Named for the legendary jazz trumpeter and East Austinite, Kenny Dorham’s Backyard is DiverseArts’ outdoor music venue, located in the heart of the historic East End cultural district, just down the street from Kenny Dorham’s last home in Austin.
Home to the Austin Jazz and Arts Fest, East End Summer Music Series, SoulFest, and the Backyard Blues Series, the bulk of the live music programming honors the traditional African American music community- jazz, blues, rhythm and blues and gospel- once anchored along East 11th Street in classic venues such as the Victory Grill and Charlie’s Playhouse.
DiverseArts uses this space to pursue our mission of presenting multidisciplinary, multicultural events and activities which mirror the face of contemporary Austin.
Registered musicians and artists are listed in the Austin Music Love local artist directory, a totally free way to get found and to find local talent. And if you have music on Spotify, your top tracks will automatically considered for Austin Music Love playlists including Local Artist Top 100 Austin and Local Artist New Music Austin!