By KAROLYN GEPHART
Friendswood presents Friendswood Strong, a Harvey Benefit Concert, Sept. 23 at Stevenson Park.
The concert will begin at 3 p.m. and run through 7 p.m. offering music by Funksion and Friendswood resident Aric Harding.
Funksion is a 9-piece party band consisting of a tight 4-piece rhythm section, blazing 3-piece horn section, along with energetic male and female vocalists, who perform music by some of the best Funk, Soul, Rock, Blues, and Jazz groups from the past 40 years. Funksion has been performing for the past five years, and includes some of the most talented musicians in Houston, each with over 20 years experience.
The concert will close with Harding.
Harding, a Friendswood resident and local pastor returned to his home to retrieve some items for his children when a friend took a video of him playing piano in a living room filled with knee-high-deep flood-waters from the storm. This poignant video was a sign of hope for those across the nation and immediately went viral across the globe.
He was interviewed by CNN who posted his video along with the information that he told them his son was worried they would lose their piano. He decided to sit down, play and “take it all in.” Singer Vanessa Carlton contacted CNN who connected her with Harding. She has offered to buy the family a new piano if the one in the video was ruined.
At the benefit concert, bounce houses for kids will be sponsored by Keep Friendswood Beautiful, food and Friendswood Strong tee shirts will be available.
The Friendswood Rotary will be taking donations for their Friendswood Flood Relief Fund and Friends of Downtown Friendswood will be selling the tee shirts for $20, all proceeds will go towards the Flood Relief Fund.
The concert is hosted by Keep Friendswood Beautiful, City of Friendswood, Friends of Downtown Friendswood and the Friendswood Rotary Club.
Before the event Keep Friendswood Beautiful will be cleaning up the parks and making Friendswood beautiful again after Harvey.
“We’re asking for volunteers to help. Volunteers participating please wear work clothes, and closed toed shoes. We will be accepting trash bag, rubber gloves, and masks as donations,” KPB Chair Sherry Goen said.
To make sure the groups have enough supplies and breakfast, they are asking volunteers to mark the word “GOING” on the KFB Facebook event page.
Clean up groups will meet at Stevenson Park from 8 – 10 a.m. on Sept. 23 to have the area in order for the concert.
Stevenson Park is located at 1100 S. Friendswood Drive.