Texas farms crippled by the recent winter storm are eased thanks to some of Austin’s best-known musicians and brands.
The Texas Strong Relief Concert, scheduled to take place March 13th from 3pm to 10pm at the new Dreamland outdoor entertainment center in Dripping Springs, will benefit the Texas Farmer Winter Storm Relief Fund. All of the profits from ticket sales and donations are helping small businesses – and medium-sized farms across Texas – that have been hit by the storm.
Popular Austin artists Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis will direct the concert, along with other Austin favorites including Jackie Venson, Ray Prim, Sir Woman and Rochelle & the Sidewinders, who also take the outdoor stage around the family farms and ranches in Texas to support.
In the allocation of funds, priority will be given to farmers with paint and those who use sustainable and ecological farming methods. The money raised will also support future disaster relief and ongoing climate adaptation for farmers, according to a press release.
The fund was launched by a coalition of Texas farm organizations after the worst winter storm in Texas history, which not only crippled the energy and water infrastructure, but also dealt a particularly devastating blow to the majority of the small farms and ranches that supply the country of the state’s agricultural resources.
“Farmers and ranchers across the state have lost crops, animals, eggs, and saplings to the freezing,” said Carolina Mueller, president of the Central Texas Young Farmers Coalition, which is part of the steering committee for the Texas Farmer Winter Storm Relief fund. “The irrigation and greenhouse infrastructure buckled in the cold and snow. This disaster is a symptom of a bigger problem, a lack of resources and support for small and medium-sized independent family businesses. But as hard as we were hit, our farming community is responding to this moment by coming together even harder. The recovery process will be long and challenging, but we will get stronger together again. “
Other local organizations partnering for the benefit concert include Dreamland, Richard’s Rainwater, Deep Eddy Vodka, the Texas Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, Well Aware, Blue Norther Live (former ACL Music Fest director Lindsey Sokol’s new event production company), Urban American Farmer and the Central Texas Food Bank, which is also hosting a food drive before and during the event.
Tickets for the event are currently on sale. General admission tickets were recently dropped to $ 50 and include free drinks, mini golf, and parking. VIP tickets are available now for $ 200 and include reserved premium concert seating, table service, access to a VIP lounge and private bathrooms at the back of the house, free drinks, free food, mini golf, and parking.
The organizers are quick to point out that the outdoor event is strictly in accordance with CDC guidelines and that all staff and attendees must undergo a rapid COVID-19 test before they can enter the venue unless they present a vaccination card. This exam is provided free of charge. Further safety measures for the socially distant event include maintaining a capacity of 50 percent on the 64 hectare site, regular renovation of public areas and monitoring the hygiene and health of the staff.
The event is one of many grassroots efforts recently developed by Austin organizations to help Texas farms ravaged by the winter storm.
Chef Andre Molina from Aviary Wine & Kitchen and Chef Zechariah Perez from Sour Duck are also working together to support two farms in the area that suffered severe crop losses during the storm.
On March 9th and 10th, from 2 p.m., Aviary and Sour Duck will host at 2110 S. Lamar Blvd. from Aviary a common burger popup. Location, with all proceeds going to Fredericksburg Farm Hat & Heart and VRDNT Farms.
The event will feature three different gourmet burgers ($ 12-15), all of which come with a side of french fries and are available to take away and on the patio. A selection from the Aviary wine list and soft drinks are also available. And burgers are available until the popup is sold out.
The popup will also adhere to strict security guidelines, with organizers commenting, “No mask, no entry, no burger, no wine.”