TCMF rocking Central Market!

Austin — The Tenth Annual Texas Community Music Festival entertained huge opening crowds at Central Market North, despite numerous attempts by Mother Nature to rain on its parade.

A record crowd packed the deck Friday night during stormy weather and were rewarded with wonderful performances by Trilogy Clarinets of Marble Falls, Not Past 11 and Rhyrhm Congress, with special guest singer Samantha Prate.

Saturday’s show began with the first of two TCMF appearances by the Austin Civic Wind Ensemble and featured another twelve performances, including the ninth TCMF appearance by the Austin Jazz Workshop, featuring their big band presentation of the music of Count Basie.

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Sunday’s performances are well underway and culminate at 7:30 pm with Boss Street Brass Band.  It’s sunny and warm.  Perfect day for music!!!




Are you ready to TCMF? Come on out tonight!

Austin — The Tenth Annual Texas Community Music Festival kicks off at 5:30pm Friday at Central Market North (rain or shine) with the following opening night performances:

5:30 – 6:30pm  — Trilogy Clarinets of Marble Falls

6:45 – 7:45pm — Not Past 11

8:00 – 9:00pm — Rhythm Congress

Not Past 11 will be making their initial appearance at TCMF.  Trilogy has entertained us for a number of festivals, and tonight’s headliners, Rhythm Congress, has been part of every Texas Community Music Festival since year 2.  The band will be debuting a special guest artist tonight, vocalist Samantha Prate, and according to “insiders,” TCMF’s longtime R&B band will be funkier and more soulful than ever!

Come out and help us celebrate our 10th anniversary with some great music, intimate setting and every kind of refreshment you can imagine — from soup to nuts, literally!

Stay tuned to our website, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for updates throughout this year’s TCMF.  And bring the whole family!

Texas Community Music Festival is sponsored by the Austin Civic Wind Ensemble and graciously hosted by Central Market.  Check our website for a list of our wonderful sponsors and contributors!

And a’one, and a’two!


Austin — The Tenth Annual Texas Community Music Festival kicks off Friday, April 17 at 5:45pm at Central Market North, 4001 N. Lamar, in Austin.  And though the weatherman may be predicting rain (they always do for Austin in April), THE SHOW WILL GO ON RAIN OR SHINE, as it always has.

This year’s festival features another widely diverse smorgasbord of musical performances and performers, from solo songwriters to concert bands of more than 70 pieces, and everything in between.  If you’re a jazz aficionado, you won’t want to miss TCMF.  If you love the blues, bluegrass and rhythm and blues, you won’t want to miss TCMF.  World music?  Check!  Brass bands?  Check!  Funk and soul?  We got you covered.  Everything from an Andean folk music ensemble to a Zombie marching band… and everything in between.

For 10 years, we’ve been proud to bring Austin’s community of musicians together for a yearly celebration at Central Market North.  And this year, we’ll be doing it again.

Remember, ALL performances at the Texas Community Music Festival are family-friendly and FREE of charge, thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, private contributors (you can be one, too!)  and of course our sponsoring organization, the Austin Civic Wind Ensemble, and our gracious host, Central Market.

Check out the schedule page and come out and join us for great music, friendly surroundings and wonderful food and drink.

“X” marks the spot!


Room for ONE MORE!

Austin — The Tenth Annual Texas Community Music Festival kicks off in one week with 60 performances over 10 days at Central Market North.

We still have room for ONE MORE performer/small group, for two, 15-minute showcase sets on Saturday, April 25, at 5pm and 6:15.  These showcase sets will be performed on the elevated deck on the west side of the Central Market patio under a canopy and with a basic PA system and microphones available for your use.  If you’re an acoustic act, a single performer or a quartet or quintet, this will be perfect for you.

This website has been updated with schedule information, promotional materials (posters, flyers, etc.) for your band to customize and distribute to your friends, families, coworkers and followers.  Please take advantage of them!  You’ll find them under the “Press Room” tab.

Final, 2015 musician’s information will be online in the next day or so, with information on parking, security and contact info for TCMF’s selfless volunteer organizers.   Check out the “Player’s Page” tab.

Also, feel free to purchase some TCMF merch at our Cafe Press site.  Remember, the prices for these items are at actual cost … we don’t make a dime on any of it.  But if you’d like to help support TCMF financially, we’ll happily accept your PayPal donation through our host organization, the Austin Civic Wind Ensemble.

It’s going to be the greatest TCMF ever.  I know we say that every year.  But we’ve now been saying it for TEN YEARS!

Can’t wait!


SHAMELESS TCMF PLUG! Show your support for TCMF

Austin – The TENTH ANNUAL Texas Community Music festival is just weeks away from downbeat for what will be the best TCMF ever (we say that every year, and every year it’s TRUE).

For years, the festival has been financially supported by local merchants and, of course, Central Market and the Austin Civic Wind Ensemble. Our CafePress Merchandise page has and will continue to be a cost-only site, meaning we don’t collect a dime on the sales of TCMF logo merch. In fact, the Texas Community Music Festival has become an oddity in the music festival world because of our high quality family-friendly, FREE entertainment produced on a meager budget.

Now, this year, in answer to requests by music lovers and participants alike, we are making it possible for you to support the Texas Community Music Festival with your personal donation through PayPal. You’ll see new signage, branding and a new stage area at this year’s festival. Your donation will help defray the added expense of those items.

If you’re so inclined, please, click the PayPal button on the right and donate to TCMF. Your tax-free donation will be collected by the Austin Civic Wind Ensemble and devoted to this year’s festival and those in the future.

Even if you’re not inclined to give to TCMF, please feel free to drop a coin or two in the tip jar for our bands or buy some of their CDs, and support the community of Texas musicians!

End of plug!

See you soon…

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.




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