Austin — The Texas Community Music Festival completed its first week of performances on Wednesday night, with yet another mind-blowingly diverse program of music from three vastly different bands.
TCMF newcomers, Classics N Jazz Brass Quintet opened the show with a program that ranged from classical selections to movie themes to pop classics, like “Here, There and Everywhere” by the Beatles (that’s probably now considered classical music, right?)
Following Classics N Jazz were one of the few bands that have participated in every single TCMF since the beginning, the Austin Polka Band. When TCMF was born, this group performed under the name of the “New Austin Polka Band.” Though the new might have worn off a bit, ahem, the attraction in Central Texas for Central European music – polkas, waltzes, schottisches, Teutonic marches – has been a constant since this part of the state was settled by German, Bohemian, Czech and Polish immigrants. Wednesday night, APB drew dancers of all ages to the patio, including a lovely couple from Europe, who waltzed across Texas … or at least across the patio at Central Market.
The evening was highlighted by another one of TCMF’s longtime attractions, the Austin Jazz Band, led by jazz great Bobby Davis and featuring Lisa Clark on vocals. Incidentally, Lisa holds the record for the most performances in a single TCMF a few years ago when she fronted for virtually every big band in the festival AND brought her own for good measure.
The band performed at the highest level, as usual, and the audience loved every note, chord and solo.
YOU CAN READ AND SEE A FABULOUS ACCOUNT OF WEDNESDAY’S PROGRAM ON OUR OWN KATHLEEN BROTHERTON’S BLOG. Click here to see Ms. Kat’s Music & Movement.
TCMF will return on Tuesday, April 22 and continue daily through Sunday, April 27. Have a wonderful holiday weekend.