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(credit: texasthunderfest.com)

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WEST (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — More entertainers will be making music in support of a Central Texas town decimated in the deadly fertilizer plant explosion.

Officials with the Texas Thunder Festival on Monday announced next month’s performances will benefit emergency responders and schools in West. Ten first responders were among the 14 people killed in the April 17 blast that left about 200 people hurt.

The Texas Thunder Festival will be held May 17-19 in Gardendale, near Odessa. Performers include the Randy Rogers Band, Wade Bowen, the Casey Donahew Band, the Josh Abbott Band and Stoney LaRue.

Click here for information on how to purchase tickets to or find camping at the Texas Thunder Festival or call (855) 362-0535.

Country great Willie Nelson had long scheduled an April 28th concert in Austin to celebrate his birthday, but he changed the focus of the event. Proceeds from The Willie Nelson & Family show over the weekend are going to benefit the West Volunteer Fire Department. The country music icon grew up in Abbott, about five miles north of West.

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