Austin mu­si­cians ready to jam for adop­tion group

Austin American-Statesman - - FOOD & LIFE - By Es­ther Ro­bards-forbes er­o­bards@west­ Contributed Con­tact Es­ther Ro­bard­sForbes at 912-2548.

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.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.adop­tion­coali­ his daugh­ter, Scrib­ner, an im­print of Simon & Schus­ter, an­nounced Mon­day that the book is sched­uled for next fall. It is cur­rently un­ti­tled.

“It ex­plains and talks about all the de­vel­op­ments in car­di­ol­ogy by go­ing through my own case,” the former vice pres­i­dent said Mon­day dur­ing a brief tele­phone in­ter­view.

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