Miranda Lambert, Chris Stapleton, Lyle 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 Beyonce, Barbra 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.”
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 ticketmaster.com. 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 CMA male 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.