Posted on October 1, 2012 at 10:24 PM
Tuesday, Oct 2 at 7:24 AM
AUSTIN -- Close to 400 music lovers packed into Antone’s in downtown Austin Monday night for the kickoff of a brand new organization aimed to help aging musicians with housing and other bills.
The group is called Housing Opportunities for Musicians and Entertainers, or H.O.M.E.
The creation of the group was inspired by 83-year-old Lavelle White, a blues singer who has performed in Austin for many years. White recently moved back to Austin and had trouble paying rent and other bills.
Local musicians like Marcia Ball, Carolyn Wonderland, Sara Hickman and Ruthie Foster came to White’s aid with the creation of H.O.M.E. to help out Austin’s aging musicians who may not be getting the kinds of gigs they used to.
“It's important because Austin has a lot of musicians who are becoming of age. Maybe they don't get to work all the time but they still deserve good housing,” said Carolyn Wonderland.
“As we musicians get older and as gigs may get less or more hard to find, we don't have retirement or any kind of fall back so we need to help each other,” Ball said.
A 'Who’s Who' of Austin talent took turns on the stage at Antone’s, singing songs written and performed by White. Artists like Guy Forsyth, Ruthie Foster, W.C Clark and Shelley King were among them.
Organizers were hoping to raise at least $8,000 Monday night.