Baltimore singer/songwriter Sonia Rutstein, better known as SONiA disappear fear, was scheduled to perform at her “second home” this weekend — Texas, specifically, the Kerrville Fall Music Festival. Hurricane Harvey, however, led to the event’s cancellation.
In response, Rutstein has organized a relief concert to benefit the victims of the hurricane to take place Sunday night at Roland Park’s Corner Community Center. Rutstein said she spends “a good amount of time every year” in Texas, including Houston, where her relatives live.
“I just thought, ‘We’re here, we can make this happen,’” Rutstein said. “Why not help to raise hearts and money for the victims of Texas?”
After any nominal overhead costs — musicians and production people are working for free, she said — all proceeds will be donated to a number of charitable organizations working to help those affected by the hurricane, Rutstein said.
The plan is to donate half of the proceeds to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund established by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, she said. The other half, Rutsein said, will be divided between Houston’s Montrose LGBTQ Center, Organizacion Latina de Trans en Texas and the Houston Food Bank, along with Harvey relief funds established by the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg and Catholic Charities USA.
Rutstein will perform with her full band. Other performers include Tret Fure, Ezell Jones Jr., Tom Prasada-Rao, Seth Kibel, Sarah Pinsker, Georgie Jessup and more.
Before Sunday, Rutstein will fly to Dallas to perform at another benefit concert. She’ll perform Saturday night and then fly back to Baltimore the next morning.
She’s accepting donations online for those who can’t attend, but the singer/songwriter encouraged local residents to attend Sunday.
“I think it’s good for people to come together in times like this,” Rutstein said.
Tickets for Sunday’s relief concert (7 p.m.-11 p.m.) at Corner Community Center (5802 Roland Ave.) are $10 (under 21) and $18 (general admission). For more information, go to soniadisappearfear.com.