What: Sims Foundation's 20th Anniversary Gala
Where: KLRU Studio 6A
The details: On December 5, the home of the original Austin City Limits — KLRU Studio 6A — transformed into a star-studded gala to celebrate the Sims Foundation's 20th anniversary of offering much-needed mental health services to local musicians.
The music-focused gala honored Roland Swenson, Nick Barbaro, and Louis Black, the three founders of SXSW; Gilbert Ramos and Mary Combs, two longtime Sims network providers; and Jody Denberg and Andy Langer, who have brought in $2.5 million to fund Sims through KGSR Broadcast CDs.
The night also promised a "big announcement," which guests in attendance eagerly anticipated. In January 2016, the nonprofit will expand its coverage eligibility to qualifying individuals across the entire Austin music industry: lighting technicians, audio engineers, event production professionals, among others will now have access to Sims' services.
To celebrate the announcement, Patty Griffin, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Nakia, The Peterson Brothers, and many more performed alongside a stellar house band featuring the likes of Grammy Award-winner Adrian Quesada.
Who: Patty Griffin, Adrian Quesada, Sandy Boone, Louis Black, Heather Alden, Jody Denberg, Chris Layton, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Michael Corcoran, Lolita Carroll, Nakia, Elias Haslanger, Kyle Ellison, David Garza, Nina Diaz, The Peterson Brothers, Hunter Sharpe, Peter Stopschinski, Michael Ramos, and Jazz Mills.