For Our Musicians

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For Our Musicians

Posted by on Sep 1, 2015

To keep our vibrant and talented music scene alive, we need to take care of our own. That’s the foundation of all the work that the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM) dedicates itself to year round, and why more and more musicians have come to rely upon HAAM for its support.

HAAM provides access to affordable health care for Austin’s low income, uninsured, working musicians, with a strong focus on prevention and wellness. And each year, they organize a citywide fundraiser to help spread the word. During the nationally-recognized HAAM Benefit Day event, Austinites have the opportunity to support local musicians by visiting participating businesses who donate a percentage of their day’s proceeds to HAAM, and catching all kinds of live music performances at many different locations throughout Austin.

Just pay a visit to HAAM’s Benefit Day website for the list of artists playing, performance times and locations. HAAM Benefit Day continues through the rest of today and tonight, so there is plenty of time to show your support!

Featured on today’s Austin Music Minute is recent KUTX Artist of the Month Sweet Spirit, whom you can see this evening at 7 p.m. at Waterloo Records, 600-A North Lamar. A few more AMM recommendations for you to check out tonight include The Ghost Wolves, The Well and Ringo Deathstarr at the Palm Door, 508 E. 6th St.; Alien Knife Fight at C-Boys Heart & Soul; The Bluebonnets at The Townsend, 718 Congress Ave.; and a whole bunch of greats at The High Road, 700 Dawson Rd., from 6 to 10 p.m., including Jon Dee Graham & William Harries Graham, Bonnie Whitmore, Jaimee Harris and many more.

– Design provided by HAAM, copyright 2015.

The Secret Is Out

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The Secret Is Out

Posted by on Aug 31, 2015

Had quite a bit of fun with today’s Austin Music Minute. So much mystery surrounding the Do512 CONFIDENTIAL: Top Secret Monday night series planned for Holy Mountain‘s final month of shows, including tonight’s performance. Yes, Think No Think (featured on today’s AMM) is one of the bands rocking the bill, but just who is the mystery guest?? Think No Think rocks pretty hard, so it would have to be another band that rocks equally as hard, if not more.

Inductive reasoning proved to be a big help, and that leads to the big reveal that’s right on target: Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears is the special guest, making this one big show, indeed! Black Joe Lewis and Think No Think perform tonight at Holy Mountain, 617 E. 7th St. The music kicks off at 10 p.m.

The next Do 512 CONFIDENTIAL shows are Sept. 14th with Eagle Claw, and Sept. 21st with…well…we can’t say for sure. Looks like that one is entirely confidential. Stay tuned for details. Very recommended.

– Photo of Think No Think by Rock ‘n’ Roll Cocktail.

All Texan

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All Texan

Posted by on Aug 28, 2015

Your humble Austin Music Minute must confess, this happens to be one of those gargantuan bills made in heaven. Take a gander at the line-up for tomorrow’s Lone Star Texas Heritage Festival and it’s got the AMM practically written all over it: The fest kicks off tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m. with Dale Watson, followed by Tele Novella, A. Sinclair, LaTasha Lee and The Black Ties, Grupo Fantasma, The Black Angels, and finally Old 97’s to close out the night with a bang.

Guess what? This is a free event. Your favorite price. Head on out to Fair Market at 1100 E. 5th St. tomorrow and enjoy. Be aware that attendance is first come first served. There are a limited tickets available for purchase, and proceeds benefit the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas. Go for it. Recommended.

– Photo of Old 97’s by Paul Moore.

Float On Out

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Float On Out

Posted by on Aug 27, 2015

It’s a winning deal for a glorious weekend – you get to float leisurely down the river, and you get an earful of awesome music. That’s what Float Fest is all about.

Music lovers and float freaks will head out to San Marcos for Float Fest 2015, tomorrow and Saturday, for – are you ready? – about 3 1/2 hours of tubing out at Cool River Ranch in Martindale, followed by a massive bill of both touring and local music artists performing live. It’s a diverse mix: Phantogram, Quiet Company, Local Natives, Purple, Otis the Destroyer, Ghostland Observatory, Robert Ellis, Mobley, Sarah Jaffe, Devin the Dude, The Digital Wild…and so many more. Let’s just say, it’s huge. There’s a lot to take in, so it’s good that fest-goers get to camp on site.

However, as if all that weren’t enough, you’ve got a Float Fest pre-party to reckon with that’s just as loaded with bands, happening tonight at Empire Control Room, 606 E. 7th St. This is one full night of awesomeness:  Sphynx, Letting Up Despite Great Faults (featured on today’s Austin Music Minute), Shivery Shakes, Alex Napping, Gold Beach, Slomo Drags, Young Tongue, Tamarron and Velo.

Everything kicks off at around 8 p.m. Kind of overwhelming, but what a great problem to have. Check it all out.

– Photo of Letting Up Despite Great Faults by Alice Rabbit.

From Nashville to Austin

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From Nashville to Austin

Posted by on Aug 26, 2015

Your humble Austin Music Minute maven recently caught up with songwriter Joanna Barbera on her recent one-year anniversary of living in Nashville. It’s opened her eyes – and ears – to different experiences working as a musician in a vastly different environment.

“I’ve basically have just been hustlin’ and soaking in as much knowledge as I can in this city,” Barbera explains, “putting together a band, gigging at the hip clubs, and co-writing with other writers. Nashville is definitely whipping me into shape as a performer and writer!”

Barbera will begin recording her forthcoming album this fall, focusing on giving listeners an honest account of her growth as a musician and as a person, which is a big part of why she made the move to Nashville. But her hometown remains in her heart. “Austin is always home and I plan to visit and play more frequently, now that I’m a bit more settled,” she says.

Barbera is in town through the remainder of August. She’ll return for a show on Oct. 22th at the Cactus Cafe, but you have the opportunity to see her perform sooner than that – tonight, in fact! See Barbera perform tonight at The Blackheart, 86 Rainey St., sharing the bill with friend and fellow songwriter Shane Cooley, along with Alicia Adkins, The Mystery Achievement, and the mighty Beth Lee & The Breakups. Excellent stuff, one and all. Get there by 8 p.m. Recommended.

– Photography by Steven Alcala.