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Sounding OFF: Music Industry Responds To Historic Hurricane

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, in 2006, when a category 5 hurricane struck the gulf coast region, dozens of musicians, including New Orleans natives Dr. John, Aaron Neville, Wynton Marsalis and Harry Connick, Jr., came out to show their support for the community. Six-years-later, when Superstorm Sandy swept across the Northeast region, causing millions of dollars of damage to homes in coastal communities of New York and New Jersey, local musicians including Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Bon Jovi and Eric Clapton would perform a benefit concert on Dec. 12, 2012, to the Robin Hood Relief Fund.

More recently, Hurricane Harvey made landfall in central Texas, leaving more than 32,000 people stranded in more than 50 inches of rain and flood waters. Several artists, including former Houston-native Beyoncé, have been flying out to provide aid to those left stranded by the storm.

To try and help aid Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, country musician George Strait put together a one-hour benefit concert with Miranda Lambert, Chris Stapleton, Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen, which will take place at the Majestic Theatre in San Antonio, Texas next Tuesday, Sept. 12.

Tickets for the limited event sold out in less than 20 minutes, according to KENS 5, which will be broadcast on live television as part of the “Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Harvey Relief” a multi-network telethon, the proceeds of which will go to benefit the United Way of Greater Houston, Habitat for Humanity, Save the Children, Direct Relief, Feeding Texas, and the Mayor’s Fund for Hurricane Harvey Relief.

The “Hand In Hand” benefit concert will also feature performances by Beyoncé, The Black Eyed Peas, Drake, Travis Scott, Barbra Streisand, Tori Kelly, Karlie Kloss, Blake Shelton, Justin Bieber, and Houston native, Bun B, as well as special celebrity guest appearances by George Clooney, Jamie Foxx, Matt Lauer, Rob Lowe, Matthew McConaughey, Dennis Quaid, Julia Roberts, Kelly Rowland, Adam Sandler, Ryan Seacrest, Michael Strahan, Oprah Winfrey and Reese Witherspoon.

Now, with Hurricane Irma—which was reduced to a category 4 tropical storm as of 12:40 p.m.—barrelling towards the coast of Florida, the “Hand in Hand” benefit issued a statement indicating that they plan on expanding the reach of the benefit concert to include communities in its path.

“Due to the impending possibility of Hurricane Irma, the Hand in Hand Hurricane benefit has now made arrangements and is prepared to expand its beneficiaries from the September 12th telethon to also include those who may be affected by Hurricane Irma, in addition to those affected by Hurricane Harvey. We are prepared to help in any way we can,” benefit organizers said in a statement on Sept. 6th.

The “Hand in Hand” benefit concert for Harvey and Irma victims will be broadcast live on ABC, Bravo, CBS, CMT, E! News, Fox, HBO, MTV, NBC, and the Oxygen Network, from Los Angeles, New York, Nashville, and San Antonio, on Tuesday, Sept. 12, at 8 p.m. EST.

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