Terri Hendrix and friends announce lineup, tickets for second annual Tammi Fest, an arts and music festival benefitting the non-profit organization OYOU
(Own Your Own Universe).
Oct. 6 fundraiser in Martindale, Texas, promises fun, music, and food for the whole family all for a good cause
Martindale, TX Texas songwriter Terri Hendrix spent the better part of a decade dreaming her OYOU arts non-profit into reality. But she didn't build it alone. Although its name is an acronym for "Own Your Own Universe," the motto she's based her entire career on as a proudly independent recording artist, from Day One the OYOU has always been about, and for, community. "What I love most about the OYOU is, it's not just me," Hendrix says. "It's a group of people that want to change lives, and use the arts to do it.
On Sunday, Oct. 6, Hendrix and Team OYOU invite YOU (and the whole family!) to share in that fun and experience firsthand the joy of helping to make a positive difference in the world at the OYOU's second annual Tammi Fest, an art and music festival unlike any other in the state of Texas. This year's festivities will be held in the Harper Brothers Building at 417 Main Street in downtown Martindale, next to the Martindale River Cafe and Mercantile and just down the road from Wilory Farm, the 12-acre spread Hendrix purchased for the OYOU in 2017, with plans to break ground on the arts center next year.
In addition to a full afternoon of live music, Tammi Fest will feature an art market spotlighting fine quality metal sculptures, paintings, professional photography, and other creations by local artists, plus a silent auction, raffle, free face painting and door prizes for kids, and a mouth-watering array of southwest hors d'oeuvres served throughout the day by Culinary Criminals Custom Catering. Non-alcoholic beverages will also be served, but the event is BYOB and adults can also purchase wine and beer (and more delicious food) at the adjacent River Cafe. Like all OYOU events, Tammi Fest will be fully handicap accessible. (A limited number of chairs will be available inside the venue, but attendees who can are encouraged to bring their own folding chairs to ensure they have a comfortable seat to enjoy the music.)
Originally called "Playing for Good," the OYOU's annual fundraiser was renamed Tammi Fest in 2018 in honor of Terri's older sister, Tammi Hendrix, who passed away last March. It was also in memory of Tammi, a passionate music fan, that Terri decided to turn the event into a women's music festival, with a focus on local and regional artists and bands too often overlooked on the male-dominated Texas music scene. Some of the performers have years if not decades of experience under their belts; others are just beginning their musical journey. But on the Tammi Fest stage, all are equals. This year's lineup includes local songwriters and singers HalleyAnna, Juliet McConkey, Vicki Genfan, MariLisa, and Kassy D, along with the award-winning New Mexico-based Americana, roots, and blues band hONEyhoUSe. Hendrix herself will be sitting in with artists throughout the day, happily blowing her harmonica or just singing harmony. Early comers can also catch Hendrix performing in the first set with members of the OYOU Kid's Club (ages 8 17).
Tickets for Tammi Fest are $30 (free for kids under 12). Three $1,000 VIP Sponsor Tables, each seating six and laden with special gifts, are also available, and fans who can't attend but who would still like to support the OYOU can purchase $30 "virtual" tickets (and be entered into a separate online raffle drawing). Every dollar raised through Tammi Fest goes right back into the community by directly funding the OYOU's mission to "make the arts accessible to everyone," regardless of age, income, or physical ability. For all involved, it's very much a labor of love but make no mistake, it takes a lot of hard work, time, and yes, money to make it all possible.
Although the aforementioned arts center on Wilory Farm is still a work in progress, the OYOU has hosted scores of programs and special events ever since founder and executive director Hendrix secured the foundation's 501(c) non-profit status. Those programs include a wide variety of workshops encompassing the creative arts, festivals, free community concerts (like the annual Snowbird Concert Series in San Marcos), the popular OYOU Kids' Club, a children's music and song camp, an annual women's retreat, and a monthly women's music picking circle. All events and workshops provide a welcoming, non-judgmental environment where diversity is celebrated.
These programs help fill a void for arts-based education that is increasingly absent in budget-strapped public schools, and provide a resource for lifelong learning for adults and senior citizens. The response and interest have been so high that many of the OYOU's workshops and classes are consistently booked at capacity. And although most of the workshops, classes, and retreats are ticketed, the OYOU provides scholarships for every program offered, allowing those who would otherwise be unable to afford tuition to attend and learn. Scholarships are offered based on financial need and for teachers, veterans, special-needs students, and patients who are suffering from chronic illness.
But the OYOU's mission serves more than just the participants at its events and programs; it also directly serves local artists and professional musicians, who are hired to lead the workshops and paid for every community concert performance (even those free to the public). At a time when the entire industry of performing and visual arts has been turned upside down due to advances in technology and a massive shift in consumer habits (translation: streaming vs. buying music), this provides artists with not just an additional source of income, but a meaningful way to inspire and teach by sharing their talents and experience with appreciative audiences. Additionally, it's been noted that several of the OYOU's teachers are "wounded birds": former professional musicians and artists who have been affected by stroke, cancer, depression, dysphonia, or other life and/or career altering conditions and who have found a renewed sense of purpose through mentoring students with similar conditions.
Hendrix herself can certainly relate. Although fortunate enough to still be able to write, record, and perform, she's spent the better part of her adult life balancing the demands of running her own music career while simultaneously living with epilepsy a seizure condition which has necessitated, especially over the last 16 years, a scaling back on her once non-stop touring schedule. But it's her belief, grounded in the fact that she's still here today, not just writing and singing but thriving, that music and art have been as vital to her mind, body, and spirit's resilience as any medication she's ever been prescribed. Which, of course, is how she first came up with the whole idea for the OYOU in the first place.
"What 'Own Your Own Universe' means to me," she's explained, "is that I have the power within me to live the best life I can regardless of my circumstances, and in doing so, inspire others to do the same. The beauty of the OYOU is that anyone can take the tools we provide by way of our events and programs, and apply them to their own lives. In doing so, it reaffirms the notion of the power that the arts can have on the human condition and soul. Our programs are accessible to everyone. Because everyone should be able to embrace and enjoy the arts."
For more information on Tammi Fest 2019 and to purchase tickets (including virtual tickets and VIP table reservations), please visit www.ownyourownuniverse.org
1:00 Doors & OYOU Film
1:30 Terri Hendrix & OYOU Kids Club
Terri Hendrix will be sitting in with musicians throughout the day.
2:00 Kassy D
2:40 Vicki Genfan
3:30 Juliet McConkey
4:00 OYOU Film & Announcements
Located in the Martindale and San Marcos, Texas, area; the mission of the OYOU ("Own Your Own Universe" 501(c)(3) nonprofit) is to make the arts accessible to everyone. Our events empower and transform lives by connecting the mind, body, and spirit, through music and the creative arts.
Harper Brothers Building (View)
417 Main Street
Martindale , TX 78655
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