Upcoming Events

    • March 02, 2021
    • 5:00 PM - 6:15 PM (CST)
    • Zoom
    • 71
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    MBC Happy Hour with Black Fret Concert! 

    Whether you're new to Austin or a native Austinite, you'll enjoy a great happy hour with energetic and fun people! This time we'll be on Zoom, with music from musicians courtesy of Black Fret. 

    Come hear some great music, and chat with (and give your support to) some great musicians!

    These events are a way to enjoy live music keep our musicians working during the pandemic. Black Fret will provide a way to tip during the concert, we ask that you give a minimum of $30. 

    Your Zoom link will be provided with registration. Please invite your friends and family!

    Thanks to our Happy Hour Sponsors!

    Joe Neal Kerr, Kerr Financial Services

    Michael Worthington, Classic Forms and Products

        

    Music from local Austin musicians provided by Black Fret


    About the artists:

    DOSSEY

    DOSSEY is a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer from Austin, Texas. Her energetic brand of alt pop was launched into the public consciousness with the feature of her 80s synth pop earworm, Heartbeats, by none other than NPR’s All Songs Considered, who touted her as one of 100 artists to see at SXSW in 2019. Soon after, her collaboration with Canadian EDM producer Disero, Better Run, debuted on Spotify’s official “All New Indie,” “Indie Radar,” and “New Music" playlists. Releasing July 3, DOSSEY’s power alt pop anthem, Someone to Love, is her first solo release in over 2 years, and is slated to be a banger of epic proportions, kicking off a landslide of new alt and pop singles, one after the next.

    DOSSEY has honed her undeniable sound on-stage and in-studio, marrying her adoration for funky 70s Nile Rodgers guitar licks, soaring disco melodies, modern synth pop rhythms and unusual samples. This effort has created an infectiously fushia and sequin-soaked, hook-filled world for her followers, who are hungry for a deeper, edgier and romantic archetype of pop.

    Matt the Electrician

    Matt the Electrician is Matthew Sever, a quirky, sincere folk/pop singer songwriter based in Austin, TX. He has self-released 10 studio albums, and 2 live CDs since 1998. Matt moved to Austin, TX from the West Coast in 1996 to pursue music full time. He regularly tours all over the world, specifically The US, Canada, Western Europe and Japan. His songs have been featured on Network TV shows, in feature length movies, and in TV commercials. He regularly plays festivals, theaters, nightclubs, and house concerts, and will continue to do so until he cannot.

    Mach-7 Muzik

    Producer powerhouse siblings Marcus Machado and Vicky Casis are set to release their EP compilation album Black Summer, Vol 2 on July 17, 2020. Their production team, Mach 7-Muzik, is focused on adding a new sound and vibe to the hip hop world. Smooth grooves are the characteristic of this groundbreaking, pandemic-era EP. Thoughtful lyrics and effortless rhythms feel designed to carry the listener away to sweeter times. Marcus Machado, a former child prodigy playing guitar since the age of 2, was named in 2014 by Rolling Stone as the ”Next Young Gun.” As one of the world’s preeminent guitarists on the rise, Marcus played alongside Robert Glasper and Lalah Hathaway on the score for the documentary Mr. Soul.

    Vicky Casis is a female music producer from Brooklyn, NY who is ready to spread her unique style of beats to this world. Her music can be described as original, relatable, and can touch the soul. She has produced for talented artists such as rapper JSWISS, French rapper Billie Brelok, sultry Tanzanian singer Koku Ganza, and many others. Casis has also assisted in creating music for Hip Hop documentary Contact High. On December 2, 2019 she released her first EP called Baby Gurl. Vicky Casis is on her way to becoming one of the best music producers of her generation and there is more great music coming in the future from her.



    • March 03, 2021
    • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM (CST)
    • Zoom
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    Art and Activism 

    Students in Safe SPACE Coalition promote healthy relationships where it matters most: in their communities and among their peers. Throughout each semester, students learn about issues like sex trafficking, domestic violence, and boundaries from experts and youth leaders alike.

    Using the arts, they respond to these serious issues in an accessible way. Projects give students the opportunity to make change in their own schools and communities, and can be anything from an Instagram campaign to a comic book.

    Two leaders from the Coalition are excited to talk about the group and the way it uses art for activism!

    About our speaker:

    Cecile McWilliams is a junior in high school at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Austin, TX. Cecile is the President of Safe SPACE Coalition, a youth leadership group working to prevent child exploitation and promote healthy relationships through the arts. She runs cross country and plays soccer. She loves dogs, books, language, and talking to people.

    Sophia Ryder is a senior at Westlake High School and Director of the Advisory Board. She believes that SAFE Space does an incredible job of putting forth a unique perspective on ways to make change but also take action throughout schools and communities everywhere. She loves leading a community that includes such a diverse and creative group of people and is just as passionate to make change as we are. “It’s not only empowering to our audience, but myself as well – bringing about change through creativity and art is something that needs to be mobilized and I want to be a part of a community that utilizes this technique to support others who have trouble asking for help.”

    • March 10, 2021
    • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM (CST)
    • Zoom
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    You Call That a Park? THIS is a Park! 

    Winding along Waller Creek in downtown Austin, Waterloo Greenway is on its way to becoming a wondrous public park that celebrates inclusivity and the spirit of our community. Come explore the many ways Waterloo Greenway is working to connect all people in our vibrant city to nature, art, culture — and to each other. This extraordinary shared experience is being launched very soon, with Waterloo Park opening in spring 2021.

    About our speaker:

    Melissa serves as the Community Engagement & Government Relations Director for Waterloo Greenway (formerly Waller Creek Conservancy), engaging the public to share their feedback and ideas on what a vibrant Palm Park, Waterloo Park, and Creek Delta looks like to the Austin community. She engages individuals and organizations across the community in interactive initiatives designed to ensure the Waterloo Greenway mission of inclusivity is reflected in every event, program, and gathering.

    Prior to joining Waterloo Greenway, Melissa led communications efforts at Capital Metro more for than five years. During her time at the transit agency, she oversaw the development of Connections 2025, a 10-year strategic plan for the future of Central Texas transportation. The plan has been endorsed by many Austin community partners, serving as the roadmap for more frequent and reliable transit service across the region. Melissa championed bilingual communications and meaningful outreach to Austin’s Hispanic/Latino community, and served as Capital Metro’s first Spanish-speaking spokesperson. A first-generation Texan Latina, Melissa sits on the Caritas of Austin Board of Directors, Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Hispanic/Latino Quality of Life Commission, and KLRU Community Advisory Board.

    • March 10, 2021
    • 8:30 AM - 9:15 AM (CST)
    • Zoom after our meeting

    The Color of Water by James McBride 

    Plan to join fellow MBC members for lively discussions in a relaxed atmosphere.

    8:30 on Zoom after our March 10th meeting.

    • March 17, 2021
    • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM (CDT)
    • Zoom

    Upcoming Speakers in March and April

    Our speakers are always engaging, informative, and insightful (and often inciteful). Our members are too! Become a member and make MBC your midweek pick-me-up every week.

    March 17    Simone Talma Flowers   Interfaith Action of Central Texas (iACT)
    March 24    William Lutz  Texas Workforce Commission
    March 31    Angelos Angelou  Economic update and forecast
    April 7    Marsha Milam  Milam & Greene Whiskey Distillery
    April 14    Annie Burridge  Austin Opera


    • April 14, 2021
    • 8:30 AM - 9:15 AM (CDT)
    • Zoom after our meeting

    Brilliant: The Evolution of Artificial Light by Jane Brox 

    Plan to join fellow MBC members for lively discussions in a relaxed atmosphere.

    8:30 on Zoom after our April 14th meeting.


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