More than 40 local musicians in Southern Illinois are coming together in October to raise money for those impacted by Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Hurricane Irma in Florida.
The weekend of performances, dubbed “Couldn’t Stand the Weather,” is set for Oct. 6-8 at three Southern Illinois venues.
Musicians are donating their time for the event, said Bill Harper, a Murphysboro-based performer who is organizing the effort.
“Natural disasters seem to connect with people in a unique way. It brings out our sympathetic and empathetic natures,” Harper said. “Musicians, especially, make that connection because of our inherent abilities to create from joy, pain, suffering and redemption. It was not difficult to find professionals to volunteer their time and talents to this worthwhile endeavor.”
The event kicks off rain or shine at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6, at Brews Bros. Taproom, 1105 Chestnut St. in Murphysboro.
A food truck also will be on site for the evening of music. A $10 minimum donation will be collected at the door. Musicians on tap for this evening include: Candy Davis, Roy “Hitman” Hawk, Bill Carr, Larry “LowDog” Davis, Ethan Taylor Stephenson, Clayton Gribble, Sarah Lannom, The Twang Kings, and Kearns Duo.
The festivities continue starting at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, at the Varsity Center 418 S. Illinois Ave. in Carbondale. The concert will be held in the newly refurbished balcony theater with a $25 minimum donation to enter.
The bar opens at 6:15 p.m. Acts that night include: Mama Rocket, the Naas Brothers, Dakota Holden, Sweet KayTeeJay and Exeter’s Landing Duo, with Harper and Ray Maring.
The final day of the effort is set for Sunday, Oct. 8 and is hosted by Trails End Lodge, 1425 Skyline Drive in Cobden. Donations accepted all day. Food and drinks will be on sale on site., with a percentage of receipts being donated.
Musical acts start at 1 p.m. and include: Clear Eye’d View, Moving Mary, Loose Gravel, Ethan Stephenson Band, Radio Days, Blackberry Blossoms, Lone Howl, Exeter’s Landing Band, and Low Dog Band.
Marshall Anderson and Chris Brown are providing PA/Sound/Stage Management for the events.
All proceeds will be split between The Houston Food Bank in Houston, Texas and the Second Harvest Food Bank in Clearwater, Florida