Two Austin groups, nonprofit Restpit and art facilitators the Hippie House have teamed up with the folks from Empire to produce Music, Love & Crawfish a benefit for the family of Stephan House, the first victim of the March bombings that terrorized Austin.
The event, scheduled for May 20 is a two-stage event featuring a stacked lineup of ATX talent led by soul singer Tameca Jones and Kalu & the Electric Joint, the new psychedelic blues project from singer Kalu James. Also on the bill are David Byrne tribute act Heart Byrne and Nakia & the Blues Grifters. Electro-soul outfit Trouble in the Streets and recent Austin360 Artist of the Month Blastfamous USA are also among the artists who will perform.
There will also be crawfish paella, art installations, live painting and screenprinting and a silent auction at the event.
The benefit was inspired by Sean Philips, a neighbor to House and who was the first person on the scene on the day of the explosion on March 2. Phillips’ daughter and House’s daughter are close friends.
“He was friendly and personable,” Philips told the Statesman in March. “My wife and I work on Saturdays, so we couldn’t take our kids to his daughter’s party at the skating rink. He not only took both of them, he brought my son home early when he got a tummy ache from skating too fast.
“He was an amazing father,” Philips said.
The organizers plan to use money raised at the benefit “to send Mr. House’s daughter on a summer time adventure, in an effort to give a little bit of her childhood back, as well as supporting her college trust fund.”