Shannon and the Clams cancel upcoming NMF performance after the death of Shannon Shaw’s fiancé

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NELSONVILLE, Ohio (WOUB) — Joe Haener, 41, died in a car accident last week in Aurora, OR. The musician was staple of the Oakland, CA music scene. He was a drummer for The Dodos, Gris Gris, and his  fiancée, Shannon Shaw of Shannon and the Clams.

Indie garage rock band Shannon and the Clams announced Saturday that the group has cancelled their upcoming performances at this weekend’s Purple City Festival and the upcoming Nelsonville Music Festival after Haener’s death.

Two people dressed in denim shirts and cowboy hats lean in, smiling, for a picture. On the left hand side is a female presenting person, Shannon Shaw. On the right is a male-presenting person is Joe Haener. They are outside on a sunny day.
Shannon Shaw and Joe Haener. [Instagram @shanandtheclams]
In the announcement, made via social media, the band wrote:

“Joe was a deeply beloved friend to us all, an extraordinarily kind and sensitive person, a true caretaker and an amazing musician who played in dozens of incredible bands. A frequent traveler in our van and always such a joy to be around. He was Shannon’s number one fan and biggest supporter which was most evident by his beaming face filled with such immense love and pride when he would watch her perform and his constant rotation of Shannon & the Clams T-shirts. Some of his happiest moments were playing drums in Shannon’s solo band. Damn he loved to drum. We are so beyond shattered by this loss.”

A GoFundMe to assist Haener’s family with financial burdens can be found here. At the time of this article’s publication on Monday, August 22, the campaign had hit $75,992 of the campaign’s $80,000 goal.