The focus of this one-day event (concerts and workshops) will be women bandleaders — both seasoned and up-and-coming, who are making their music the focus of their lives. The evening concert line-up is outstanding: Two phenomenal musicians from NYC will be headlining: world renowned jazz pianist/ composer Helen Sung, and grammy award winning trumpeter Ingrid Jensen A young star from New Orleans, Albanie Falletta will present western swing jazz on her guitar & vocals. From the Austin area, Susanna Sharpe and her Brazilian quartet. The evening will culminate with Peggy Stern's exciting driving latin group, Estrella Salsa, featuring the best and brightest stars on the Austin music scene. Workshops will be offered (piano, voice, trumpet, guitar, and music business), led by the bandleaders, and will take place earlier in the day, in St. Ed’s music annex.

This is NOT a women’s festival; on the contrary, most of the bands are generously peopled with men. The principle behind the festival is simply that the women leaders and their concepts of the music are being presented here, thus setting it apart from most other festivals in the country (and the world) at this juncture in history. We feel that this Festival and Workshop day will encourage young women who don’t often get to see women in a leadership role in the music business.

We think the time is ripe and the forward-thinking city of Austin is ready, to house an intimate, elegant Festival of this nature.

June 3rd, 2017

We are proud to announce the extraordinary line-up for our First Annual LuluFest, to be held June 3rd at Jones Auditorium on the St. Edward's University campus.

LuluFest, "where the traditions meet the progressives, & all the leaders are women"

Austin Cultural Arts


"This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department."