Benefit concert for late Richard Durrett to be held in September


    “Do It for Durrett,” a benefit concert for the family of late ESPN Dallas writer Richard Durrett, is expected to be held in early September, according to the event’s website.

    “It’s a wonderful night for a great cause,” said Rangers television personality Emily Jones on the website.

    “I can’t believe the musical lineup we’ve been able to put together, and the auction items, too. I think that really speaks to what a great guy Richard was. This is a great way for people to support him and his family.”

    Set for 7 p.m. on Sept. 8 at Billy Bob’s Texas, “Do It for Durrett” plans on “enlisting some of the state’s top musical talent to help pay tribute to Durrett’s memory” and “also raise money for the Richard Durrett Family Fund,” according to an article on

    Durrett, 38, unexpectedly died in June of causes still yet to be released. The Texas Rangers announced the establishment of a fund for his family the day after his death.

    The sports journalist covered the Rangers, Dallas Stars and college sports during his time at ESPN. A graduate of TCU in 1998, Durrett also previously taught at TCU’s College of Communication.

    The concert is currently slated to feature country-rocker Rhett Miller and Daphne Willis, according to the website.

    The website also mentions the inclusion of several other stars “too big to name,” but account for “12 sold-out shows at Billy Bob’s alone and a combined eight singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.”

    A sports auction is also expected to be held at the event with items ranging from autographed memorabilia to an opportunity to watch a Dallas Mavericks game courtside next to owner Mark Cuban, according to the website.

    Below are some items expected to be auctioned off at the event.

    Four tickets for TCU’s football game against Iowa State on Dec. 6 are also expected to be available, according to the event’s Twitter page. The page wrote the seats will be in TCU Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Chris Del Conte‘s suite and be “part of [a] package.” 

    Those wishing to donate to the Richard Durrett Family Fund can do so here.

    Tickets for “Do It for Durrett” are scheduled to go on sale July 11 at 10 a.m. for $20 in advance, $30 at the door and $100 for a limited number of VIP tickets. You can also follow the event’s Twitter page at @DoItForDurrett.