welcome to 2018 austin djangofestival!!
Attention!! Sept 17th announcement
Due to an act of God (or for us in Austin, Texas "Willie Nelson") Django Festival Austin in cooperation with our amazing partner and amazing sponsor venue Justine’s believe it is in the Festivals best interest to concede to pressure and change the date of our main concert featuring Les Doigts de L’Homme to the first day of our festival Friday the 28th of September 8:00 to 12:00 instead of Saturday the 29th. We understand that this may be an inconvenience for some and a full refund will be issued to any who can not join us on Friday instead. For those who are able to still celebrate with us Friday, September 28th, your purchased ticket, (no changes need to be made and your current ticket remains the same), will also be good for our Saturday Night Party/all-star Jam session and post Willie/Beto after party from 10pm on (you never know who you might spot lurking in the late night shadows of Justine’s courtyard!)
We offer a heartfelt apology (and a full refund) to any who are unable to make the Friday Sept 28th date. We thank you for your early support of our first (of what we hope will be many) Django Festival’s here in Austin.”
This does not apply to festival pass holders…Saturday is now also included in your pass..it will be epic!
THIS YEARS FESTIVAL will be friday, saturday & sunday sept 28-30 at austin’s hippest spots casa de luz, matties, & Justine’s…Texas’ premiere french venue and late night spot for the hollywood types. Attendees will think they are in samois in the middle of texas! The venue is owned by french couple justine & pierre.
we are honoured to have french icons "les doigts de l'homme" headlining our first festival. "les doigts de l'homme" is a french word-play meaning the fingers or rights of mankind.
"Les Doigts" has performed as headliners for 1000's of people worldwide gaining praise and admiration from audiences and critics alike. they have almost singlehandedly redefined the very genre known as "gypsy jazz". they have given legendary performances at the granddaddy of all django-fests held annually in samois france as well as many of europes top festivals. "Les doigts" are among the worlds most virtuosic and CREATIVE musicians in any genre sharing their craft today.
In ADDITION to our headliners there will be outstanding national acts supporting the bill with some very special guests (you never know who will show up in austin).
for musicians there are organized jam sessions on Friday and Saturday,
a mix and mingle with the artists on Friday, and workshops with the masters on Saturday (for all levels).
on sunday we will close out the festival with a 5 star brunch and intimate jam session with the headliners.
Background & history of the music
Genius guitarist Django Reinhardt is considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. Django, who overcame great personal and physical disabilities officially formed "The Hot Club of France" (along with the great Stephane Grappelli) in 1934. This ensemble was hugely successful filling dance halls across the European continent, with the guitar virtuoso performing as a lead instrument years before Charlie Christian played his electric guitar in Benny Goodman's Orchestra (listen to Christian's 1939 recreation/transcription of Django's 1937 Rose Room solo that is not credited to django in american fokelore). In spite of his otherworldly gifts as a soloist, it is the rhythmic genius that filled dance halls and made "The Hot Club of France" the most innovative band on the continent. At the root of the ensemble now known as "hot club" music, Django developed and mastered an oft approximated but rarely honoured rhythmic technique called 'Le Pompe' where the guitarist acts as both the ACCOMPANist as well as the drummer allowing a hot club configuration to swing like a big band in a small group setting. THis unique way of playing rhythm is still what SEPARATES a true "hot club" ensemble from other swing bands.
back at home, Texas has it's own long and spectacular history of western swing music dating back to the 1930's and most notably credited to "the king of western swing" Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys formed in 1934. During the same fertile period america's dance halls were also being filled year round by several working Big bands including Duke Ellington's band (duke was a huge fan and played with django many times). dukes 1932 hit "It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing" was a premonition of the coming decade both at home and abroad. Like any origins it is a lively debate as to who created what, and we hope you help add to this beautiful and colourful history by celebrating with us at the first austin django festival!
Djangofest austin is a non-profit