Nelson, Simon to headline "A Night For Austin" benefit show

A Night For Austin benefit
Photo credit courtesy Luck Productions

AUSTIN ( -- Set your DVRs and clear the couch for a special night of entertainment benefiting the Live Music Capital of the World and those that make it special.

Luck Productions, best known for hosting the annual Luck Reunion at Willie Nelson's ranch in Luck, Texas, and the Austin Community Foundation will present "A Night For Austin" - a two hour commercial free "telethon style" television and streaming broadcast this Wednesday, June 10, beginning at 8 p.m.

Singer-songwriter Paul Simon is the brainchild behind the event, organizers say, which will feature performances from Simon, Nelson, James Taylor, and plenty more, intertwined with appearances from the likes of Ethan Hawke, Renée Zellweger, Woody Harrelson, and Owen Wilson; all Texans with a strong love for the city and its people.

The program will air locally on CBS Austin (KEYE-TV), and stream worldwide on and the Luck Reunion's Twitch channel. Brightcove is helping to provide streaming support for the benefit.

100% of the money raised from the event will go to a fund managed by the Austin Community Foundation to be distributed directly to MusiCares Austin, HAMM, Central Texas Food Bank, Six Square, Southern Smoke Foundation, Red River Cultural District, and People Fund.

"We were incredibly honored and excited that Paul Simon and his team tapped Luck to produce this event and to benefit our own community of Austin," said Matt Bizer, Co-founder of Luck Productions. "It means a lot for us to be able to support this community that has always inspired and provided for us and we are excited to be doing it alongside an amazing group of talented individuals, organizations, artists who themselves represent the unique fabric and soul that makes Austin our home."

The full lineup, which organizers say is ever-growing, includes: Paul Simon, Edie Brickell, Vince Gill, Lyle Lovett, Shawn Colvin, John Hiatt, Jerry Douglas, Bonnie Raitt and Boz Scaggs, Ryan Bingham, Black Pumas, Ray Benson and Asleep at the Wheel, Augie Meyers with Los Texmaniacs, Flaco Jiménez with Los Texmaniacs, Patty Griffin, Alejandro Escovedo, Willie Nelson, Lukus Nelson, Gary Clark Jr., Britt Daniel (Spoon), Jimmie Vaughan and The Tilt-a-Whirl Band, David Ramirez, Charlie Sexton with Doyle Bramhall II, Terry Allen, Norah Jones, James Taylor, Ethan Hawke, Renée Zellweger, Woody Harrelson, and Owen Wilson.

"The coronavirus has completely upended live music in Austin, which is why we must come together to support the industry that makes our city special. Austin Community Foundation is honored to work with Paul Simon to bring much-needed relief to those who rely on the music scene for their livelihood. The funds raised through A Night For Austin will go to nonprofit organizations equipped to help musicians, producers, venue owners, and others persevere through these difficult times," said Mike Nellis, CEO of Austin Community Foundation.