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Austin Cultural Arts


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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.