The Rundown: HAAM Benefit Day Guide

Where to Go, Who to See, and What to Expect

The 9th annual HAAM Benefit Day is Tuesday, September 23, taking place in venues across Austin.

What is it?

HAAM Benefit Day features more than 150 bands that will play in Austin clubs, restaurants, and retail stores. The event, presented by Whole Foods Market, is put on to help raise awareness and money for HAAM, the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians. HAAM helps provide access to affordable health care for Austin’s low income, uninsured working musicians, with a focus on prevention and wellness.

In 2013, HAAM provided 804 hospital visits, 3,165 clinic visits to more than 1,000 patients, and more than 6,000 counseling visits. More than 60 percent of HAAM members do not qualify for Affordable Care Act subsidies, so HAAM does make a difference to Austin’s working musicians.

Local businesses that host the shows of local musicans pledge five percent of their proceeds in support of HAAM.

The Kick Off


HAAM Benefit Day will kick off with ALL ATX: The British Invasion at ACL Live. This event will feature a collection of Austin’s best musicians alongside headliners, Eric Burdon and the Animals and The Zombies.

Austin musicans include:
Alejandro Escovedo
Christopher Cross
• Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis
• Malford Milligan
Dana Falconberry
• Hector Ward & The Big Time
and more.

Tickets for the event range from $35-100 and are available here – with all proceeds going to HAAM.

HAAM Benefit Day 2014


This year’s hosts include: Birds Barbershop, The Continental Club, The Hilton, Holy Mountain, Jackson Walker, Keller Williams, Rattle Inn, Sanctuary Print Shop, Shady Grove, SXSWfm, Waterloo Records and Video, and many more.

A few highlights of this year’s participating restaurants include: Homeslice Pizza, La Condesa, Sway, and Lamberts Downtown Barbecue.

New additions for this year include: AGBG, Benji’s Cantina, Bess Bistro, Easy Tiger, Lick Honest Ice Cream, Rattle Inn, Santa Rita Cantina, Snack Bar, The White Horse, Winflo, and more.

Who’s playing?

The full schedule of performances is available here. Shows start as early at 6:00 am and last as late as 2:00 am.

Here are some of Citygram Austin’s Top Picks (all shows take place Tuesday, September 23 and are FREE and open to the public):

  • Magna Carda at Holy Mountain (9pm-1am)

  • The Nightowls at Holy Mountain (9pm-1am)

  • Otis the Destroyer at SXSWFM at the Palm Door (7pm)


  • Graham Wilkinson at 26 Doors Shopping Center(12-1pm)

  • Mrs. Glass at Hole in the Wall (8pm)



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