Thousands filled the Majestic theater in downtown San Antonio on Tuesday night for a show put on by San Antonio’s very own, George Strait. The concert brought together country music artists Miranda Lambert, Chris Stapleton, and Lyle Lovett on one stage.
Strait said that the purpose of the benefit concert was to raise as much money as possible to help rebuild Texas after Hurricane Harvey.
“I’d like to see us raise a lot of money,” Strait said. “That’s the example we want to set, that’s what we’re here for. People need money, they need financial support, for housing and schools and clothes and pets."
Donations from a telethon during the show will go towards various organizations helping relief efforts as well.
Miranda Lambert said in a press conference Tuesday that she visited Houston and saw the damage first hand.
“It was just complete devastation,” Lambert said. “Seeing the look on people's faces, couches floating and all of their furniture for miles, it was heartbreaking and heavy. And it’s going to be this heavy for a long time."
Governor Greg Abbott was in attendance along with San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg. Gov. Abbott declared September 12 Hand in Hand Day in Texas in recognition of the ways Texans have helped one another through the devastation.
“You’ve seen the images of strangers in boats reaching out a hand to people in flooding waters, you’ve seen strangers and faith-based organizations have lent a helping hand to help those who are victims of flooding waters,” Gov. Abbott said.
Strait also said that this is just the first of ongoing relief projects he is planning and hopes to continue to give back as Texas rebuilds.