Bling Fest: Playing It Forward Event Details

Bling Fest: Playing It Forward Event Details

Bling Fest

Anyone who has ever met Lee Burnette, aka Bling Johnson, knows that he doesn’t do anything small. That, unfortunately, now includes open-heart surgery!

In the past two months, Bling has been in and out of the hospital and was rushed by ambulance to the Heart Hospital of Austin where he had a 7-hour emergency open-heart surgery. He has been back to the hospital numerous times since the surgery due to complications, but his sheer will to fight and get back on his feet keeps him going. He knows “it ain’t how hard you can hit, it’s how hard you can GET HIT and KEEP MOVING FORWARD!”

The time has come for all of us to rally together and help our dear friend during his critical time of need. Lee has survived something that 97 percent of people in his shoes don’t. He has bucked the odds. This definitely gives us a reason to celebrate and hopefully raise a little money to help with the mounting medical bills along the way.

Let’s all keep Lee, Becky and their families in our thoughts and prayers as he works his way back to 100%.

To read Bling’s full story and recent updates, visit his GoFundMe page at:

On six seasons of the Bling Johnson show, Bling promoted local Austin musicians, venues and motorcycle builders/dealers who now want to throw a party to help him out.

All of you are invited and we want you to bring all of your friends!

The music lineup is in the works, and some of Central Texas’ biggest acts have insisted on a time slot to Play it Forward; many of whom simply want to pay him back for all his help and generosity over the years.

Here’s what you can expect:

SATURDAY, April 22
Motorcycle Poker Run: Starts at Central Texas HD, light breakfast served; KSU: 11am. Hands In at Ernie’s: 5pm; 50/50
American Gypsy: 5pm
50/50 Winner Announced: 6pm
Paul Renna: 6:15pm
SUIT: 7:30pm
FallenAsh: 8:45pm
Funner: 10pm
Tickets will be available for sale for Sunday’s raffle. Raffle Tickets: 1 Ticket for $5; 6 Tickets for $20

SUNDAY, April 23
Patrick Donahue: 12:30pm
Abraham Weaver: 1:30pm
Cameran Nelson: 2:30pm
A.J. Vallejo: 3:30pm
SUEDE: 4pm
Live Auction: 6pm
Bling’s All-Star Jam
Xavier Muriel w/Jukebox Heroes: 6:30pm
Brett McCormick: 7:00pm
Texas KGB: 7:30pm
Lucas Cook: 8:00pm
CobraCast Podcast Live with Bobby Sharron
Live and Silent Auction
Fun for the kids!

Some of the ways you can help:

Got donations? We are seeking big-ticket items now—please contact the following if you’d like to participate in donating an item or three:

Raffle donations, Julie Nichols:
All Auction donations: Michael Marshall (M2): , 512-656-433; Brent Craig:

If you can’t donate money or items, your time is invaluable. We will need at least a dozen volunteers to help us. You can take a specific task/shift or help the entire weekend.

Rita Ballou

April 21st, 2017

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