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Playback – Nonprofit Holidays: The Cult of Black Fret and More
Homegrown music nonprofits that need your holiday cheer
"...When Dan Dyer accepted his $17,000 grant at Saturday's Black Fret Ball, the local singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist promised, "I'm going to..."

Dec. 16, 2016 Music Column by Kevin Curtin

Black Fret Ball
"...Colin Kendrick on the red carpet at the first Black Fret Ball..."

Nov. 11, 2014 Photo Gallery

Catfish in Black Bean Sauce
"...genesis of the interfamilial uproar. Dwayne, who manages a black-owned bank, is engaged to marry his sweetheart, who is..."

Sept. 8, 2000 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Don't Fret the Technique
'Guitar Hero' goes mobile
"...was once taut are now searching out "Paint It Black," because they felt the rush of nailing his solos...."

March 6, 2009 Screens Feature by James Renovitch

Playback: And the Armadillos Went Wild
Threadgill’s World Headquarters goes the way of its predecessor, the Armadillo World Headquarters, plus Black Fret offers more than just money
"...auction also represents a rare opportunity to procure framed black-and-white photographs from Burton Wilson, the Armadillo's in-house photographer. There'll..."

Dec. 7, 2018 Music Column by Kevin Curtin

Playback: Margaret Moser’s Final Act
Margaret Moser tribute concert, following Black Fret's money, and a last chance to nominate locals in the Austin Music Poll – this week!
"...Sunday, 2-6pm, at Antone's. Tickets, $20, are available now. Black Fret: Where's the Money Go?..."

Dec. 8, 2017 Music Column by Kevin Curtin

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas
Live reviews of Big Bill, Protextor, Black Fret Ball, and Margaret Moser’s memorial concert
"...laugh, and be with friends. All in attendance obliged. Black Fret Ball..."

Dec. 15, 2017 Music Column by Kevin Curtin

Mozart's Sister
Wolfgang had a sister who was also a musical prodigy. Guess which sibling the history books remember.
"...feminist treatise about a potential female artist lost the black hole of history and conventions. Nor is it a..."

Dec. 16, 2011 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Playback: Barracuda on the Block
"...choice but to make it a success." Ballin' With Black Fret..."

Dec. 11, 2015 Music Column by Kevin Curtin

Paying the Dues
"...Dear Editor, It's about time someone says this: Black Fret is a country club for music fans. I..."

April 8, 2015 Postmarks

Playback: Fringe Radio
Austin's newest radio frequency, Fringe
"...› Musician nonprofit Black Fret has named its 2014 grant nominees: Amy Cook,..."

April 11, 2014 Music Column by Kevin Curtin

Playback: T for Texas, T for Starlings, TN
Double dulcimer reunion and other musical Thanksgiving
"...now than ever," reports Stubblefield, smiling at his friend. Black Fret..."

Nov. 29, 2013 Music Column by Kevin Curtin

The Spirit of the City and the Letter of the Law Collide at Sekrit Theater
Beau Reichert struggles with the city over his backyard arts complex
"...events Reichert began to host, such as Fusebox and Black Fret. Home­owners speaking under the condition of anonymity said..."

Sept. 2, 2016 News Feature by Nina Hernandez

Playback: Lines, Rhymes, and Redemption
The line at Fun Fun Fun Fest wasn't the only show last weekend
"...he's said to have pow-wowed with local psych shamans Black Angels about producing their next album. On Sunday, that..."

Nov. 14, 2014 Music Column by Kevin Curtin

Five Questions for Carson McHone
Old residency, old songs redone, and the old, Deep South
"...Mike in Nashville using a grant I got from Black Fret...."

Nov. 6, 2017 Music Post by Kevin Curtin

Playback: Nancy Fly Waves Bye-Bye
Pioneering Austin booker Nancy Fly retires, and ATX gets a hip-hop festival
"...nationals like Pharoahe Monch, Jean Grae, Guilty Simpson, and Black Milk...."

Aug. 15, 2014 Music Column by Kevin Curtin

Playback: The Austin Music Poll's 11th Hour
A final push to get out the vote in the Austin Music Poll
"...usurped Willie Nelson in Best Country. Twenty years later, Black Angels, Black Joe Lewis, and Ghostland Observatory all ranked..."

Jan. 29, 2016 Music Column by Kevin Curtin

Austin Music Industry Award Winners Announced
Best radio station, record store, club, music writer, and more honored
"...On 5) Guitar Center Runners Up: The Musician’s Woodshed, Blackerby Violin Shop, Fiddler’s Green Music Shop..."

Feb. 25, 2018 Music Post by James Renovitch

Playback: HAAM Payback
Austin music says thanks for saving our butt, HAAM
"...Christopher Cross, I had to cancel a show for Black Fret who've nominated me for their 2015 grant, and..."

Aug. 28, 2015 Music Column

2018/19 Austin Music Industry Poll Top 10s
Nearly half of this year's Austin Music Poll/Austin Music Awards winners are now known
"...Shop, Guitar Center, Dick DuBois, Sam Bass Music, Straight Frets Guitar Service Best Live Music Booker..."

Feb. 22, 2019 Music Feature

Wood & Wire Nominated for Grammy
Austin pickers earn Best Bluegrass Album nod
"...nomination, they were awarded a $20,000 grant at the Black Fret Ball. Their performance at the event, held at..."

Dec. 8, 2018 Music Post by Kevin Curtin

Public Notice: Transit, Then and Now
A lingering desire for streetcars
"...Thursday, Dec. 20: Black Fret..."

Dec. 7, 2018 News Column by Nick Barbaro

Playback: The New Face of Austin Music Festivals
Taking stock of Austin’s festival landscape a week after the conclusion of ACL Fest
"...emerging in municipal music politics through funding HAAM, SIMS, Black Fret, Austin Music Foundation, and a reformed Austin Music..."

Oct. 20, 2017 Music Column by Kevin Curtin

Austin Music Awards' Industry Accolades Announced
Best radio station, record store, club, and many more
"...6) Westbank String Shop 7) South Austin Music 8) Blackerby Violin 9) Violins Etc. 10) Calaveras Guitar Boutique..."

March 6, 2017 Music Post by James Renovitch

Mayor’s Omnibus Resolution: Actualization Is Hard
Moving into Phase II
"...wait on the city for support, and efforts like Black Fret, Mosaic, and ATX6 have provided templates for necessary..."

Feb. 24, 2017 Music Feature by Doug Freeman

Tuesday SXSW Showcases
First night hangs – showcases!
"...were among the big $12,000 winners at this year's Black Fret Ball. The bar stage adds more ladies in..."

March 11, 2016 Music Feature by Jim Caligiuri

Gina Chavez Video Release Fills the Stateside
Newly minted Musician of the Year has come a long way in a year
"...Filling the State Theatre with Black Fret donors Saturday night, Gina Chavez debuted the music..."

April 13, 2015 Music Post by Nina Hernandez

Festival Flood
A brief guide to the 13 – count 'em, 13 – arts fests coming your way in April and May
"...Art Pavilion; a music stage curated by local nonprofit Black Fret; Austin Art Trucks; and food...."

April 3, 2015 Arts Feature by Robert Faires

Welcome to the Machine
2014-15 Austin Music Industry Awards results
"...9) Blackerby Violin Shop..."

March 13, 2015 Music Feature by Kevin Curtin

Austin Music Industry Awards Winners
KUTX named Best Radio Station, Strange Brew Best Venue
"...7) Rock n Roll Rentals 8) Musical Exchange 9) Blackerby Violin Shop 10) Street-Legal Guitars INSTRUMENT REPAIR..."

March 9, 2015 Music Post by The Music Staff

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