May 2010

May 28, 2010

Who: DiverseArts Culture Works in collaboration with participating East End Businesses

Live Music: 7pm, $7 cover,
free Live Oak Beer, BYOB (cans only), food and drinks for sale,

African Folktales 7;00pm
The Aviators 7:30pm
Dawni McCray 8:30pm
W.C. Clark Blues Revue, 9:30pm

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

When: Friday, May 28th

Gates open: 6pm, free kids programming, West African Drumming and storytelling by DeBo,  free books for kids, free EAST SIDE PIE pizza (while it lasts!) for kids, soft drinks, food, arts vendors, family fun


Stay tuned for more information about participating vendors, venues and businesses on east Eleventh St. from Branch st. to Angelina.

For more information
contact Harold McMillan at (512)  477-9438
or visit our at

Come to the second installment of East End Fourth Fridays and enjoy a night out with the whole family! Fun activities for children will be provided as well as refreshments, music, and art vendors for adults. East End Fourth Friday is an open event in the East End along 11th Street. This event will take place on Friday, May 28th starting at 6 PM on 11th Street. This celebration will reoccur every fourth Friday of the month throughout the summer until the end of October.

Austin's East End Fourth Fridays are culture-driven and community-oriented monthly events 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. We collectively aim to showcase this East Austin’s cultural legacy for the benefit of our community. In partnership with neighborhood artists, businesses, cultural, civic, and governmental groups, this monthly event is designed to bring a relaxed art and culture block party to the newly revitalized East End. Be sure to check out local art vendors, organizations, and sponsors who will be present! Sample food and drink at local establishments, revel in the open-air concerts and great music, and bring the kids to enjoy the East End Kid's Corner at Kenny Dorham's Backyard located at the intersection of 11th St. and Lydia. The Kid's Corner will include fun activities to entertain children and free food! Also we are pleased to announce this upcoming Fourth Friday will showcase the musical talent of W.C. Clark at Kenny Dorham’s Backyard!

DiverseArts welcomes all visitors from the neighborhood and the Austin area to see the unique cultural and historic aspects of the East End. We hope to establish Fourth Fridays as an event that highlights the East End’s unique culture and commerce. So come out with the family to listen to music, buy some art, and enjoy the sights and sounds of the East End.

About the Performers:

W. C. Clark
W.C. Clark

W.C. Clark is a worldwide critically acclaimed singer, songwriter, and guitarist. A platinum recording artist and the winner of multiple W.C. Handy Blues Awards, the great W.C. Clark has worked hard to establish his career over the last 40 years. He has been recognized by many people and media sources for his talent. The New York Post called Clark “a legend in the blues world.” W.C. Clark is known as “The Godfather of Austin’s Blues” and we would like for you to please join us for his latest legendary performance on May 28th at 9 PM while we welcome W.C. Clark back to the East Side for a night of great soul, blues, and R&B!

The Aviators
The Aviators

This band was created at Natural Ear Music School 1 year ago. They were chosen from the school roster on the basis of ability, availability and work ethic. They came together initially to play a gig at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (hence, the Aviators), and immediately found themselves in demand to play all sorts of gigs, from the Ice Cream Festival to the Junior League's A Christmas Affair. Mike Murphy is their coach. The band consist of six kids, ages 9-12; Tristen, Canaan, Matt, Cole, Lincoln and Alan. The band is a classic rock cover band. They rehearse at the Music Lab in Austin Texas, and are available for special events. The Aviators will release their first CD this fall.


Dawni McCray
Dawni McCray

Born and raised in Austin, Texas, Dawni began playing piano at an early age and has recently adapted the acoustic guitar into many elements of her songs. As a singer/songwriter she takes advantage of Austin's diverse music scene to incorporate select styles into a dynamic array of emotions that portray her life song. A major inspiration for her performing repertoire includes influences from soul and jazz artist such as Billie Holiday and Norah Jones to current R&B and Hip- Hop Artist like India. Arie and Alicia Keys. Now at the age of twenty-five she is becoming a seasoned performer around local restaurants and coffee venues in hopes to pursue her career in the music industry.

Debo and the Kids
Debo Adejobi and Kids Drum Troop

Debo is a master West African Storyteller and drummer. The program will feature stories from his critically-acclaimed CD and showcase the drumming talent of some of his students (from the Texas Empowerment Academy).
Austin Chronicle Review of Debo’s African Folktales and Music below:

African Folk Tales & Music for Children, Vol. 1 (Batakoto) Can kids still be moved by a simple, well-told story? Based on the work of Debo Adejobi, an Austinite from Nigeria who collects folk tales in West Africa, the answer is appropriately elementary: Yes. "Why the Sun and the Moon Live in the Sky" is dreamy creation myth, whereas "For Horned Animals Only" (my son's personal favorite) recounts the adventures of a cunning hare who tricks larger and faster animals. With a hangover, no less. Throughout, Adejobi pulls extra meaning from words, a saxophonist bending notes, his vox deep and sweet like honey-seasoned hardwood. Think Georges Collinet, Afropop Worldwide host, crossed with singer/actor Paul Robeson. Two musical tracks help diversify the hourlong CD, as do uncredited sound effects and background music, including what sounds like Ali Farke Toure under "Adenike." Likewise, "The Caterpillar and Other Wild Animals" makes the liner notes but not the actual recording. Only half of the closing story, "Alujon-jon-ki-jon," is relayed here (paced for Volume 2), but even then, parents will want to prescreen the law of the jungle, kill-or-be-killed story. All told, African Folk Tales & Music, Volume 1 is a timeless collection of oral wisdom, a fitting salve for today's too-busy world.




We'll see you there!