Roger Velasquez & Latin Legends: upcoming shows

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One of the best talented band in town, Roger Velasquez & Latin Legends, are keeping busy with alot of local gigs. 

Velasquez is touring behind his latest CD, "Quiero Besarte," 

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Concerts Calendar 4/7: Fiesta fever, big shows and more

Some how, the more we swing out into spring, the faster time goes by. Fiesta 2009 looms as more big shows unfold this week.

If you see any shows..

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Alpha Academy PTO: Festival offers family fun

A ton of family fun is on tap in the upcoming Alpha Academy PTO Festival. The small charter

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school is presenting their annual rummage Sale on Saturday, May 16.

The family fest at the school (Southcross & S. Flores) features a Rummage Sale & BBQ Sale, Silent Auction/Raffle and Cake Walk. It is scheduled 8 a.m. - 3 p,m. Saturday, May 16. Info at (210) 798-1792.  

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Pinatas in the Barrio: family fest with music, food and dance

Canela, Bobby Esquivel/Liberty Band, Tina & Grupo Tormenta will be among the headliners at the Pinatas in the Barrio
family fest scheduled April 18.
 
The family fest is an official part of Fiesta 2009. The Pinatas in the Barrio is scheduled to unfold at the Plaza Guadalupe. Pinatas fest organizer Rick Uriegas said an official poster has been released.
 
The rest of the performers are Mariachi Los Parientes, Josie Champioin Dance Group, Samba San Antonio, Alamo CIty Community Marching Band, Ballet
 
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Concerts Calendar 3/31: Lowrider Fest, Fiesta street parties, more

March is history, April brings massive street parties and more. Scroll below to find the best bets and recommended

club shows.

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Love the 80s and 90s Music fest features Lisa Lisa, Jets, Stevie B, Noel, Cynthia, K7, TKA, Angelina, Jonny O. Arena Theater, 7326 SW Freeway. Houston. Friday, April 3. Presented by Chuly Music. Rene Devia Smooth sounds of Latin

 

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La Sombra: back on the touring road

Yes, you can believe it. They are back. Tony Guerrero & La Sombra, big in the mid-90s, return to the touring circuit after quite a few years off.

One big show comes up this Saturday at Hallabaloos

in Houston.

Showtime is 8 p.m. From the club:

"Mikey Mike Promotions invites you out..

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Conjunto Atardecer Roberto Villa shot, killed in Mexico

Yes, it's true. Another musician gunned down in mysterious circumstances, where police ofificials have no clue as to his killers or motives.

According to Univision.com

Conjunto Atardecer drummer Roberto Villa was killed while riding in a car with four other individuals as he arrived in the Mexican state of Durango. Villa apparently died at the scene and at least one woman was taken to a local hpspital in critical condition.

 

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Tejas Records: annual party showcases 20 bands

Big party scheduled tonight at the Cadillac Bar. It is the annual showcase for Tejas Record..


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Tex-Mex 2009: massive street parties, music showcases abound

 

It was a solid Tex-Mex weekend that kicked off in San Antonio Friday 

 

The always popular Tejano Music Awards Fanfair at Market Square blasted off their huge lineup with a heavy slate of artists.

 

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Ruben Ramos wins Grammy for Tejano CD: Updates**

Congratulations to Ruben Ramos & Texas Revolution. (Updates below)

The Austin-based band won the Grammy for best Tejano CD,

 for their latest CD "Viva La Revolucion."

 

More Grammy details as they are released.The show is airing tonight oin CBS.

Austin's Ruben Ramos has been one of the most talented and enduring figures in Tejano music. 

Few Tex-Mex artists in today's arena are as versatile as Ramos and his Texas Revolution. The band can play a smooth mix of traditional polka-based Tejano standards then switch effortlessly to inspired rancheras, then R&B and even country numbers. Sure, a few bands can play this musical brew but few are able to pull it off with class and sophistication. 

In a previous interview, we asked Ramos what was his secret? 

"Tejano fans come to dance,'' said Ramos. "We want to keep them dancing as much as possible but we can't just give them polkas and cumbias. Now and then you have to throw in some blues, R&B or an oldie. 

"Our guys happen to love some of these other styles,...so it's fun for us too.'' 

On stage, Ramos and this band are a tight ensemble whose skills have been honed through more than 10 years (average) of working together.  A trademark of the Ramos' sound is the crispness of the rhythm section highlighted by the sometimes jazzy, always sharp, brass licks. 

The rest of the band is: Joe Ramos, keyboards, guitar; Lorenzo Flores, drums, timbales; Joe Mier, bass; Alberto (Skeeter) Amezquita, trumpet/vocals; and Frank Gomez, tenor sax/percussions. 

7:14 p.m.: Statement from The Recording Academy®:
"We have just been informed that Rihanna will not be attending tonight's 51st Annual GRAMMY Awards. We're sorry she is unable to join us this evening."

 

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Concerts Calendar 2/4

The 2009 Rodeo season is in full swing with SXSW 2009 in the wings, there's a plenty of option with shows, concerts and more .


Artie V New lineup led by familiar name Friday, Feb. 13. Cadillac Bar, 212 S. Flores. Also, Topshelf, Feb. 20, Jorge Alejandro y Paz, Feb, 27. Feb 19 CD release for Pochimex and Elio Quintanilla, with special guests Elizabeth, Marcos Orozco, Mark Ledesma. 7 p.m.

RumouR will be at Roxy Sports Bar, on Wurzbach behind Imgram.

Rocky Hernandez & OBG band Veteran outfit with singer Danny Esquivel playing Jings, 3935 Eisenhaur Road. Feb 13

ASCAP CHAT: Prolific songwriter Rick Garcia presents talk on Hollywood success. Rick Garcia, a native of San Diego,Texas, has enjoyed notable success as a songwriter on several major movies, including "Glory Road" and "The Interpeter." Garcia will be the main speaker in the ASCAP event "ASCAP Latino Chat 101," 4:30 p.m. Feb. 11, Longworth Bldg Auditorium 101, San Antonio College. Free

Ricky Naranjo y Los Gamblers Conjunto group play tight. Tejano Country Ballroom 16300 Highwy 123, San Marcos. Feb. 14. $10

Pre Valentine's Day Dance Featuring Johnny "El Brujo" Cruz & Texas Chain Gang. Feb. 13. Pan American Ballroom. El Campo, TX

4th Annual AmigoLand Fiesta Internacional Featuring Jimmy Gonzalez y Mazz, Jaime de Anda, El Reto, Grupo Energia, Aron Compa and others. Free. Thursday, Feb 26-28.. Amigoland, 1025 Mexico Blvd, Brownsville. Hosted by Amigoland Events and Backstage Production. More details: 4th Annual AmigoLand Fiesta Internacional

Rodeo Houston 2009 Kick Off Party Performing are Jimmy Gonzalez & Mazz and Grupo Vida. Saturday, Feb. 21. Hallabaloos Night Club, 716 1/2 Old Galveston Road, S. Houston.

H-Town Throwdown Featuring Invicto, Los Hermanos Cortez, Grupo Vizion. Jam Session Finale includes scheduled duets with Promesa Mortal & JoAnna Gonzales y Los Lowriders, Tina Vega - Bajo & JoAnna Gonzales - Accordion "Las Mujeres Tambien Pueden"; Invicto & Promesa Mortal - Jose Ancira & Tina Vega; "Dueling Bajos"; Grupo Vizion & Jennifer Marie - Los Hermanos Cortez & Jennifer Marie; Linda Escobar & Los Hermanos Cortez "Puro Pinche Conjunto"; Invicto & Los Hermanos Cortez "Mano a Mano." Saturday, March 21. Cool Arrows, 1025 Nogalitos. $7

Rodeo Roundup Big show featuring Desperadoz, Elida Reyna, Michael Salgado, Chente Barrera, Los Texmaniacs. Also food boths and novelties. Rosedale Park. Doors open 3 p.m.; music 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 15. $10.

Michael Salgado Talented artist plays a mix of Tex-Mex. Also Grupo Presizzo and Grupo Sizzmo. Escapade 2001, 11903 Eastex Fwy (59 N) Houston. Friday, Feb. 13 281-372-1100 info@escapade-houston.com

Bolero: Sabado de Tanda Celebracion Featuring Voces de San Antonio, Emmanuel Zapata, Rosalinda Risso, Hector Hernandez, Cesar De La Cruz, Jack & Veronica, and Artistic Director Christina Ortega. Instituto Cultural de Mexico Auditoirum. 4 and 7p.m. Saturday, March 7. Presented by Instituto Cultural de Mexico and Hispanic Heritage Society. Tickets at: Medlar Jewelry, Fiesta on Main popualr Art. $10.  More details: Bolero: Sabado de Tanda Celebracion

Austin Chronicle /SXSW 2009 Ballot Music poll now in its 27th year includes various categories including a few Latino categories. Group include Ruben Ramos, Frank Gomez Band, Texas Wranglers

Rene Devia Smooth sounds of Latin American harpist 6-9 Thursdays, Los Cucos. Also 6-9 Saturdays, Cachito de Mexico.

Bandango Top Tex-Mex band headlines major party for LULAC Dist 15th's 80th Anniversary. $30 tix per person for dinner and dance. Feb. 15. Villita Assembly Hall. For tix call 210-534-9551 Connie Rodriguez

Daniel Monserrat Singer plays Fridays, Wednesdays. La Marginal, 2447 Nacogdoches Rd, (210) 804-2242

Chon Arauza Red-hot cumbia master back in town. Friday. Feb. 14. Lonestar Saloon, Uvalde. Also, Randy Rogers, Feb. 20; Yahari, Feb. 28.

George Rivas Band Band plays a versatile mix. 9 p.m. Friday. George's Place, 5214 Blanco Rd. (210) 340-1275. Also Roger Velasquez & The Latin Legands Saturday; Danny Acosta y QVO Band, Sunday.

Memories Dinner Dance Featuring Jimmy Edward in Valentine Days Dance. 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14. Pueblo Hall, 3315 Northwestern. Benefit for LULAC #648. $15-$25

Lush Pop/rock group featuring Stefani and Labios Venenosos unloads music mix. Feb 7. Graham Central Station, 4902 Fredericksberg. Also Elizabeth, Feb. 14; Oscar Cruz & Escape, Feb. 28.

Premios a La Music Fanfair Perfomances include a country - Tex-Mex segment with Rick Trevino, Johnny Rodriguez, and Flaco Jimenez, and Tejano segment with Little Joe, Ruben and Michael Salgado. Also performing Liberacion, Ingrid from LMT and Voces de Tejas with Shelly Lares, Rebecca Valdez, Leslie Lugo. Sunset Station. Feb.22. Free. Premiosa La Music 2009 scheduled March 12, Majestic Theater. PMAM Hall Of Fame inductrees: Ruben Vela, Ruben Ramos, Los Dos Gilbertos

Oscar Rodriguez Virtuoso guitarist plays a hot mix of rock, blues, Tex-Mex and more. Grant St. Pizza, 8 p.m. Fridays; Pat O'Briens, 3 p.m. Saturdays. 

Jaime y Los Chamacos Conjunto group lights up. Hallabaloo's www.hallabaloos.com, Houston. Also Feb. 14, Valentines Day Dance w/ Marcos Orozco.

Johnny "El Brujo" Cruz and The Texas Chain Gang Group teams up with and Grupo La Soledad. Feb 13, Pan American Ballroom, El Campo, TX. Also Johnny "El Brujo" Cruz and The Texas Chain Gang plays Valentines Dance, Feb. 14 at BB Wolf's.

Tierra Legendary R&B band in concert. Also Tejas Band. Judson Williams Convention Center One Civic Center Plaza, El Paso. (915) 204-5473 or (559) 842-3636 or (702) 234-9606 http://www.elpasocvb.com/

Main Plaza Music Festival includes various events such as: Latin Lunes, a lunch-time series on Mondays through December. The lunch-time series runs through the week such as Ben King, Rebecca Valadez, Max Baca, Joe Posada, Claude "Butch" Morgan, Hot Sauce, Terry Cavanaugh. Raza en la Plaza is a 7 p.m. series with George Morin and Jazz Suave Friday. On Sunday it's Conjunto Tocadita at lunch with Foxy Garcia, accordion & Chucho Perales, bajo sexto. (210) 225-9800 www.mainplaza.org  

Dancing Under the Stars Weekly Thursday night jam session on the patio hosted by Los Hermanos De Leon with special guests who drop in. Regulars include Andy Saenz of the Homies, Salvador "El Pavo" Garcia of Los Pavo Reales, Bene Medina, Coy Serna, Mambo Ibarra, Henry Galvan, Flavio Longoria. Thursdays, Bosmans, 672 Elks @ Zarzamora myspace. com/bosmanshbk1, (210) 924-1016

SA Rodeo 2009 Top stars include Pat Green, 7 p.m. Feb. 5; Gary Allan, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6; Alan Jackson, 1 and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7; Push Play, 1 p.m. Feb. 8; Reba McEntire, 7 p.m. Feb. 9; Taylor Swift, 7 p.m. Feb. 10; Switchfoot, 7 p.m. Feb. 11; Stars of Texas, 7 p.m. Feb. 12; Goo Goo Dolls, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 13; Lady Antebellum, 1 p.m. Feb. 14; Billy Ray Cyrus, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14; Luke Bryan, 1 p.m. Feb. 15; Duelo, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15; Brooks and Dunn, 7 p.m. Feb. 16; Josh Turner, 7 p.m. Feb. 17; Darius Rucker, 7 p.m. Feb. 18; Jack Ingram, 7 p.m. Feb. 19; Jason Aldean, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20; Cross Canadian Ragweed, 1 p.m. Feb. 21; Montgomery Gentry, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21. San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo AT&T Center, AT&T Center, Parkway at East Houston Street. $10-$35, Ticketmaster.

Gordon Lightfoot I just saw another special on the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald on A&E last week. And now it turns out Canadian singer/songwriter Lightfoot, who made a major hit out of that trajic story, is in town March 5. Majestic Theatre, 224 E. Houston St., (210) 226-3333. $30-$50, Ticketmaster.

Billy Joel/Elton John Solid tagteam brings out more than the sum of their parts. AT&T Center. March 21. Ticketmaster.

Slipknot Rock/metal group touring with new CD "All Hope Is Gone." Also Coheed and Cambria and Trivium. Ticketmaster for tix. March 1. Freeman Coliseum, 3201 E. Houston St.

2009 Tejano Music Awards Annual awards show unfolds in vew venue - Municipal Auditorium. April 11. TMA Fanfair March 20-22, Market Square. TMA Kickoff Party Jan. 22, Graham Central Station.

Queensryche Rock/metal band on tour stops in SA. May 23. Hemisfair Park, San Antonio

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Rodeo Houston 2009 Kick Off Party

Rodeo season is underway in both San Antonio and Houston. And there are also pre--rodeo and post-rodeo concerts around town. Here's another one.


The Rodeo Houston 2009 Kick Off Party will have an entertainers, Jimmy Gonzalez & Mazz and Grupo Vida.

The show is scheduled Saturday, Feb. 21 at Hallabaloos Night Club, 716 1/2 Old Galveston Road, S. Houston.

Michelle: 'the goal is producing a fun dance album'

When an artist takes on a production role for the first time, it can get a major gamble says Tex-Mex singer Michelle.

"It can be very frustrating and there's always a lot of pressure

 you're first time," Michelle said in a recent interview. "The most  frustrating moments of this CD were the long studio hours that the musicians, engineers and I had to put in to complete this CD the way we wanted it.

"It was...

 

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Ruben Ramos/ by Ramon HernandezATAM 'Tamalada' offers food, fellowship -photos

Live music, fellowship and lots of tamales were the prescription for a good time Wednesday at the 2008 Academy of Tejano Music's 'Tex-Mex Tamalada' reception at the B&N Lounge No. 2 on S. Flores.

ATAM Executive Director Chayo Zaldivar greeted the guests,...

 

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Concerts Calendar 12/16 

Frenzied Christmas shopping, final NFL playoffs games and tons of music on hand as we head towards the end of the year. Already, next year is looking pretty busy...

Meantime, there's plenty of choices all week and beyond

Gloria Trevi Controversial Mexican pop/rock singer brings her unique stage style to Club Rio. Thursday. Free but tickets available only through Club Rio. 

Soulstruck Movement Solid band mixesupa variety of sounds. Cadillac Bar, 212 S. Flores. Also Dec. 25, open; New Year's Eve party, Final Cut. Liberty Band

Liberty Band Bobby Esquivel leads his band in sparking fire on stage. Fountain Bleau Banquet Hall, 8353 Culebra. 8 pm...

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Elizabeth: new CD varied, versatile Elizabeth

Working as an elementary school teacher by day and as a ballad performer by night isn't easy says singer/songwriter Elizabeth.

But despite the sacrifices and hard work, she said singing brings  ..

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Concerts Calendar 12/2 DaKrazyPimps

The holiday season is in full swing with lots of holiday and Christmas shows to complement the usual mix of country, rock, Tex-Mex sounds of San Antonio.

The weather has also been cooperating with what may be described as a mild winter.

Da Krazy Pimpz Y Boni Mauricio y Los Maximos Old-style conjunto will juice the crowds. 8:30 p.m. Dec. 6. Tejano Country Ballroom, 16300 Hwy 123, San Marcos.

Los Tovares Venerable band mixes conjunto.....

 

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Boni Mauricio: CD, a new step 

Boni Mauricio is one of the Corpus Christi-based conjunto/Tejano groups that while not making major waves, has maintained a steady output.

Mauricio may sound like a new name for some but the accordionist has a long history, as a studio musician and also member of several groups such as Cthe Hometown Boys and Mingo Saldivar.

Our Corpus Christi correspondent Rene Cabrera had a close revealing interview with Mauricio in this report on his latest CD.

You might say that Boni Mauricio has paid his dues to conjunto.  Out of Corpus Christi, the accordionist has entertained fans as a member of such familiar names as Grupo Badd, Conjunto Madrigal, Hometown Boys and Mingo Saldivar.  

 

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Concerts Calendar 11/25

Thanksgiving week arrives with many choices- including Latin alternative, Tejano, conjunto and more.

DLG, Marcos Orozco, Ramiro Herrera Big shindig for Thanksgiving Dance, Nov. 27. Graham Central Station. Also Jimmy Gonzalez y Mazz Nov. 28.

Julieta Venegas Mexican rocker back in town for a concert. Lila Cockrell Theater. Nov. 29. Tickets $35-$65 through Ticketmaster. Doors 7 p.m., no opening group. Raffle for an autographed Gibson Guitar by Julieta. Details...

 

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Andrea Bocelli Arrives In San Antonio 

Andrea Bocelli is one of the most talented operatic pop tenors to have arrived on the scene in years. He's recorded classical, opera and pop music and sold more than 65 million albums worldwide.

Now he's performing in town Tuesday and Wednesday at the Municipal Auditorium. In this reprot, our correspondent Ramon Hernandez caught up with him at a news conference.

By Ramon Hernandez

Andrea Bocelli does not perform until tomorrow night and tickets for both Tuesday and Wednesday's performances at the Municipal Auditorium are sold out, but Bocelli does not rest on his laurels.

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On Sunday night he rehearsed with the San Antonio Opera Chorus and San Antonio Master Singers. With two sold-out shows, he does not need the publicity, yet this afternoon, he held court with the press at the Grand Hyatt Hotel. That's how nice, humble and down-to-earth he remains in spite of his international stardom.

Entering the media-filled room wearing a blue pin-stripe coat, blue jeans and a navy blue silk tie, he was all smiles; and his smile reflected a kind gentle human being.

In reviewing many of his compact discs, one is note that he sings with lots of passion and he sings from the heart. With this in mind I asked if there is any one tune in which exhibits a little anger, or a hint of hate.

"There's already too much too much hate and negativity in the world, so why add to it," he answered. "I love women and I love to sing about love."

The immediate overall response from those in attendance was a rousing "Bravo, bravo."

Araceli Cardenas-Bon, who has seen Bocelli perform several times in Italy as a reporter for www.ROMEreports.com flew in the way in from Rome for the press conference and tomorrow's performance.

Her question for the 6-foot-2-inch tall operatic singer was how it felt to play a strong personality, such as Turiddu when expectations are so high in an opera as difficult as "Cavalleria Rusticana."

"I enjoy it because I love women. So I don't find it difficult to sing this role because I'm so passionate about love," Bocelli answered with a flattering smile.

 

"Cavalleria Rusticana" is set in a small Sicilian village where a young soldier, Turiddu (Bocelli), returns to his hometown and seduces Santuzza (Verónica Villarroel), a peasant girl and leaves her pregnant. Then he moves on and falls in love, or at least in lust, with Lola.

Santuzza finds out, and in a weak moment tells Lola's husband Alfio (Marcello Guzzo) of the sordid affair.

To say anymore would spoil the plot, but the music remains some of the most famous in all of opera.

Villarroel, who is from Chile and Guzzo, from Uraguay, were also present for the media gathering along with San Antonio Opera conductor Maestro Eugene Kohn.

A perfectionist at his craft, tonight the entire cast and orchestra will hold a dress rehearsal to ensure a knockout performance. And while the show has been sold out for month, limited tickets for both nights are expected to be released today.

So it's not too late to obtain tickets at www.ticketmaster.com, www.saopera.com or by calling (210) 225-5972.

Incidentally, just so opera lovers are forewarned, the show will open with an orchestral show of opera overtures before the 50-year-old opera superstar takes the stage in a one-act semi-staged production of "Cavalleria Rusticana."

 

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