HAAM Day set for September 13, with live music from dozens of Austin acts

Bob Schneider, Blackillac, Jon Dee Graham and Lesly Reynaga are among more than a dozen acts playing at Waterloo Park on September 13 for the flagship event of the Health Alliance of Austin Musicians’ annual HAAM Day fundraiser.

The 17th annual benefit returns to its pre-pandemic format this year, with more than 200 live music performances across the city, from sunrise to past midnight, in nightclubs, restaurants, grocery stores and other companies.

The biggest show takes place at Waterloo Park, which last year took over from former title sponsor Whole Foods by presenting the HAAM day launch performance at 6am. The honor in this year’s wee hours goes to bilingual singer-songwriter Reynaga, who will return for a second set at 5 p.m.

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Other artists performing at Waterloo Park, who will have music until 10 p.m., include Beat Root Revival, Dawn & Hawkes, Andrew Cashen (of Sweet Spirit and A Giant Dog), D-Madness, Bob Appel, DJ Shani, San Gabriel, Waterloo Beat, West Texas Exiles and Kings of the Night Time World.

Admission is free and open to the public, with donations being accepted on site by HAAM volunteers. A handful of event co-sponsors are giving out food and drink while supplies last, including Torchy’s Tacos and Texas Coffee Traders from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m., Via 313 pizza from noon to 2 p.m. and Amy’s Ice Cream from 3 p.m. to 6 a.m. pm happy hour which also includes tastings of Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Still Austin Whiskey and Dulce Vida Tequila for ages 21 and up.

Dozens of other venues featuring HAAM Day events include Antone’s Concert Hall, ABGB, the Mohawk, Elephant Room and Cheer Up Charlies; multiple presenting sponsor PNC Bank locations; Guero’s, Torchy’s and JuiceLand restaurants; the North Austin Mall, The Estate; and the YETI Flagship store on South Congress. A partial list of venues and artists can be found at myhaam.org, with events being added.

The organization’s largest annual fundraiser, HAAM Day, typically raises over $500,000 from a combination of individual donors at HAAM Day shows and sponsorship funds from local businesses.

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The nonprofit “provides access to affordable health care for low-income musicians in greater Austin, with an emphasis on prevention and wellness,” according to its mission statement. HAAM claims to have helped more than 6,000 musicians access more than $100 million in healthcare services since its inception in 2005.

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