SMOKEFREE AUSTIN CELEBRATION FINALE WITH MARCIA BALL AND SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM JOE ABLES, THE SAXON PUB
Friday October 2 at 5pm CT is the finale of the Stay Safe at Home Spotlight on Smokefree Austin, featuring five-time GRAMMY nominated artist, Marcia Ball. In addition, Joe Ables of the famed Saxon Pub shares how going smokefree was better for the health of his employees and for business.
In total, 14 artists and one venue owner shared their stories about working in smoke-filled venues and the health and financial benefits of going smokefree. Austin has been smokefree since 2005, and over the last 15 years continued to be a destination for music fans and home to hundreds of musicians. Showcasing the music and smokefree success stories from Austin should encourage other cities that are not currently smokefree to reconsider its smokefree status and revisit the health, wellness, and financial benefits of being a smokefree city.
KEEPING THE BLUES ALIVE … AND BLUES MUSICIANS HEALTHY
As we move into October, we will showcase Blues musicians who are keeping the tradition and legacy of the Blues alive. We are fortunate to have a number of young artists, some as young as 18 and 19 years old, share their talents with our audience. Many of these artists are from cities and states that are not yet smokefree, and all of them represent a younger generation of nonsmokers who support and demand smokefree protections.
Oct 6 Young Blues Artists featuring Little Dylan, Justin Golden, Jayy Hopp, and Sean McDonald
Oct 9 Jontavious Willis and Jayy-Hopp
Oct 13 Larry Griffith
Oct 16 Selwyn Birchwood
Oct 20 Memphissippi Sounds – Cam Kimbrough and Yella P (Damion Kereem Pearson)
OCTOBER 23, 2O2O = 50TH STAY SAFE AT HOME SHOW
Our Stay Safe at Home series reaches another milestone in October: our 50th show will be aired on Friday, October 23! When we initially transitioned to this online platform, we were committed to continuing our support of musicians, artists, and other workers in music venues, bars, and casinos when live gigs ceased. Subscribe to our Stay Safe at Home playlist to see our featured artist for this 50th show and future shows through the end of the year.
Smokefree Music Cities is a project of the American Nonsmokers’ Rights (ANR) Foundation, a national non-profit public health advocacy organization working to educate the public and policy makers about the hazards of secondhand smoke and the benefits of smokefree environments. Musicians, performers, hospitality staff, and fans’ health is at risk when smoking is allowed inside venues.