The Live Music Capital of the World may be a little louder than usual on Tuesday, September 24 with HAAM Benefit Day. The eighth annual event mobilizes Austin businesses and citizens in support of local musicians with a series of free music performances throughout the day.
Across the city, businesses — from restaurants and bars to grocery stores and corporate headquarters — will donate five percent of the day's profits to HAAM (the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians), which provides access to affordable healthcare for low-income, uninsured working musicians.
The music kicked off bright and early Tuesday morning at Whole Foods Market's flagship location with performances by Sarah Pierce, Emily Bell and the Paula Nelson Band. But don't worry if you missed the kickoff, there are still plenty of ways to support Austin musicians through the wee hours of Wednesday morning.
We've culled through the performances and picked the best lunch break, happy hour and late night HAAM Benefit Day events for supporting the health of local musicians.
Lunch break music
- Pete Minda: 11 a.m. at Thundercloud Subs on 12th St.
- The Derailers: 12 p.m. at Whole Foods Market Downtown
- Jackie Venson: 12 p.m. at Austin Rocks
- Clay McClinton: 12 p.m. at Strait Music
- Average Joe Crane: 1:45 p.m. at B.B. Rover's Cafe and Pub
Happy hour sounds
- Jeremy Steading: 4:30 p.m. at B.D. Riley's
- The Jitterbug Vipers, Skyline Band, Grace London and more: 5 p.m. at Maria's Taco Express
- The Rocketboys with Frank Smith and Peterson Brothers Band: 5:30 p.m at Woolridge Square
- Ruby Dee and the Snakehandlers: 6 p.m. at Antone's Record Shop
- ALL ATX Concert: 6:30 p.m. at ACL Live
Late night tunes
- The Gents and Hello Wheels: 7 p.m. at The Scoot Inn
- Toni Price: 7 p.m. at The Continental Club
- Rick Broussard's Two Hoots and a Holler: 8:30 p.m. at Antone's
- KP and the Boom Boom: 9 p.m. at Holy Mountain
- Sour Bridges: 10 p.m. at The White Horse
- Ephraim Owens Experience: 10:30 p.m. at The Continental Club Gallery