Grulkefest at ACL was Entertaining and a Tremendous Success

True Believers on stage at Grulkefest – Photo credit: Liz Lopez,

Austin, Texas – Grulkefest, the celebration of Brent Grulke held September 8 at ACL-Live at the Moody Theatre, was a tremendous success. Grulke, a beloved figure amongst Austin bands and fellow fans, died of a heart attack on August 13 at age 51.

To pay tribute to his memory – and to have a good bittersweet time—more than a thousand people came from all over the country and a bunch of his favorite bands played their butts off. Doctors’ Mob, Fastball, Glass Eye, the Reivers, Sixteen Deluxe, True Believers, the
Wannabes, and Wild Seeds gave some of the best performances of their careers.

Grulkefest – Photo credit: Liz Lopez,

Paid attendance was 1,298, but with a silent auction, a merchandise stand and other contributions, the event raised more than $75,000 for the Graham Grulke Education Fund, which was set up for Brent’s seven year old son.

True Believers on stage at Grulkefest – Photo credit: Liz Lopez,

Producers Michael Hall and SXSW Director Roland Swenson would like to thank all of the people who came together to make the show a success: SXSW production manager Leslie Uppinghouse and her crew: Travis Giraffa, Mike McCoy, Christian Mella, Ellen Alger, and Lizzie Brenner; Jason Cohen, emcee Jeff McCord, the silent auction/merchandise crew:
Cathy Crane, Darcie Fromholz, Sharon Calcote, Roggie Baer, and April Litz; Liz Aston and Natalie Aston, Ron Marks and Leslie Bonnell; Mike Shea; Tom Moore; Gary Klingemann, Jamie Miller and Darin Klein.

Organizers would also like to thank the people who contributed to the silent auction (the I-35 LC electric guitar from Collings Guitars was the high seller at $3,200) as well as the event’s sponsors – The Austin Chronicle, KUT, SXSW, Miller Lite, Tito’s, IFC, Rick Linklater, Louie Messina and Farace Beverages. They would especially like to thank the people at ACL Live at the Moody Theater – Freddy Fletcher, Tim Neece, Caroline Burruss, John Wheatley, and Conor McAnally – for their generosity in making the show a success.


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