Austin stands with Houston: Scenes from weekend Hurricane Harvey benefits

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Over the Labor Day weekend, Austinites turned out and turned up at Hurricane Harvey relief shows. Here are a few scenes from the ground.

On Friday, the Mohawk hosted a big two-stage bash featuring Black Joe Lewis, Octopus Project and many more.

Mayor Steve Adler popped in for a surprise special guest appearance. Mohawk manager, Cody Cowan says they are still tallying numbers and trying to find matching donations, but so far, the fundraiser has raised over $30,000. 

A few days earlier, Black Joe Lewis had posted photos of himself navigating the streets of Houston on a boat on Instagram.

WARNING: Coarse language

Patty Griffin drew a capacity crowd to Waterloo Records Monday. Her set included a poignant take on Bessie Smith’s “Backwater Blues.” 

According to the ladies of Sailor Poon, the Rotel Vegas Chili Cook-off raised over $1000 for the Houston Food Bank on Sunday. 

The Body Rock Crew raised $580 for local group, Counter Balance ATX’s relief efforts. 

Meanwhile Thor Harris, a drummer, anti-Nazi crusader and longshot Texas gubernatorial candidate who’s also a skilled carpenter, grabbed a chainsaw and headed to Houston. 

Walker Lukens plays the Mohawk benefit on Friday night. Contributed: Cody Cowan

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Author: Deborah Sengupta Stith

Deborah Sengupta Stith has been hanging out in dimly lit corners of the city soaking in the music scene for almost 20 years. Twitter: @deborific

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