As we here in Festival, Texas, teeter on the precipice of the capital’s second-half music fests, locals can enjoy one final respite before Depeche Mode, Goblin, Ice-T, and their ilk pull tour buses into our renowned heavy electro/heavy metal/heavy folk parking lot. The Cure? HAAM.
Austin-centric sweet spots for homegrown music flourish in our wellspring of sounds: Free Week in January, the summer months after local spring festivals, and Thanksgiving to New Year’s, when the holidays keep most tour-ists home.
Count HAAM Day as another niche.
The Health Alliance for Austin Musicians, providing affordable health care for penniless musicians, teams with Whole Foods Market and dozens of local businesses in donating 5% of the day’s proceeds to the well-being of our town’s soundtrackers.
Where? Everywhere. Here’s a quick, 12-hour sampling.
10am: Paula Nelson Band, Whole Foods Market
Noon: Erin Ivey, Hanger Orthopedics
1pm: Shinyribs, Whole Foods Market
3:30: Steve Brooks, ABIA: Earl Campbell’s Sports Bar
5:30: Peterson Brothers, Frank Smith, Rocketboys, Wooldridge Square Park
7pm: Mandy Mercier, B.B. Rover’s Cafe & Pub
9:30: Ghosts Along the Brazos, One-2-One Bar
10:30: Ephraim Owens Experience, Continental Club Gallery– Raoul Hernandez
November is two months off, yet thanks-giving arrives with this bounty of Austin talent banding together for the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians. The eye-popping bill features Christopher Cross, Jimmie Vaughan & Lou Ann Barton, Eric Johnson, Ray Benson, Charlie & Will Sexton, Carolyn Wonderland, Malford Milligan with Van Wilks and Marcia Ball, Monte Montgomery, Shake Russell & Michael Hearne, Suzanna Choffel, and Quiet Company. Grab a copy of the All ATX CD too!– Margaret Moser
Jaw-dropping local jazz shredder.
Despite 2011’s Life Fantastic signaling maturity, Man Man’s live show remains an unsinkable battleship. Piano-punching vocalist Honus Honus and percussion master Pow Pow face off up front, while a manic accord of xylophones, horns, noisemakers, and keys rattle jazz-studied freakouts and general musical mischief behind them. Through the bleached-white, feather-flying chaos comes a stirring ballad of love and dread. That’s what makes Man Man so effective as an experimental band. They start with a great song.– Kevin Curtin