Fall fundraisers for musical causes: Swan Songs, Antone Foundation, All ATX and more

Ruthie Foster plays the Swan Songs Serenade on Oct. 18. JAY JANNER/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

With fall in full swing, local organizations that serve a variety of music-centered causes are gearing up for major fundraising events. Here’s a quick look at a half-dozen on the horizon.

Oct. 18: Swan Songs Serenade with Ruthie Foster at Riverbend Centre. This annual event is the primary fundraiser for Swan Songs, a local nonprofit that arranges intimate concerts for terminally ill patients. There’s no charge to the patients; they request a style of music or a specific local performer, and Swan Songs arranges everything. The musical performer for this year’s Serenade, a gala affair that includes dinner, drinks and an auction, is Austin folk-blues-gospel great Ruthie Foster, a three-time Grammy nominee. $150. 6 p.m. doors. 4214 N. Capital of Texas Hwy. swansongs.org.

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Oct. 19: Clifford Antone Foundation with Booker T. Jones and Jackie Venson at Antone’s. With a dual-purpose mission to “honor the past/invest in the future,” the foundation named for the founder of Austin’s long-running blues haven is all about “Making sure the city’s live music scene stays vibrant while also caring for the Austin area’s population of aging musicians,” as the Statesman’s Gary Dinges wrote last year when the foundation launched. Living-legend keyboardist and bandleader Jones, a lifetime-achievement Grammy recipient, headlines this benefit, with local rising star Venson opening. It’s a members-only event, with memberships available for $250 per quarter or $1,000 annually via cliffordantonefoundation.org. 8 p.m. 305 E. Fifth St.

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The Clifford Antone Foundation also is helping to present the 17th annual Help Clifford Help Kids benefit for American Youthworks, a multipurpose children’s support organization, at ACL Live on Nov. 8. Multiple Grammy-winners Los Lobos are the featured attraction of the 9 p.m. show. Public tickets, $29-$39, are available via the ACL Live website.)

Oct. 29: All ATX “Back to the Armadillo” at Auditorium Shores. This annual affair, which benefits the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians, the Sims Foundation, Black Fret and the Austin Music Foundation, moves outdoors this year. Headliner John Fogerty and former Austinite Michael Martin Murphey join a cast of top locals including Shakey Graves, Jack Ingram, Gary P. Nunn, Fastball, Kelly Willis, My Jerusalem, the Peterson Brothers and Beto & the Fairlanes. $40-$100. 4 p.m. 900 W. Riverside Drive. allatx.org.

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Two of that event’s beneficiaries also have their major annual fundraising events coming up near the end of the year. On Dec. 2 at Emo’s, the SIMS Foundation will hold its annual Heart of the City concert. The theme is “A Celebration of the Cosmic Cowboy,” with performers including Carrie Rodriguez, Monte Warden, David Grissom, Bob Livingston, Michael Ramos and Kelley Mickwee, plus a tribute to the late Austin bassist George Reiff by the Dixie Chicks’ Martie Maguire. Tickets, $125, are available via the SIMS website.

And on Dec. 9, the Paramount Theatre hosts the Black Fret Ball, the annual yaer-end gala of the local music patron organization. Typically, most but not all of the year’s 20 acts nominated for a Black Fret grant perform. This year’s nominees are Akina Adderley, Black Pistol Fire, Bright Light Social Hour, Carolyn Wonderland, Cowboy Diplomacy, Croy & the Boys, Daniel Eyes, David Ramirez, Eric Tessmer, Greyhounds, Jackie Venson, Jane Ellen Bryant, Kinky Machine, Leopold & his Fiction, Los Coast, Mobley, Sarah Sharp, the Deer, Warren Hood and Whiskey Shivers. It’s a members-only event; annual memberships, $1,500, are available via the Black Fret website.

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