Thanks to our major HAAM Benefit Day sponsors.
Full List of 2017 Sponsors
HAAM Benefit Day brings all of Austin together each year to sing praise for keeping our musicians alive and well. Austin businesses and music venues host over 200 performances from local musicians all over the city and donate a portion of their daily sales to support HAAM. Our biggest fundraiser, HAAM Benefit Day lets customers, businesses and music lovers across Austin do their part to help Austin musicians and feel the satisfaction of contributing to an important piece of the fabric of the city.
On HAAM Benefit Day 2017, we beat our goal of raising $520,000. Thank you, Austin! We are humbled by your support and hope you will join us for the next HAAM Benefit Day on September 11, 2018.
BECOME A SPONSOR
HAAM Benefit Day 2018 will be on Tuesday, September, 11. To become a sponsor, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Calling all volunteers who love music! Do you want to help HAAM on our mission of Keeping Music in Austin Alive & Well, all while catching a great show? We need hundreds of volunteers to pull off HAAM Benefit Day! Sign up to volunteer. We promise that you will have a great time!
Each year, HAAM Benefit Day brings in over a quarter of our operating budget, and we now need your help more than ever! We have experienced unprecedented growth over the past year and set an ambitious goal of raising over $520,000 on HAAM Benefit Day.
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2017 HAAM Benefit Day Guide
Lucas Cook at Zax Restaurant & Bar
Lucas believes we live in a time of over-produced, auto-tuned, cookie cutter music, and he is focused on putting out original music that pleases the ears and the soul. “Toe Tapper” (released spring 2012) is loaded with infectious grooves, catchy hooks and killer harmonies. Fans say that’s exactly what their toes do when they listen.
Margaret Slovak at the Aramark Cafe (Summit at Lantana)
As a composer and guitarist, Margaret combines elements of jazz with classical and world music, creating a unique and highly personal musical style that is deeply expressive. Margaret relocated to Austin, Texas, in May, 2012. She currently performs in restaurants, art galleries, senior care centers, memory care units, oncology treatment centers (chemotherapy infusion rooms) and for private parties.
Marshall Anderson at Peoples RX (South Lamar)
Fresh to Austin, Marshall has been playing guitar since he was fifteen years old back in State College Pennsylvania, and singing at family gatherings and such longer than he can remember. Music had always been his passion though as he'll attest, it didn't always come easily to him, and so, about five years ago, he quit his salaried office job, moved to Illinois, and began the musical journey that has has now led him to where he is today.
Matt Kruetz at Austin Rocks
Matt Kreutz is an Austin born singer/songwriter. Growing up Matt had a knack for mimicking every song that came on the radio. His friends would call him the human jukebox. Many have compared Matt's music to the Folk Rock genre but with a very unique and distinct sound. Along with playing the fiddle, Matt plays acoustic and electric guitar, harmonica and is the lead vocalist of The Matt Kreutz Band.
Michael Fracasso at Whole Foods – Bee Caves
Michael Fracasso is a genre-crossing artist incapable of repeating himself. His critically acclaimed work includes nine distinctive solo CDs, recorded duets with both Patty Griffin and Lucinda Williams, an epic reinterpretation of John Lennon’s “Working Class Hero,” and memorable tributes to Woody Guthrie, Mickey Newbury and Townes Van Zandt. In 2011 he was short listed for the Austin Public Library Award for literary achievement.
Michael Milligan and the Texiana Bluez at Whole Earth Provisions – North Lamar
Michael Milligan and TEXIANA BLUEZ describe their unique sound as "Texas Blues with Louisiana Attitude". This is what happened when they combined their ethnic mixture of original sounds.
Paula Russell at Wholly Cow Burgers
As a member of Actors Equity Association and SAG/AFTRA for 30 years, Paula acted in theatre, film and television and directed critically well-received theater in Los Angeles at The Cast, The Ensemble Studio Theatre, Actors Playhouse and independent venues and at Long Center Rollins and other venues in TX and WA. Paula starred in the Equity production of Always Patsy Cline in Washington, playing to sold-out crowds and standing ovations. She does a 2-hour birthday tribute to the songs of The Cline in September 2016.
Robin Mordecai at Stella San Jac – Westin Downtown
2016 was a big year for Robin, whether he was playing bass for Alpha Rev, drums for Mary Wilson, or working in the studio with Alan Parsons, he was moving and shaking with the best of them. Fast forward to 2017 and we find Robin in the midst of relaunching that solo project that got slightly shelved this past year. "I was born into a musical family and they forced me to start piano at the age of 7. I hated it and finally one night after seven years of lessons, my mother threw her hands up and said "Fine! You don't have to go anymore." By then, I had shifted my focus to drums. I got my mother's old drum set and quickly began a love affair, practicing every night until my parents begged for sleep. I also play guitar, bass and yes, the piano. I began writing songs when I was fifteen and that craft is as much a passion for me these days as the instrumental aspect of music."
Shy Beast (formerly MCG) at Whole Foods – Domain
Powerful vocalist, Mariclaire Gamble began assembling a charismatic tribe of musicians in 2014 which would eventually become MCG. With the help of her Los Angeles-based brother Evan, who is an actor and musician, she began her musical journey. As their musical chemistry began to strengthen, MCG began working on their debut album, Compatible Creature which was released in February of 2015. While MCG has become a local fixture in the Austin indie scene, they are ready to expand their reach. Stay tuned to hear what their newest conception - Shy Beast - will deliver.
Steve Brooks at Central Health
Cross two famous guys named Brooks – Garth and Mel – and you get Austin folksinger Steve Brooks. His Garth side co-wrote the Slaid Cleaves classic “One Good Year,” as well as songs recorded by more than a dozen Americana artists, like Albert & Gage, The Flyin’ As, Danny Santos and Oscar-winning actor Russell Crowe. His Mel side wrote a satirical song-a-week for Jim Hightower’s nationally-syndicated radio show. If there’s a common thread to Steve’s writing, it’s that we can change the world when we look at it from a different angle – or from several angles at once. As Steve puts it – a bit more poetically – “A single new star rearranges a whole constellation.”
The Better Halves at Dell Children’s Medical Center
The Better Halves are an Austin, TX husband-wife musical duo specializing in making listeners smile. Together they write funny, touching duets with clever lyrics and real boy-girl banter. They also play rousing Chet Atkins influenced instrumentals, including a piece played 4 hands on 1 guitar, which always bring down showers of applause! Their songs uplift and entertain all ages, and they perform in settings from weddings to schools to festivals.
The Siekers at Whole Foods – Gateway
Rolf & Beate Sieker started their professional music career in Berlin, Germany. They played many concerts in Germany, toured throughout the European countries, appeared on tv- and radio shows and recorded five albums, two in Nashville and three in Berlin. In 1997 they moved to Nashville, TN and since the year 2000 they live near Austin, TX, live music capital of the world. Also in 1997 they received the keys to the city of Bryan/College Station, TX and in 2008 were inducted into the Gatesville Country Music Hall of Fame.