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September 9, 2022

Eastside Royalty

By: Laurie Gallardo

Crystal Thomas

Eastside Kings was the title Eddie Stout gave to a collection of recordings of mostly unknown African-American blues artists from Austin, released in 1999 on Dialtone Records. It would be one of several recordings like it highlighting extremely talented local blues artists who were mostly under the radar, including Willie Sampson, Clarence Pierce, Little Joe Washington and Donald “Duck” Jennings. This dedication to preserving the heritage of blues, jazz and gospel music by Black artists is at the heart of the Eastside Kings Foundation and the annual Eastside Kings Festival.

This weekend marks the festival’s 10-year anniversary, kicking off tonight with performances at Antone’s on E. 5th, and at Cork & Screw on E. 12th, and continuing through the weekend with an afternoon music workshop at Austin Vintage Guitars, and shows at Eastside venues along E. 12th and Chicon. The wrap-up party is Tuesday night at Justine’s. Of course, this year’s line-up is over the top: Trudy Lynn, Rip Lee Pryor, Soul Man Sam, Johnny Nichols, Little Jimmy Reed, Orange Jefferson, Tokyo-based band Bloodest Saxophone playing with Crystal Thomas (featured on today’s AMM) and Stan Mosley, and many more. Check out the full line-up, schedule and locations at the ESK website, and in the photo below.

Schedule courtesy of Eastside Kings Festival.


October 30, 2023


Genesis Owusu returns to Austin to perform tomorrow night at Empire Garage.


October 28, 2023

LEVITATION: Saturday and Sunday

AMM picks for LEVITATION weekend, including Amyl & The Sniffers, Durand Jones, Altin Gün and more.


October 27, 2023

LEVITATION: Friday & Saturday

The AMM’s LEVITATION 2023 picks for Fri/Sat, including Alan Palomo, Allah-Las, Queen Serene and more.


October 26, 2023

So Very Curious, Indeed

A Curious Mix of People book launch reunion show, Saturday at The Parlor on Guadalupe.


October 25, 2023

Friday at Radio East

Black Live Music Fund & Radio East present a DAWA benefit with Latasha Lee and Blakchyl.


October 24, 2023

The Returner

Allison Russell brings The Returner Tour to 3Ten tomorrow night.


October 23, 2023

Haunt Me and Dark Shadows

Cover your neck. Or don’t. It’s the Goth Gala tonight at Sagebrush, with Haunt Me, and a screening of the original ‘House of Dark Shadows.’


October 21, 2023

Bienvenido al Laboratorio

Carrie Rodriguez’ LABORATORIO at Stateside on Sunday, with Angélica Garcia & Cat Cardenas.