Beer garden, free concert to benefit victims of hurricane

A free music event is organized for Saturday to raise funds to aid relief efforts for Texas residents affected by Hurricane Harvey.

“Help Us Help Texas” is the theme for the concert at the Vernon Gymnasium, organized by Hippies Music and Events.

Money raised will be given to the American Red Cross for its relief efforts in Texas, where Hurricane Harvey caused severe flooding and damage.

“Hands down, every band we called was more than eager to help, and every band agreed to play for free in hopes people will throw some money in the donation buckets,” said David Bishop, co-director of Hippies Music and Events.

The event headliner will be Jimmy Davis. Other bands include The Spare Change Band, Crooked Creek, Jerry Zolleman, Scottie Gee and Jynx.

The doors to the event will open at 2 p.m. and the music will begin at 3 and continue until 11.

“This will be a rain or shine event. If it rains, we’ll move everything into the gym. Otherwise, we hope everyone will bring their lawn chairs and blankets and just spread out on the lawn. We want everyone just to swing through and enjoy the music, “ Bishop said.

Bishop said he’s hoping for a block party atmosphere where people can relax and enjoy the music, while at the same time they are doing something to help Texans.

“We will have donation buckets sitting around the music venue and we will accept cash or checks made out to the American Red Cross. We are hoping representatives of the Red Cross will be right there on stage to pick up their money,” Bishop said.

Only individuals who are 21 years old or older will be admitted.

A beer garden is available for attendees. Profits from the beer garden will be used to defray event expenses. Bishop added he is also hoping to find food vendors.

If you go

WHAT: Hurricane Harvey relief concert

WHEN: 3-11 p.m. Saturday (doors open at 2)

WHERE: Vernon Gym, 29 W. Washington St., Vernon

WHO: Open to anyone 21 years old or older.

COST: Free.

INFORMATION: Go to the Hippies Music and Events page on Facebook and click on the events section.