Announcing TCMF X Showcase Sets!

NAJO (then known as the North Austin Jazz Orchestra) performs on the Showcase Stage during the first Texas Community Music Festival in 2006.

NAJO (then known as the North Austin Jazz Orchestra) performs on the Showcase Stage during the first Texas Community Music Festival in 2006.

Austin — Texas Community Music Festival is pleased to open additional 15-minute showcase sets for the two weekends of the Tenth Annual TCMF, April 17-26, 2015, at Central Market North in Austin.

Because of the tremendous demand for performance opportunities in this, the Tenth Annual TCMF, we will be accepting single musicians as well as groups up to “big band” size wishing to perform in 15 minute increments.   In the past, these sets have been performed from the covered deck at Central Market Cafe, and best suited to solo performers and acoustic groups of up to four or five musicians.  This year, however, we will be moving these 15-minute “break sets” to the right of the stage, nearest to the parking lot entrance to the CM Cafe, and will be open to groups as large as 16 musicians.

This space was used for performances during the first two TCMF’s and this year, we’ll be providing a canopy similar to the one on the main stage.  We also hope to be providing a small PA for singers and announcements, but we won’t be providing a large enough system to mic a large group.

If you’re interested in getting in on this year’s historic festival, please consider reserving two of these sets, guaranteeing you and your ensemble will get 30 minutes (at least) to perform while the main stage transitions between acts.

First priority will be given to groups who have already requested a place on the cancellation waiting list, so hurry.  These slots will be filled faster than you can say TCMF, regardless of your pronunciation.

For more information, please contact us at

The Texas Community Music Festival is Texas’ oldest festival celebrating the vast and diverse community of Texas musicians.  The 2015 TCMF is our 11th festival (2013 saw a festival in fall as well as spring) and has drawn tens of thousands of music lovers of all ages.

A production of the Austin Civic Wind Ensemble, TCMF has been graciously hosted by Central Market since its inception in 2006.

As always, all performances at TCMF are family friendly and free to the public.




TCMF X schedule fills in record time!

Austin — Booking for the tenth annual Texas Community Music Festival is complete!

The schedule for TCMF X, April 17-26, 2015, has filled rapidly.  This year’s festival promises to have as great a community feel as any past TCMF.

We are now accepting reservations for a waiting list in case of late cancellations, which almost always seem to happen, and soon be making available 15-minute showcase sets for soloists up to quartets.

Contact us at if you wish to perform, want to help or donate a million bucks to TCMF.   (OK, we’ll take five bucks, too!)

And stay tuned …

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!


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