Black Fret Announces ‘Keep Live Music Alive’ Festival Featuring More Than 25 Bands

Music Festival Will Be Held May 14 to 16 on the Terrace at the Long Center

By David Clough
Photographs by Dave Pedley
Black Fret Keep Live Music Alive
The Peterson Brothers are one of the many beloved local bands that work with Black Fret.

Austin charitable organization Black Fret has announced a three-day music festival featuring more than 25 bands. The event, called ‘Keep Live Music Alive,’ is slated to take place May 14 to 16, 2021 on the Terrace at the Long Center for the Performing Arts.

“We are beyond excited to see people getting vaccinated and getting back out to see music safely,” said Black Fret co-founder Colin Kendrick. “We managed to provide over $750,000 in direct financial support in 2020 to our city’s musicians. With the pandemic slowing we ask those who want to support their city, its music and our culture to join Black Fret and enjoy this incredible 2021 season with us.”

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Musical performances at the festival will include: American Dreamer, Buffalo Hunt, Clarence James, Darkbird, Deezie Brown, Dom Fisher, Eimaral Sol, Harry Edohoukwa, Jake Lloyd and Geto Gala, Jon Muq, Ley Line, Lisa Morales, Miggy Milla, Mike Melinoe, Motenko, Nané, Night Blooms, Parker Chapin, Pat Byrne, Dave Scher and Andrea Magee, Sam Houston and Zach Person. Black Fret says additional bands will be announced as they join the lineup.

Suzanna Choffel performing at the picturesque Long Center Terrace.

To attend the outdoor event, concertgoers must first become a Black Fret member. Memberships are priced $750 per year. After signup, a member and their guest are granted exclusive access to the ‘Keep Live Music Alive’ festival’ and more than 20 concerts and special events throughout the year. Black Fret members also vote for the allocation of grants to their favorite musical artists.

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Founded in 2013, Black Fret is a public charity headquartered in Austin. The organization’s mission is to support local artists by providing grants, mentoring and performance payments to Austin musicians. Black Fret says it has provided more than $2,000,000 in grants and payments to musicians and has paid over $1,500,000 to local music businesses since its inception.

According to Black Fret, the ‘Keep Live Music Alive’ Festival is made possible with support from Ben E. Keith Beverages and City of Austin Cultural Contracts. For more information on becoming a Black Fret member and attending the festival, visit blackfret.org/join.


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