Some Things We’ve Learned About Promoting Dialogue



When given the chance, most folks want to share their hard-won perspective–and they have lots to say.

When it’s understood that no one person has a final or privileged perspective, then different, even alien voices are more likely to feel welcomed and appreciated for how they might enrich the dialogue.

When the reality and presence of different voices is recognized and affirmed, folks tend to loosen up and feel more welcomed to speak up without fear of reprisal. Dialogue seems to require vulnerability, openness, humility, and trust.

When good conversation gets going, a self-forgetful synergy draws participants into dialogical interaction. It becomes more like improvisation.

Dialogue happens when other people and perspectives draw out the potential meanings inherent in any one person’s understanding of things—these meanings build, one upon the other, to create something new between dialogical partners.

The unity and connection that is felt when dialogue happens is often experienced as “the thing itself.”

When people learn to partner together through dialogue, idiosyncratic divisions are relativized and deeper connections are formed.

When the conversation is kept open-ended, then dialogue continues to flourish.

Dialogue depends upon and is enriched by the assertion of different voices.

In dialogue, just about everything is particular and contextual—thus, generalities, canned concepts, and finalized assertions inhibit a group’s ability to co-create something new together.

While there are scientific components to dialogue, it is more of an art, and, like jazz, it’s only as good as the ad-libbing qualities of its players. Not everyone is equally comfortable “going with the givens.”

Dialogue flourishes when things are messy and even in tension—unfortunately, not everybody can appreciate messiness and chaos.

Dialogical interaction challenges people to trust their “voice” and speak up—yet this can take time and requires patience.

Soul-stirring Blues on the Sunday Stage!


Join us this Sunday at 8 p.m. for the soulful stylings of blues prodigy Darius Jackson. Darius channels the great masters with a rare combination of musical acuity and emotional depth that belies his tender years. When this young cat takes the stage, the blues legends of old are reborn in fresh form.

Darius is a 20-year-old musician, singer, and songwriter from El Paso, Texas who recently relocated to Austin.  While his roots are deeply embedded in blues and rock music, he has been known to explore a diverse array of musical styles. He plays guitar with the “ATX-ellence Band” behind the scenes of the many Capitol View Arts projects, while continuing to make his mark on the ATX blues scene.  Darius performs in venues like the Historic Victory Grill, JAX, various clubs on 6th Street, and other blues hot spots in town.

All That Jazz…and Soul, Reggae, Rap, and EAST Art


Join us for the Sunday Stage on November 11, 8pm, at the historic Victory Grill as we gather to celebrate America’s one true original art form. We’ll enjoy the smooth trumpet stylings of the incomparable Duane Carter and explore the important work of the Austin Jazz Alliance  with founding member Fito Kahn.

Duane is a veteran jazz trumpeter who studied under trumpet greats Bobby Bryant, Sr. and Oscar Brashear. In recent years he has been a part of Tibor Molnar’s Sevensemble, Nate Morgan’s Ujaama Ensemble, the Nightfire Orchestra, Pro2Call, and the J-Love Band. He currently fronts two ensembles, The Duane Carter Band and The Duane Carter Quartet/Quintet. Duane describes his music as “immensely intimate and revealing of my innermost thoughts and feelings . . . That is the essence of art, of creativity, to explore the depths of one’s soul in the quest for meaning, for truth, and then to share it with the world.”

Founded in 2010, the Austin Jazz Alliance began as a grass-roots organization aimed at helping jazz musicians in Austin and Central Texas promote their music. It has since become an umbrella organization that brings together jazz musicians, jazz fans, and jazz related businesses. Fito Kahn, founding member of the Jazz Alliance, says “it’s crazy that Austin claims to be the ‘music capital of the world’ but you can’t find a decent jazz venue in all of Austin!” The Jazz Alliance aims to change that by promoting new musicians, new venues, and new opportunities to share the beauty and brilliance of this unique and enduring musical art form.

And that’s not all . . . Prepare to be rocked and souled by Urban Austin artists Myz B, J Redd, and Eson!

 Myz B began her vocal career singing lead in her church choir at age 6. She stepped into the music game at age 14 releasing and performing her hit single “How I Ride” at the historic Victory Grill. Since then, she has been writing and recording her soulful R& B and recently linked up with producer T-Flo to release the pop single “Get on The Floor.” She plans to release her first album “Taste My Honey” in 2013.

 J Redd is an Austin-based rapper, singer, poet and activist. Since the age of 15 he has been blazing the scene with his unique stage presence. From his signature rapid-fire delivery to his skill in blending in R&B and poetry­–he has something for everybody. J Redd has performed in numerous rap battles, Battle of the Bands competitions, theaters, churches, universities, and city-wide music festivals.

Andrew “Eson” Blair is a reggae artist with dance hall roots and a dash of hip hop and rap thrown in for good measure. With his career on the rise, his heart of music to the skies, you can catch this Kingston, Jamaican rude-boy, performing at local venues in Austin, Texas and surrounding areas. In 2011 Eson signed with Austin’s Popsicle Rockslide Record Label.

But wait . . . there’s more! The Victory Grill is also playing host to four spectacular visual artists as part of the EAST Austin Studio Tour – A.J. SimonBaron WilsonBianca Neal, and Solomon Perry. Check out their work on the Capitol View Arts website