Organization heads in brand new direction with annual concert fundraiser and CD sales from event now benefiting four local music charities including Health Alliance for Austin Musicians, The SIMS Foundation, Austin Music Foundation and Black Fret.
(AUSTIN, TEXAS – Sept. 22, 2016) – ALL ATX is thrilled to have SOLD OUT their annual charity concert and album release event, this year titled “Low Down Violet Crown: Austin Rocks the Blues” taking place on Thursday, Sept. 29 at ACL Live at the Moody Theater. The evening will mark its largest fundraising event yet, with concert and album proceeds now benefiting four of Austin’s most beloved music nonprofit organizations, including Health Alliance for Austin Musicians, SIMS Foundation, Austin Music Foundation and Black Fret.
The concert will be headlined by The Doobie Brothers and also feature performances from Bob Schneider, James McMurtry, Guy Forsyth, Nakia, Jackie Venson, Walker Lukens and many more acts including Doyle Bramhall II, Carolyn Wonderland & Shelley King, Jimmy LaFave, Van Wilks and Water & Rust have also just been announced. The event will be emceed by KUTX’s Jody Denberg. Each local artist will perform their take on classic blues-rock songs, and a studio album of the featured renditions will be available for purchase both at the event and at Waterloo Records beginning Sept. 30.
Doors for the show are 6:30 p.m. with music at 7:30 p.m. There will be a red carpet starting at 6 p.m. for celebrity and VIP guests. For more information, please visit: http://acl-live.com/calendar/all-atx-2016.
“This year’s concert celebrating ‘blues-rock’ is going to be the biggest and best yet with Bob Schneider, Doyle Bramhall II, a long list of Austin’s finest and guest artists The Doobie Brothers,” said Gary Keller, Founder of ALL ATX. “We are so grateful and encouraged by the sellout of this year’s show and all those who have embraced this great cause. There are still many ways to help, including purchasing this year’s ALL ATX CD on Sept. 30 at Waterloo Records, donating at ALLATX.org/donate, and simply getting out and supporting local live music.”
This year’s ALL ATX CD will feature the following artists and track listing:
1. Nakia and the Blues Grifters – Whippin’ Post
2. Walker Lukens – Right Place, Wrong Time
3. Jimmy LaFave – Long as I Can See the Light
4. James McMurtry – Tight Rope
5. Grupo Fantasma – Waitin’ for the Bus
6. Bob Schneider & Doyle Bramhall II – Black Betty
7. Marcia Ball, Carolyn Wonderland & Shelley King – Woodstock
8. David Ramirez – I’ve Been Loving You Too Long
9. Sweet Spirit – Stay with Me
10. Danny Malone with Bob Schneider – Breakdown
11. Black Pistol Fire – Oh Well
12. Van Wilks – The Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys
13. Jackie Venson – I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)
14. Guy Forsyth – You Keep Me Hanging On
15. Moving Panoramas – American Girl
16. The South Austin Moonlighters – Witchy Woman
17. Water & Rust – Seven Bridges Road
ALL ATX’s primary mission is to protect and develop Austin’s position as the “Live Music Capital of the World” by helping Austin musicians with education and affordability solutions. ALL ATX costs will be underwritten for the next five years by Gary Keller and Mary Pfluger, ensuring that every dollar raised goes to support local musicians.
“Under new strategic direction, ALL ATX has shifted its focus from providing Austin with a ‘Music Factory,’ to improving the overall conditions for the city’s musicians,” said Keller. “After a deep study of the Austin’s Music Census, we were able to identify key areas in which musicians need support: healthcare, education, affordability, professional support and housing. As a result of these findings, we now want to provide musicians with the fundamental support they need by channelling the funds raised by ALL ATX into local charities that are helping to solve these issues.”
“There are so many great organizations that already exist that are targeting these key areas. With a strong push towards these organizations, and a more unified effort, we believe we can help make a longer lasting contribution to this city and our music community,” said Keller. “This year we have chosen HAAM and SIMS in healthcare, the Austin Music Foundation in education, and Black Fret in professional support, and we are actively exploring ways to move the meter quickly in the affordability and housing areas.”
ALL ATX’s leadership is dedicated to providing Austin’s music nonprofits with what they need to be able to reach as many local musicians as possible. For example, ALL ATX arranged for a property on South Lamar to be secured and rented at cost to HAAM. The nonprofit now has a larger, more dynamic office space to continue the phenomenal work they do for the city’s musicians. ALL ATX has also arranged a gift from Gary Keller and Mary Pfluger to Foundation Communities in order to provide more affordable housing opportunities for musicians. “As people and as businesses, we have all chosen to make Austin home,” said Keller. “For years we have hung our hat on this city being the ‘Live Music Capital of the World.’ We’ve all benefited from this unique culture. However, as a city, we have not united in protecting our musicians and the culture they helped create. If you take a look at the Music Census, our city is losing its creative community. We need to unite to keep them here. That is why we created ALL ATX.”
About ALL ATX:
ALL ATX is an Austin music education based 501(c)(3) nonprofit that, in addition to its education outreach, raises money for Austin’s music charities that aid musicians in the areas of healthcare and income support. Currently, ALL ATX benefits the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM), The SIMS Foundation, Austin Music Foundation (AMF) and Black Fret. Through investing in these organizations, ALL ATX is striving to make Austin a musician’s paradise that provides our professional musicians with the resources they need to not only succeed in their craft, but also maintain a healthy livelihood. ALL ATX’s primary mission is to protect and develop Austin’s position as the “Live Music Capital of the World” by helping Austin musicians with education and affordability solutions. For more information, please see: www.allatx.org. Donations can be made by visiting: www.allatx.org/donate.
The mission of Health Alliance for Austin Musicians is to provide access to affordable health care for Austin’s low-income, uninsured working musicians, with a focus on prevention and wellness. Austin is the “Live Music Capital of the World,” yet many professional working musicians are self-employed and rarely have access to health insurance. Without insurance, they cannot afford preventive health care, including primary medical care, basic dental services and mental health counseling. For more information, please see: www.myhaam.org.
SIMS provides access and financial support for mental health and addiction recovery services to Austin musicians, music industry professionals and their family members. SIMS works with over 90 therapists, psychiatrists and addiction recovery professionals in the Austin area to provide low or no cost services to music professionals suffering from depression, anxiety, trauma, stage fright, relationship problems, addiction and other serious mental health issues. SIMS Foundation: We’re Listening. For more information, please see: www.simsfoundation.org.
About The Austin Music Foundation:
Austin Music Foundation (AMF) is a nonprofit whose mission is to strengthen and connect the local music community with innovative programs that empower music professionals and music businesses within Austin’s creative economy. Austin Music Foundation offers free education specifically tailored to today’s music business climate. With expert panels, consultations, mentoring and mixers, AMF’s programs provide the necessary tools and opportunities to help the Austin music industry succeed. Since 2002, AMF has helped over 20,000 musicians and music industry professionals and remains committed to ensuring that Austin’s creative class and music industry thrive. For more information, please see: www.austinmusicfoundation.org.
About Black Fret:
Black Fret is a public charity headquartered in Austin whose mission is to empower musicians to create and perform great new music. The organization is an innovative evolution of the age-old symphony patronage model that is focused on supporting popular local music. Together, Black Fret’s limited membership will build an endowed institution capable of sustaining more than a million dollars a year in grants to Austin’s artists. For more information, please see: www.blackfret.org.
Media is invited to cover red carpet on the evening of the show beginning at 6 p.m. sharp and are asked to arrive for set up no later than 5:30 p.m. Artists playing the show and other special VIPs, as well as charity partners will be walking the carpet. If you are working media and wish to shoot or review the show, please request a working media pass no later than 5 p.m. on Sept. 27.
To reserve your space on the carpet or for other media inquiries on ALL ATX, please contact Juice Consulting:
Heather Wagner Reed Amber LaFrance
713 208 3891 469 877 1533