Texas Thunder Festival Concerts Will Benefit West

Nearly 300 families have visited a Red Cross relief center since the deadly fertilizer plant explosion in West and Red Cross spokeswoman Anita Foster says the recovery center in West will remain open through Sunday.

Foster said Red Cross teams have served about 18,000 meals and snacks since the disaster.

The agency has handed out shovels, rakes and work gloves as more residents are allowed back into damaged parts of West in a process that continued Monday.


WEST (April 29, 2013)--Texas Thunder Festival officials announced Monday that next month's performances will benefit emergency responders and schools in West.

Ten first responders were among the 15 people who were killed in or died as a result of the April 17 explosion that left about 200 people hurt.

Two others who died while helping fight the fire were posthumously honored as first responders, as well.

The Texas Thunder Festival will be held May 17-19 in Gardendale, near Odessa.

Performers include the Randy Rogers Band, Wade Bowen, the Casey Donahew Band, the Josh Abbott Band and Stoney LaRue.

Country great Willie Nelson performed Sunday in the Austin area to benefit the West Volunteer Fire Department.

Nelson grew up in nearby Abbott.

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