HAAM Benefit Day: 2019

HAAM – Health Alliance for Austin Musicians – is a non-profit organization that helps local musicians gain access to affordable healthcare services. Last week over 200 performances were held all around town to raise funds and promote HAAM. Many local businesses donated 5% of their day’s sales as well. 

HAAM concerts started in the early morning until continued until after midnight. I decided to catch some sets in the afternoon, which was convenient for my schedule, but probably not the coolest plan temperature-wise. First, I listened to the Marmalakes while eating a late lunch on the outside patio at the Whole Foods Lamar.

Next I walked over to the lobby of the IBC Bank building to hear Akina Adderley. That girl can sing! Having just eaten lunch, I passed on the free pizza and popcorn that were intended to lure office workers downstairs to listen and to donate to HAAM. 

Johnny Chops & The Razors played an impressive hour-long set at the Frost Bank Tower, even though the temperature hovered around 100°F. Armed with an iced tea, I parked myself on one of the lounge chairs that were set up in the shaded plaza. Every time someone walked through the lobby doors, we were all hit with a refreshing—and very welcome—blast of air conditioning. 

To end my HAAM afternoon, I walked back over to Whole Foods to hear Bre Jarvis and her band. And to pick up some dinner. (Too hot. Wasn’t cooking.)

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