Now Streaming in Austin: A Night For Austin
Willie Nelson, Black Pumas, Paul Simon for music fundraiser
By Richard Whittaker,
4:00PM, Wed. Jun. 10, 2020
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In the depths of the pandemic, Austin's musicians and venues are under siege like never before. Tonight, an all-star roster of musicians will join together for a very special Night for Austin.
The huge event, raising funds for a slate of local charities that will support Austin's creatives class, is organized by the folks behind the famous Luck Reunion, and will broadcast tonight at 8pm on CBS Austin, Austin City Limits Radio, and KOKE FM, as well as streaming on a raft of platforms.
The two-hour fundraiser may be one of the most packed musical events in Texas history. Think we're kidding? Try a lineup that included Alejandro Escovedo, Audie Meyers and Flaco Jimenez with Los Texmaniacs, Black Pumas, Bonnie Raitt with Boz Scaggs, Britt Daniel, Charlie Sexton with Doyle Bramhall II, David Ramirez, Edie Brickell, Gary Clark Jr., James Taylor, Jerry Douglas, Jimmie Vaughan and the Tiltawhirl Band, John Hiatt, Lukas Nelson, Lyle Lovett, Norah Jones, Patty Griffin, Paul Simon, Ray Benson and Asleep at the Wheel, Ryan Bingham, Shawn Colvin, Terry Allen, Vince Gill, and an up-and-coming singer-songwriter by the name of Willie Nelson.
Add in a who's who of Austin-linked film icons like Ethan Hawke, Owen Wilson, Renee Zellweger, and Woody Harrelson, and it's the closest you'll come to an all-star, home-grown festival lineup this year without leaving the comfort of your own couch.
It's also easy to watch. Not only will the entire two hours be broadcast on CBS Austin, it will also be streaming via the Luck Reunion Twitch feed, and via the campaign website. For those who just want to listen rather than watch, you'll be able to catch the audio via ACL Radio and KOKE FM.
Partnering with the Austin Community Foundation, the organization has already raised matching support from Universal Music Publishing ($25,000), BMI Austin ($10,000), and AT&T ($10,000). All funds raised will go to six essential non-profits:
• The Central Texas Food Bank
• The Health Alliance for Austin Musician (HAAM) and specifically for its Basic Needs Assistance
• MusiCares, providing financial, medical, and emergency support for musicians and music industry professionals.
• PeopleFund, supporting local small businesses through loans
• The Red River Cultural District.
• Six Square, supporting artists, creatives, and entrepreneurs of color
• Southern Smoke Foundation, supporting staff in the bar and restaurant industry
You can donate right now via www.anightforaustin.com/donate, and don't forget to tune in at 8pm tonight.
The event could not be at a more urgent time, as the signs of stress on the music scene were made more apparent than ever with the permanent closure today of beloved downtown music venue Barracuda, and the announcement that the City of Austin is now offering $1,000 grants to local musicians through its Austin Music Disaster Relief Fund. This is just one more way to help the music scene get through all this, as well as a chance to see them doing what they do best: perform.