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New Orleanians and Austinites share more than a love for music and a tolerance for pothole ridden streets – both know how to mix having a good time with helping a good cause. Case in point is an Austin fundraiser gala with New Orleans piano professor Henry Butler this Tuesday May 11th at the Palm Door downtown.

Henry Butler at the 2009 Austin City Limits Festival - E. Swanson

The good causes of the evening are the VSA arts of Texas and Knowbility. VSA arts of Texas is a nonprofit that facilitates full access to cultural and educational arts. Knowbility ensures that everybody- with or without disabilities- has access to information and that I.T. is barrier-free. The good times will come from caterers Pink Avocado, musician Henry Butler, and artist Carol Stensrud who will be “painting live”. Butler is a perfect choice for a night of art without boundaries. Butler has been blind since a child, but hasn’t let that stop him from becoming an accomplished photographer or a world class musician. Butler has done high profile gigs in Austin before: He’s appeared at the Austin City Limits Festival and on the big Auditorium Shores stage at SXSW. Yet he’s not a household name in Austin, and that’s too bad, because Henry Butler is one of the greatest living piano players. To see Henry play is to see hands move up and down the keyboard in a blur without missing a note. Then there’s the voice. Formal vocal training has let Henry develop a wonderful deep voice perfect for the music he plays (jazz, blues, R&B, and classic New Orleans). Whichever genre Henry is in the mood to play will be guaranteed to satisfy. Good food, good art, and good music. All for a good cause.

To purchase tickets and learn more about the non-profit’s work visit http://www.vsatx.org/fundraisers.html

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