Two benefit concerts to support Wimberley after floods
Two events Saturday will benefit Wimberley residents affected by recent floods.
More than a dozen area musicians, including Emily Robison Strayer of the Dixie Chicks and Court Yard Hounds, will take part in #Austin4Wimberley, an all-day flood relief benefit at South Austin bar Sweetwater (730 W. Stassney Lane).
The event includes an evening show from 7 p.m. to midnight featuring performances by Robison Strayer and her husband, fellow Court Yard Hounds member Martin Strayer, along with Salim Nourallah, Sahara Smith, Ben Ballinger and Prince Rama.
An afternoon event, from 1 to 6 p.m., includes music from Laura Marie, Hunter Sharpe, Kalu James, Ginger Leigh and Haley Cole, plus an auction and raffle. A separate VIP area will feature additional afternoon performances by Robert Cline J., Rylee Owens, Laughing Waters and Scooter Pierce. An after-party from midnight to 1:30 a.m. features dance band GOBI.
Tickets run $20 to $100 and are available via atx4wimberley.com, with proceeds going to the Barnabas Connection, which “is working in coordination with local and state officials to respond to the devastating rain and flooding that impacted the Wimberley Valley,” per its website.
As a native of Wimberley, Sarah Jarosz was a natural choice to headline a benefit for flood victims being held in the city itself. “Rockin’ the Recovery” will feature Jarosz joining Shake Russell, Kim Miller and more to raise funds for Wimberley-based nonprofit My Neighbors Keeper.
The all-day event will be held at Old Glory Ranch, 3633 River Road. Also performing are Jill Jones & 3 Hands High, Broken Glass, Heather Wiley, Michael Shane Borden, the Rust Tones and T-Bone & the Blues Tones. Tickets run $15 to $75 and are available via the My Neighbors Keeper website, mynkwimberley.org/rockin—the-recovery.html.
My Neighbors Keeper is a nonprofit offering immediate, short-term financial assistance to residents of the Wimberley Valley affected by natural disasters, such as flooding or fire.
— Peter Blackstock
Soccer team kicks in for flood aid
Memorial Day flooding along Shoal Creek damaged House Park, but Austin Aztex fans have a new site to cheer on their team. The Aztex will finish out the soccer season with home matches at Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex in Northwest Austin (10211 W. Parmer Lane), beginning with Saturday’s match against the Tulsa Roughnecks FC.
The team will be donating $1 from every ticket purchased for Saturday’s game to those who have been affected by the floods.
Birds Barbershop will mark the opening of its newest store, at U.S. 183 and Anderson Mill Road, with Gingerfest, a celebration of redheads. The free event will include games, prizes, music, food and drink, and every redhead who attends will get a coupon for a free haircut. 5-9 p.m. Friday, 13219 N U.S. 183. More info at birdsbarbershop.com.