Gumbo Ya Ya kept the party going Thursday night at TCMF11

Austin — The Eleventh Annual Texas Community Music Festival heads into the home stretch Friday night and will be going great guns all weekend at Central Market, 4001 N. Lamar.

The rains did not keep the music away, or the crowds, at TCMF11.

Wednesday night featured a fabulous and diverse program, featuring the Chaparral Dixielanders, one of the bands that has played in every single TCMF since Day 1.  The evening also featured performances by Suburban Beat and four-time TCMF performers, Woot Talley + The Box.

Thursday saw more diversity, beginning with the Mancini Edition of the Austin Jazz Workshop, another original TCMF performer, along with a healthy dose of Americana from TCMF newcomers, the Stray Bullets, and the large patio crowd stayed and partied with Gumbo Ya Ya like it was still Carnival in New Orleans.

This weekend’s “home stretch” kicks off at 5:30 with the Pecan Street Brass, followed by the Inside Out Steelband and culminating at 8 with Buffalo Grass, another first time TCMF performer.

We’ll be going all weekend, rain or shine, beginning at 10:30 am Saturday with our own Ms. Kat’s Music, our first TCMF program geared specifically toward preschoolers.  Bring ’em out for some music and movement, parents, and enjoy the playground before and after.  Check our schedule page for the day’s events both Saturday and Sunday.

It’s going to be a great weekend of music!  And don’t be surprised if the last thing you see Sunday night at TCMF is a pack of zombies…



Manteca Beat brings it Tuesday night at TCMF11

Austin — The 11th Annual Texas Community Music Festival dodged the raindrops Tuesday evening at Central Market and music lovers were treated to one of our more diverse programs of the 10-day celebration.

The evening was kicked off by the Violet Crown Flute Choir, a subset of host group, the Austin Civic Wind Ensemble.  Unfortunately, ACWE had to cancel Saturday’s opening show but Violet Crown was able to go on, and delivered a beautiful program of classical music, featuring the entire flute family, from piccolo to bass flute!

Next up was Dead Random, a first time TCMF participant who turned the Central Market patio into a honky tonk, with a great and very tight set of County & Western music.

The evening was topped off by Paul Klemperer and Manteca Beat, who dished up a tasty smorgasbord of jazz and rewarded the audience as well as all of us at TCMF with another spectacular performance.

Wednesday’s program kicks off at 5:30pm with TCMF originals, The Chaparral Dixielanders, followed by Suburban Beat at 6:45.  TCMF favorite Woot Talley + The Box rounds out the show at 8pm.

The sun is shining and the tunes will be tasty tonight at Central Market, so make plans to join us at #TCMF11!

Austin Jazz Workshop performs its Miles Davis program at TCMF11

Austin — The Eleventh Annual Texas Community Music Festival served up an ‘all you can eat’ portion of jazz Monday night on the cafe deck of Central Market, with two of TCMF’s longtime and most beloved ensembles.

The evening began with the Austin Jazz Workshop presenting their Miles Davis edition, one of their most popular programs from the past year.  AJW, a 22-year music tradition in Austin area schools, recently performed it’s 2,000th school program and TCMF is celebrating its accomplishment with three programs at this year’s festival.   Mike Melinger and the AJW performed its Gershwin program over the weekend.  Miles was on the deck Monday night.  Thursday at 5:30, “The Panther Prowls” again, with AJW’s Henry Mancini program.

Bobby Davis and the 19-piece Austin Jazz Band then blew the crowd away, with an extended set of big band jazz, performed by some of Austin’s finest jazz artists.  High, low, fast and slow … the Austin Jazz Band performed it all, and to the delight of the audience.

Because of regional flooding and potential weather threats, the Austin Brass Band was unable to appear.

TCMF11 continues Tuesday at 5:30pm with the Violet Crown Flute Choir, followed by Dead Random at 6:45.  The evening’s headliner will be Manteca Beat, featuring the incomparable Paul Klemperer on sax.  If you missed Paul over the weekend,  you don’t want to miss Manteca Beat tonight!

Come on down to Central Market Cafe, 4001 N. Lamar, for Day 5 of TCMF11.  We’ve got something for everybody tonight and every day this week!

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