Austin Cultural Arts


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




LULUFEST 2020 was truly a wonderful experience, for all of us. We all had to learn how to best present ourselves and our music from our own homes... very challenging, to make a digital streaming situation accurately communicate who we are, and what our music sounds like. And then there is the challenge of a virtual audience, imagining and receiving the energy being reflected back to us by our listener-watchers. All in all, a very different LuluFest this year... 

The beauty of it now, is that we can go back and watch all  seven performances. Please let us know what you are experiencing in this time of Covid-19.

I speak for myself when I say, that this project certainly took me OUT of the day-to-day bad news, and energized and inspired me to make music. We are thinking to make LULUFEST always available online, even when we go back to live performances. We know that we reached many people all over the world ( the advantage of FB!), and gained many new followers. All in all, very exciting...Thank you all for listening,

Peggy Stern 


If you miss a set, you can view past live streams at Go there now to see our artists introduce themselves and Lulufest!

Please check back frequently  - and don't forget to check in with us via email - as we organize these significant and timely changes.


Our 4th Annual Festival, LuluFest 2020, will feature several out-of-towners, along with some of Austin's finest women leaders. 

On Saturday evening May 16th, at Jones Auditorium, Grammy nominated vocalist Kate McGarry, along with her guitarist husband Keith Ganz, will present her fabulously eclectic & musical explorations, bridging jazz and song-writing disciplines effortlessly. 

Dena Derose, a truly amazing jazz pianist & vocalist, currently living in Graz, Austria, graces us with her presence this year, taking time to visit Austin in her busy touring season.

Kristen Strom, veteran tenor saxophonist, composer, and educator comes to us from Northern California, and rounds out the new-to-Austin group of women band leaders.

On Sunday, May 17th at noon, the leaders will present a vocal/piano/sax masterclass

And on Sunday evening, for the first time this year, we will present the LuluFest Afterglow Party at Leeanne's Backyard (info to follow), featuring local talent Leanne Atherton, Sharon Bourbonnais, Danielle Reich, and others TBA.

The focus of these events (concerts and workshops) will be women bandleaders — both seasoned and up-and-coming, who are making their music the focus of their lives. 

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 will encourage young women who don’t often get to see women in a leadership role in the music business.

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