Austin bars host benefits for flood relief

Photo by Jay Janner / American-Statesman. The Gatsby, a cocktail bar modeled after the fun speakeasies of the 1920s, is throwing a flood relief benefit this weekend.

Photo by Jay Janner / American-Statesman. The Gatsby, a cocktail bar modeled after the fun speakeasies of the 1920s, is throwing a flood relief benefit this weekend.

The Gatsby joins a growing list of bars in the Austin area that have or plan to help out the Central Texas flood relief efforts by raising money.

Tomorrow, the downtown cocktail bar will bring in more than 30 bands and musicians, including Southern Gold, Nathan Olivarez and more, for a benefit concert called SHARE. The Gatsby is partnering with the Austin Disaster Relief Network to aid in flood relief.

In addition to live music in both the outdoor and upstairs stages, the Gatsby is going to have a screen printing booth to receive additional donations, and all of the proceeds from Independence Brewing beer sales will go toward the cause as well. Music starts at 1 p.m. and will play on until 1 a.m., with the headlining act to be revealed.

Or, if you live farther south, a couple of bars on Manchaca Road south of Slaughter are hosting events or special deals. Throughout the month of June, Indian Roller is donating 50 percent of the proceeds of all Tito’s Vodka sales to flood relief and is also collecting gift cards from stores like HEB and Home Depot to donate to United Way. Last week, the bar’s fundraising efforts collected $500.

And next Thursday, Moontower Saloon is throwing the Hays County Food Bank Flood Benefit, with live music starting at 2 p.m., Salt Lick barbecue specials, drink specials and fun giveaways.

These are just the latest efforts of many in the hospitality industry to help out Central Texas flood victims and aid organizations. Deep Eddy Vodka donated all of the proceeds from its distillery tasting room, a total of $10,000, to United Way for Greater Austin and the Barnabas Connection a couple of weeks ago. (Each organization got $5,000.) And local restaurants have been doing their part, too.

The City of Austin’s big flood relief benefit is taking place June 28 at the Palmer Events Center. Flood Aid TX, also co-hosted by Travis County, the Lower Colorado River Authority and the Texas Music Office,  is pulling in big acts like Asleep at the Wheel’s Ray Benson, singer-songwriter Jack Ingram and more to raise money for United Way of Hays County the Flood Relief Fund and the Austin Disaster Relief Network.

This post has been edited to reflect that Deep Eddy Vodka raised $10,000 for flood relief efforts.


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