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Exec Boards to Fretboards: Austin's Corporate Battle of the Bands

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Exec Boards to Fretboards: Austin's Corporate Battle of the Bands

(Photo Credit: Ben Hines)

 

This past April, Austin’s most unlikely musicians, including doctors and software engineers, took the stage to raise funds for Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM), a local non-profit organization that provides Austin’s low-income musicians with access to affordable healthcare. The organization has served more than 2,700 of the city’s battalion of hard-working musicians since its inception in 2005, giving them access to regular, cost-effective healthcare services.

 

This year’s Corporate Battle of the Bands, sponsored by H-E-B and Cirrus Logic, featured 8 bands made up of full-time employees who play music on the side. Each band was sponsored by a local business, including H-E-B, Cirrus Logic, HomeAway, Intel, Seton Healthcare and St. David’s Foundation.The event raised $73,500 in support of HAAM.

 

The music of the night spanned every genre—folk rock, pop rock, ’60s rock, alternative and more. A panel of celebrity judges, including Kathy Valentine of the GoGos, rock and roll hall of famer Ian McLagan, and KVUE Anchor Quita Culpepper awarded Best Cover Band and Best Original Band, who each received a $500 gift certificate to Strait Music, and the Grand Prize Winner, who will receive a day of recording time at Austin’s Bismeaux Studio and four three-day passes to Austin City Limits (ACL) Music Festival.

 

  • Best Cover Band: Atomic Large Band, Intel
  • Best Original Band: Knuckle Sammich, H-E-B
  • Grand Prize Winner: The Slakes, HomeAway

 

The live audience chose the “Fan Favorite” by filling the tip jar of their favorite band of the night. This year, the honor went to Superhet of Cirrus Logic. The band won an indoor gig at Stubb’s BBQ, an Austin live-music hotspot, and $500 to Strait Music. All tip jar proceeds went to benefit HAAM.

 

In addition, a silent auction was held during the performance to raise funds for HAAM, with prizes including a private party at Gibson Guitar’s exclusive entertainment relations showroom, a Robert Plant and Patty Griffin signed concert poster, and a guitar autographed by Ray Benson of Asleep at the Wheel.

 

“Cirrus Logic proudly supports HAAM and Corporate Battle of the Bands because we love live music and appreciate the gifts that local musicians give us,” commented Jason Rhode, CEO of Cirrus Logic. “Helping musicians get access to health care through HAAM is one way we can give back to these artists. And frankly, Corporate Battle of the Bands is a lot of fun for our employees.”

 

For more information on HAAM’s Corporate Battle of the Bands, visit myhaam.org.

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