July 2012

What: East End Fourth Friday!

WhoCharlie Belle, The Soul Society, Shorti C & D-Madness

Doors open: 7:00pm
Music Begins: 8:00pm with Charlie Belle

Kenny Dorham’s Backyard
1106 East 11th St.
(next door to the historic Victory Grill)

Cover: $5 Suggested Donation, free admission for children

Free Beer Provided by Live Oak Brewing Co.

Organic, local delights provided by Sun Farm Kitchen Co-OP

 B.Y.O.B (cans and plastic only). Bring your own lawn chairs and blankets.
 Free East Side Pies for children, while it lasts.

Contact: Harold McMillan Director@diversearts.org

Join us again on July 27th for the East End’s monthly celebration of culture and community! For the eighth consecutive season, DiverseArts Culture Works hosts East End Fourth Fridays!: a fun, family-friendly celebration of art, music and community in East Austin.

The East End Fourth Fridays! helps showcase this cultural legacy for the benefit of the community. In partnership with neighborhood artists, businesses, cultural, civic and governmental groups, this monthly event is designed to bring a relaxed, communal open-air art and culture block-party to the newly revitalized East End. It's an open house in the East End along Eleventh Street. Sample food and drink established at the new venues, take in the headline concerts and bring the kids to enjoy the East End Kid's Corner at Kenny Dorham's Backyard.

Headlining this month’s lineup are two of Austin's most soulful super groups: Soul Society, featuring pianist Stephen Greer and Terry Thomas, front man and saxophonist for Austin's All U Need; joined by the D-Madness Project, featuring multiinstrumentalist/drummer D-Madness and frontman, vocalist Christopher "Shorti C" Brown. In keeping with our commitment to always include youth programming at each of our Fourth Fridays!, we round out the bill with up and coming Under-18 pop/rock stand outs, Charlie Belle.

Charlie Belle
Originally from Philadelphia, Charlie Belle is an indie-pop U -18 band based in Austin TX. Made up of brother and sister duo Jendayi (guitar and lead vocals) and Gyasi (back up vocals and drums), Charlie Belle is part of the new generation of Austin live music. A regular fixture at SXSW, they are also featured at many popular venues in Austin throughout the year. Download their newest single "Six" for free from their website: www.charliebellemusic.com

D-Madness aka Dwayne Jackson is the baddest musician in this world! He's played in studios, bars and clubs since his teenage years. He was playing in orchestras overseas by his teens as well. In the studio, he basically plays everything but horns (and he's working on that!). If you need ANYTHING--between cello parts and vocal percussion, D-Madness can help you. He is the ultimate session musician. On stage, the normal D-Madness set up is bass or electric guitar, drums, his ASR-10 production keyboard and a vocal mic. He might also play a cheek solo, a nearby beer bottle, or double-time his bass drum with the sticks (even Living Colour drummer Will Calhoun was baffled).

At home and in the studio, D-Madness writes and arranges dozens of songs every week. From soul to jazz to funk to reggae to hip-hop to whatever, he's an expert. He sings love ballads, inspirational songs, reggae tunes and may even drop a flow. He plays the sickest bass lines, guitar riffs, synths or strings. D-Madness has a cellular musical memory, so when he hears a song even once, his understanding grows in dog years. The D-Madness Project became his primary focus while in Austin, in which he invited long-time and newly-found musician friends to share the stage with him in presenting the grooviest improv that side of the Mississippi. D-Madness has embarked on a new adventure...taking the East Coast by storm! During a 2 year stint in the D.C. area his intentions of turning heads and dropping jaws proved true. Souls are stirring long after his performances at open mics and band auditions. D has now returned to Austin and is raising musical hell all around town. To witness D-Madness in his zone is an emotional and unforgettable experience. He is truly an amazing one-of-a kind individual. Observe his gifts. Enjoy and share his music. Join the D-Madness movement.

The Soul Society
“You take some smooth jazz — dash in hip-hop; blend in the r&b — mix it all together and throw in exquisite vocals — and you'll be treated to a funky-smooth musical fusion guaranteed to give you an eargasm!” - soulciti.com
With a generous mix of soul & jazz classics with a healthy dose of contemporary R&B/Hip-Hop aesthetic, THE SOUL SOCIETY has found a comfortable niche to please just about anyone he steps in their region. This small band stands out because it boasts colossal talent that belies its “size”. Featuring Terry Thomas, Jr. (alto saxophone) who leads his own R&B/Jazz outfit “All U Need”. On keys, Stephen Greer who’s been musical director for local bands like “Les & The Funk Mob”, “Keep Austin Worshipping Foundation”, The B.B. King All-stars (Las Vegas) as well as Co-MD on the road with “LL Cool J”. Rounded out with a dynamic rhythm section of seasoned players Mark Jones (bass) and Memphis native Delisco Dancy, their infectious & seamless grooves will have even the most rhythmically challenged person nodding, humming and singing along! This band also takes on a trio form and performs at “11th St. Grill” most every Tuesday evening with a more laid back, jazzier approach. Privileged enough to go from super-funk charged jams to sultry, sensuous jazzy ballads THE SOUL SOCIETY are primed to keep both feet and people happy.

In addition to this high-energy lineup, we offer free Live Oak beer for adults and free East Side Pies pizzas for the kids (while supplies last)! from 7 to 8 pm. Our food vending partner, Sun Kitchens Co-op, also has tasty organic vegan and non-vegan treats available for purchase, including lamb kabobs, avocado milkshakes, sweet and savory crepes, hamburgers and more.

Friday, July 27, 2012 - 7:00pm