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!