On November 15th, Kids In A New Groove held the 5th annual Music Matters Luncheon at the JW Marriott. The Music Matters Luncheon is an annual fundraiser dedicated to why music matters to our community and our organization. This year, we were excited to have Taylor Ellison of We Are Austin and Austin After Hours, once again, serve as emcee of the luncheon.
Guest speaker, Gigi Edwards Bryant--entrepreneur, dedicated community volunteer and fierce advocate for children--provided the audience with an inspiring personal account of growing up in the foster care system. Gigi is a firm believer that every child is a success story and it is our job as a community to help youth in foster care achieve that success.
Following Gigi's keynote speech, two KING students, who were honored with KING Rockstar Student awards, performed for the audience. KING also recognized Mike Hidalgo as KING Music Mentor of the Year for his commitment to the program and his student. Julie Fiore, Alan Retamozo, Daniel Guerrero, Jessica Haynie, and Tanya Winch were also recognized as KING Music Mentor Honorees for their dedication and willingness to go above and beyond.
To wrap up the luncheon, Kids In A New Groove unveiled the 2018 KING Concert Club artists and kicked off membership sales. Most KING Concert Club memberships were sold at the luncheon but sponsorships and individual tickets are still available at a variety of levels, from $250 for a single KING Concert ticket to each of the four shows to VIP-level tickets and $5000 Diamond-level sponsorship. Previous notable Concert Club artists include Shakey Graves, Tameca Jones, and Walker Lukens. This year’s lineup includes artists with a rapidly-growing regional fan base who are making waves on the national music scene.
2018 KING Concert Club Line-up:
David Ramirez - Indie Americana singer-songwriter currently on tour promoting his recent album, We’re Not Going Anywhere.
Midland - Originally formed in Dripping Springs, this traditional country band matches their classic '70s/'80s style with a modern-day twist. They’ve opened for Willie Nelson and Dwight Yoakum and are currently working on their full-length release. This year, Midland was nominated for two Grammys and their song, "Drinkin' Problem," was certified platinum last month.
Molly Burch - With a degree in jazz vocal performance, this American singer began writing songs in order to compliment her smokey, wide-ranged voice. Molly's music is a spare, melancholic blend of folk and indie rock.
Kalu and the Electric Joint - Kalu put together a stellar ensemble of players to blend the powers of psychedelic soul music with the driving beat of rock and roll and the ancient rhythms of Africa.
Save the date for this year's Music Matters Luncheon on November 13th at The Line. More information to be released soon.