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Haynes Boone will present the Eric Nadel Birthday Benefit benefiting GrantHalliburton Foundation on Thursday, May 16, at The Kessler Theater featuring headliner Rhett Miller. KXT 91.7 is the media sponsor.

Tickets are on sale and going fast, with standing-room-only tickets remaining. Sponsorships are sold out. Celebrating its 12thannual concert, the Eric Nadel Birthday Benefit is the namesake’s way of giving back to help further mental health efforts. A mental health advocate, Nadel is best known as the longtime radio voice of the Texas Rangers, the 2023 World Series Champions.

The event features Dallas native Rhett Miller, acclaimed singer, songwriter, and best known as the frontman of the Dallas-based alt-country band the Old 97’s. He is also a long-time mental health advocate. Opening the show is Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Leslie Mendelson, who drew worldwide attention for her collaboration with Jackson Browne on “Human Touch,” written and performed for the 2019 documentary film “5B.”

The fundraiser event also features a live and silent auction to help raise funds to support the work of Grant Halliburton Foundation, a local nonprofit that provides mental health education, training, and support to North Texas children, teens, and families. For more information, visit



Thursday, May 16, 2024

7:00 p.m. Doors open

7:45 p.m. Leslie Mendelson, opener, performs

9:00 p.m. Rhett Miller, headliner, performs


WHERE: The Kessler Theater, 1230 W. Davis St., Dallas




Talent Bios:

Rhett Miller, a Dallas native, is best-known as the frontman of the Dallas-based alt-country band the Old 97’s, although he has also pursued a critically acclaimed solo career and toured relentlessly for many years. Most of Miller’s solo albums are dominated by cool, melodic pop tunes with a drier and more confessional bent than his work with the band.


An accomplished author, Miller has written two children’s books, “No More Poems! A Book in Verse That Just Gets Worse” and “The Baby-Changing Station” as well as numerous articles for national publications including “Rolling Stone,” “Salon,” and “The Atlantic.” He also hosts a popular podcast, “Wheels Off,” a show about the messy reality of the creative life. A long-time mental health advocate, Rhett appeared in 2016 as part of the Okay to Say campaign, encouraging the use of therapy to address mental health issues.


Leslie Mendelson, a Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter, drew worldwide attention for her collaboration with Jackson Browne on “Human Touch,” written and performed for the 2019 documentary film “5B.” She then toured with Browne, which included a performance at Austin City Limits. Her collaborations with Bob Weir are frequently streamed on YouTube and she has opened shows for Roger Daltrey and The Who, among many others. Leslie will tour extensively this year to support her soon-to-be-released album, “After the Party,” which includes the singles “Other Girls” and “Rock ‘n’ Roll on the Radio.”


About Grant Halliburton Foundation

Grant Halliburton Foundation was established in 2006 in memory of a Dallas teen who battled depression and bipolar disorder for several years before his suicide death at the age of 19. The Foundation that bears his name works to help families and young people through education, resources, and support. Since 2006, the Foundation has provided mental health and suicide prevention education and training to more than 325,000 students, educators, parents, and professionals. The Foundation also offers Here For Texas, which includes and the Here For Texas Mental Health Navigation Line. These free community tools, available in English and Spanish, aim to offer easy access for North Texans seeking mental health and substance use information and resources. Learn more about Grant Halliburton Foundation at

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