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May 2

Governor Rick Perry Announces Support of Texas Thunder Music Festival

Randy Rogers Band

Randy Rogers Band photo courtesy of Universal South.

Governor Rick Perry has put his support behind the Texas Thunder Music Festival that will raise money for those affected by the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas. Randy Rogers Band, Wade Bowen, Casey Donahew Band, Josh Abbott Band and Stoney LaRue, among others, will perform during the festival, which takes place May 17-19 in Gardendale, Texas.

“The city of West has a long way to go to get past the grief and devastation and move on to rebuilding,” Governor Perry said. “In the true spirit of Texas, the people of our state are coming together to help ease the suffering of individuals who lost loved ones, and help this strong community get back on its feet.”

“My thoughts are with everyone in the city of West,” Senator Joan Huffman, Senate Republican Caucus Chairman of Houston, said. “I am proud of the Texas musicians who are coming together for this event. It reinforces the well-known fact that when anyone in our state needs help, fellow Texans automatically rise to the occasion.”

“Our small town is made up of big hearts,” Tommy Muska, Mayor of West, Texas said. “The people of West have always given and supported. This event will allow the people of Texas to show their support and love to the great residents of West.  We appreciate all the artists that will be giving of their time to make this event a success.”

All net proceeds from the festival will be donated to the first responders and schools of West, Texas. “As a fellow Texan, my heart went out to all those that were affected by the explosion,” festival landowner Herb Graham said. “We could not sit around and do nothing, so my partners and I quickly decided to donate all the net proceeds from this festival to rebuild the school and get first responders equipment.”

For more information on the festival or to purchase tickets and camping, visit or call 855-362-0535.


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