What: East End Fourth Friday!
Who: The Notorious Lavelle White, WD-41, Willie Oteri, Dave Laczko, The Cipher
Doors open: 7:00pm
Music begins: 7:30pm
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.
Miss Lavelle White, a Texas rhythm & blues legend who has performed with the likes of Aretha Franklin, Smokey Robinson, Gladys Knight, and many more. Miss Lavelle began her career in the 1950’s Houston as a teenager singing church spirituals. She gained acclaim in her later teens by writing and singing with Johnny Copeland and touring with B. B. King, and has been a mainstay in the Texas music scene ever since.
Willie Oteri has collaborated and performed with Scott Amendola (Charlie Hunter) Dino J.A. Deane (John Zorn, Jon Hassel) Tony Levin (Peter Gabriel, King Crimson, John Lennon), Pat Mastelotto (King Crimson, XTC), Mike Keneally (Frank Zappa), Jerry Marotta (Peter Gabriel), Stu Hamm (Joe Satriani, SteveVai) and others including Ronan Chris Murphy (producer and musician), Brannen Temple (Sheena Easton, Kevin Paige, Robben Ford, Eric Johnson), bassist Chris Maresh (Eric Johnson, Abra Moore, Mitch Watkins), Mike Malone (Jimmy Smith) and Ephraim Owens (Erika Badu). The breadth of such performing and recording situations is a testament to his musical versatility and talent. In recent years, it is Oteri's role as composer and band leader which has garnered him increasing notoriety coupled with a notable unique style on guitar. Dave Laczko has been on the Austin Jazz scene for decades including the Brarons of Rhythm and 14 years as a Jazz DJ for KAZI radio.
The Cipher: In 1999, formerly homeless teen Chris 'Kazi' Rolle created The Hip Hop Project through New York City's Art Start program. Despite common struggles faced by youth artists, the participants produced their own collective hip hop album, and in the process, gained confidence in their abilities, higher knowledge, and life skills towards a positive future. The creative expression and public performances encouraged through "The Cipher" create a group of confident and engaged young people. They leave our program empowered, authentic and connected to the Austin music and poetry community. The program provides these young people with positive learning experiences through which they gain new skills and competencies, build self-esteem, improve academic performance and expand possibilities for their futures.
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.