Last Saturday, more than 600 people packed Emo’s to support the SIMS Foundation at the non-profit’s Heart of The City fundraiser. Mayor Steve Adler was presented with the Heart of the City Award for his efforts to protect and grow the music industry under threat from the rapid expansion in Austin.
The event, SIMS biggest fundraising event of the year, brought in more than $125,000. The funds are used to help SIMS provide compassionate, reliable mental health and addiction recovery services for Austin musicians, music industry professionals and their families. By giving barrier-free access to mental health professionals at low or no cost, SIMS can offer life-saving services that enhance and secure the health and wellbeing of music industry professionals, ensuring the future of our creative music city.
The event brought together an amazing group of noteworthy Austin musicians and storytellers for a one-of-a-kind “Moth Radio meets Rock Show,” which gave attendees a behind-the-curtains glimpse of legends lost (David Bowie, Prince, Merle Haggard and Selena, among others) through anecdotes and musical performances. The tribute also celebrated the incredibly talented Austin musicians who were fortunate enough to play with the aforementioned legends during their careers.
Hosted by Joe Nick Patoski and curated by Heart of the City’s Musical Director Adrian Quesada, the evening featured stories and performances by: Kathy Valentine, Israel Nash, Louis Black, Margaret Moser, Pete Astudillo, The Jones Family Singers, Redd Volkaert, Riders Against the Storm, Jeff Klein, Nakia, Michael Ramos, Carson McHone, Greg Gonzalez, The Soul Supporters, Stephanie Bergara, Graham Williams, Andy Langer, Leo Rondeau, John Speice, Sonia Moore, Grupo Fantasma Horns and Charlie Sexton.
*Photographs by Sarah Bork