If you’ve watched the news or been on social media over the past few days you’ve seen the devastation caused by flooding in Texas. Families have lost loved ones and their homes in the flooding.
Blue October is from central Texas and they are stepping up to help their neighbors. They are holding a benefit concert on Sunday, June 7 at The Marc in San Marcos. The concert will include performances by Blue October, Aaron Behrens (Ghostland Observatory), and Ray Wylie Hubbard. More special guests will be announced.
100% of the ticket sales will be donated to flood victims.
Donations are being accepted so even if you can’t be there, you can still help. Ticket and donation information can be found on the Band Together TX website.
The San Marcos Record talked to Justin about living in San Marcos, Texas. In addition to talking in depth about San Marcos, they also talked about Blue October, Sway, and much more. Here are a few quotes from the article:
And despite the fame, the Furstenfelds continue to spend their time off in San Marcos. However, the group has mostly kept quiet about their lives when they’re not on tour. Furstenfeld says the members of the band really appreciate the way people in San Marcos treat them like they are normal. “When we come home, everyone treats us like we’re home. It’s a lot different when we go out on the road,” Furstenfeld said. “It’s one of the reasons we love it here. We can be normal here. We’ll always protect (San Marcos).”
But no matter how deeply into his self-medicated addiction he got, there was one person who remained a constant. Furstenfeld’s mother, Rokie, is a huge part of his life and she appears frequently in Blue October songs, and even in the music video for the popular song “Hate Me.” “(My mom’s) a great lady. She’s one of my best friends in the world and has always believed in us as a band and as individuals,” Furstenfeld said. “She’s a mom and she did a good job being a mom. I have a tattoo on my arm that says ‘What would Mom do?’ to keep me straight and focused.”
While Sarah and his children are a huge part of Furstenfeld’s sobriety, the Blue October front man has a support system that also includes San Marcos Mayor Daniel Guerrero (pictured above). The pair met through a mutual friend in late 2011 and they leaned on each other through tough times. “You know, his faith and his family have changed him,” Guerrero said. “I think (Furstenfeld) has always believed in God, I just don’t think he’s always believed in himself.
Furstenfeld says playing in San Marcos is always unique. In fact, Blue October is gearing up for back-to-back shows at the Marc on March 21 and 22. Of the show, Furstenfeld said fans can expect “(a lot) of songs. I think they let us play for as long as we want and it will be just amazing. Every show in San Marcos is always crazy and great.”
The entire article is viewable here. The site is subsciption only but you can view one edition for free so you should be able to read the article without paying for it.