September 17, 2010

September 21 is HAAM Benefit Day in Austin

Next Tuesday, September 21 many Austin restaurants will donate a portion of their proceeds and musicians will donate their time and talent for the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians. It's the annual HAAM Benefit Day

"HAAM Benefit Day is a uniquely Austin event where businesses donate 5% of the day's proceeds to HAAM to support musicians' health. Musicians, most of whom are HAAM members, perform throughout the day at retail stores, outside stages, City Hall and more. The event runs from 6am to well past midnight and community members are invited to shop, eat out, listen to great live music and enjoy! See this year's music schedule." - (From

I attempt to make it out and support this every year. The first year I was able to sit on the Gibson bus as it stopped at several great restaurants to see some awesome bands. Last year I hit up several live performances and eat at one of the supporting businesses.  This year I'm planning on spending my lunch hour watching either Dave Madden at Romeo's at 12:30 or Reckless Kelley at Whole Foods (12:00). If you're a one location person.. the morning seems to be hoppin' at Whole Foods and the evening shows are going to be awesome at both Threadgill's and Headhunters (depending on your chosen style of music).

If you're looking for a few "to sees" don't worry... I've waded through the 141 live performances and listed some of the ones I'd recommend. I've even put links to some of the CD Reviews/Interviews/Video I've taken of some of these artists. 

To see a full schedule click here.

8:00a - Dan Dyer - Whole Foods (525 N. Lamar)
9:00a - Sara Hickman - Whole Foods
11:30a - Paul Finley - Time Warner Cable (730 W. Stassney) (YouTube Video)
12:00n - Reckless Kelly - Whole Foods
12:30p - Dave Madden - Romeo's (1500 Barton Springs Rd) (CD Review)
1:00p - Bruce James - Neiman Marcus (The Domain)
1:00p - Ray Wylie Hubbard - Whole Foods (2010 Interview / CD Review)
4:30p - Guy Forsyth - GSD&M Idea City (828 W. 6th) (2004 Interview / CD Review)
4:45p - Colin Gilmore - Phil's Icehouse (5620 Burnet Road) (CD Review)
5:00p - Deadman - Waterloo Records (600 N. Lamar) (CD Review)
5:30p - Malford Milligan & Jeff Plankenhorn - Whole Foods
5:45p - Nakia - Romeo's - 1500 Barton Springs Road
6:00p - Billy Dee - 26 Doors Shopping Center (1206 W. 38th) (Video)
6:00p - Shapes Have Fangs - Antone's Record Shop (2928 Guadalupe)
6:00p - Brennen Leigh - Evangeline Café (8106 Brodie)
7:00p - David Garza, Ruby Jane, and Arum Rae - Hotel San Jose (1300 S. Congress)
7:00p - Rosie Flores, Bob Livingston, Greezy Wheels and more - Threadgill's South (301 Riverside)
7:15 - Michael Fracasso - Romeo's (video)
7:30 - Nathan Hamilton - Gueros (1412 S. Congress)
7:45 - Redd Volkaert - Romeo's
8:00 - Subrosa Union - Encore Records (1745 W. Anderson)
8:30 - Adrian and the Sickness - Headhunters (720 Red River) (CD Review)
9:00 - Honky - Headhunters
10:00p - Killa Maul - Headhunters
11:00p - Milkdrive - Continental Club (1315 S. Congress)
12:30 - Street Light Suzie - Headhunters

Here are some photos I took at last year's event:

Billy Dee @ Time Warner Cable
Billy Dee at the Time Warner Cable office

Uncle Lucius @ GSD&M
Uncle Lucius at GSD&M Idea City

Patricia Vonne @ Whole Foods
Patricia Vonne at Whole Foods

HAAMbassador Thundercloud Subs
A "HAAMbassador" poses with Graham Weber at Thundercloud Subs

Here's Patricia Vonne performing "Guitars and Castanets" at Whole Foods during the 2009 HAAM Benefit Day.

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