East End Fourth Friday! August 2015

Kenny Dorham’s Backyard Presents…   East End 4th Fridays!

East End 4th Friday!

When: August 28, 2015

Where: Kenny Dorham’s Backyard
1106 East 11th Street
Austin, TX 78702

Doors Open:
Gates and kids happy hour:  7pm
Music: 8pm-11pm

Featuring:
DJ Truth
Ibrahim
Aminou
Giles Smith
Afro Caribbean Soul Collective
 Roland and the Root Riddim

Great food from Wasota African Cuisine  *  Arte&Sano Colombian Food  *  Nice N Ful Vegatarian Soul Food Bua Loy Thai Cuisine

Soft drinks and snacks available

FREE Live Oak Beer with ticket

Free East Side Pie Pizza (while it lasts) for kids

For More Information
Contact:
512-565-3864


African Culture Night LIVE!
COME ENJOY A FAMILY NIGHT WITH THE
BEST OF AFRICAN BANDS AND DJ MUSIC

International Grooves World Music Series is BACK

Friday is the return of the International Grooves World Music Series!

Featuring:
6:30 – 7p:  Ahmed Garcia and Muse Oasis
7:30 – 8:30p: Austin Global Orchestra
8:45 – 10p:  HueRTa CuLTuRe
10:15 – 11:30p:  Executive Steel Band

When: Friday, June 5, 2015 6 – 12p

Where: Kenny Dorham’s Backyard, 1106 East 11th Street, Austin, Texas 78702

Cost: Adults – $10, Kids 12 and Under Enter Free. Discounts available for families.

Contact: Harold McMillan, (512) 538-5657

Heads up, the International Grooves World Music Series is back! Join us Friday, June 5th at 6 p.m. as we open Kenny Dorham’s Backyard for an evening of outdoor, family-friendly fun.

The International Grooves Series, first introduced in DiverseArts’s 2012 summer programming season, is a celebration of a rich, multicultural mix of musical disciplines through showcases that honor tradition yet also encourage cross-cultural collaboration. Throughout the summer, there will be many opportunities for audiences to enjoy a wide range of culture-based musical performances that not only entertain, but also connect the East Side to the Austin’s diverse cultural influences.

This Friday, the International Grooves World Music Series has much to offer with four globally-focused live performances, arts & crafts vendors, local food trailers, and plenty of space for picnics and dancing. Families, couples, and singles alike will find something to enjoy from the evening’s event.

Admission will be $10 at the door. Kids 12 and under enter free, and there will be discounts available for families.

The event is BYOBeverage, but please no glass.

Featured Musicians:
Ahmed Garcia and Muse Oasis – The Ahmed Garcia trio includes guitar, bass, and doumbek (a traditional Middle Eastern hand drum). Ahmed and company have taken the best of both worlds, Belly Dancing and Heavy Metal, and have melded them into a seamless world expression of power and peace, dance and steel. The band often plays American desert music/Middle Eastern belly dancing music for a dancer or troupe of belly dancers. For more information on Ahmed Garcia, please visit http://www.reverbnation.com/museoasis.

Austin Global Orchestra – Musicians from different cultural and musical backgrounds met in the thriving music scene of Austin, Texas, and decided to create the Austin Global Orchestra in early 2012. Comprised of members from all genres of music in the Austin panorama, the concept of “world music” brought them together — music which traverses boundaries, where the freedom of spontaneity of pure expression engage the wisdom and steadfastness of various global traditions in a sensual and spirited dance. For more information on Austin Global Orchestra, please visit http://www.austinglobalorchestra.com.

Huerta Culture – Huerta Culture plays dance music for parties. The band mixes cumbia, ska, reggae, hip-hop, blues, rock, and balkan influences to create a sound that has been dubbed ‘psichocumbia’. With 4 singers in the band sometimes all switching verses throughout a song and singing in English, Spanish, and Quechua (an indigenous language of Bolivia), Huerta Culture keeps arrangements dynamic and eclectic. The phat bass and rhythmic keys are accompanied by a wizard trumpet. Some songs also feature the guacharaca and the Andean pan pipes. In 2014 Huerta Culture released the full length album HOMEGROWN. Check out more information on Huerta Culture at http://huertaculture.org/.

Executive Steel Band: Executive Steel Band plays all types of music on steel drums: Blues, Reggae, Calypso, Samba, Funk, Soca, and general Happy Music! ESB encourages audience participation and is glad to officiate a fun fun fun Limbo contest for the kids — young and old. The band is known for its original Caribbean styling of steelpan, percussions, and bass guitar, with smooth vocal sounds, made famous in New Orleans. Look into Executive Steel Band more on their Facebook page.

We look forward to seeing you this Friday for the International Grooves World Music Series! For more information on the event and all other upcoming events with DiverseArts Culture Works, please visit the DiverseArts website, our Facebook page or email us at mail@diversearts.org.

Journey to Africa and Jamaica – Afro-Bingy Night at Kenny Dorham’s Backyard

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Featuring:
Massana Afro-Jazz –
Abou Sylla and Ibrahim Aminou
Africa @ Roots Riddim
Roland Kemokai

Where: Kenny Dorham’s Backyard, 1106 East 11th Street Austin, TX 78702

When: Friday, May 29th, 20157-10 p.m.
Cover Charge: $5 admission
Contact: Harold McMillan, (512) 538-5657

This Friday, May 29th, DiverseArts Culture Works will host Journey to Africa and Jamaica, an evening of musical performances to honor Africa as the foundation of roots and culture and the social history or reggae music. The night will feature many of Austin’s favorite African and reggae music peformers, including Abou Sylla, Ibrahim Aminou of Zoumountchi, and Roland B. Kemokai. Join us for a night of dancing and camaraderie as we welcome Afro-Bingy Night to Kenny Dorham’s Backyard’s summer performance lineup.

There will be a cover charge of $5 at the door. Food will be available for sale at the venue’s food trailers: Nice-N-Ful Vegetarian Soul Food, Wasota African Cuisine, Arte & Sano Colombian Food. Please feel free to bring your own chairs, food and drinks, but please no glass.

About the Musicians:

Abou Sylla –  Abou Sylla was born into a family of musicians in Conakry, Guinea in West Africa. Abou’s musical career began at the age of five when his uncle gave him a djembe. When he was a child, Abou moved from Conakry to a village where he began his study of the balafon. He lived, studied and performed with his balafon teacher until he was nineteen, at which time he moved back to Conakry to perform with his family, as well as other musicians.After returning to Conakry, Abou was invited to join Les Ballets Africains, the prestigious national dance company of Guinea. For six years he performed with them, playing not one, but five instruments – the balafon, djembe, krin, doundoun and bote. Abou has performed in Africa, Holland and throughout the United States.  He currently resides in Austin, Texas.

Ibrahim Aminou – Ibrahim, who is originally from Niger in West Africa, plays percussion, guitar and traditional African instruments including Kora (African harp) and Gyil (African xylophone). He leads a local African band “Zoumountchi” which performs every Saturday at the Sahara Lounge “Africa Night” and also plays in the “Golden Dawn Arkestra”, “African Fola Groove” and “First Flight”. He also teaches West African Drum and dance classes at the Carver Museum and UT Informal Classes and various schools. He also builds and sells instruments and provides music for weddings, children’s parties  and other events.

Roland Kemokai –  Roland B. Kemokai a.k.a. Mista Muzic, is an Austin-based, Liberian singer/songwriter, composer, pianist, guitarist bassist, professional vocal coach, and the energetic lead singer for Austin’s roots reggae band, Roland & the Roots Riddim. In addition to being an engaging front-man, a powerful singer, and a multi-instrumentalist, he is also a published author and an in-demand speaker. A virtuosic pianist, guitarist, bassist, composer, vocal instructor, published author, and inspirational speaker, Roland uses his music to share his belief in the power of forgiveness, positive thinking, and the potential for greatness within us all. His electrifying stage presence coupled with his inspiring message and sweet melodic voice allows him to naturally connect with his audiences.

We look forward to seeing you this Friday for Journey to Africa and Jamaica – Afro-Bingy Night! For more information on the event and all other upcoming events with DiverseArts Culture Works, please visit the DiverseArts website, our Facebook page or email us at mail@diversearts.org.

See you soon!

The DiverseArts Team

East End Fourth Friday! May 2015

Featuring:  7:30 pm – Under-18 Artist, ATAP Trio
                    8:30 pm – Woody Russell
9:30 pm – Jose Ruiz and the Sweet Tones

When:         Friday, May 22, 2015
Kids activities begin at 6:30 p.m.
Music Starts at 7:30 p.m.

Where:       Kenny Dorham’s Backyard
1106 East 11th Street
Austin, TX 78702

Cover:       Adults – $5 Suggested Donation
Kids (12 and under) enter Free

Food available from: 
Nice-N-Ful Vegetarian Soul Food, Wasota African Cuisine, Arte & Sano Colombian Food and Free Live Oak Beer (21+).

Contact: DiverseArts Culture Works, Diversearts.org, (512) 538-5657


 

Join us Friday to kick off the end of May and the beginning of the Memorial Day weekend with this month’s East End Fourth Fridays!. DiverseArts Culture Works, in collaboration with the East End IBIZ District, will host another round of the original community-wide block party series this Friday, May 22nd at 6:30 p.m. Come on down as we open up Kenny Dorham’s Backyard for patrons to enjoy the newly revitalized lawn and community gardens, flavorful food trailers, family friendly activities and live musical performances starting at 7:30 p.m.  

The evening’s performances will begin with under 18 artists, ATAP Trio, followed by Woody Russell and Jose Ruiz and the Sweet Tones.

BYOBeverages (No glass containers please) | Blankets and lawn chairs welcomed.

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Featured Artist:

Woody Russell: Critically acclaimed, award winning vocalist, guitarist and composer, Woody Russell, is a contemporary troubadour with one foot in the jazz and blues tradition and the other planted firmly in defiance of any genre categorization. He’s released a body of recorded work that spans from the folk-roots infused songwriter fare of his first album, …as simple as that (1996) to the more recent and highly praised blues/soul release of Up Against It (2010) and his latest recording, Delicious Days (2013); a new album infused with sophisticated arrangements and harmony more closely associated with jazz. As a lyricist, Woody digs deep in to intimate, personal narratives while equally at home addressing a broader social consciousness. And, not unlike a primary influence of his, Van Morrison, Russell navigates the melody and rhythm of his written word with a precision and expression akin to a jazz improviser. For more information on Woody Russell, please visit his website at www.woodyrussell.com.

Jose Ruiz and the Sweet Tones: Jose Ruiz came to the harmonica late in life some 14 years ago, at the age of 41. Some might consider that to be a very late start indeed, but many others consider his musicianship an inspiration. Equal parts jazz and blues, an improviser, an educator and a student, he wears the name “Sweet Tone” for good reason. Recently ranked among the Top Ten best instrumentalists in Austin, Texas where he is based, Jose continues his meteoric rise through the ranks of the regional scene as an instrumentalist of a singular voice – a rare trait for any musician to achieve; that immediately identifiable musical personality. Now signed to Gold Man Records, he released a new single in 2013, No Left Turn, and is currently composing music for an upcoming EP. Jose is also host of a very successful monthly harmonica jam in Austin at El Leon’s, as well as a weekly gig with The East Side Blues Syndicate blues jam. Jose also leads his own band, fittingly named “The Sweet Tones”. A man motivated by the pursuit of his singular style and always looking ahead musically, Jose Ruiz may have come to his chosen instrument late in life, but he has more than made up for lost time and shows no signs of slacking off now. For more information on Jose Ruiz and the Sweet Tones, please visit his website, www.josesweettone.com.

The New School of Music Trio – ATAP Trio: Talented young musicians, Cameron Riggs (15) on piano, Patrick McNally (17) on drums and Truman Clark (14) on bass form the New School of Music’s ATAP Trio. Under the direction of bassist Evan Nicholson, their energy and love of Jazz shows in their performance. ATAP Trio is a classic jazz trio that is well beyond their years!
The New School of Music provides a non-competitive and challenging atmosphere where people of all ages and musical levels are able to study all styles of music.
For more information about the ATAP Trio, please visit the New School of Music Facebook page. For more information on the New School of Music, please visit the website, www.musiclessonsaustintx.com.

East End Fourth Fridays! is a programming series produced by DiverseArts Culture Works to showcase the cultural legacy and identity of Austin’s East End – the Soul in the heart of the City. Held every 4th Friday of the month, East End Fourth Fridays! is designed to bring a relaxed, open-air art and culture block-party to the newly revitalized East Austin. 

IBIZ Districts(r) are a program of Austin Independent Business Alliance and are co-sponsored by the City of Austin Economic Development Department. 
Come join us this Friday as we move and groove to celebrate the return of East End Fourth Fridays! and the Kenny Dorham’s Backyard performance season. For continuous information and updates, please visit the East End Fourth Fridays! Facebook page or the DiverseArts website.

Jazz OUTside with Brazilian Space Program and WD-41

Jazz outside the box at the beautiful outdoor venue Kenny Dorham’s Backyard in East Austin.

Featuring:  WD 41 (Dave Laczko and Willie Oteri)
Brazilian Space Program
and open free jam to follow.

Doors Open:  7:00 PM

Show: 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

Days:   Thursday, April 23rd, 2015
Thursday, May 28th, 2015

Where: Kenny Dorham’s Backyard
1106 East 11th Street
Austin Texas 78702

For More Information:
DiverseArts.org    512.704.6445
    Harold McMillan    Director@diversearts.org

Cost: A $5 donation is suggested to help DiverseArts continue it’s work promoting local arts and artists.
Children have free admission.

B.Y.O.B (cans and plastic only). Soft drinks and snacks available for purchase. Food trailers on the grounds.


JAzz Outside
Brazilian Space Program
Hot and Cool Bitches Brew and beyond jazz sounds including many originals. Brazilian Space program have been gigging and recording in Austin for a few years now and are growing very fast in popularity. Tiago da Silva on guitar and effects, Charlie Russell on Fender Rhodes and piano bass, and Jared Marshall on drums, cymbals and percussion.
“Brazilian Space Program have managed to take everything I love about free form jamzz/jazz (double zz’s for both like ZZ TOP BRO!) and strip away the annoying parts, the tom foolery, the tongue and cheek cute sh*t, and bring you in right at the jump off point.” – Tim Baker – Skyfall reviews.
http://brazilianspaceprogram.bandcamp.com/

WD-41 – hosts of Jazz OUTside
Willie Oteri and Dave Laczko, at the forefront of the local Beyond Jazz scene for several years, have toured Italy and Germany regularly since their first 2009 release WD-41. A track from their second release, Temi Per Cinema hit number 2 in the Top 25 downloads of the last 30 days at All About Jazz.
“The artists transmit a dark and ethereal set of circumstances, while having some notable fun during the process. It’s a synthetic soundscape of aural colors that prods the mind’s eye—stranger than fiction, some might say.” -Glenn Astarita, All About Jazz.
For more information see: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Willie-Oteri/150104544498?fref=ts

We hope you will join us. B.Y.O.B (cans and plastic only). Bring your own lawn chairs and blankets. A $5 donation is suggested to help DiverseArts continue it’s work promoting local arts and artists. Children have free admission.

Rosewood Planet Festival: Jump N Funk Felabration With Richard Medina

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Featuring:
Jump ‘n Funk with Rich Medina
Maracatu
Aquaman Chill
Ken X Poetics / Tigre Liu
Las Krudas
Eson
Chicken George
Chorizo Funk
DJ Mahealani
Anthropos
R.A.S

When: Saturday, October 25th, 2014
12 PM to 12 Midnight

Where: Kenny Dorham’s Backyard
1106 East 11th Street
Austin, TX 78702Cover Charge:  $5 Adults
Kids (8 and under) enter Free

Contact: DiverseArts
Diversearts.org
512-538-5657


Please join us on October 25th for the Rosewood Planet Festival, an all-day multicultural celebration of music, global cuisine, and environmental awareness! This event, taking place outdoors at neighborhood favorite Kenny Dorham’s Backyard, features green sector organizations and companies who will offer information about their products and promote eco-consciousness. 
Headlined by celebrated DJ Rich Medina, the Rosewood Planet Festival will showcase music from artists including local favorite DJ Chorizo Funk, Deejay ChickenGeorge, husband-and-wife hip-hop outfit Riders Against the Storm, dub-roots-reggae fusion from DUB Gideon, Las Krudas, Aquaman Chill, Maracatu, hard-rockers Anthropos, Ken X, and dance by Ballet Afrique. 
In addition to this stellar musical lineup, the festival will offer a delicious variety of global cuisine, including Jamaican, Brazilian, African, Greek, Cuban cuisine, and more! Admission to the Rosewood Planet Festival is $5.00 for adults, and kids age 8 and below get in free! For more information, visit afrobonics.com or contact DiverseArts Culture Works at diversearts.org.

Domestic Disturbance: New Works by Deborah Roberts

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Where: New East Arts Gallery@Saltillo Lofts
1601 East 5th St, Suite 106
Austin, TX 78702

Opening Reception: Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014

Run of Exhibition: Nov. 1 thru Dec. 7, 2014

For interviews with the artist, additional print-quality or web display images, and/or more Info, contact:

DiverseArts.org
haroldmcmillan@gmail.com
(512) 538-5657


Join DiverseArts as we welcome Deborah Roberts back home to Austin!

On Saturday, November 1, at 7:00pm we are proud to host the opening reception for Domestic Disturbance: New Works by Deborah Roberts—her first Austin exhibition since completion of MFA work at Syracuse University. Please join us at New East Arts Gallery, 1601 East 5th, Suite 106, as we honor internationally known mixed-media artist Deborah Roberts with a showing of her new work. As always, Robert’s work will challenge traditional and societal interpretations of beauty, and how these ideals affect African American identity. This will be one of the most significant exhibitions in Austin’s fall visual arts season. Not to be missed!

“Whether I was aware of it or not, the notion of otherness has been at the center of my consciousness from the beginning of my artistic career,” Roberts has said. At an early age, Roberts’ perception of race and beauty were based on Western images in fashion magazines and Renaissance art. She observed that she and people she knew were not represented by these images that were upheld as ideals of beauty and found a link between this under-representation and the way she viewed herself and other African Americans.

Through her striking mixed-media pieces, which address issues of exclusion, otherness, dignity, consumption, and subjectivity through the form of the grotesque, Roberts confronts the damaging effects of traditional beauty ideals, myths and stereotypes on women of color, and challenges the notions of self and perceived self.

Domestic Disturbance is on display from November 1 through December 7 at New East Arts Gallery.

New East Arts Gallery is dedicated to the larger mission of DiverseArts to focus positive attention on the cultural life of Central East Austin, the African American Cultural Heritage District and the creative professionals who live and work here. The mission of New East is to showcase the work of established and emerging local artists, with special emphasis on representing Austin’s diverse cultural communities by providing exhibition opportunities for artists of color.


The Artist and her thoughts on Domestic Disturbance:
Whether I was aware of it or not, the notion of otherness has been at the center of
my consciousness from the beginning of my artistic career. My early ideals of race
and beauty were shaped by and linked through paintings of renaissance artists and
photographs in fashion magazines. Those images were mythical, heroic, beautiful, and
powerful and embodied a particular status that was not afforded equally to me or anyone
I knew. These images influenced the way I viewed myself and other African Americans,
which led me to investigate “How has African American identity been imagined and
shaped by societal interpretations of beauty?” I then positioned my art practice in the vein
of social commentary with a particular point of view on the perceptions of ideal beauty.

Stereotypes and myths were the first to be challenged in my work; I created a dialogue
between the ideas of inclusion, dignity, consumption, and subjectivity by addressing
beauty in the form of the ideal woman, the Venus. By challenging Venus, I was
challenging the notion of beauty at its core and making room for women of color who
were not included in this icon of ideal beauty. Visually you are looking through multiple
layers, double meanings and symbols when wading through my work. My process is to
combine interspersed images of iconology like Afros, large hoop earrings, nappy hair,
and big red lips. Each component has character and agency both in the motif and in the
complicated narratives of American, African American and art history.

I believe having ones identity dismantled, marginalized and regulated to non-human status constitutes
action. This led me to making confrontational-based work that challenged the notions of
self and perceived self. My goal is for this work to show women of color, both young and
old, that their beauty is not to be an object of convenience or ridicule and should not be
made void or brought and sold at a moment notice, but it is to be cherished and honored,
as all women should be.”

—Deborah Roberts, 2014

DiverseArts is funded in part by the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division and by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that …..a great nation deserves great art.

Facing East: 48 Hours in the Life of East Austin (2014)

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Facing East: 48 Hours in the Life of East Austin (2014)

Where:
New East Arts Gallery
1601 East 5th Street; Suite 106
Austin, Texas 78702

When:
Sept. 29th – Oct. 24th


DiverseArts New East Gallery is proud to announce the opening of the 2014 Edition Facing East: 48 Hours in the Life of East Austin. The exhibit will run from September 29 through October 24, 2014 at our gallery located at 1601 East 5th Street, Suite 106, in the Saltillo Lofts Building.

This year’s exhibition is a retrospective of selected best-in-show works from previous Facing East competitions, pieces from past events at the celebrated Kenny Dorham’s Backyard,  as well as artists featured in DiverseArts Culture Works’ Blues Family Tree Project taken between 1990 and 1998. Photographers featured include Diane Watts, Alejandro Diaz, Lauren Tarbel, Harold McMillan, T.O. Petitt and others. Blues Family Tree images feature archival shots of early East Side Blues and Jazz luminaries such as Grey Ghost, T.D Bell, Erbie Bowser, Martin Banks, Pat Patterson,  Donald “Duck” Jennings, Ural DeWitty and many others.

The public is invited to visit us and view these historically significant snaps shots or East Austin’s Cultural past. Gallery hours are TuesdayFriday, 2:00-6:00pm, and by appointment. A veiwing reception is set for late October. Stay tuned for details.

Facing East is a multimedia docu-arts exhibit of visual media, shot within a single 48-hour period in East Austin (east of IH 35), with the purpose of reflecting the myriad perspectives and experiences of life in this culturally-diverse area. This event is part of a larger undertaking by DiverseArts Culture Works to collect and archive material on the past and present of the East Austin Cultural Heritage District. 

East End 4th Fridays: September 2014

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Featuring:

Ortega Elementary SuperStar Band
(under 18 rock band)
East Austin Blues Alliance presents….
The EastSide Blues Syndicate  and Special Guests
Oscar Ornales and Matthew Broadnax
The Blues Posse

When: Friday,Sept 26th, 2014

Gates and Kid Stuff Open: 7:00 p.m.

Music Starts: 7:45 p.m.

Where: Kenny Dorham’s Backyard
1106 East 11th Street
Austin, TX 78702

Cover Charge:  $5 Adults
Kids (12 and under) enter Free

Free East Side Pies for kids early while it lasts

BYOBeverage (no glass)

Free Live Oak Beer
Soft drinks and food available for purchase

Contact: DiverseArts
Diversearts.org
512-538-5657


Get ready for another season of East End Fourth Fridays! as DiverseArts Culture Works in collaboration with the East End IBIZ District brings the community block party back for another year to the neighborhood.  This year promises to bring new levels of community growth and fun as several local businesses will be offering specials, happy hours and entertainment throughout the day.

Throughout the evening, we also invite you to enjoy the various family friendly activities we will have available. Come see the kid-focused entertainment in the Kenny Dorham’s Backyard Kids’ Corner, a special area for kids to play and enjoy the day. Each month, Kids’ Corner will feature arts and crafts, toys, free books from our exchange library, and free pizza for kids(while it lasts!) provided by East Side Pies.

The evening promises to have something for everyone, so don’t miss the opportunity to hang out and support your favorite local businesses. For more information and daily updates, check out the East End Fourth Fridays Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/EastEnd4thFridays, or the DiverseArts website, http://diversearts.org.

Jazz OUTside 2014

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When: Thursday, September 25th
Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
Music starts at 7:00 p.m.

Where: Kenny Dorham’s Backyard,
1106 East 11th St, Austin, TX 78702

Cost: $5 suggested donation, Kids free

Contact: Harold McMillan info2@diversearts.org

Featuring:
WD-41 at 7:00PM
Word/Jazz Low Stars at 8:00PM
Improv jam at 9
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The word/jazz performance series and Jazz OUTside with Diverse Arts presents collaborative spoken word and improvised music performances that feature an ever evolving all-star cast of Austin’s best performance poets, musicians, and writers who create live-on-the-spot spontaneous compositions. These are decidedly not “poetry readings.” Now one of Austin’s longest lived spoken word and music projects (since 2000), word/jazz creates a comfortable setting for exploration of how traditional call-and-response can be adapted to performance situations where artists are free to improvise based on real time inspiration of the moment.

Please note, these shows start early 7pm and end at 10. Many people have been arriving late, after 9, and wondering why they missed the show.

Word/Jazz Low Stars
Anchored by a rhythm section of gifted improvisers—Doug Marcis on drums, Chris Vestra on guitar, Harold McMillan on bass and gifted soloists (Cami Rocha on saxophones) who keep the exploration moving with riff-based groove-noise, Harold McMillan’s word/jazz lowstars includes local spoken word stand-outs Ivanho, Thom the World Poet, Ricardo Acevedo, and others. Past featured performers include Valerie Bridgeman Davis, raulsalinas, Zell Miller, Daniel Davis Clayton, Poet on Watch, Sharon Bridgeforth, Chandra Washington and numerous other world-class Austin-based poets, writers, and players.
The word/jazz performance series and Jazz OUTside with Diverse Arts presents collaborative spoken word and improvised music performances that feature an ever evolving all-star cast of Austin’s best performance poets, musicians, and writers who create live-on-the-spot spontaneous compositions.These are decidedly not “poetry readings.” Now one of Austin’s longest lived spoken word and music projects (since 2000), word/jazz creates a comfortable setting for exploration of how traditional call-and-response can be adapted to performance situations where artists are free to improvise based on real time inspiration of the moment.

WD-41
Willie Oteri and Dave Laczko aka WD-41 have been at the forefront of the Austin Beyond Jazz and Improvisation scene since there first self titled release in 2009. There second release Temi Per Cinema was a Top 3 Editors pick in Guitar Player Magazine in December 2010 and a video from that album was in the number 2 slot at All About Jazz for over six months. They are also members of the international recording and touring group Shrunken Head Shop. Together they have recorded and collaborated with some to the worlds top musicians including Scott Amendola. Schroeder and Dino JA Deane. Willie Oteri has also recorded and performed with Tony Levin, Pat Mastelotto, Stu Hamm, Jerry Marotta and many more and has been composing music for TV and film since the mid ’80s.

We hope you will join us. Great food near by and B.Y.O.B (cans and plastic only). Bring your own lawn chairs and blankets. A $5 donation is suggested to help DiverseArts continue it’s work promoting local arts and artists. Children have free admission.

DiverseArts is funded in part by the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division and by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that …..a great nation deserves great art.