Harvey Can’t Mess with Texas: A Benefit Concert for Hurricane Harvey Relief and Hour-Long Special Produced and Broadcast by TEGNA Set for September 22 in Austin, Texas

AUSTIN, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Harvey Can’t Mess With Texas: A Benefit Concert for Hurricane Harvey
will take place on Friday, September 22 at the Frank Erwin
Center from 7pm-11pm, and broadcast on 11 TEGNA stations and stream
internationally on YouTube.com/TexasStrong from 9-10 p.m. CT. The
largest live concert benefit in Texas will feature exclusive
performances and rare collaborations from Willie Nelson, Paul Simon,
James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, Leon Bridges, Lyle Lovett, Nathaniel
Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, Ryan
Bingham, Ha*Ash, and multiple special guests. The evening will include
special appearances by Matthew McConaughey, Dan Rather, Renée Zellweger,
Luke Wilson, Austin Mayor Steve Adler, Houston Chief of Police Art
Acevedo, and many more. Charlie Sexton will serve as Music Director,
with Asleep at the Wheel sitting in as the house band. Tickets for the
four-hour live concert will go on sale today at 3:00pm CT at www.RebuildTX.org,
with prices ranging from $30-$199.

As the exclusive statewide broadcaster, TEGNA will air “Texas Strong:
Harvey Can’t Mess With Texas” without commercial interruption across
their 11 Texas stations, reaching more than 80% of the state. Made
possible by Google, the concert will stream internationally during the
broadcast hour on YouTube.com/TexasStrong. Google will match the first
$500,000 of donations through a pledge challenge. Volunteers from
Google’s Austin office and TEGNA employees will staff the phone banks at
select station locations across the state. All viewers can support the
relief efforts in post-Hurricane Harvey Texas by donating via telephone
or online at www.RebuildTX.org.

“We are proud to stand with Texas and present ‘Texas Strong’ across our
stations,” said Dave Lougee, President and CEO of TEGNA. “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.”

TEGNA stations airing the broadcast concert include: WFAA, Dallas; KHOU,
Houston; KVUE, Austin; KENS, San Antonio; KBMT, Beaumont; KCEN,
Waco-Temple-Bryan; KAGS, College Station; KIII, Corpus Christi; KYTX,
Tyler; KIDY, San Angelo; and KXVA, Abilene.

“We got lucky when Hurricane Harvey avoided Austin, but though it missed
us, it hit our neighbors hard. Every time I’ve asked you to help our
neighbors you’ve risen to the challenge,” said Austin Mayor Steve Adler.
“Now we have an opportunity to do good by being our best, and that means
putting on a show and having a good time. Let’s show the world what it
means to be the Live Music Capital of the World in the greatest state in
the Union. I’ll be there and hope to see you, too.”

Proceeds will benefit Rebuild Texas Fund which was created by the
Michael & Susan Dell Foundation in collaboration with the OneStar
Foundation. The four focus areas of the fund include: health and
housing; schools and child care; workforce and transportation; and
capital for small businesses. The Dells are working to raise a total of
$100 million for the long-term relief, recovery, and rebuilding efforts
for all affected communities in Texas. “For us, this is personal,” said
Susan Dell. Both Michael and Susan Dell are Texas natives, and Michael
Dell is from Houston. “This fund was created to help rebuild all of the
communities – big and small – that have been devastated by Hurricane
Harvey. We will be rebuilding for years to come,” said Michael Dell.

Harvey Can’t Mess With Texas: A Benefit Concert for Hurricane Harvey
is generously organized with donated efforts and services by
Springboard Productions, Solomon Group, Big House Sounds, Soundcheck
Austin, The University of Texas Frank Erwin Center, Hotel Van Zandt,
Sodexo, GSD&M, Andy Langer, Texas Music Office, and the City of Austin,
as well as media partners KUT/KUTX, 93.3 KGSR, 103.5 BOB FM, 101X, 93.7
KLBJ, MIX 94.7, Majic 95.5, 95.9 R&B, 98.1 KVET, Austin
American-Statesman, Austin360, The Austin Chronicle, and Do512. TEGNA
(NYSE: TGNA) is producing the broadcast in partnership with Debra Davis
Productions. Austin-based C3 Presents will proudly produce the live
event with all services donated.


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