This long-standing Austin tradition (which benefits HAAM), unofficially kicks off the annual SXSW Music Festival and is regarded by the Austin music scene as THE party to be at.

Held in the intimate backyard of GSD&M, guests enjoy exclusive access to performances by the legendary Ray Benson and Asleep at the Wheel plus his slew of friends, which has included artists such as Randy Rogers, Wade Bowen, Charlie Sexton, Carolyn Wonderland, The Avett Brothers just to name a few. Ray has also invited a few up and comers to share the stage with him over the year... none other than the King of Country, George Strait and a certain Red Headed Stranger, Willie Nelson.

New in 2019, HAAM is proud to partner with BMI and merge their iconic Howdy Texas Party with Ray's Annual Birthday Bash - now known as BMI Howdy Texas hosted by Ray Benson.

In 2018, Ray Benson’s 67th Birthday Bash raised more than $130,000 for HAAM through sponsorships, a silent auction, and on-site donations. Special thanks to Presenting Sponsors Delaware North and Netspend as well as sponsors Sugar & Dude, Chevron, Duff Stewart & GSD&M, St. David's Foundation and Seton Healthcare Family.

Tickets are invite only, though a limited number of sponsorships are still available. For more information, email Rikki Hardy at or click to view BMI Howdy Texas Hosted by Ray Benson Sponsorship Opportunities.