September 2013

East End Fourth Friday! September 2013

Where: Kenny Dorham's Backyard
            1106 East 11th Street

When: September 27th
Gates Open: 7:00pm
Music Starts: 7:30pm

Performances by:
 Under-18 Performers:

    Ortega Elementary SuperStar Choir
    Death Aquatics

Adult Evening Featured Concert:

    Red Bennett
    Jose Ruiz and the Sweet Tones hosting a gathering of the
          East Austin Blues Alliance and the East Side Blues Syndicate

Cost: Suggested donation fee of $5 for Adults, Children Free

Contact: DiverseArts


DiverseArts Culture Works is pleased to present this month’s East End Fourth Fridays!, the community-focused, family-friendly celebration of art, music and community in East Austin. This month’s event will take place at Kenny Dorham’s Backyard on Friday, September 2. Gates open at 7:00pm. Music starts at 7:30pm and will feature a diverse array of talent from Austin’s under-18 live music scene with performers from Ortega Elementary SuperStar Choir and Death Aquatics. The night will also include Red Bennett and Jose Ruiz and the Sweet Tones hosting a gathering of the East Austin Blues Alliance and the East Side Blues Syndicate.

Kids and parents alike will also enjoy the Kids’ Tent featuring arts and crafts sponsored by Jerry’s Artarama.

Adult BYOB (No glass containers please) | Blankets and lawn chairs welcomed

East End Fourth Fridays! is a unique art- and culture-driven cooperative 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. This monthly event brings a relaxed, open-air art and cultural market experience to the newly revitalized East End.

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.


Ortega Elementary SuperStar Choir

Death Aquatics -

The Death Aquatics are a U18 band from Austin, Texas formed at McCallum High School in 2012. Current members include Nathan Kareithi, Hayden Steckel, Tafari Robertson, and Trey St. Romain. They draw inspiration from activities such as hanging with friends, going to other shows, and jamming to crazy banger tracks all the time. Although they have not yet recorded anything sufficiently, they are currently in the process of recording their first EP at Mac recording studios to be released at some point this fall. If you'd like to book them, get updates on the EP and other aquatic news, or just hang out some time, you can email them at or talk to one of the members after the show about getting on the mailing list.

Red Bennett -

Jose Ruiz and the Sweet Tones -

 East Austin Blues Alliance


East Side Blues Syndicate -

The East Side Blues Syndicate is a true family affair. Born out of the weekly 'Blue Monday' Blues Jams at The Historic Victory Grill in Austin, TX, the ESBS has quickly developed a fierce reputation for being one of the truly unique acts to come out of Austin's East Side in quite some time.

Led by Matthew Robinson's blues-hound vocals and guitar, Jose "Sweet Tone" Ruiz' lightning quick jazz harmonica, Roland Lawes' latin and caribbean influenced percussion, Harold McMillan's melodic bass lines, and Mike Blue's striking and soulful guitar work, the band transforms obscure blues tunes and originals with each member's collective vision and taste.

The result? A soul band? Yes. A blues band? Yes. A jazz quintent? Most certainly.

Something you've heard before? Absolutely not…..

Friday, September 27, 2013 - 7:00pm