Black Fret Black Ball

Local music supporters get uniquely Austin concert at Black Fret's Black Ball

Local music supporters get unique concert at Black Fret's Black Ball

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Mother Falcon Photo by Dave Pedley
Gibson Black Ball Red Carpet Black Fret co-Founder Matt Ott, Black Fret grant recipient Graham Wilkinson and Black Fret board member Kerry Edwards
Black Fret co-Founder Matt Ott, Black Fret grant recipient Graham Wilkinson and Black Fret board member Kerry Edwards Photo by Amy Price
Gibson Black Ball Red Carepet Black Fret grant recipient Amy Cook
Black Fret grant recipient Amy Cook Photo by Amy Price
Gibson Black Ball Red Carpet Black Fret grant recipient Gina Chavez and her partner Jodi Granado
Black Fret grant recipient Gina Chavez and her partner Jodi Granado Photo by Amy Price
Gibson Black Ball Red Carpet Black Fret founder Colin Kendrick, Black Fret grant recipient Elizabeth McQueen and Black Fred co-founder Matt Ott
Black Fret founder Colin Kendrick, Black Fret grant recipient Elizabeth McQueen and Black Fred co-founder Matt Ott Photo by Amy Price
Gibson Black Ball Red Carpet Black Fret grant nominees Jitterbug Vipers
Black Fret grant nominees Jitterbug Vipers Photo by Amy Price
Gibson Black Ball Red Carpet Black Fret Advisory Board member Carlos Sola and guest
Black Fret Advisory Board member Carlos Sola and guest Photo by Amy Price
Gibson Black Ball Red Carpet Guests Robert Rankin and recording artist Nakia
Guests Robert Rankin and recording artist Nakia Photo by Amy Price
Gibson Black Ball Red Carpet Guests Henri Mazza of Alamo Drafthouse and Danielle Thomas of Big Green House
Guests Henri Mazza of Alamo Drafthouse and Danielle Thomas of Big Green House Photo by Amy Price
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Chairman, President and Founder Colin Kendrick and Vice Chairman Matt Ott Photo by Dave Pedley
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Guests enjoyed light bites. Photo by Dave Pedley
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Mother Falcon Photo by Amy Price
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Grant winner Lincoln Durham Photo by Amy Price
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Jitterbug Vipers Photo by Dave Pedley
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Elizabeth McQueen Photo by Dave Pedley
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More grant winners are announced.  Photo by Dave Pedley
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Amy Cook Photo by Dave Pedley
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East Cameron Folkcore Photo by Dave Pedley
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Gibson Black Ball Red Carpet Black Fret co-Founder Matt Ott, Black Fret grant recipient Graham Wilkinson and Black Fret board member Kerry Edwards
Gibson Black Ball Red Carepet Black Fret grant recipient Amy Cook
Gibson Black Ball Red Carpet Black Fret grant recipient Gina Chavez and her partner Jodi Granado
Gibson Black Ball Red Carpet Black Fret founder Colin Kendrick, Black Fret grant recipient Elizabeth McQueen and Black Fred co-founder Matt Ott
Gibson Black Ball Red Carpet Black Fret grant nominees Jitterbug Vipers
Gibson Black Ball Red Carpet Black Fret Advisory Board member Carlos Sola and guest
Gibson Black Ball Red Carpet Guests Robert Rankin and recording artist Nakia
Gibson Black Ball Red Carpet Guests Henri Mazza of Alamo Drafthouse and Danielle Thomas of Big Green House
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Austin music supporters descended on the majestic Paramount Theatre on Saturday, November 8 for Black Fret's inaugural Black Ball. Part fundraiser, part concert, this unique evening was a chance for Austin music supporters to gather for a night of festivities — and some really good music. 

Black Fret is an Austin-based nonprofit dedicated to providing annual grants to local musicians. Through an annual donation of $1,500, Black Fret's Patrons of Local Music members provide more than $2 million annually to the organization. That money is then handed out in $10,000 grants for the upcoming year and provides financial support for Black Fret's concerts and services. 

At Saturday's member-only event, Black Fret supporters saw the inaugural induction of grant recipients in between short musical sets by 16 of the nominees. The 2014 nominees included Amy Cook, Danny Malone, Dawn and Hawkes, East Cameron Folkcore, Elias Haslanger, Elizabeth McQueen, Emily Bell, Erin Ivey, Gina Chavez, Graham Wilkinson, Jitterbug Vipers, Jonny Gray, Lincoln Durham, Little Radar, Mother Falcon, Quiet Company, The Rocketboys, The Whiskey Sisters, Wild Child and Zeale.

Opening act Mother Falcon set the tone for the evening, bringing their melodic, delicate and — at times — raucous sound to the stage. (The group went on to snag a grant later that evening.) Between performances, Chairman, President and Founder Colin Kendrick and Vice Chairman Matt Ott applauded the members of Black Fret, discussed the mission of the organization and revealed grant winners. 

In addition to Mother Falcon, Amy Cook, Elizabeth McQueen, Erin Ivey, Gina Chavez, Graham Wilkinson, Lincoln Durham, Quiet Company, The Rocketboys and Wild Child were also named winners. "I'm still in a state of delighted shock at having been awarded a Black Fret Grant," said McQueen of her grant. "The amount of talent in the nominee field was staggering, and reaffirmed to me how lucky I am to live in this city." 

Grant recipients will receive a total of $10,000 over the course of the year as well as mentoring opportunities. For more information, head to Black Fret