Texans who lost everything in the rampant wildfires that devastated Bastrop County last fall stand to receive some much-needed relief Jan. 30 when the philanthropic-minded, including Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), gather around the eternally blazing barbecue pits at Hill Country D.C. for a “Wildfire” benefit concert.
The N.Y.-based hospitality titan, which hangs its hat on Central Texas-style barbecue — we’re huge fans of the fatty brisket (the more bark the better), meltingly tender short ribs (simply awesome), zesty Kreuz sausages (jalapeno-cheese is the way to go) and mouthwatering bread-and-butter pickles (big fun) — and rollicking live music shows, plans to share proceeds from the music-fueled fundraiser with the United Way Capital Area of Texas and Bastrop City Council. The show will feature performances by Sons of Bill, the Deep Dark Woods and Chris Berardo & the DesBerardos Acoustic Trio, and it will be hosted by Sirius XM Outlaw Country personality Dallas Wayne.
Tickets for the show are $20. Hill Country is expected to donate 20 percent of all food and beverage sales rung during the show to the fundraiser. There will also be a live and silent auction held that same night, with 100 percent of those proceeds being delivered to the Bastrop-based groups.
A Cornyn aide confirmed that Hill Country approached the Senator about attending and that he signed on to participate last fall. The aide was unclear, however, on whether Cornyn planned to donate anything to the auction.
Email queries to Bastrop County lawmakers Reps. Michael McCaul (R) and Lloyd Doggett (D) regarding their potential participation in the event were not returned.
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