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East End 4th Friday Celebrations

I won't be making it to this month's East End 4th Friday, but I just couldn't sit on this information! So here it is, all you need to know about DiverseArt's 4th Friday's. Straight from my inbox to you, the event press release...

This Month at East End Fourth Fridays

Who: DiverseArts Culture Works in collaboration with participating East End Businesses
What: Live music, food, vending and kids programming at East End Fourth Fridays!
Where: East 11th Street from Branch to Navasota @ Angelina
When: September 26th and each fourth Friday through fall
Cost: Free children's activities from 6 to 8 PM. $5 cover for the live music beginning at 8 PM (no charge for children under 12).

DiverseArts is pleased to announce AFROFREQUE, the headliner for September's East End Fourth Fridays! Afrofreque's sophisticated mix of jazz, hip hop, electronica, and traditional African rhythm influences, combine to make a truly original sound. Born right here in Austin, this group can play some of the best soulful hip hop beats around that will make you get your funk on. Their crowd conscious grooves will inspire you to explore layers of sound and soul. Also playing this month is one of Austin's favorite spoken word/improvisational, funk-jazz-groove-noise collective, word/jazz Low Stars. This group will get your spoken word juices flowing. So come join us for two great live music performances you won't forget!

As always, children will have free activities just for them at the East End Fourth Friday Kid’s Corner including free books, an arts and crafts table, fun with group painting, and more. Join us this September and enjoy arts vendors, barbeque, refreshments courtesy of Live Oak Brewery, and live music. We invite you to explore the East End and discover some of the new businesses and old favorites that help make this district a unique and diverse place in Austin.

Austin’s East End Fourth Fridays! is a unique art and culture-driven, monthly community-oriented 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. The East End has been recognized by the City of Austin as an African-American Cultural Heritage District, and East End Fourth Fridays! helps showcase this cultural legacy for the benefit of the community. In partnership with neighborhood artists and businesses, cultural, civic, commercial, and governmental groups, this monthly event is designed to bring a relaxed, communal, open-air art and culture experience to the newly revitalized East End.

It’s an open house in the East End and along East 11th Street! Sample food and drink at established and new venues, take in the headline concerts and bring the kids to enjoy the East End Kid’s Corner at Kenny Dorham’s Backyard, and check out art vendors, organizations, and sponsors doing PR and public outreach. DiverseArts wishes to bring visitors from the neighborhood and the Austin area to see the unique cultural and historic aspects of the East End. We hope to establish East End Fourth Fridays! as a holistic, community-based marriage of culture and commerce, and we can't do it without your support! So come and join us, your feelow Austinites, and people from all places, for this monthly event!

Other participating East Austin Businesses...

900 East 11th
Austin, TX 78702
Live music

Texas Music Museum

1009 East 11th
Austin, TX 78702

ProArts Collective

1009 East 11th Suite 100
Austin, TX 78702

Harriet’s Antiques
1000 East 11th st
Austin, TX 78702

Urdy’s Plaza
Across from Ms B’s
Art/craft vendors

1715 East 6th
Austin, TX 78702
Happy hour, dinner, patio

Ms B’s
1000 east 11th
Austin, TX 78702
Happy hour, dinner, patio, live music

Bydee Art Gallery
1050 East 11th
Austin, TX 78702

Victory Grill
1104 East 11th
Austin, TX 78702
Live music, open late, new mural viewing

Blue Dahlia

1115 East 11th
Austin, TX 78702
Dinner, patio, live music
Kenny Dorham’s
1106 East 11th
Austin, TX 78702
Kids activities, music, food, drinks, art vendors

Long Branch Inn
1133 East 11th
Austin, TX 78702
Happy hour, full bar, pool table, jukebox, late night

East End Crafts Gallery

1101 Navasota St.
Austin, TX 78702
Artisans & entertainment outdoors @ 11th @wheeless

Gene’s PoBoys

1209-A East 11th
Austin, TX 78702
Open for dinner, patio, daily specials

Snake Eyes Vinyl
1101 Navasota St.
Austin, TX 78702
Record, CD, music, lifestyle retail

Soma Vida
1210 Rosewood Ave.
Austin, TX 78702
Open late, live music, free massages, discounts, children’s play room & more

East Side Pies

1401-B Rosewood Ave.
Austin, TX 78702
Patio, open late

Trailer Space Records
1401-A Rosewood Ave.
Austin, TX 78702
New music store next doors to ESP

Carver Culture Center
1165 Angelina St.
Austin, TX 78702
Open late, live gospel music on the “back porch”

and so it begins: ACL 2008

photo: Adam Gomez

There are admittedly a lot of good acts coming to town this week, but having weathered the storm for the past two years, I'm opting out in favor of after parties. The Paste & Rolling Stone sponsored events look promising. I'm really interested in seeing The Cool Kids perform Friday night at the Mohawk (Rolling Stone show) if that works out.

"Introducing The Cool Kids"

I'm still pondering a last minute Saturday day pass and kicking myself in the ass for waiting too long to purchase tickets for the Conor Oberst, Jenny Lewis & M. Ward show at La Zona Rosa, so if you have the hook up PLEASE drop me a line.