Austin Blues Society

keeping the blues LIVE in Austin


Open blues jams are hosted every 2nd and 4th Thursdays at El Leon's Bar at 1910 Cesar Chavez in Austin ($5 cover, jammers free, discount for members)

The Austin Blues Society joins with Austin Music People and the greater music community in our grief over the deaths and injuries suffered at the 2014 SXSW events. The following services have been set up and we encourage you to do what you can to help the victims and yourselves.

SXSW Cares (#SXSWCares): The SXSW Cares Fund will help people affected by the tragic events of March 13, 2014 and future possible events. The funds will be disbursed to those most affected through a community-based process to be created by representatives of SXSW, the Austin Convention Center and the City of Austin. Please donate at

The Blood Center of Central Texas (Type O & Type O Negative): 512-206-1266

APD Victim Services can be reached at 512-974-5037
Witnesses should call APD at 512-974-5186 or email

Those searching for loved ones can call the The American Red Cross at 800-928-4271.

The Red Cross is also offering free counseling for anyone impacted by the incident. Local mental health counselors are available by phone at 512-928-4271, and they are meeting with individuals who want face-to-face. Counselors can work with individuals as well as with groups that have had a shared traumatic experience.

Local musicians and their dependents impacted by this event and seeking counseling are encouraged to contact the SIMS Foundation confidential client line at 512-494-1007.


* Find out who is playing around town with our Blues Calendar.

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