Preparations underway for concert benefiting flood victims

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Natasha Barrett has a preview of the Houston Recovers concert. (KTRK)

Big names in entertainment are coming to Houston for a concert benefiting victims of our April floods. Rehearsals continued most of Thursday in preparation for Friday's big concert at Lakewood Church.

So far, scheduled to participate are Clay Walker, Brian McKnight, Regina Belle, Tim McGraw, Darius Rucker, Yolanda Adams, La Mafia's Oscar de la Rosa, Danny Gokey and CeCe Winans. Grammy-Award winning band La Mafia says they couldn't say no when asked to perform for their hometown fans.

"I'm proud to be a Houstonian, proud to be here," Oscar De La Rosa said.

The concert will raise money for the Greater Houston Storm Relief fund. The fund will help those in Harris, Ft. Bend and Montgomery counties who lost everything in the recent floods, from deposits on new apartments to car repairs.

"I would love to see people who are affected in the audience to take them away from their stress and their sorrow and have them let us wrap our healing arms around them," Houston Recovers producer Susan Christian said.

Watching the devastation of the floods, Oscar De La Rosa says he was heartbroken. He has lived most of his life here in Houston and now wants to help people rebuild their lives.

"It's different here. People care in different ways, really care for their neighbors what do you say about that? I think Houston is a great city and I've always said people that have never really visited this city are missing out, great place to be, great place to live," De La Rosa said.

Houston Recovers will be held Friday at Lakewood Church at 8pm. The event is free to the public, but organizers are encouraging people to contribute to the Greater Houston Storm Relief Fund at

The concert will be broadcast live on abc13.

Lakewood Church is located at 3700 Southwest Freeway. The gates to the parking garages open promptly at 6pm. For safety reasons and to avoid having your vehicle towed, please do not arrive or line up at the gates before 6:00 p.m. or park in any areas not identified as Lakewood Church parking. Parking in Lakewood Church designated locations is FREE. The doors open at 7 p.m.

Parking garage facilities are provided by Greenway Plaza and are located adjacent to Lakewood Church.

The management of Summit Plaza Shopping Center, located to the west of the church across Timmons Lane, will tow your vehicle if you park in their lot for a Lakewood event.

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The concert will be at Lakewood Church on May 20.

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