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    Austin-based nonprofit HOME, Housing Opportunities for Musicians and Entertainers, announces their annual benefit, “HOME COOKIN’ FOR THE HOLIDAYS,” taking place on Friday, Nov. 27, 2020. This year’s benefit will be a virtual broadcast on the Friday following Thanksgiving from 7 - 9 p.m. and will feature music from John Mayall, Marcia Ball/Tracy Nelson/Shelley King/Carolyn Wonderland, Delbert McClinton, Charley Crockett, Ray Benson, Lisa Loeb, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Ruthie Foster, Marc Broussard, Raul Malo, Jackie Venson, Gina Chavez, Vintage Trouble, Irma Thomas, Lucinda Williams, Shinyribs, Joe Ely, Jimmie Vaughan/Sue Foley/Mike Flanigin/Kaz, Jesse Dayton, Miss Lavelle White and Kathy Valentine. Turk Pipkin will be the emcee.

    In addition to musical performances, HOME is excited to present a brand new cooking segment from various artists from the lineup. During the cooking segment portion of the benefit, event viewers will get to join several artists from the lineup in cooking up their favorite holiday dishes. The cooking lineup includes Shelley King and Delbert McClinton, Marcia Ball, Lisa Loeb, Lavelle White, Kevin Russell of  Shinyribs, Irma Thomas, Carolyn Wonderland and emcee Turk Pipkin. The benefit will be donation-based and streamed via the HOME Facebook page and also via Youtube.

    HOME was founded over eight years ago by influential women in the Austin music community, performers and industry professionals alike, as a means to help a fellow musician, Miss Lavelle White, after she moved back to Austin and had no place to stay and no performances lined up. These remarkable women (see board below) recognized the need for there to be a resource for aging musicians and stepped in to establish HOME. Through the nonprofit, they are able to provide financial grant assistance to musicians over the age of 55. They currently have nine full time clients and have just received funding to add at least two more to their monthly support through 2021. With continued support and donations, HOME hopes to continue adding to their COVID-19 Emergency Grant funding, which includes $500 one-time grants for rent and utilities for musicians 55+. Thus far, they have given out over 100 of these $500 grants to help with rent and utilities. For more information on HOME, see: www.homeaustin.org .

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