East Side Alive! A Celebration of Music, Food and Culture (Aug. '11)

A Night of Multicultural Music and Community

Executive Steel Band, Samuel Kardec and Friends, Jeff Lofton Trio, East Side Blues Syndicate (featuring Matthew Robinson, Debo Adejobi and Woyaya

August 6, 2011 (continuing monthly).

Doors Open:
5:30pm, music at 6pm


Kenny Dorham’s Backyard, 1106 E. 11th St.
next door to the Victory Grill

Cover: $5.00
BYOB (no glass bottles, please)

Family Friendly—kids get in free!

For more information, or if you are interested in performing at this series,
please contact Harold McMillan at (512) 477-9438 .


Join us this Saturday at Kenny Dorham’s Backyard for East Side Alive!: a monthly celebration of the East Austin Cultural Heritage District! In keeping with DiverseArts Culture Works’ mission to bring the best in multicultural programming to the East End, this event features poetry, music, and food that reflect a rich variety of intersecting cultural traditions.
The entertainment begins at 6 pm with Samuel Kardec and Friends, a spoken-word collective whose poetry draws from their roots in both France and New York City. Following them is Austin, Texas’ Jeff Lofton Trio, whose 50s and 60s-style bebop jazz earned them the title of Best Jazz Band at the SXSW Austin Music Awards for the past two years.  Next up is the East Side Blues Syndicate, a group of advanced musicians who regularly take over the Victory Grill during their weekly Blue Monday Blues Jam. Here, they feature local favorite Matthew Robinson to provide a stellar set of blistering blues.
Also returning to Kenny Dorham’s Backyard is Woyaya, the West African drumming ensemble who have become a crowd favorite at East End Fourth Fridays! and their own Thursday night jams at the venue. The Executive Steel Band headlines the evening, bringing their unique Caribbean-style steelpan percussions and smooth vocals to the East End and offering original compositions and modern rhythmic sounds born in Trinidad & Tobago and honed by over twenty years of performing.
In addition to the music, we will have a variety of delicious foods for sale, including Southern Soul and Louisiana cuisine, as well as tasty organic burgers, smoothies, kabobs and more from the Sun Farm Kitchens Co-op.
Bring your family and friends, your blankets and lawn chairs, and your favorite sixpack over to Kenny Dorham’s Backyard for a night of multicultural programming, food and community!