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September 19, 2023

HAAM Day 2023

By: Laurie Gallardo

Primo the Alien. Photo: NaStacia Ellis.

Your AMM host hears a lot of stories from local musicians about HAAM. These are praises shouted from the rooftops. “If it wasn’t for HAAM, I wouldn’t have been able to see a doctor…” “Without HAAM, I wouldn’t have been able to get this dental work I needed…” “If HAAM wasn’t here to help me, I would not have been able to get my surgery…”

The Health Alliance for Austin Musicians provides access to affordable health care for the population that makes this city the Live Music Capital. Since 2005, HAAM has helped thousands of musicians across seven counties with everything from eye exams, to out-patient procedures, to referrals, to basic health needs. Even a musician working several gigs a week or working multiple side jobs may not be able to afford insurance, let alone rent or groceries. With community support, HAAM has essentially saved lives.

Today is HAAM Day 2023, a citywide celebration featuring live music performances at venues and other spots around town, while participating businesses and restaurants donate a portion of today’s sales to HAAM. Check HAAM’s website for a full schedule of today’s shows, which include Live at Geraldine’s with Chief Cleopatra; a huge Paul Simon tribute show at Sagebrush with Akina Adderley, Bonnie Whitmore, Dossey, Graham Wilkinson, Dawn and Hawkes and more; the Ephraim Owens Experience at The Continental Club Gallery; Tameca Jones and Money Chicha at Antone’s; HAAM Day Live at Volstead with A. Sinclair, Thor and Friends, Danny Golden, and Tearjerk; Zach Person at Still Austin; and a show at The ABGB on W. Oltorf, where KUTX’s Susan Castle will host performances by Shinyribs, Selena tribute band Bidi Bidi Banda, and Primo the Alien, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.


October 30, 2023


Genesis Owusu returns to Austin to perform tomorrow night at Empire Garage.


October 28, 2023

LEVITATION: Saturday and Sunday

AMM picks for LEVITATION weekend, including Amyl & The Sniffers, Durand Jones, Altin Gün and more.


October 27, 2023

LEVITATION: Friday & Saturday

The AMM’s LEVITATION 2023 picks for Fri/Sat, including Alan Palomo, Allah-Las, Queen Serene and more.


October 26, 2023

So Very Curious, Indeed

A Curious Mix of People book launch reunion show, Saturday at The Parlor on Guadalupe.


October 25, 2023

Friday at Radio East

Black Live Music Fund & Radio East present a DAWA benefit with Latasha Lee and Blakchyl.


October 24, 2023

The Returner

Allison Russell brings The Returner Tour to 3Ten tomorrow night.


October 23, 2023

Haunt Me and Dark Shadows

Cover your neck. Or don’t. It’s the Goth Gala tonight at Sagebrush, with Haunt Me, and a screening of the original ‘House of Dark Shadows.’


October 21, 2023

Bienvenido al Laboratorio

Carrie Rodriguez’ LABORATORIO at Stateside on Sunday, with Angélica Garcia & Cat Cardenas.