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Houston Rocks for Hurricane Relief I

September 4th, 2005 · No Comments

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The Houston music community comes together September 10-11, 2005 for the first of many events designed to support the victims of the Hurricane Katrina tragedy.

Houston ROCKS for Hurricane Katrina Relief 1 will take place at Numbers Nightclub at 300 Westheimer in Houston from 7 pm – 2 am on Saturday, September 10 and then from 3 pm – 10 pm on Sunday, September 11. A suggested cash donation of $8 for one night and $12 for both nights is requested. Attendees are also encouraged to bring a toy for a child taking refuge in the Astrodome and other Houston shelters. All cash donations and bar profits will benefit The McCormick Tribune Foundation Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund, the American Red Cross, and local charities supporting Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.

The McCormick Tribune Foundation Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund is currently matching cash donations $0.50 on the dollar. Houston ROCKS for Hurricane Katrina Relief organizers welcome other corporate sponsors also offering matching contributions for the event.

The all ages event will feature 16 live bands:

The Last Saints (from New Orleans) [website]
Sheltered Life [website]
Bring Back the Guns [website]
Arthur Yoria [website]
Spain Colored Orange [website]
Deafening [website]
Sharks and Sailors [website]
Heist At Hand [website]
Inner Lights (formerly the John Sparrow [website])
Camino [website]
Pale [website]
dUNE TX [website]
Melovine [website]
deSANGRE [website]
Michael Haaga [website]
Hellfire Revival [website]

The web site at http://relief.MyCityRocks.com will provide program updates and set times as they become finalized. Updates to the event program along with future music-related benefits will also be distributed by email through the MyCityRocks HOUSTON mailing list at http://houston.MyCityRocks.com.

Dave Thies plays for the New Orleans acoustic rock band The Last Saints, and the band is taking refuge in Houston in the wake of Katrina. The Last Saints will play the opening set on Saturday, September 10 at the benefit concert at Numbers. Dave notes, “I am originally from the west side of Houston but moved to New Orleans to study music. I want to thank everyone involved for their time and work to save our city.”

Cliff Kurtzman, Executive Director of MyCityRocks HOUSTON notes, “If there ever was a time for Houston to show the world how it can ROCK to help those in need, this would surely seem to be it. With tens of thousands of men, women, and children taking refuge in Houston our city is directly affected. Katrina relief won’t be just a one time event… getting millions of lives back on track is a long term process, but this is going to be where we will start, and this is going to be where each and every one of us can shine like rock stars in helping out.”

Houston ROCKS for Hurricane Katrina Relief 1 has been organized by MyCityRocks HOUSTON, the Houston Band Coalition, and Numbers nightclub along with support from 77002.com, Kick-Dog Records, copy.com, 103.7 FM, the Houston Blues Society, Lighthouse44, Cecelia Johnson Art and Photography, Houston Press, Chemistry Music, and many others.

This two-day mega-event will serve as an initial focal point for the Houston rock community to get involved in helping out with relief efforts.

For more information on the organizers:

MyCityRocks was started in April 2005 and has quickly built a Houston network of nearly 14,000 individuals. MyCityRocks focuses on getting people involved in the local art and music scene and in activities that make Houston a better place to live.

The Houston Band Coalition is a growing collection of Houston bands, fans and music professionals who have banded together to create community awareness about the local music scene. It is also the goal of the Houston Band Coalition to set an example through professionalism and work ethic for Houston’s up and coming unsigned artists.

Numbers nightclub is proud to be Houston’s oldest and most infamous venue for live local, international and breaking alternative acts ranging from The Cure to Snoop. When not showcasing live music, Numbers remains open five nights a week as the largest progressive video dance bar in the US with music and videos from Houston’s top progressive DJs.

Be sure to spread the word to everyone you know and be sure to come out and support local music and a great cause.

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