[Interview] Houston-Based Charities Help Harvey Relief Through Concert in the Country

Over two months have passed since Hurricane Harvey ravaged the Southeastern half of Texas. Recovery efforts are ongoing, and locals have pitched in to help their neighbors return their houses to livable conditions. In the wake of this disaster, local charities Green Zone Housing and Boots for Troops have paired up with TruSouth Promotions to further aid military families affected by the hurricane.

Recently, I sat down with Mark Cook (Green Zone Housing), Jimmy Rogers (Boots for Troops), and Beau Sullivan (TruSouth Promotions) to delve into the goals of their budding charities and the work involved in putting together Concert in the Country. Listen to the full interview below.

This is the second year of Concert in the Country, what do you plan to do differently from last year? 

Jimmy Rogers: Last year went so well that it's hard to want to change anything. Everything was perfect except the weather, so we did move the event up by two weeks. We also stepped up our entertainment budget from last year in an effort to put on an impressive show. 

Who can we expect to see in the lineup? A surprise guest was mentioned…

Jimmy Rogers: This year we have Mark Wills coming in from Nashville. It's been years since he's played in this region, so it'll be great to see him. Josh Ward is an up-and-coming, local musician and he might be the next big thing in Texas country music. Jake Worthington from The Voice is also going to be there. I got to see him play at Dosey Doe recently. Mike Donnell, a Marine Veteran, will be opening the show and Heather Rayleen will sing the National Anthem.

What can we expect outside of live music?

Beau Sullivan: Our auctions feature celebrity signed guitars and a variety of other top-notch items. We'll have a kid's zone with a video game truck and a mechanical bull. There will be some of the best food trucks in town. 

VIP tickets are already sold out; however, general admission tickets for this November 4th event are still available through Outhouse

Zara Parker

Born to pirates, Zara lived as a gypsy and told fortunes in a traveling circus. After years of working in hospitality and majoring in changing her college major, she moved from Georgia to Texas. When she's not busy taking over the world, Zara enjoys gardening, rock climbing, and music festivals.