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HAAM Corporate Battle of the Bands raises awareness for Austin's music legacy

HAAM Battle of the Bands raises awareness for Austin's music legacy

HAAM Battle of the Bands at Antone's
Atomic Large Band performs. Photo by Jon Shapley
HAAM Battle of the Bands committee members pose for a photo
HAAM Corporate Battle of the Bands event committee members, from left: Jo-Dee Benson, Laurie Garrant, Angela Dorsey (chair) and Dee Dee Dial. Photo by Jon Shapley
Emcee announces a band at HAAM Battle of the Bands
Emcee Randall Metting introduces the first band, Giggawatt. Photo by Jon Shapley
Giggawatt performs at HAAM Battle of the Bands
Giggawatt performs. Photo by Jon Shapley
Both Feet performs at HAAM Battle of the Bands
Both Feet performs. Photo by Jon Shapley
Audience members at HAAM Battle of the Bands
Audience members watch Giggawatt perform at the Corporate Battle of the Bands. Photo by Jon Shapley
Bud Shivers at HAAM Battle of the Bands
From left, Bud Shivers, husband of the late Robin Shivers, founder of HAAM; Tim Taylor, former chairman of HAAM; and Chris Adams, current chairman of HAAM. Photo by Jon Shapley
HAAM Battle of the Bands judges
From left, the HAAM Corporate Battle of the Bands judges: Kathy Valentine, of The Go-Gos and Delphines; Ian McLagan, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member; and Quita Culpepper, of KVUE. Photo by Jon Shapley
Ian McLaughlin judges HAAM Battle of the Bands
From left: JoRae Dimenno, judge Ian McLagan, Chris Alberts and Randall Metting. Photo by Jon Shapley
HAAM Battle of the Bands at Antone's
HAAM Battle of the Bands committee members pose for a photo
Emcee announces a band at HAAM Battle of the Bands
Giggawatt performs at HAAM Battle of the Bands
Both Feet performs at HAAM Battle of the Bands
Audience members at HAAM Battle of the Bands
Bud Shivers at HAAM Battle of the Bands
HAAM Battle of the Bands judges
Ian McLaughlin judges HAAM Battle of the Bands

Friday, April 26 saw the return of HAAM’s Corporate Battle of the Bands at Antone’s. The sixth annual competition featured local companies boasting hard-rocking, guitar-shredding in-house bands. Employees from H-E-B, Cirrus Logic and others took to the Antone's stage for their shot at rock ‘n roll glory, helping Austin’s full-time musicians at the same time.

Bands were judged by celebrities Rock 'N Roll Hall of Famer Ian McLagan, The Go-gos' Kathy Valentine and KVUE's Quita Culpepper.

Winners of 2013 Corporate Battle of the Bands are:

  • Best Cover — Atomic Large Band (intel)
  • Best Original — Knuckle Sammich (H-E-B)
  • Fan Favorite — Superhet (Cirrus Logic)
  • Grand Prize  — The Slakes (HomeAway)

As part of the grand prize, The Slakes will receive recording time at Bismeaux Studio for an extra shot at living the life of made musicians. Fan Favorite Superhet will have the chance to play an indoor gig at Stubb’s.

Proceeds from HAAM's Corporate Battle of the Bands will benefit HAAM's efforts to assist low-income, uninsured musicians living in Austin.