 at 10 a.m. CST via Ticketmaster. All proceeds raised from the show will go towards the Rebuild Texas Fund. Tickets will surely go fast, as this will be one of the most intimate and historic performances of Strait’s career.

Miranda Lambert & Chris Stapleton to Join George Strait for Hurricane Harvey Benefit: Exclusive

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Miranda Lambert and George Strait perform at MGM in Las Vegas in 2014.


Miranda LambertChris StapletonLyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen will join George Strait and his Ace in the Hole Band for a Sept. 12 Hurricane Harvey benefit at the Majestic Theater in San Antonio, Texas.

Select performances from the 2,300-seat Majestic Theater will be broadcast on ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC and CMT as part of Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Harvey Relief, a telethon organized by Houston rapper Bun B and Scooter Braun that will also feature BeyonceBarbra Streisand, George Clooney, Oprah Winfrey and others. The special will air live Sept. 12 at 8 p.m. EDT and replay at 8 p.m. PDT. The telethon broadcast and Strait’s Hand in Hand Texas show will air internationally via Facebook.

After Harvey hit Aug. 26, devastating Houston and surrounding areas, Strait tweeted on Aug. 30, “We are working on putting together relief efforts with the whole country music community.” He followed with another tweet on Sept. 4, “We’re rallying the country community. Stay tuned for Tuesday.”


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Tickets for the Strait concert, which will serve as the first in Strait’s ongoing relief efforts, will benefit Rebuild Texas Fund and go on sale Sept. 6 at 10 a.m. CDT at Sponsor for Strait’s benefit show is Cavender Auto Family, with assistance from the Majestic Theater, Ticketmaster, VER, Bill Young Productions and the City of San Antonio. Louis Messina of Messina Touring Group is the key coordinator for Strait's benefit. 

Proceeds from the one-hour Hand in Hand telethon will benefit United Way of Greater Houston, Habitat for Humanity, Save the Children, Direct Relief, Feeding Texas, Rebuild Texas and The Mayor’s Fund for Hurricane Harvey Relief.

Strait was born in Poteet, Texas and grew up in tiny Pearsall, Texas. He has proudly remained in Texas throughout his career, often referencing his home state in song via such hits as “All My Ex’s Live in Texas,” “Amarillo By Morning,” and “Does Ft. Worth Ever Cross Your Mind.” Similarly, 6-time CMA female vocalist of the year Lambert, 4-time Grammy winner Lovett, and Texas Heritage Songwriter Hall of Fame member Keen all are Texas natives. Stapleton, the reigning CMAmale vocalist of the year, is from Kentucky. Through her MuttNation Foundation, Lambert has been working with the Humane Society to move animals already in local shelters in and around Houston to other homes or shelters to make room for pets that were displaced by the hurricane.   

Strait’s Sept. 12 concert represents a rare live performance by the King of Country, who, after retiring from touring in 2014, began a residency in April 2016 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. His next dates in that exclusive run are Dec. 8-9.