Birthday Charity Concert

Houston music promoter celebrates milestone birthday with epic charity concert

Music promoter celebrates milestone birthday with epic charity concert

Houston, Mark C Austin Birthday Charity Concert, March 2017, Nicole Langham, Mark C. Austin, Elaine Dillard
Nicole Langham, Mark C. Austin, Elaine Dillard. Photo by Marcy de Luna
Houston, Mark C Austin Birthday Charity Concert, March 2017, Geoffrey Muller, Kam Franklin
Geoffrey Muller, Kam Franklin. Photo by Marcy de Luna
Houston, Mark C Austin Birthday Charity Concert, March 2017, Patrick Kelly, Melesa Martin
Patrick Kelly, Melesa Martin. Photo by Marcy de Luna
Houston, Mark C Austin Birthday Charity Concert, March 2017, The TonTons
The TonTons. Photo by Marcy de Luna
Houston, Mark C Austin Birthday Charity Concert, March 2017, Watson Parker, Amy Balderas
Watson Parker, Amy Balderas. Photo by Marcy de Luna
Houston, Mark C Austin Birthday Charity Concert, March 2017, Max Flinn, Brittney Blair
Max Flinn, Brittney Blair. Photo by Marcy de Luna
Houston, Mark C Austin Birthday Charity Concert, March 2017, xxx, Mark C. Austin, Craig Hlavaty
xxx, Mark C. Austin, Craig Hlavaty. Photo by Marcy de Luna
Houston, Mark C Austin Birthday Charity Concert, March 2017, The Wrestlers
The Wrestlers wearing shirts created by award-winning Houston musician Geoffrey Muller and sold at the event to raise funds for Donate Life Texas. Photo by Marcy de Luna
Houston, Mark C Austin Birthday Charity Concert, March 2017, Marco Torres, Carl Cramer, Anthony Rathbun
Marco Torres, Carl Cramer, Anthony Rathbun. Photo by Marcy de Luna
Houston, Mark C Austin Birthday Charity Concert, March 2017, Haley Calhoun, -US., Farah Zaghmouth
Haley Calhoun, -US. (a.k.a. Avery Davis), Farah Zaghmouth. Photo by Marcy de Luna
Houston, Mark C Austin Birthday Charity Concert, March 2017, Arthur Langham, Chuy Terrazas, Jarrett Karn, Chelsea Padon
Arthur Langham, Chuy Terrazas, Jarrett Karn, Chelsea Padon. Photo by Marcy de Luna
Houston, Mark C Austin Birthday Charity Concert, March 2017, Becca Henson, Rain Halbert
Becca Henson, Rain Halbert. Photo by Marcy de Luna
Houston, Mark C Austin Birthday Charity Concert, March 2017, Maneesh Single, Jonathan Beitler
Maneesh Single, Jonathan Beitler. Maneesh Single, Jonathan Beitler
Houston, Mark C Austin Birthday Charity Concert, March 2017, Josh Jackson, Rob Loud, Preston Payne
Josh Jackson, Rob Loud, Preston Payne. Photo by Marcy de Luna
Houston, Mark C Austin Birthday Charity Concert, March 2017, Brandon Franz, Cody Franz, Jonathan Chan
Brandon Franz, Cody Franz, Jonathan Chan.   Photo by Marcy de Luna
Houston, Mark C Austin Birthday Charity Concert, March 2017, Kay Weathers
Kay Weathers. Photo by Marcy de Luna
Houston, Mark C Austin Birthday Charity Concert, March 2017, Carol Tyger, Liz Coleman
Carol Tyger, Liz Coleman. Photo by Marcy de Luna
Houston, Mark C Austin Birthday Charity Concert, March 2017, Say Girl Say
Say Girl Say. Photo by Marcy de Luna
Houston, Mark C Austin Birthday Charity Concert, March 2017, Walker Lukens
Walker Lukens. Photo by Marcy de Luna
Houston, Mark C Austin Birthday Charity Concert, March 2017, Nicole Langham, Mark C. Austin, Elaine Dillard
Houston, Mark C Austin Birthday Charity Concert, March 2017, Geoffrey Muller, Kam Franklin
Houston, Mark C Austin Birthday Charity Concert, March 2017, Patrick Kelly, Melesa Martin
Houston, Mark C Austin Birthday Charity Concert, March 2017, The TonTons
Houston, Mark C Austin Birthday Charity Concert, March 2017, Watson Parker, Amy Balderas
Houston, Mark C Austin Birthday Charity Concert, March 2017, Max Flinn, Brittney Blair
Houston, Mark C Austin Birthday Charity Concert, March 2017, xxx, Mark C. Austin, Craig Hlavaty
Houston, Mark C Austin Birthday Charity Concert, March 2017, The Wrestlers
Houston, Mark C Austin Birthday Charity Concert, March 2017, Marco Torres, Carl Cramer, Anthony Rathbun
Houston, Mark C Austin Birthday Charity Concert, March 2017, Haley Calhoun, -US., Farah Zaghmouth
Houston, Mark C Austin Birthday Charity Concert, March 2017, Arthur Langham, Chuy Terrazas, Jarrett Karn, Chelsea Padon
Houston, Mark C Austin Birthday Charity Concert, March 2017, Becca Henson, Rain Halbert
Houston, Mark C Austin Birthday Charity Concert, March 2017, Maneesh Single, Jonathan Beitler
Houston, Mark C Austin Birthday Charity Concert, March 2017, Josh Jackson, Rob Loud, Preston Payne
Houston, Mark C Austin Birthday Charity Concert, March 2017, Brandon Franz, Cody Franz, Jonathan Chan
Houston, Mark C Austin Birthday Charity Concert, March 2017, Kay Weathers
Houston, Mark C Austin Birthday Charity Concert, March 2017, Carol Tyger, Liz Coleman
Houston, Mark C Austin Birthday Charity Concert, March 2017, Say Girl Say
Houston, Mark C Austin Birthday Charity Concert, March 2017, Walker Lukens

Mark C. Austin, founder and owner of The Convoy Group, celebrated his 40th birthday, ringing in the big day with an epic charity concert at The Heights Theater.

The entertainment lineup was as killer as you’d expect from the music manager and promoter who represents some of Houston’s most prominent acts, including The Suffers. The band, fresh off returning from their European tour, has made appearances on the likes of Jimmy Kimmel and The Daily Show, and also headlined Houston’s Super Bowl LIVE.

Hitting the stage at the blowout birthday bash were multi-instrumentalist/electronic artist US, alternative act Say Girl Say, multi-instrumentalist/electronic artist Kay Weathers, rapper Guilla, and indie rock artists Walker Lukens and Romina von Mohr.

The TonTons, who kicked off their set with two new songs, “Clock in” and “Sycophant" from their upcoming release, closed out the concert portion of the evening, although the night was far from over. Spins by electronic duo the Wrestlers kept the party going for the long haul with attendees, who enjoyed fare donated by Vietnamese sandwich spot Oui Banh Mi, celebrating until 2 am.

Midway through the evening, event emcees Craig Hlavaty and Mills-McCoin, along with Austin’s close friend Friday Ellis, addressed the crowd of 331 attendees. Each shared stories about Austin, with one common sentiment. “He’s a really kind, compassionate guy,” said Ellis.

All proceeds from the night, which totaled more than $10,000, benefit Donate Life Texas, the official organ and tissue donor registry of the state of Texas.

Raising funds and awareness for Donate Life Texas holds special meaning for Austin, whose mother passed away while waiting on kidney transplant when she was only 52 years old. “Although this is not for me, but for other families who could be in my position,” Austin tells CultureMap.

Celebrating Austin and supporting a good cause were Jack Massing, Dallas’ Edwin Cabaniss, Omar Afra, Laura Childress, Tony Livesay, Ben Goldstein, Paige Clardy, Shiva Zamen, Trish Badger, Chris Nolen, Min Yow, Jeffrey Whitley, Ross Grimes, Jenny Grimes, David Grimes, and Kam Franklin, lead singer of The Suffers.