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Celebrate HAAM Benefit Day at these must-see shows for Austin music lovers

Celebrate HAAM Benefit Day at these must-see shows for music lovers

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HAAM Benefit Day returns on Tuesday, September 13. Photo by Kevin Short

Supporting local music and the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM) is as easy as having a good time.

On Tuesday, September 13, Austin will celebrate the 11th annual HAAM Benefit Day to help support the organization's mission of providing healthcare for Austin artists. HAAM has again partnered with more than 200 businesses that will donate 5 percent of proceeds from food, drink, retail, and services. Last year, $450,000 was raised on HAAM Benefit day.

Below we narrow down the 200-plus performances taking place Tuesday from 6 am to 2 am. Whether you're looking for laid-back tunes or a lively dance session, here's your guide to the can't-miss shows during HAAM Benefit Day.

Scrappy Jud Newcomb: 7 am at Whole Foods Downtown
Before you head to work, swing by Whole Foods for breakfast with one of our city's most brilliant songwriters and guitarists.

Dawn & Hawkes and more: 5 pm at Threadgill's
Nothing says Austin like live music and brews on Threadgill's lawn. Dawn & Hawkes is headlining an evening with Graham Wilkinson, Akina Adderley, Taasha Coates, Dan Crannitch, and Kelly Menhennett through 9 pm.

Eric Tessmer Band and more: 5 pm at Backstage at El Mercado
Round out your Tuesday with margaritas and music at the little backyard stage at El Mercado on South First Street. Scott Collins kicks off the evening at 5 pm, followed by Ray Prim, Fair City Fire, The South Austin Moonlighters, and Bill Kirchen. Wrapping up the showcase are Nakia and The Blues Grifters and Eric Tessmer Band.

Johnny Nicholas: 5 pm at Waterloo Records
Roots rocker Johnny Nicholas (best known for his work with Asleep at the Wheel) is celebrating the release of his new album Fresh Air with Sun Radio and Shiner Beer.

The Lo Jinx and more: 5 pm at The High Road on Dawson
A full night of live performances kicks off at The High Road at 5 pm. On the bill you'll find local names like Suzanna Choffel; Calliope Musicals,; and The Lo Jinx featuring Jon Dee Graham, Abra Moore, William Harries Graham, Daren Hess, and Andrew Duplantis.

8 1/2 Souvenirs: 6:30 pm at C-Boys Heart & Soul
Swing like there's no tomorrow with 8 1/2 Souvenirs. This jazzy group will seduce audience members to join the fun and try their hand at dancing — no judgment.

Swans: 6:30 pm at The Mohawk
Rock out with Swans and Baby Dee during a special anniversary show celebrating 10 years of The Mohawk. This will Austin's first taste of the new music from Swans' 2016 record The Glowing Man.

Vallejo: 6:30 pm at Guero's Taco Bar
Austin staple Vallejo will provide the soundtrack to a fun evening of tacos and drinks on South Congress Avenue.

Mike Harmeir: 7 pm at Little Darlin'
Mike Harmeir of Mike and the Moonpies is taking over the coolest new dive bar in South Austin with a solo show.

Ruby & The Reckless and Julian Acosta: 9 pm at ABGB
Tap along to the indie country tunes of these two amazing local performers while you enjoy pizza and a pint at ABGB.


Participating businesses donating 5 percent of proceeds to HAAM include Amys Ice Creams, Alamo Drafthouse, Birds Barbershop, the Soup Peddler, Tacodeli, Jack Allen's Kitchen, and many more. Check out the HAAM website for the full list of businesses, musicians, and venues.

Explore the HAAM Benefit Day lineup with the GigTown app; for every check-in, GigTown will donate $5 to the artist and HAAM.