Austin musicians ready to jam for adoption group
Get ready to jam for a good cause with some of the best musicians on the Austin music scene.
The Mistletoe Jam is from 6 to 10 p.m. Wednesday at Threadgill’s South, 301 W. Riverside Drive. Threadgill’s South will play host to the third annual jam, which benefits the Adoption Coalition of Texas. The event is free, but donations will be accepted. It is recommended to call ahead to 450-8608 to save a spot.
Austin band Byrd and Street is headlining and will be joined by Dana Cooper, Elizabeth McQueen, Karen Abrahams, Shelley King, Greg Whitfield and others.
“All of the artists are donating their time and talent for the event and it will be a magical eve- ning,” said Kathy Street, one half of the dynamic Byrd and Street duo.
Street and her musical partner, Tommy Byrd, got involved with the Adoption Coalition a few years ago when Byrd wrote the song “My Forever Family” about adoption, which the coalition uses as a theme song and in promotional materials.
The Mistletoe Jam got started when Byrd and Street tapped their friends in the Austin music scene to hold a free concert to benefit the coalition.
“This cause has become more and more dear to our hearts to find forever homes for children in the adoption system in Central Texas,” Street said.
“Last year, it was so great and the crowd was so into it,” said Murray Chanow, executive director for the Adoption Coalition of Texas. “It was standing room only last year, and we’re really looking forward to doing it again.”
The Adoption Coalition of Texas is a collaborative project between five adoption agencies in the state. While the focus of the coalition is finding homes for all children, they’re particularly focused on children older than the age of 6.
“Once a child turns 6, the chances of them being adopted decrease every year,” Chanow said.
On any given day, there are 600-700 children in Central Texas that are up for adoption.
“It means a lot to see the crowds come out and support us,” Chanow said.
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