TCMF X dates set!

The TENTH anniversary Texas Community Music Festival will be held April 17-26, 2015 at Central Market North in Austin.

Stay tunes for details!

TCMF IX — don’t miss the last day, SUNDAY!!!

Lone Star Swing Syndicate brings the big band sound to TCMF, Saturday, 4-26-14

Lone Star Swing Syndicate brings the big band sound to TCMF, Saturday, 4-26-14

Austin — The Ninth Annual Texas Community Music Festival – arguably the best attended and performed TCMF to date – ends Sunday (today) at Central Market, 4001 North Lamar, in Austin.

The program begins at 11am with a traditional Jazz Brunch with traditional (Dixieland) jazz band La Grosse Tete, and continues throughout the day with a lineup of big bands, concert bands and swing repertoire.

Please check the schedule page for more information.

TCMF presenter and founding band, Austin Civic Wind Ensemble, will be one of the day’s highlights, with more than 60 musicians on the deck. TCMF closes Sunday night at 8 with our final headliners, The Vintage 15!

if you missed us Saturday, shame on you! TCMF presented another diverse program, with the Skylarks, Trilogy clarinet quartet from Marble Falls, Lake Bottom Jazz Band, Lone Star Swing Syndicate, Dr. Steve Sodders’ ACC Stage Ensemble and Rhythm Congress, who filled the dance floor with a rendition of  everybody’s favorite Wilson Pickett tune, Mustang Sally!

The evening culminated with one of TCMF’s and ?Austin’s most accomplished World Music artists, Oliver Rajamani.

TCMF IX. The. Best. Ever!

Eighth Day at TCMF … Rhythm and Blues, Blues and Rhythm!

Candace Bellamy headlines Friday's presentation of TCMF IX

Candace Bellamy headlines Friday’s presentation of TCMF IX

Austin –  The Ninth Annual Texas Community Music Festivsl headed into its final weekend Friday at Central Market with an evening of blues, funk and sweet soul music.

A packed house brought the love for TCMF “co-pilot” Kathleen Brotherton, who starred in the first two sets of the night; first as lead singer and guitar for blues band Them Blue Skies, and then as guitar and flautist for Get It Good, a new jazz-funk project that made it’s second public appearance Friday night, though nobody would ever have guessed that based on the quartet’s poise and tight performance.

The mood got smoother as the evening got longer, with Friday’s headliner, Candace Bellamy, bringing it all home.  Candace, an Army physician from Fort Sam Houston, traveled from San Antonio for her third TCMF performer, and filled the beautiful evening air with a fabulous set of sweet soul music.  Again.

TCMF continues Saturday morning at 11am with The Skylarks and culminates with headliner Oliver Rajamani at 7:30pm.  Check our schedule page for Saturday’s and Sunday’s complete lineup of artists.

Accidentally on purpose — TCMF tears up Thursday night!

Austin — The Texas Community Music Festival drew perhaps its biggest weeknight crowd of the two-week festival Thursday night, as two newcomers and a longtime TCMF act took the stage at Central Market North.

The show began with the Dixieland Accidentals, a group which counted TCMF as one of its very first performances back in 2007.  In just a few short years, this band, composed primarily of Austin Symphonic Band members, has grown into a very entertaining traditional jazz ensemble, and showed us why on Thursday night, presenting a full program of Dixieland and traditional jazz, along with a snappy rendition of “Cantina Band” from “Star Wars.”

The Accidentals were followed by the TCMF debut of The Bare Feat, a group of young writers/musicians who brought the heavy funk to the Cafe.  Tremendous energy, great stage presence, funkier than funky compositions … these guys (and gal) are going to go far.  If you were in the audience Thursday night, you’ll remember being able to say “I saw them at Central Market when they were just starting out.”

Thursday’s entertainment concluded with another TCMF debut band, the House of Rock and Roll, the “House” band for the Texas Legislature, featuring Rep. Richard Pena Raymond and Rep. Joe Pickett.  With a lively set of old-time rock and roll covers, they got people onto their feet – dancing, singing and having a good time.

TCMF heads into the home stretch tonight at 5:30, when our very own Ms. Kat, Kathleen Brotherton, takes the stage in back to back performances by Them Blue Skies and Get It Good.  If you’ve attended TCMF the past few years, you’ll know Kathleen … and if you haven’t yet heard her sing and play guitar, then you really need to get down to Central Market this evening!  (Rumor has it that Them Blue Skies will have a horn section, too…)

Tonight’s headliner is our favorite musical medicine lady — Candace Bellamy — who’ll be laying down the R&B starting at 8:00.

TCMF continues throughout the weekend until we conclude on Sunday night.  All performances are family friendly.  And ALL performances are free!

Get on out here!


Second Wednesday of TCMF — Brass, Steel Drummers and Eight-String Strummers!

Austin — The Ninth Annual Texas Community Music Festival presented yet another diverse, mind-boggling combination of musical performances Wednesday night, featuring the Pecan Street Brass, Inside Out Steel Band and the Austin Mandolin Choir.

Read Ms. Kat’s report on Wednesday’s show!  (This is a great blog folks, by our own Kathleen Brotherton!)

Check out some of the video from these wonderful performances!
Pecan Street Brass

Inside Out Steel Band

Austin Mandolin Orchestra

TCMF kicks off tonight at 5:30 with the traditional jazz stylings of the Dixieland Accidentals, followed at 6:45 by R&B/Funk brass band, The Bare Feat, a promising band of young funkafizers with a big bright future.  We’re thrilled to see them at TCMF tonight!

The evening culminates at 8pm with a special performance by The House of Rock and Roll, a classic rock band featuring several members of the Texas Lesiglature.  And, considering what those folks go through working for us in the Capitol, expect this show to be rowdy and exciting. Be prepared to ROCK!

TCMF IX continues Friday at 5:30 with an evening of BOTH KINDS of music … Rhythm AND Blues!  And we’ve got a full day of music both Saturday and Sunday, so you’ve got no excuse to miss the most diverse  smorgasbord of  music in Texas … and it’s ALL FAMILY FRIENDLY AND ALL FREE!

See you at Central Market!

Week 2 of TCMF Well Underway!

Waking Fable "kills it" Tuesday night at Texas Community Music Festival IX.

Waking Fable “kills it” Tuesday night at Texas Community Music Festival IX.

Austin — The ninth annual Texas Community Music Festival returned to Central Market Tuesday night with some memorable performances by newcomers and TCMF veterans alike.

The program was kicked off by TCMF rookies, Waking Fable, an Austin-based quartet who performed a primarily original program, mixed in with a couple of creative and exciting twists on some old favorites.  It may have been one of the more inspiring sets of the festival to date!

They were followed by the Austin Banjo Club, who have performed in virtually every TCMF since the beginning.  They didn’t disappoint, strumming and plucking their way through a set of classic jazz favorites, some of which dated back to the turn of the century … the 20th Century!

The evening culmintated with a return performance from About 7, who presented an hour of Americana, replete with the sweet combination of sounds produced when you add a violin, mandolin and dulcimer to the traditional mix.

Another evening of diverse music in the biggest musical smorgassbord anywhere, TCMF!

Wednesday’s program begins at 5:30pm, with the Pecan Street Brass, a classical brass quintet, including members of TCMF’s sponsoring organization, the Austin Civic Wind Ensemble.  At 6:45, the Inside Out Steel Band will fill the air with sounds from the tropics, and at 8:00, TCMF will feature the Austin Mandolin Choir.

Texas Community Music Festival will continue Thursday and Friday evenings and go on all weekend, ending at 9pm Sunday, April 27.

So bring the family.  Every performance is free.  And every performer’s playing for the love of music and our community.   What could be better than that?




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