Monday, October 13, 2008

Save the Old Quarter in Galveston


Contact: Abbey Luckenbach Texas

830-997-3224 x 29

Radio Free Texas and Concert for the Coast Benefit Presents

“Save the Old Quarter Acoustic Café”

Fredericksburg, Texas -

On Sunday, October 26th, Radio Free Texas along with notable members of the Texas music community will host a “Save the Old Quarter Acoustic Café” benefit. In September, Hurricane Ike destroyed the historic Galveston venue and later this month musical friends of Old Quarter will gather to raise money for owner Rex “Wrecks” Bell to rebuild in an all-day event.

Austin’s Band of Heathens will headline the benefit at Luckenbach Texas, another of Texas' historic music venues.“Wrecks’ Old Quarter is a unique listening room that we’ve enjoyed playing for a number of years," said Gordy Quist of the Band of Heathens. "Few people have taken so much interest in seeing artists grow as Wrecks has, and it seems that few venues exist specifically for the love of song as the Old Quarter. Hopefully we can help Wrecks get the place up and running again.”

Some of the performers who have offered to donate their time to this event include Gary P Nunn, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Owen Temple, Jason Eady, Adam Caroll, The Gougers, Liz and Lincoln, Quincy Harper, Susan Gibson, The McKay Bros and more. The event will run from noon until 8PM and will include a silent auction, exclusive merchandise and opportunities for patrons to give donations. All proceeds from the event benefit the Old Quarter and rebuilding efforts.

This show is part of the overall Radio Free Texas "Concert For The Coast" ( event which will include concerts at more than a dozen venues with over 100 artists held simultaneously throughout Texas.“It is very important to Cheatham St. Warehouse and Luckenbach Texas to help The Old Quarter in this manner," said Abbey, Event Manager for Luckenbach. "There are very few truly historical LIVE music venues left. Each of the venues have helped raise or spawn a unique type of Texas Music, The Old Quarter had Townes, Cheatham St. had George Strait, Luckenbach is home to Jerry Jeff Walker, Willie and Waylon. The relationships, careers and tremendous history that these LIVE music venues represent cannot be reproduced anywhere.”

The Old Quarter Acoustic Café and owner Rex “Wrecks” Bell has hosted the likes of Townes Van Zandt, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Blaze Foley, Lyle Lovett, Guy Clark, and many more. The club took on nine feet of water from Ike’s surge. Although the building remains, everything inside was completely lost including Wrecks’ collection of musical memorabilia. Bell, a musician himself, played bass guitar for Townes Van Zandt, Lightnin’ Hopkins, and Lucinda Williams. Having been a vocal supporter of many Texas musicians early in their careers, the outpouring of support and numerous offers to lend a hand to help Wrecks rebuild has, at least in central Texas, culminated in this special event at Luckenbach.

Sponsored by Cheatham St Warehouse, Luckenbach Texas, Shiner Beer, The Band of Heathens and Friends

**All proceeds to help rebuild the Old Quarter Acoustic Café in Galveston, TX**

Edited to add:

Click here for information on Beaumont venue for "Concerts for the Coast."

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