The One Country Benefit Concert for Hurricane Katrina relief, which was to take place October 1 at Houston’s Reliant Stadium, has been sidelined by the new storm. The charity gig was to feature acts including Alan Jackson, George Strait, Kenny Chesney, Willie Nelson, Martina McBride, and ZZ Top.

A message on Strait’s official site read, “Due to the intensifying threat of Hurricane Rita to Houston and surrounding areas, the co-chairs of the One Country Hurricane Katrina Benefit Concert, Louis Messina, Carolyn Farb and Paul Somerville, have regretfully been forced to make the decision to postpone the event until further notice.

The statement cited dangers posed to artists, vendors, volunteers and other staffers and said original tickets would be honored when the show is rescheduled.

Journey, Coldplay, and Oasis‘ shows at the C.W. Mitchell Pavilion have been postponed as have the Motley Crue and Daddy Yankee shows at the Toyota Center

Anyone planning to go to a concert in the region should check with the venue. No one likes to cancel a show, so final decisions often come later rather than sooner.

Built To Spill, Decemberists, The Fiery Furnaces, Buddy Guy, and Bleed The Dream are among the dozens of acts scheduled to play the Houston area over the weekend.