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December 12, 2020

Havin’ A Ball

By: Laurie Gallardo

Limitations brought about by the pandemic led to a lot of…reimagining. How the hell would music artists get their creations into the world without being able to tour? Socially-distanced shows not always being an option, the vigorous reinvention time gave way to the livestream.

Local nonprofit Black Fret also did some serious reorganizing of their live music events into livestream concerts – including their annual Black Fret Ball. Nothing was going to stop this year’s ball, and “pandemic be damned,” in the words of Black Fret cofounder Matt Ott.

With careful planning, preparation, and social distance protocol in order for recording performances, the Black Fret Ball is ready to go, featuring all twenty Black Fret artist nominees for this year. That includes Bayonne, Cilantro Boombox, Moving Panoramas, Alesia Lani, Altamesa, Croy and The Boys, Think No Think, Henry Invisible (featured on today’s AMM), Sir Woman, Darkbird, Carrie Rodriguez, DOSSEY, The Belle Sounds, Ali Holder, Sam Houston And Blk Odyssy, Nané and more.

Dress in your sparkly best and party with Black Fret online at the virtual Black Fret Ball, starting at 7 p.m. (Central) tonight, Saturday Dec. 12, on YouTube and Facebook.


October 30, 2023


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October 28, 2023

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October 27, 2023

LEVITATION: Friday & Saturday

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October 26, 2023

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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.