July 2009

July 24th, 2009

Who: DiverseArts Culture Works in collaboration with participating East End Businesses
What: Live music, food, vending, and kids programming at East End Fourth Fridays!
Where: Kenny Dorham's Backyard, 1106 East 11th Street Austin, TX 78702
When: July 24th, Gates OPEN at 6PM
Cost: Free children’s activities from 6 to 8PM. $5 cover for the live music beginning at 8PM (no charge for children under 12)

DiverseArts welcomes Unified Theory featuring Courtney Sanchez as our headlining performers this month. Unified Theory is an eclectic group of talented Austin musicians and singers who tour across the country to fundraise for domestic violence shelters. Their vocal section includes some of Austin's finest: Adesewa Faleti, Erin Ryan, Quincy Kuykendall, and Paul Sanchez. With Jacque on Saxophone, Mark Jones on bass guitar, Kris Keys on the piano, and Tiny on drums, Unified Theory creates unparalleled music.

Courtney Sanchez

Courtney Sanchez is an acclaimed actress and singer in both Zachary Scott Theater and Austin Music Hall productions. She was a featured performer at the Riverbend 2008 Worship Conference and Spirit Groove. Sanchez was also the 1st runner up in the Ignition 2007 Music Festival.

DiverseArts passes on the traditions of music in the area to members of the youth community, The Kenny Dorham Youth Jazz Workshop, who will begin the live music for the evening with a jam session. They are a group of standout young musicians from local area high schools and other special guest performers.

Children will have free activities just for them at the East End Fourth Friday Kid’s Corner including free books, hot dogs, an arts and crafts table, and more.

As always, we will have barbeque, fresh cold beer courtesy of Live Oak Brewery, and live music. Local art vendors, including Cynthia Brown, Gretchen Grimm, and Kathy Sahagian, will be displaying and selling their beautiful art. We invite you to explore the East End and discover some of the new businesses and old favorites that help make this district a unique and diverse place in Austin.

Austin’s East End Fourth Fridays! is a unique art and culture-driven, monthly community-oriented event developed by DiverseArts to showcase the very specific cultural attributes and historical identity of Austin’s East End – the Soul in the heart of the City. The East End has been recognized by the City of Austin as an African American Cultural Heritage District, and East End Fourth Fridays! helps showcase this cultural legacy for the benefit of the community. In partnership with neighborhood artists and businesses, cultural, civic, commercial, and governmental groups, this monthly event is designed to bring a relaxed, communal, open air art and culture experience to the newly revitalized East End. 

It's an open house in the East End and along East 11th Street! Sample food and drink at established and new venues, take in the headline concerts and bring the kids to enjoy the East End Kid’s Corner at Kenny Dorham’s Backyard, and check out art vendors, organizations, and sponsors doing PR and public outreach. DiverseArts wishes to bring visitors from the neighborhood and the Austin area to see the unique cultural and historic aspects of the East End. We hope to establish East End Fourth Fridays! as a holistic, community-based marriage of culture and commerce, and we can't do it without your support! So come and join us, your fellow Austinites, and people from all places, for this monthly event!

So come out and join us for a great music and a fun, exciting evening in Central East Austin.

We'll see you there!