Staple of Bay Area music scene dies at 41 after car accident

Joe Haener, a fixture of the Bay Area music scene and fiance of garage rock icon Shannon Shaw, died Tuesday morning after a collision with a truck outside his farm in his family in Aurora, Oregon. He was 41 years old.

Shaw, who had planned to marry Haener in her hometown of Napa later this year, confirmed her death in an Instagram post Wednesday morning.

“I can’t even believe I’m writing this but my beloved Joe has passed away. Please send all your love and support to the Haener family I would have joined in November,” Shaw wrote. “The last few days of our lives were some of the best ever. He got to play music with Toody [Cole, the last surviving member of the legendary Portland punk band Dead Moon.] His whole family came to see him play the drums! He consoled me with various things and we had a wedding and a honeymoon. The last week he just had this gorgeous smile because he was thinking about the drums and how good and free it feels to play them. I don’t know what I’ll do without you.”

Haener was driving a Ford F-150 southbound on Ehlen Road near Donald, Oregon, and attempted to make a left turn into his driveway when his vehicle was struck by another eastbound truck. Emergency responders arrived at the scene of the crash at 6:45 a.m. and transported Haener to a nearby hospital, where he later died of his injuries, the County Sheriff’s Office said. Marion at various points of sale.

Joe Haener at Topaz Farm in Portland, Oregon on August 11, 2022.

Courtesy of Noelle Fiore

Haener was born on January 1, 1981 in Portland, Oregon. He went to La Salle High School in Milwaukie and later attended the University of Oregon before heading to the Bay Area and becoming a staple of Oakland’s DIY music scene. . Haener was the drummer for the psychedelic rock group Gris Gris and a touring percussionist for the Dodos following the release of their 2008 album Visiter. Cody Blanchard, guitarist and vocalist for Shannon and the Clams, told SFGATE that Haener started playing drums when he was in the fifth grade, developing his style early on playing on James Brown records.

“His parents let him set up a rig in the living room at the far end of the house and hit as much as he wanted, no matter who else was in the house or how loud it was,” Blanchard said. in an email.

Haener was part of several bands that helped cultivate the Bay Area’s thriving DIY scene in its early and late years, including the post-hardcore band Battleship, as well as Blanche Devereaux, Case Studies, Dream Date, Eatskull and Little Queenie. Before joining Gris Gris, he played Rock N Roll Adventure Kids with Marc Ribak, who now runs the punk festival Mosswood Meltdown and Thee Stork Club, and Oscar Michel, the co-founder of Tacos Oscar in Oakland and a longtime friend and bandmate who would have officiated at Haener and Shaw’s wedding.

“Obviously we played a lot of shows in the Bay Area. Too many to remember,” Michel told SFGATE in an email. “We had a fun two night stay at Bimbo’s [365 Club] Opening for the YYYs at Gris Gris… We loved playing Hemlock Tavern (RIP) all the bands we were together. The Stork Club was also a favorite.”

Among the most memorable shows Michel played with Haener was Gris Gris’ last concert at the now-closed Ghost Town Gallery, better known as the Creamery, in West Oakland in 2009.

“A live recording was made. The room was packed, but it was a magical night,” he said.

Michel also had fond memories of a surprise Rock N Roll Adventure Kids reunion show last December. When the punk band got together for a pre-concert rehearsal, they hadn’t practiced together in nearly a decade, but it was as if no time had passed, he said.

“We caught up, had a blast reminiscing, and realized we didn’t even have to rehearse because the songs were so easy and ingrained in us,” he said. “The show itself was a fun, drunken blur.”

Shannon Shaw and Joe Haener at the Schellraiser Festival in Ely, Nevada in June 2022.

Shannon Shaw and Joe Haener at the Schellraiser Festival in Ely, Nevada in June 2022.

Courtesy of Jose Boyer

Blanchard said the band’s performance at the Mosswood Meltdown last month was Haener’s last show in the Bay Area. The musician, who often filled in on drums for the band after he and Shaw started dating, also played Shannon and the Clams’ pre-festival show at Eli’s Mile High Club, which was hosted by John Waters and held in celebration of Thee Stork. Rebirth of the club. At one point in the performance, Shaw turned to introduce his backing singers, the Donettes, as well as each member of his seven-piece band. When she mentioned that she would be marrying the drummer later that year, the audience erupted into some of the loudest screams of the night.

“Joe and Shannon initially had a long-distance relationship and he would often hop in the van to join the Clams on tour so he could be with Shannon,” Blanchard told SFGATE. “He became a fixture in our lives, an ever-present member of the band’s family.”

Blanchard said Haener and Shaw “orbited each other in the Bay Area music scene for years” before having a chance encounter at a Starbucks in Oregon about six years ago. Haener had moved from California to work on his family’s farm in Aurora, and Shaw was in the middle of a tour with his band, en route to play a friend’s wedding in rural Oregon.

On that particularly rainy October morning, the band stopped at the coffee shop, where Haener approached Shaw and asked if he remembered him from the Bay Area.

“She did, of course, and that chance meeting crystallized their interest in each other and set in motion events that led to their romance, courtship and eventual engagement,” Blanchard said.

In an Instagram statement shared by Shannon and the Clams on Saturday, the band said they would be taking some time off and canceling their upcoming appearances at the Purple City Music Festival in Canada and the Nelsonville Music Festival in Ohio “in light of of this unfathomable loss.”

“We are heartbroken,” the statement said. “We will update you as soon as we have clarity on future dates beyond these and appreciate your sympathy and understanding as we navigate such a painful time for our band.”

In their obituary, Haener’s family described him as “an avid vinyl collector” and “a true audiophile” who often created mixtapes for loved ones. He was a Portland Trail Blazers fan, loved cooking and baking and, “despite his quiet demeanor, was super competitive on game night.”

Haener is survived by his mother and father, Delbert and Nannett, four siblings, Malinda, Danny, Sarah and Beth, and his grandmother, Beverly, as well as seven nieces and nephews. Blanchard said a funeral will be held Tuesday at St. Luke in Woodburn, Ore.

“He was incredibly sweet, non-judgmental, rarely had an unkind word to say about anyone,” Blanchard said. “He was deeply loyal to friends and remembered everyone, always very happy to rekindle old friendships with people he had lost touch with over the years. He loved Shannon so much and planned to spend his life with her.

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