Our 3rd Annual Festival, LuluFest 2019, will feature violinist/vocalist Carrie Rodriguez, the all-female Cuban band Maqueque, led by saxophonist Jane Bunnett, pianist Dawn Clement, from the Pacific Northwest, but currently heading up the jazz department at Metropolitan State University in Denver, Houston-based pianist Pamela York, NYC-based baritone saxophonist Claire Daly, and Jay Clayton, NYC-based vocalist. 

The focus of this event (concerts and workshops) will be women bandleaders — both seasoned and up-and-coming, who are making their music the focus of their lives. 

This is NOT a women’s festival; on the contrary, most of the bands are generously peopled with men. The principle behind the festival is simply that the women leaders and their concepts of the music are being presented here, thus setting it apart from most other festivals in the country (and the world) at this juncture in history. We feel that this Festival will encourage young women who don’t often get to see women in a leadership role in the music business.

We are finding that the time is ripe, and the forward-thinking city of Austin is ready, to house an intimate, elegant Festival of this nature. 


LuluFest 2019 - May 17/ 18

We are proud to announce our upcoming 2019 LuluFest artists. The Festival will be held May 17th at Parker Jazz club, and May 18th at St. Edward's University. Both concerts begin at 7 PM.

Featured women band-leaders include Dawn Clement, Carrie Rodriguez, Pamela York, Claire Daly, Jay Clayton, Jane Bunnett and MAQUEQUE

Suzi Stern/ Peggy Stern

Dawn Clement

Austin Cultural Arts


"This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department."



Claire Daly

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