Musicians Band Together For (A Couple) Good Causes

If you’re in the Austin or Houston area, here are a couple worthy events to keep on your radar screen.

Chris Gray Day – Saturday, Jan. 14, Continental Club complex, 3701 Main, 10 a.m.- 2 a.m. Almost 100 acts will perform to help defray medical bills for Chris Gray, a well-known music writer for the Houston Press who had a serious heart attack last year.

You can see a complete schedule of performers here; notable acts include Umbrella Man, Little Joe Washington, Buxton and native son Hayes Carll. Our own house band, Orange Is In, also has a slot just before Paula Nelson (take a guess who her dad is).

You can purchase tickets or make a donation at this Houston Press website . Organizers have created an event blog that is being updated with the latest news on the benefit. Go there and check out some of the awesome stuff they will be selling and/or auctioning off to help the cause.

YouTube: Hayes Carll “KMAG YOYO”

YouTube: Orange Is In “Time Is My Enemy”

YouTube: Little Joe Washington at the West Alabama Ice House, Houston

Esme Barrera benefits – This weekend and Jan. 28, Austin. Esme Barrera, a 29-year-old music fan, teacher and community activist, was murdered in her Austin home New Year’s Eve or in the early hours of Jan 1. Many Austin-area acts are banding together to raise funds for her family this weekend and at other events later this month.

Follow That Bird, Love Collector, The Dead Space, Foreign Mothers, Kingdom Of Suicide Lovers, Neighbor, Ichi Ni San Shi and Eric Static will play a benefit for the family of Esme Barrera at the Scoot Inn on Thursday, Jan. 12 from 7 p.m-2 a.m. Cover is $5-10, with all proceeds going to Barrera’s family. More info here.

Other benefits taking place include a Jan. 28 show at Beerland with Ted Leo, the Crack Pipes, the Golden Boys and Grape St. and a New York show with Kelli Scarr, Golden Ghost, Jo Schornikow and Shannon Barnett. A compilation of local and national bands is also in the works.

The Austin Chronicle has up-to-date information about the many Esme Barrera memorials and benefits. The Austinist blog also has information about a benefit in Los Angeles. Austin police are still seeking information about Barrera’s murder; let ’em know if you have something.

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