Austin — The 8th (and a half) annual Texas Community Music Festival started off with a little bit of “Old Timey” music and finished with a floor ablur with swinging dancers, as we’ve all come to expect from Texas’ most diverse and eclectic music festival!
Special guests from Houston, the Traveling Murphys, led off the show with a bluegrass version of the classic Rock tune “Wipe Out,” which set the stage for the wide variety of music that was to come all day.
Brunchers enjoyed the performance of La Grosse Tete, one of Austin’s most exciting new traditional jazz groups, and then saw repeat performances by TCMF veterans, Austin Banjo Club, Pecan Street Brass and Lohman’s Crossing.
TCMF then featured another Oktoberfest set, performed by the Brushy Creek Brass Band, one of the favorites at the world-famous Walburg Restaurant and biergarten in Walburg, TX. They were making their first of what we hope will be many appearanced at the festival.
Beautiful music drew people from all over the retail center as the crowd built throughout the day, and showed their love to Kunitan, who presented a lively program of Andean folk music as the sun began to set, giving way to the Gypsy-Parisian style jazz of Hot Club Soda.
It has been a long day, but that didn’t stop people from dancing the night away to the evening’s headliners, Rhythm Congress, who put down a funky session that keep people on their feet til closing time.
TCMF 8.1 continues Monday at 5:30pm with Woot Talley and the Box, followed at 6:45 by Las Gasbacha-chas. Monday’s headliners are the Austin Jazz Band, under the baton of Bobby Davis.
TCMF 8.1 concludes Tuesday evening with ACC Jazz night, with the ACC Stage Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Steven Sodders at 6:00, followed by the ACC Jazz Ensemble, directed by Dr. Tom Husak, featuring Grammy Award-Winner Redd Volkaert and American Idol/X Factor star Stacy Seals. It’s going to be a huge show, so don’t miss it!
Austin — Texas Community Music Festival 8.1, our first Fall Showcase rolls into Day 3 today with a lively program of diverse music, including something for everybody… From bluegrass to jazz, to World Music to traditional Oktoberfest blasmusik. And it all culminates tonight at 8 with a special dance hosted by R&B classics, Rhythm Congress.
The festival kicked off Friday with inspired sets by Them Blue Skies, Candace Bellamy and the Vintage 15.
Saturday brought beautiful weather and big crowds to hear traditional jazz from the Numbers and Chaparral Dixielanders; an Oktoberfest set from TCMF veterans Austin Polka Band; big band swing rom the Skylarks and inspiring concert band shows from Band of the Hills and the Austin Civic Wind Enseble.
The evening ended with a colorful powwow-type proves from the Eagle Point Singers and a wild and funky set from Boss Street Brass Band, who had the deck jumping with dancers of all ages until closing time.
Check the schedule page for details on our performances Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.
Austin — Texams Community Music Festival 8.1, our first ever Fall Showcase, kicks off TONIGHT AT 5:30pm, rain or shine!
Them Blue Skies, who include festival coordinators Kathleen Brotherton and Herb Holland, will be first up, followed by the Jazz and Blues stylings of Candace Bellamy at 6:45 and finally culminating with the exciting Vintage 15, one of the most dynamic big bands in Central Texas.
The weather forecast for tonight calls for a 30% chance of isolated showers. That means we will either be playing out in the patio at Central Market, as usual, or under cover on the deck. Either way, the show will go on! The food and drink will be delicious and plentiful, and of course, MUSIC WILL RULE!
So bring the whole family out to Central Market North this afternoon for the first of five straight days of fabulous community music!
Austin — The Texas Community Music Festival’s 2013 Fall Showcase — TCMF 8.1 — kicks off Friday, October 18, when Them Blue Skies takes the stage at Central Market North, at 5:30 pm for a little drive time blues.
This is the first fall showcase of Texas Community musical ensembles and promises to be an excellent five day event. The festival continues through the weekend with performances beginning at 10am Saturday and Sunday and shows Monday and Tuesday evenings.
All performances will take place at Central Market North, 4001 North Lamar, in Austin.
Check the schedule for complete festival lineup and bring the whole family to TCMF 8.1
SPECIAL WEATHER NOTE: TCMF WILL PROCEED AS SCHEDULED RAIN OR SHINE. IN THE EVENT OF INCLEMENT WEATHER, PERFORMERS WILL APPEAR IN THE ENCLOSED DECK IN CENTRAL MARKET CAFE.
All performances, AS ALWAYS, are family friendly and FREE!
Austin — The Texas Community Music Festival’s first ever fall showcase, aka TCMF 8.1, has been booked and will kick off for five straight days and evenings of community music October 18-22, 2013.
All performances will be at Central Market North.
The program features a great many Texas Community Music Festival veterans, including the host band, the Austin Civic Wind Ensemble, as well as a number of newcomers, including the Brushy Creek Brass Band and the Eagle Point Singers, a Native American drumming and dancing group, both of who will be making their first TCMF appearances.
In honor of Oktoberfest, TCMF 8.1 will also feature polka music from Brushy Creek and the Austin Polka Band.
Headliners include the Vintage 15 (Friday) Boss Street Brass Band (Saturday) and Rhythm Congress (Sunday). Monday’s performances will culminate with the ever-popular Austin Jazz Band under the direction of Bobby Davis. Tuesday’s closing night will feature two great big band jazz orchestras from ACC; the ACC Stage Ensemble, directed by Dr. Steven Sodders, and the ACC Jazz Ensemble, under the baton of Dr. Tom Husak.
Stay tuned folks! TCMF 8.1 is set and ready to ROCK!
Austin — Due to overwhelming demand, the new Texas Community Music Festival Fall Showcase — TCMF 8.1 — has been expanded and will take place Friday, October 18, 2013 through Tuesday, October 22, 2013. All performances will be held at Central Market North.
This unprecedented festival will give music lovers a healthy taste of the highly successful Texas Community Music Festival program, diverse music and overall experience, in a shorter, more compact time frame. The weekend is an “off-week” for the Texas Longhorns, which will make it easier than ever to spend a crisp fall weekend enjoying outstanding musical performances by some of Austin’s favorite community musicians.
Additionally, TCMF 8.1 will feature some German-style bands, in tribute to the Texas-style Oktoberfest celebration which will be going on at the time.
Due to the limited schedule, TMCF 8.1 will close to performers much quicker than the typical two-week spring festival, but as usual, we will be presenting a lively weekend of music, as diverse as the Texas music community itself.
Stay tuned for future news, and watch as the schedule fills out!