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Quick guide to HAAM Benefit Day: Must-see acts by neighborhood

Quick guide to HAAM Benefit Day: Must-see acts by neighborhood

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188 performances will take place around town on HAAM Benefit Day, September 23.  Photo by Jon Shapley

HAAM Benefit Day returns to Austin on Tuesday, September 23 with a full-day of performances popping up around town. From 6 am (bright and early, we know!) through the wee hours of the morning, shows will take place everywhere from the Whole Foods Market flagship location to off-the-beaten-path coffee shops.

During the annual event, participating businesses will donate businesses donate 5 percent of the day’s proceeds to HAAM to support musicians’ health.

So far 188 performances are scheduled throughout the day. We've culled the roster and picked a few must-see shows in different Austin neighborhoods. But don't stop with our list: HAAM Benefit Day is a perfect excuse to duck into a new space and discover some new local sounds while you're at it. 

Emily Bell: 9 am at Whole Foods Market
Start the day with this powerful songstress, who is at the top of the "must-see in Austin" list. Her sultry soul/rock sound has evoked comparisons to artists as diverse as K.T. Tunstall, Girl in a Coma’s Nina Diaz and Ronnie Spector. 

Marcia Ball: 5 pm at Waterloo Records
Marcia Ball has been a mainstay of the local scene the 1970s. Catch this icon of Austin music — with her signature piano styling and Texas blues sounds — at one of Austin's most iconic music establishments. 

Matt Powell: 8 pm at Mean Eyed Cat
This Virginia boy has been part of the Texas country scene for 15 years. Powell's vocals are raspy and his lyrics are rustic and poignant. His singer songwriter series runs from 8 pm - 10 pm on Tuesday. 

North Austin
Redd Volkaert: 12 pm at Whole Foods Domain
Consider this a bonus opportunity to see one of Austin's favorite guitarists play during the week. Volkaert is most famous for his stint as Merle Haggard's guitar player, but locally, folks champion his weekly shows at the Continental Club that beg you to get up and dance. 

Charlie Belle: 5 pm at Whole Foods Domain
Want to get to know the next generation of Austin music? Meet Charlie Belle. This three-piece band — all in their early teens — plays an endearing brand of indie-pop, with equally endearing (and catchy) songs. 

South Austin
The Derailers: 3 pm at Strait Music Company

Leave work a little early and catch The Derailers' in-store performance at one of Austin's favorite music shops. These guys are known for merging classic country with a '60s pop sensibility that will get you out on the dance floor. 

David Grissom: 6 pm at Saxon Pub
Legendary guitarist David Grissom has played with everyone from Lucinda Williams to John Mellencamp. Catch his signature sound at one of our favorite listening rooms in town. 

Randy Weeks: 7 pm at ABGB
Pizza, beer and live music are on tap at the ABGB on Tuesday, where super-talented songwriter Randy Weeks (who mostly stays under the radar) performs. You may not be familiar with Weeks, but we bet you'll know a tune or two of his. Think "Can't Let Go," which was recorded by Lucinda Williams and more recently covered by Sunny Sweeney.

Hayes Carll: 8 pm at ABGB
Do yourself a favor and stick around this beer garden a little longer to catch another of Austin's favorite songwriters, Hayes Carll. Americana artist Carll specializes in poetic anthems and humorous tunes that reflect the true troubadour spirit.


View the full schedule on the HAAM Benefit Day website