What: Heart of the City
The lowdown: Music-loving Austinites gathered for a special storytelling session to benefit the Sims Foundation, the local nonprofit that provides mental health resources for musicians. The event assembled an unprecedented cast of musicians and storytellers for a one-of-a-kind "Moth Radio meets rock show" experience.The lineup included myriad anecdotes and musical performances that reflected on personal journeys, as well as a year that saw the loss of several legends. Mayor Steve Adler was honored with the Heart of the City Award for his support of the Austin music scene. Heart of the City is Sims' largest fundraiser; it raised over $125,000.
Who: Adrian Quesada, Celeste Quesada, Andy Langer, Angela Miller, Carson McHone, Chad Swiatecki, Charlie Sexton, Cory Ragle, Darian Harrison, David Halpern, Dean Wolfe, Erika Pinktips, Gilda Tirado, Graham Williams, Greg Gonzalez, Hayden Alvey, Heather Wagner Reed, Israel Nash, Jake Hollomon, Jason Slick, Jeff Hayes, Jeff Klein, Jennifer Zavaleta, Jessica Douglas, Joe Nick Patoski, John Riedie, John Speice, Kathy Valentine, Katie Pierce, Lamar Sanchez, Lauren Cervantes, Leo Rondeau, Linda Halpern, Louis Black, Lucha Ragle, Margaret Moser, Maria Roepke, Micah James, Michael Ramos, Nakia, Omar Lozano, Pete Astudillo, Redd Volkaert, Robert Rankin, Sonia Moore, Stacy Matthews, Stephanie Bergara, Mayor Steve Adler, Steve Champion, and Zach Arnault.