Preston Smith’s Sept. 7 concert at the Houston of Blues Houston was supposed to be a fine jazz show featuring five other artists. But, much like Hurricane Harvey, quickly developed into something more profound than originally expected.
“The storm had already hit my mom in the Aransas Pass area, and as soon as it came into Houston and the floods started, I knew we had to do something.” said Smith, an award-winning trumpeter from the Bayou City.
Smith and the House of Blues made the decision to turn the show into a Harvey Relief concert, dedicating the night to his mother and the many victims of the storm’s wrath. In a mere two days, the buzz surrounding the show heightened and with over 1,500 reservations, the concert’s lineup swelled to an impressive 19 musicians.
The proceeds from the event, they decided, would be turned over to South Union Community Development Corporation, a non-profit organization that aims to enrich the lives of children and senior citizens in the Houston area.
“We don’t have any final numbers yet, but even if we made five dollars the whole night, it was worth it to see all of the musicians united and playing together on stage after the devastation of Harvey.” Smith said. “It was meant to be a night where the community could take their minds of off what was going on and enjoy being together.”