June 2008 Archives

Coming up:
'Alvarez Vietnam Story' fundraiser to feature music, comedy
Marco Antonio Solís: new 'Una Noche en Madrid' CD
Kany Garcia back on tour

Mexican pop, country, rock/blues and Tex-Mex is on tap for a holiday weekend as July 4th festivals mark area celebrations.

Pete Ybarra & Grupo Fuego YbarraPete 4 2008.jpgSolid Tex-Mex band keeps the dance floor packed. Fans know Pete Ybarra was the original accordion player for Emilio Navaira when he started his band back in 1989. Cadillac Bar, 212 S. Flores. No cover. Also July 11, Artie V & Suave; July 18, Soulstruck Movement; July 25, Final Cut. www.myspace.com/cadillacbar

Willie Nelson's Family Picnic Massive July 4th festival featuring Los Lonely Boys, Merle Haggard, Pat Green, Ray Price, David Allan Coe and Del Castillo. Fourth of July Fest at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater. $27-$67 at Ticketmaster.

Maravia Veteran group plays variety of funk, oldies, Tex-Mex and more. Club Movida. Saturday.

Louis Shati Orchestra Solid Latin, salsa, Tex-Mex band whips up an alluring mixture of dance music. 9:30 p.m. Thursday-Sunday. Arjon's International Club. Shati says he's been busy working on his next CD which he expects out by mid-Sept.

Roger Velasquez & Latin Legends Tight group offers a wide array of funk, oldies, Tex-Mex and more. Thursdays at Bar on Broadway, 2411 Broadway. Smoke can get dense at this low-ceiling bar.

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Oscar Rodriguez Virtuoso guitarist plays a hot mix of rock, blues, Tex-Mex and more. Grant St. Pizza, 8:30 p.m. Fridays; Pat O'Briens, 3 p.m. Saturdays.
 
Conjunto Experiencia Conjunto tops alineup that includes Los Aguilares, Virginio Castillo y Los Trobadores, Los Cachis, Conjunto Sereno, TNT Co., Rocky Hernandez & OBG Band, "El Pavo Grande" Salvador Garcia, and Abel y Xperiencia Band. Arturo's Sports Bar & Grill, 3310 S. Zarzamora St. Frida
 
Bernardo y sus Compadres Conjunto legends headline a bill that also features Los Homies de Andy Saenz and "El Pavo Real" Salvador Garcia 9 p.m. Friday. Lerma's, 1602 N. Zarzamora St. Also George y Mague, Hermanos DeLeon, 8 p.m. Saturday; Henry Zimmerle, Los Conjunto Kings de Flavio Longoria, 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

 

Los Palominos Neo-trad conjunto band headlines Thursday at Graham Central Station. Also July 4, Stampede; July 11, David Lee Garza; July 18, Ramiro Herrera; July 25, Desperados; Aug 1. Bobby PulidoJesse&Joy 2 2008.JPG

Jesse y Joy Young brother/sister duo from Mexico City has been riding a wave of popularity behind critically acclaimed debut album "Esta Es Mi Vida." Wednesday,July 2. Club Rio, U.S. 281 at Bitters. Free but ticket controlled by KRIO, Digital 104.1.
 

Jorge Alejandro y La Paz  Singer/songwriter Alejandro is a versatile artist who mixes cumbias, boleros, rancheras and more. Thursday. George's Place, 5214 Blanco Rd. (210) 340-1275. Also Roger Velasquez & 
The Latin Legends,
Saturday; George's All Star Band 9 p.m. Sunday.

Devil's Hollow Trio Rock band celebrates CD rerlease with a festival featuring (in order) Moreno Boys, CJ 7, DSeano & Housejacks, All-In Blues Band, Flywood. Sam's Burger Joint. Music starts 6 p.m., July 4. CD Release party is a send-off for Hollow Trio as the band is touring California in July  $8, all ages. Devils Hollow Trio also playing River Road on Thursday. Details:  www.myspace.com/devilshollowtrio www.myspace.com/flywood www.myspace.com/theallinblueband

Alvarez Vietnam Story Fundraiser Gathering will feature Patsy Torres, Liza Ybarra, and comedian Cleto Rodriguez. 8 p.m. Friday, July 4. Blue Bubble Ballroom, 9315 Broadway (just outside the loop). $25. For more info contact Yolanda Ayala (210) 310-6377

Los Camaroneros de Fred Saldaña Solid band plays classic conjunto and the occasional blues. 5 p.m. every Sunday, Reptilez Sports Bar, 5418 Old Hwy. 90. 

Ricky Naranjo y Los Gamblers Solid conjunto band brings it on. 9 p.m. Saturday, July 5. Cuauhtemoc Hall, 1101 Patton St., San Marcos. Presented by Slick Entertainment Promotion.

Sean Castillo & the Hubcaps Solid band takes the stage 6 p.m. Sunday as part of the "Swing Factory":Sunday dance/concert series at Blue Bubble Ballroom, 9315 Broadway (just outside the loop). Cover: $5. All ages. 7-8 p.m. complimentary beginner swing Lessons by SASDS. Also, July 13, Harry & the Hightones; July 20, Johnny P & the Wiseguys, July 27, TBA.

Fiesta Noche Del Rio Huge summer revue underway at Arneson Theater. Performances will includes the Fiesta Noche del Rio cast, including Elizabeth Sanchez-Lopez and Willie "El Curro" Champion. The Fiesta Noche Del Rio, which features the songs and dances of Mexico, Spain, Argentina and Texas in a seven-act outdoor performance, has been held each summer for 50 years. It's considered the longest-running outdoor musical revue of its kind in the U.S.

Presented by the Alamo Kiwanis Club, the show has raised more than $3 million for local children's charities. The summer season runs through Aug. 9. with performances at 8:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Tickets are $5-15. Group and military discounts are available at H-E-B stores. For tickets, call (210) 226-4651 or visit www.fiestanochedelrio.com.

Main Plaza High Noon Music Series lunch-time music in the Plaza continues Tuesdays through Fridays through August, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. with Main Plaza Conservancy's High Noon Music Series. High Noon Tuesdays and Thursdays features jazz music; mariachi music is showcased on Wednesdays. High Noon Fridays features an eclectic mix of Latin music. Raza en la Plaza - 'People in the Plaza;' series is 7-10 p.m. Fridays-Saturday, through August (except Fridays in July). Also Sunday Tocaditas with Foxy & Rabbit, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sundays.

Liberty Band Summer_Bash_07-12-08_001.jpgLiberty Band Headlines "Dance the Night Away" Summer Bash. Fountain Bleau, 8353 Culebra. $8-$10 tickets on sale at Janie's and Del Bravo records and also Fountain Bleau,. 8 p.m. July 12. (210) 789-2484

Oldies But Goodies Bash Annual Blessed Sacrament Church fundraiser features Rocky Hernandez & OBG Band with special guest Rudy T. Band is Rocky Hernandez, drums, Nando Aguilar, bass; Sammy Luna, sax and Bobby Villa, lead guitar. July 12. Blessed Sacrament Hall, Oblate at Shannon Lee. Tickets are $75 and include a full meal, drinks and door/raffle prizes. For tickets/reservations call Ricardo Gonzalez (210) 833-1213Palominos concert 6 2008.jpg

Los Palominos Conjunto group team up with Dallas Tejano band Grupo Stampede. Cuauhtemoc Hall, 1101 Patton St., San Marcos. 8 p.m. Friday, July 11.

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. Details: myspace. com/bosmanshbk1

Flex Red-hot Panamanian singer Flex checks in at Club Rio on July 25. If you haven;theard of Flex you will soon. His pop hit "Te Quiero" is a reggaeton dance party tune. Call the club for tickets (210) 403-2582

Los Tovares Solid Tejano band headlines Lucky Roads, Lytle, Texas. July 25.

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Ruben Ramos & Mexican Revolution Austin band headlines "Primetime Tejano Music RamosRuben 2.jpgfest" featuring Gary Hobbs,Tex-Maniacs, Los Gallos, Los Texas Wranglers with special guest Augustin Ramirez. Fiesta Gardens, Austin. 2-10 p.m. Sunday, July 27. $5 Details call (512) 845-3136

Texas 2008 Music Festival Will feature country, rock, Tex-Mex and more. Bands include David Lee Garza, Intocable, Los Lobos, Los Horoscopos de Durango. Labor Day, Aug. 29-Sept.1. Reliant Arena and Eleanor Tinsley Park in Houston. Details: www.txmusicfest.com  

Noelia Pop singer from Puerto Rico is on a tour for her new CD "Volverte a Ver," that brings her to Club Rio. Aug. 21.  

Azul "Noche Azul de Esperanza" features singer/songwriter Azul will present boleros. Also performing will be Joel Dilly, Paul Ward and Bett Butler. Esperanza Peace and Justice Center, 922 San Pedro Ave. Wednesday, July 9. $5.

Tejano Music National Convention Debut in Dallas for three-day conference. Featuring Sunny Sauceda, Jay Perez, Shelly Lares, the Royal Jesters, Michael Salgado, Ruben Ramos and more. Dallas Convention Center, Dallas. Aug. 15-17. www.tejanoticket.com.

  

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Stayed up late last night watching TV and came into a pleasant surprise, a movie called: "The Fifth Horseman is Fear" on TCM, Channel 71. It starred Miroslav Machacek as Dr. Braun and Olga Scheinpflugova as the music teacher.

Fifthhorseman_cover 315.JPGIt is a fascinating movie, produced in 1968, with stark black-and-white cinematography. It is also a brutal yet mesmerizing story about a Jewish doctor who tries to make a human contact in a bizarre backdrop that is World War II Nazi Germany during the invasion of Czechoslovakia.

It is a time when human decency and individual ambition is trashed and put aside behind fascism, Stalinism and the grand machine.

In this wikipedia.org review, the film is about "the Holocaust that was directed by Zbynek Brynych. Instead of depicting gas chambers and concentration camps, the film examines the subtler but equally debilitating mental effects of oppression."

"The Fifth Horseman is Fear" is a grim film, made more so by its black and white imagery. In summary, the film is powerful in its depiction of an individual who risks his life to help someone who is considered a fugitive, a criminal in a time where madness reigns.

The central protagonist, Dr. Braun, is riveting in his portrayal of a man caught between duty and political oppression. There is so much ominous fear and dread throughout the Hitchcockian film, one can never relax or allay the sense of danger. Yet that is what makes this film all the more powerful. One individual trying to do the right thing, at a time when his actions can have deadly consequences.

More details:
http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title.jsp?stid=716389
http://olivias-blog71017.blogspot.com/2008/06/watch-fifth-horseman-is-fear-online.html
http://filmjournal.net/clydefro/2008/06/28/the-tcm-ten-628-74/

The film was shown on TCM last night and unfortunately, there is no upcoming scheduled showing of that film within the next 10 days. We suggest you put a Google alert on it for a future showing.

Drop us a comment if you happened to have watched it last night.

 

 

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One of the greatest ranchera singers in Mexican history - Jorge Negrete, is back in the spotlight.

NegreteJorge image002 6 2008.jpgMore than 50 years after his death, Sony BMG Latin is released a special CD/DVD in his honor. "El Charro Cantor," as he was also known, is one of the top all-time ranchera singers in Mexico.

Alongside Pedro Infante and Javier Solis, Jorge Negrete represents the finest singers ever recorded in the history mariachi/ranchera singers.

Negrete and Infante were particularly popular during the Golden Age of Cinema in Mexico. Negrete and Infante were also popular singing cowboys, similar to Gene Autry and Roy Rogers in the United States.

The new CD is titled "El Charro Cantor... Éxitos de Película," an audio and video release featuring the most famous songs in Jorge Negrete's repertoire and two movies fthat Negrete starred in. The movies are "Hasta que perdió Jalisco" and "Tal para cual."

Among the hits in the CD are "México lindo y querido" and "Ay Jalisco, no te rajes."

The new release is being distributed in three packages including a CD with 20 tracks, a CD and two movie combo package and an additional combo package that comes in a DVD box with two movies and a CD.

Here is the track listing for the Jorge Negrete CD/DVD "El Charro Cantor... Éxitos de Película":

CD
Yo Soy Mexicano
Paloma Querida
El Hijo Del Pueblo
Ella
San Luis Potosí
Entre Suspiro Y Suspiro
Hasta Que Perdió Jalisco
Parranda Larga
Qué Suerte La Mía
La Que Se Fue
El Charro Mexicano
Juan Charrasqueado
Beguine The Beguine
México Lindo Y Querido
¡Ay Jalisco No Te Rajes!
Fiesta Mexicana
Me He De Comer Esa Tuna
Despierta
La Chancla
Hermosas Fuentes
 
DVD
A: "Hasta Que Perdió Jalisco"
B: "Tal Para Cual" (with Jorge Negrete y Luis Aguilar)
 
More details: www.sonybmglatin.com

 

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Mexican ranchera singer Jenny Rivera was arrested last week on charges of assault in North Carolina.

RiveraJenni 6 2008.JPGAccording to the Notimex news agency, Rivera was performing at a concert in the city of Raleigh, North Carolina.

The news reports indicated that while she was performing onstage, someone threw a beer can onstage and struck her on the leg.

Rivera, 38, suffered injuries to her leg and was apparently very mad about the incident. As reported by the Mexican newspaper El Universal, Rivera asked the person who threw the can to come up on the stage. And when that person did so, Rivera apparently assaulted her,

That person later called police claiming she was assaulted. Rivera was later arrested on charges of assault. Rivera was released on $3,000 bond.


Rivera has a date to appear at the local court jurisdiction on July 25.

Jennii Rivera's latest CD is titled  "Mi Vida Loca," in reference, she said in an interview, to her having survived teen motherhood, two troubled marriages and taking care of her five children.

All this, while maintaining a busy touring and recording schedule as a red-hot norteno/banda singer.

Rivera is known, like fellow banda singer Paquita Del Barrio, as an outspoken male-bashing singer.

In a 2007 interview, Rivera said the title of the 11-track CD was appropriate because "It sang to my life. My life that has been very cravzy and different. I think I've lived happily. Difficultly, but happily."

The album features a blend of rancheras, corridos, cumbias, and polkas and lots of banda music's signature horn power.

 

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Neo-traditional conjunto group Los Palominos team up with Dallas Tejano band Grupo Stampede for a concert in San Marcos next month.Palominos concert 6 2008.jpg

The concert is scheduled 8 p.m. Friday, Jul 11, 2008 at Cuauhtemoc Hall, 1101 Patton St. in San Marcos, Texas.

Presale tickets on sale now at $12 (buy 3 get one free) For details call (830) 743-0490 or (512)878-4924 

One of the recent CD by Los Palominos is their  ranchera and norteno tribute CD "Canciones de La Rockola."

Los Palominos have been mostly underrated through most of their career, perhaps because of their minimalist traditional style.

Yet, Los Palominos are still an essential piece of the Mexican-American mosaic. When Los Palominos say seminal bands like Los Alegres or Conjunto Bernal are their heroes, they're not just paying lip service. 

This is the msuic they grew up with and have admired for years. This folk norteno style is marked by a genuine folk style that places much more attention on the often-poignant lyrics and simple, but achingly beautiful melodies.

Highlights on the CD include  El Conjunto Bernal's "Aguanta Corazon," Los Relampagos del Norte's "Callejon Sin Salida," and Los Alegres de Teran's "El Palomito." All was recharged with a new tension.

Though Los Palominos are true to the original melodies, they add zest and spice with their added their distinctive stamp.

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Mexican rock and tropical cumbias highlight this weekend.

OlivaresFito2 319.JPGThe big party tonight is the rare show by Fito Olivares, a top Influential cumbia player who leads his Pura Sabrosura Band at Graham Central Station, 4902 Fredericksburg Road,

Olivares retired, at least form thr touring road, about a year and a half ago, citing a minor health ailment. But apparently, he's feeling better because now he is back.

Among his biggest hits are "Juana La Cubana," "La Gallina," and "Aguita de Melon."

And coming up Sunday is a special show by Camila, one of Mexico's top pop/rock bands., The group plays Club Rio, U.S. 281 at Bitters on Sunday night.

But before then ,the band is scheduled for a pre-show meet-and-greet with fans at the Verizon Wireless Communications Store, 7635 N.W. Loop 410, from 3-5 p.m. Sunday. The band's debut "Todo Cambió," was released in Mexico in May 2006. Details at: (210) 647-8507.

Elsewhere, Final Cut takes the stage tonight at George's Place, 5214 Blanco Rd. and Allis Band drops in at the Cadillac Bar, 212 S. Flores

And don't forget the Tejanos for Heroes concert Sunday at Rosedale Park featuring Jay Perez, Ram Herrera & Outlaws, Stefani Montiel & Lush, Roger Velasquez & Latin Legends, Tex-Mex Kadillacks.. It is a March of Dime benefit. $5-$10. Gates at 2 p.m.

 

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Austin's singer/songwriter/guitarist Alejandro Escovedo takes the long view back on his latest CD, the Tony Visconti-produced "Real Animal."

EscobedoAlejandrorock_7 6 2008 313.JPGIn some respects, the new CD on Back Porch is like a breath of fresh air, at least in comparison to his previous album, "The Boxing Mirror." That previous CD featured somber tunes on life and death.

The 13-track "Real Animal" rocks with lean but powerful force such as the upbeat "Always a Friend" and "Smoke." Even the dark, bluesy "People," has a positive vibrancy that is infectious.

Although he's widely reported as based in Austin, Escobedo actually lives in the scenic environs of beautiful, rural Wimberly. That laid-back setting out there must certainly have helped Escobedo take the long view on some of these stories.

Overall, Escobedo weaves various elements from punk, rock and alt-country, into a taut cohesive whole that never flags on this, his ninth studio CD. Other highlights include the punk-flavored "Nun's Song," the nostalgic rocker "Chips 'N' Tony," and the melancholic "Hollywood Hills."

  EscobedoAlejandroCD 6 2008.jpgLongtime fans of Alejandro Escobedo have probably already snapped up this CD. For those on the fence, consider that singer/songwriters John Cale, Lou Reed are among Alejandro Escobedo's main influences.

In the end, this CD is about good grooves and captivating stories from one of Central; Texas' top singer/songwriters.

-- Ramiro Burr

Alejandro Escovedo
"Real Animal."
Back Porch/Manhattan
-- ** 1/2

 

More details:
www.alejandroescovedo.com


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Mexican superstar Thalia says she is ready for summer with a new CD "Lunada."

Thaliaimage002.jpgProduced by Emilio Estefan, the CD,on EMI Televisa, is Thalia's 13th CD, and her first since 2006's "El Sexto Sentido."

In a news statement, Thalia describes "Lunada" as "an expression of freedom and rejoices."

"Lunada is a musical summer feast on a bright moon night. When I started to prepare this record I was in the middle of my pregnancy, and I had only one thought in mind: summer.

"My whole desire was to return to the beach to enjoy the summer weather and at a bonfire, surrounded by friends, listen to the music under the moon light, a real Lunada."

Thalia began the recording of "Lunada" in 2007 after the October birth of her baby daughter, Sabrina Sakae.  

The first single is "Ten Paciencia." Thalia says that song was picked by her fans. During a recent two week period, Univision.com played two songs off the new CD. Fans ovewhelmingly picked "Ten Paciencia." 

The CD includes a song Thalia dedicated to her daughter, Sabrina Sakae, titled "Bendita." Instead of a lullaby, it is a uptempo tune with a slight reggae favor.

Thalia said the song expresses "all of my feelings regarding the blessing to have that bundle of life in my hands."

Mailbag:
To Rosy from Alice, TX, asking about where to find Tortilla Factory CDs.

Check out www.Tejanoclassics.com.

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Singer/songwriter and ARC Record label head Ramon Gonzalez-Mora does it again - another prize for his songwriting talent.

Gonzalez-MoraRamon 6 2008 BMI 315.JPGGonzalez-Mora was named among the winners at the recent BMI's 15th Annual Latin Awards in Los Angeles. He received the award for his hit tune "Voy a Llorar Por Ti." for Los Rielero Del Norte.

If the title rings familiar, it is because Ramon Gonzalez-Mora first wrote it for Conjunto Primavera.

Gonzalez-Mora said he was grateful for the honor:

"This years BMI award means that I'm still in the ballpark, after the fact that most of my BMI awards came for the songs that I wrote for Conjunto Primavera, ('Necesito Decirte', 'Morir De Amor,' 'No te podias Quedar,' 'Perdoname Mi Amor,' 'Aver cautiva')," Gonzalez-Mora said.

"It surely proves that there is more in the horizon for me. In terms of baseball, this BMI award means that some of my works made it across the field and that I scored a home run!," Gonzalez-Mora added. "I'm very happy and the motivation that I get from these awards carries me through to continue doing what I love the most, writing songs."

Ramon Gonzalez-Mora runs the ARC Record label which includes artists El Guero y Centenario and Aniceto Molina.

Full details on the BMI awards at BMI's 15th Annual Latin Awards.

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MonteroPabloRed_Shirt1_8x6 300.JPGIt's been slow going but Mexican singer Pablo Montero has been making progress in his most recent Miami court case.

According to a recent Peopleenespanol.com story, Montero was assigned a new date to appear in court next month by a Miami judge. This despite the fact that the judge congratulated Montero for passing a second drug test and for successfully attending rehab.

Montero, 34, remained upbeat though.

When judge Jeffrey Rosinek said he was pleased by Montero's second drug test, he still advised him to be careful, because the music and entertainment world was full of people involved in drugs. The judge was quoted: "My recommendation is that you be careful with your friends, because they could be your worst enemies."

To which Montero replied: "I think responsibility lies solely with the individual and not necessarily with anyone else."

Montero also told Lossip.com: "Estoy muy contento y agradecido con Dios por todo lo que está pasando. Todo esto sirve para madurar y para irme por donde debe de ser."

Montero, who has appeared in the telenovela "Cruz de olvido," was stopped last August for making an improper turn in his car and running a red light. Police officers allegedly found drugs in his car. Prosecutors offered to drop charges if Montero attended a drug rehab program in Mexico, where "Fuego en la sangre" is shot.

Montero has had his share of run-ins with authorities over the years.

As we reported earlier, in an interview about another incident in Mexico, with Univision.com, Montero was frank and philosophical.

El sitio Univision.com, reporta que Montero accedió a la entrevista con el arreglo que no abordarian el tema de la demanda y orden de presentación del Ministerio Público para responder por los cargos de daño a propiedad ajena, lesión y robo doloso.

Le preguntaron: ¿Cómo se define la personalidad de Pablo Montero?:
"Soy muy transparente, muy sincero en las cosas que yo hago, no tengo dos caras, soy como cualquier persona. Cuando estoy feliz soy feliz, cuando me enojo me enojo, y cuando invaden mi espacio también me molesto mucho porque yo respeto mucho a toda la gente, nunca me meto con nadie, jamás me he metido con nadie, nunca he tenido un problema hasta que se meten conmigo."

Montero cito las palabras del histórico Presidente de México, Don Benito Juárez García, quién dejó un legado al humanidad con su máxima. "Entre los individuos, como entre las Naciones, el respeto al derecho ajeno es la Paz."

 

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Mexican cumbias, Latin pop, and Tex-Mex is on tap for the new few days including the weekend.

Menudo 112007 800x600b_menudo.jpgMenudo Old teen group is back with a new lineup - José, Carlos, Emmanuel, Chris, and Monti, winners of the MTV reality contest. Six Flags Fiesta Texas. June 26

Roger Velasquez & Latin Legends Tight group offers a wide array of funk, oldies, Tex-Mex and more. Thursdays at Bar on Broadway, 2411 Broadway. Smoke can get dense at this low-ceiling bar.

Final Cut Solid cover band plays variety of funk, oldies, Top 40, Spanish classics and more. Friday. George Rivas Band, Saturday. Jorge Alejandro y La Paz, Thursday. George's Place, 5214 Blanco Rd. (210) 340-1275. Also George's All Star Band 9 p.m. Sunday.

Fiesta Noche Del Rio Huge summer revue underway at Arneson Theater. Performances will includes the Fiesta Noche del Rio cast, including Elizabeth Sanchez-Lopez and Willie "El Curro" Champion. The Fiesta Noche Del Rio, which features the songs and dances of Mexico, Spain, Argentina and Texas in a seven-act outdoor performance, has been held each summer for 50 years. It's considered the longest-running outdoor musical revue of its kind in the U.S.

Presented by the Alamo Kiwanis Club, the show has raised more than $3 million for local children's charities. The summer season runs through Aug. 9. with performances at 8:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Tickets are $5-15. Group and military discounts are available at H-E-B stores. For tickets, call (210) 226-4651 or visit www.fiestanochedelrio.com.

Main Plaza High Noon Music Series lunch-time music in the Plaza continues Tuesdays through Fridays through August, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. with Main Plaza Conservancy's High Noon Music Series. High Noon Tuesdays and Thursdays features jazz music; mariachi music is showcased on Wednesdays. High Noon Fridays features an eclectic mix of Latin music. Raza en la Plaza - 'People in the Plaza;' series is 7-10 p.m. Fridays-Saturday, through August (except Fridays in July). Schedule: Chistes y Musica, June 27-28. Also Sunday Tocaditas with Foxy & Rabbit, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sundays.

Fito Olivares Influential cumbia player brings his sax for a big party. Graham Central Station, 4902 Fredericksburg Road, Friday, June 27.

Allis Band Versatile band plays a mean mix of dance, disco, country, oldies, funk and more. Cadillac Bar, 212 S. Flores (210 223-5533

Los Hermanos De Leon Conjunto brothers band play each "Dancing Under the Stars" Thursday, Bosmans, 672 Elks @ Zarzamora. Other bands that play there include Andy Saenz of the Homies, Salvador "El Pavo" Garcia of Los Pavo Reales, Bene Medina,  Coy Serna, Mambo Ibarra, Henry Galvan, Flavio Longoria. More details: myspace. com/bosmanshbk1,

Camila Pop/rock band plays Club Rio, U.S. 281 at Bitters. Sunday, June 29. The band's debut "Todo Cambió," was released in Mexico in May 2006.

Liberty Band Summer_Bash_07-12-08_001.jpgLiberty Band Headlines "Dance the Night Away" Summer Bash. Fountain Bleau, 8353 Culebra. $8-$10 tickets on sale at Janie's and Del Bravo records and also Fountain Bleau,. 8 p.m. July 12. (210) 789-2484

Tejanos for Heroes Jay Perez and Ram Herrera & Outlaws headline March of Dime benefit. Also performing Stefani Montiel & Lush, Roger Velasquez & Latin Legends,  Tex-Mex Kadillacks. Rosedale Park. June 29. $5-$10. Gates at 2 p.m.

Jesse & Joy Young brother/sister duo has been riding a wave of popularity behind debut album "Esta Es Mi Vida.". Club Rio. July 2. Special guests Tommy Torres and Jorge Villamizar.Palominos concert 6 2008.jpg

Los Palominos Conjunto group team up with Dallas Tejano band Grupo Stampede. Cuauhtemoc Hall, 1101 Patton St., San Marcos. 8 p.m. Friday, July 11.

Texas 2008 Music Festival Will feature country, rock, Tex-Mex and more. Bands include David Lee Garza, Intocable, Los Lobos, Los Horoscopos de Durango. Labor Day, Aug. 29-Sept.1. Reliant Arena and Eleanor Tinsley Park in Houston. Details: www.txmusicfest.com  

Tejano Music National Convention Debut in Dallas for three-day conference. Featuring Sunny Sauceda, Jay Perez, Shelly Lares, the Royal Jesters, Michael Salgado, Ruben Ramos and more. Dallas Convention Center, Dallas. Aug. 15-17. www.tejanoticket.com.

  

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Conjunto music is one of the underappreciated treasures in San Antonio.  

PubCrawlVFWP86-52007 (25) 319.JPGAnd one of the best spots to check it out is a quiet, unassuming place that most tourists are unaware of.

However, hardcore conjunto fans are well aware of the place: VFW Post 4700 at 2219 Frio City Road. 

It is huge, but it is also intimate.

Every weekend, the best known names in conjunto pioneers and players provide the entertainment including Henry Zimmerle, Fred Saldana y su Camaroneros, Eddie "Lalo" Torres, Nick Villarreal, and Flavio Longoria. There is rarely a cover.

If you like conjunto music, a big dancefloor and a place where you're treated like a regular, the VFW Post 4700 is your place.

Established on Oct. 25, 1945, the post has a storied past, according to Post Commander Robert De La Vega

 

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The online revolution is unfolding so fast that many artists, especially in the smaller regional genres, are having a touch time catching up.

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Should they use Myspace.com? Facebook? Twitter? Youtube?

 

A record label portal website or their own?

 

Should they give away some music? Or focus on ringtone?

 

Apparently, according to the experts, artists should do all of the above.

 

The panelists, including hip-hop singer/rapper Baby Bash and industry experts Velia Gonzalez, Demian Bellumio, and Herman Rodriguez-Bajandas. Your humble scribe moderated the event.

 

The "Pulso De La Musica 2008: Get Your Digital Game On" panels were presented June 12 by the Texas chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences.

More details in Baby Bash interview:

Baby Bash: Important to get 'your digital game on'

 

In the first panel, "Get Your Digital Game On," the experts stressed the need to branch out everyday to get a foothold.

 

"Rather than one or another website, I recommend they get on all of them," Bellumio said.

 

Baby Bash said that unlike many other stars, he spends lot of time on the Internet "hitting back" all the fans that visit his Myspace.com website.

 

In the end, the lesson from the first panel were: make sure your presence is all over online, take time to learn about all the new technologies, and make it a habit of giving away "free cookies" or free samples of your music. More on Baby Bash: Baby Bash: Important to get 'your digital game on'

 

In the second panel "How Technology is Affecting the Latin Music Biz," the experts covered a lot of ground.

 

Rodriguez-Bajandas stressed that artists need to keep all their information updated and easily accessible on their websites. Gonzalez explained that the new Media Guide software used by ASCAP is now picking up and identifying more songs on radio and online faster than ever before.

 

 

The end lessons: get on all the social networks out there, make use of all the song digitial distribution sites, and sign up for all the song publishing sites.

 

And don't forget the good old-fashioned tools like networking and maintaining professional relationships.

 

The recent explosion of online promotional and productivity websites come on the heels of some recent developments, as detailed here:

Internet passes radio, next to TV as 'most essential media in the U.S.'

 

These include the news that iTunes became the third largest retailer of music in the United States. In another sign that technology is racing far ahead of society, a new study reveals that the Internet has passed radio as the second most important media in the U.S.sign2.jpg

 

In the engaging report, published by the Edison Research.com, the findings were startling. The Internet has made enormous advances in the importance it holds for the American consumer. The Internet has passed radio as the "most essential" medium in the U.S.

 

TV is first, radio is third and newspapers are fourth.

 

This has critical implications for numerous industries including radio, TV and other media, advertisers, record labels, business owners and more.

 

Even more startling statistics:

 

*"Five years later, Internet (33%) trails only television (36%). Radio dropped dramatically as "most essential" - from 26% to 17%."

 

*The report also indicated that for anyone below the age of 45, the Internet, more than television, is the "most essential" medium.

 

*Newspapers clearly 'least essential' among major medium, with 35% of Americans age 12 and older saying it is the least essential."

     

 

 

 

 

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Pop singer Luis Fonsi sings about the endless quest for a real love on his latest single "No me doy por vencido."

FonsiLuis 6 2008.JPGThe tender ballad, written by Fonsi, starts off with only acoustic guitars before seguing into a fleshed out power ballad. Fonsi sings about chasing what's always been elusive for generations.

For the first time, Luis Fonsi wrote or co-wrote all the tracks on the forthcoming CD "Palabras del Silencio,"

In this Univision.Com interview, Fonsi described the song as inspiring for those who question whether the quest is worth pursuing:

"Esta canción transmite lo importante que es la perseverancia en la vida y en el amor. Nos demuestra que cada día cuenta y que vale la pena luchar por lo que más queremos.

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Esta canción es mi forma de gritarle al mundo entero que hay que creer en uno mismo y confiar en el destino", explicó el cantante a través de un comunicado de su casa discográfica."

Luis Fonsi co-produced "Palabras del Silencio," with Sebastian Krys, Armando Ávila and Jacobo Calderón. The CD will be released August 26 in various CD, CD+DVD, amd mobile formats.

In his career, Luis Fonsi has sold more than two million CDs. His latest albums include "Paso a paso" (2005) and "Éxitos 98:06" (2006).

Like many storied pop singers before him, Luis Fonsi has several things going for him from talent and strategic collaborations to youth and good looks.

 

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There's a lot of choices in coming days for music fans, from Latin pop to salsa and Tex-Mex.

Grupo Fuego D 6 2008.jpgGrupo Fuego, a band that blends salsa, bachata, merengue, cumbias and more, headlines Latin Night at the elegant Sam Houston Club on Fort Sam Houston Friday night.

A relatively new group, Fuego is known for their mix of dance and tropical rhythms like salsa, cumbias, bachata, merengeue, reggaeton and cumbias.

DJ Papote is opening. $5 after 9 p.m.

Admission is free before 9 p.m. and $5 after. Details: www.fortsamhoustonwmr.com and (210) 224-2721

Salsa singer Eddie Santiago stops in at Club Rio at U.S. 281 and Bitters on Friday night. tickets are $15.

Menudo 12 2007.JPGThe teen pop group Menudo is back on tour and swings in through town. But this is not the same Menudo of years gone by. It's a whole new generation - José, Carlos, Emmanuel, Chris, and Monti, winners of an MTV reality contest. Menudo plays Six Flags Fiesta Texas on Thursday, June 26

Elsewhere, Ramiro Herrera headlines the Summer Knights Dance Friday night at Villia Assembly Building in a benefit for Prince of Peace Catholic Church. $18.

And conjunto fans can party down at Arturo's Sports Bar & Grill. The lineup for Friday features Max Baca y Los Texmaniacs, Eddie "Lalo" Torres, Flavio Longoria y Los Conjunto Kingz, Anita Paiz, Larry Garcia y Grupo Experiencia, Bene Medina y Conjunto Aguila, Sandy Sanchez y La Revancha, El Pavo Real, Alicia Calderon, Hermanos DeLeon, Los Low Riders, Chalito Johnson and Pepe Almanza. Arturos is located at 3310 S. Zarzamora St.

 

 

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Concerts Calendar 6/17: Fuego, Santiago, Fiesta Noche

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The sister pop duo Ha*Ash has a new single out titled "No te quiero nada."

HaAsh CoverSingleHaash.jpgA song about a new understanding, "No te quiero nada," is driven by strumming guitars and the sisters' vocal harmonies. The single is from Ha*Ash's upcoming "Habitación doble" CD, scheduled for release in August.

Sisters Hanna and Ashley teamed up with some notable names on the new CD - producers Aurelio Baqueiro and Graemme Pleth.

In a news release, Ha*ash said the single was hard to describe: "It's more for listening."

However, they said they were pleased with the song "because we said what we wanted to and the message comes across on its own."

Since breaking out on the scene some four years ago, Ha*Ash has won fans with their pop songs marked by melodic guitars and vocal harmonies. According to Sony BMG, Ha*Ash has sold more than 500,000 CDs and charted six singles.

More details on Ha*Ash:
www.myspace.com/haash
www.ha-ash.com

 

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Grupo Fuego headlines Latin Night at Sam Houston Club at Fort Sam Houston on Friday night.

GrupoFuegoB300 6 2008.JPGThe concert is the second in the monthly concert series at the community center. DJ Papote will open the show. Showtime is 9 p.m.; doors open at 8:30 p.m. Free admission before 9 p.m.; $5 after. The Sam Houston Club is located at Bldg 1395 Chaffe Rd. at Fort Sam Houston.

Officials are advising fans to come in to the base through the Walters/IH 35 and Benz-Engelman/IH 35 gates.

A new Latin Night showcase is a special treat for music fans. It is often that salsa/tropical music gets a new venue in an elegant establishment.

According to manager Doug Rush, the previous Latin Night at the Sam Houston Club was a success, with Grupo SonCache drawing an estimated 300-plus fans to the club.

Meanwhile, the Sam Houston Club has become a busy center for community events like wedding receptions, quinceañeras, youth and adult activities and other social events.

For more details call Manager Doug Rush at (210) 224-2721 or visit www.fortsamhoustonmwr.com or www.myspace.com/djpapote

A relatively new group, Fuego is known for their mix of dance and tropical rhythms like salsa, cumbias, bachata, merengeue, reggaeton and cumbias. 9 p.m. Friday, June 20.

The group is led by singer Ivan Pacheco. The other bandmembers are Eric Gutierrez, vocals/keyboards; Mike Baez, drums; Reggie Troche, congas; and Jaime Rivera, bongos. 

Pacheco said the band is getting ready to go into the studio.

"We are working on a record production but we're just in the initial stages," said Pacheco. "We expect the album to come out early next year."

Pacheco comes from a family of musicians and singers, He was born in Santurce, Puerto Rico and grew up in San Juan.

His first groups included Sergio Hernandez, Uby Roy, Los Hijos de Puerto Rico and Cesar Flores in the mid-90s. He also performed with La Tanon Band as one of the lead singers and was on the CD "Te Toca A Ti."

In 2003, Pacheco moved to San Antonio on 2003 and joined La Orquesta Tropicante. In 2006, he formed Grupo Fuego.

 

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Mexican rock/pop singer Alejandra Guzmán says that on her new CD "Fuerza" she learned that the best way to help yourself is to help others.

GuzmanAlejandra CD 6 2008.JPG"I have been through so much, from surviving cancer and alcoholism, that I feel if I can help someone else, I am more than happy to do it," she said in her native Spanish during a recent interview.

Guzmán was in a refreshing good mood. Her latest CD "Fuerza," has just been awarded gold and platinum awards for top sales in Mexico. Guzmán was nominated for Premios Juventud's Mi Artista Rock category, going up against Belinda, Black Guayaba, Juanes and Maná.

The Premios Juventud are scheduled July 17 and will be broadcast on Univision.

For almost a decade Alejandra Guzmán has been considered one of the best blues-rock singers in Mexico. Through the years what made Alejandra Guzmán stand out was her  raspy voice adding color and texture to her tunes, many often introspective and philosophical.

Guzman continues with those themes with songs that describe familiar romantic adventures with titles such as "Solo fui un secreto," "Nada es Como es," and "Quiero Ser."

"I feel really good because the music on the CD is the best I have done in a while," she said. "There's more of a maturity my music these days. I can look back and say I have enjoyed a long career."

We'll have more details on Alejandra Guzmán' CD later this week.

 

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Tejano Academy Fanfare 2008: Maldad, Castillon, Ram
Bobby Esquivel & Liberty Band: Hawaiian Luau
Weekender: Opera, Father's Day Shows, Luau
Emilio update: passengers on tour bus crash file lawsuits
Bo Diddley, rock legend dead at 79
Internet passes radio, next to TV as 'most essential media in the U.S.'
'History of Texas Music' delivers detail, context, perspective
Olga Tanon: looking back on a 20-year career on 'Cristina'  

Coming up:
Alejandra Guzman with new CD
Kany Garcia back on tour

 

Music fans can choose from salsa, Tex-Mex, cumbias and more this coming weekend.GrupoFuego 6 2008.JPG

Grupo Fuego Red-hot salsa band drops in at the Sam Houston Club, Fort Sam Houston.

 
A popular group, Fuego blends tropical rhythms like merengeue, salsa, reggaeton and cumbias. 9 p.m. Friday, June 20. Sam Houston Club, Bldg 1395 Chaffe Rd. Fort Sam Houston.

Admission is free before 9 p.m. and $5 after.

Details: www.fortsamhoustonwmr.com and (210) 224-2721

Roger Velasquez & Latin Legends Tight group offers a wide array of funk, oldies, Tex-Mex and more. Thursdays at Bar on Broadway, 2411 Broadway. Smoke can get dense at this low-ceiling bar.

UPDATE:
Maravia Band
Versatile cover band plays variety of funk, oldies, Top 40, Spanish classics and more. Saturday. Also Academy of Tejano Music FanFair afterparty Wednesday. Jorge Alejandro y la Paz Thursday. George's Place, 5214 Blanco Rd. (210) 340-1275. Also George's All Star Band 9 p.m. Sunday.

MaraviaGrupo031407.JPGFiesta Noche Del Rio Huge summer revue underway at Arneson Theater. Performances will includes the Fiesta Noche del Rio cast, including Elizabeth Sanchez-Lopez and Willie "El Curro" Champion. The Fiesta Noche Del Rio, which features the songs and dances of Mexico, Spain, Argentina and Texas in a seven-act outdoor performance, has been held each summer for 50 years. It's considered the longest-running outdoor musical revue of its kind in the U.S.

Presented by the Alamo Kiwanis Club, the show has raised more than $3 million for local children's charities. The summer season runs through Aug. 9. with performances at 8:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Tickets are $5-15. Group and military discounts are available at H-E-B stores. For tickets, call (210) 226-4651 or visit www.fiestanochedelrio.com.

Summer Knights Dance Featuring Ram Herrera in benefit for Prince of Peace Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus Council No. 7983 and Knight of Columbus charities. Villita Assembly Building. 8 p.m. Friday. $18. BYOB (210) 684-5971

Eddie Santiago Top salsa singer in town for a rare visit. Club Rio, U.S. 281 and Bitters. Friday, June 20. $15 SantiagoEddie 6 2008.jpg.

Main Plaza High Noon Music Series lunch-time music in the Plaza continues Tuesdays through Fridays through August, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. with Main Plaza Conservancy's High Noon Music Series. High Noon Tuesdays and Thursdays features jazz music; mariachi music is showcased on Wednesdays. High Noon Fridays features an eclectic mix of Latin music. Raza en la Plaza - 'People in the Plaza;' series is 7-10 p.m. Fridays-Saturday, through August (except Fridays in July). Schedule: Buttercup, June 20; Bubba Hernandez y Los Super Vatos, June 21; Chistes y Musica, June 27-28. Also Sunday Tocaditas with Foxy & Rabbit, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sundays.

Menudo Old teen group is back with a new lineup - José, Carlos, Emmanuel, Chris, and Monti, winners of the MTV reality contest. Six Flags Fiesta Texas. June 26

Fito Olivares Influential cumbia player brings his sax for a big party. Graham Central Station, 4902 Fredericksburg Road, Friday, June 27.

Arturo's Sports Bar & Grill Conjunto fans can party down with a lineup for Friday that features Max Baca y Los Texmaniacs, Eddie "Lalo" Torres, Flavio Longoria y Los Conjunto Kingz, Anita Paiz, Larry Garcia y Grupo Experiencia, Bene Medina y Conjunto Aguila, Sandy Sanchez y La Revancha, El Pavo Real, Alicia Calderon, Hermanos DeLeon, Los Low Riders, Chalito Johnson and Pepe Almanza. Arturos is located at 3310 S. Zarzamora St.

Camila Lovers of Mexican rock/pop will get their fill when this group comes into town. Club Rio. June 29.

Liberty Band Summer_Bash_07-12-08_001.jpgLiberty Band Headlines "Dance the Night Away" Summer Bash. Fountain Bleau, 8353 Culebra. $8-$10 tickets on sale at Janie's and Del Bravo records and also Fountain Bleau,. 8 p.m. July 12. (210) 789-2484

Tejanos for Heroes Jay Perez and Ram Herrera & Outlaws headline March of Dime benefit. Also performing Stefani Montiel & Lush, Roger Velasquez & Latin Legends,  Tex-Mex Kadillacks. Rosedale Park. June 29. $5-$10. Gates at 2 p.m.

 

 

Related stories, photos:
Cabas: more acoustic, romantic on new CD 'Amores Dificiles'
Tejano Academy Fanfare 2008: Maldad, Castillon, Ram
Bobby Esquivel & Liberty Band: Hawaiian Luau
Weekender: Opera, Father's Day Shows, Luau
Emilio update: passengers on tour bus crash file lawsuits
Bo Diddley, rock legend dead at 79
Internet passes radio, next to TV as 'most essential media in the U.S.'
'History of Texas Music' delivers detail, context, perspective
Olga Tanon: looking back on a 20-year career on 'Cristina' 

Coming up:
Concerts Calendar 6/17: Fuego, Santiago, Fiesta Noche
Alejandra Guzman back with new CD

Colombian rocker Cabas is touring behind a new CD titled "Amores Dificiles." Cabas 6 2008.JPG 

In a recent interview, he said his new album "is a little more acoustic than my previous ones."

As implied by the title, the themes are all about romantic adventures.

"The songs are all about love. Good loves, bad loves," he said in his native Spanish. "All the good loves have been difficult loves too with unforgettable moments."

The singer/songwriter added that beyond a more acoustic sound in his music, there was also "mucho mas sentimiento." We'll have all that and more in a feature interview later this week.

Cabas may not be a household name in the U.S. but in Latina America, he is considered one of the most prolific singer/songwriters in the pop/rock world.

Born Andres Cabas, he began singing at the age of 5. He studied classical piano at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, a Catholic university in Bogota, Colombia.

"Amores Difíciles" is Cabas' fourth album and each CD has been sonically different than the previous. The new album was recorded in Spain and produced by the top DJ/singer/mixer Carlos Jean.

In a separate news release, Cabas described his CD and the collaboration as "un proyecto que comenzo hace unos dos o tres años.

"Me senti muy bien trabajando con Carlos Jean. Las canciones crecieron muchisimo y creo que es un album completamente nuevo; algo que es muy dificil hacer hoy en dia ya que todo esta inventado. Esta es la continuacion de una evolucion que comenze hace un tiempo, de a poco fui poniendo distancia entre el sonido tropipop y yo, un estilo que ha llegado a ser comercial y predecible"

Need more CD details, or Cabas' fan mail address? Leave us a comment.

EDITOR NOTE:
And for all those loyal readers/surfers out there, thank you for your continuiing emails, letters and calls of support. We have not be able to get back to all of them but know that they are all appreciated. See you out there in the music scene.

 

Related stories, photos:
Tejano Academy Fanfare 2008: Maldad, Castillon, Ram
Bobby Esquivel & Liberty Band: Hawaiian Luau
Weekender: Opera, Father's Day Shows, Luau
Emilio update: passengers on tour bus crash file lawsuits
Bo Diddley, rock legend dead at 79
Internet passes radio, next to TV as 'most essential media in the U.S.'
'History of Texas Music' delivers detail, context, perspective
Olga Tanon: looking back on a 20-year career on 'Cristina'

 

 

 

The Sam Houston Club centrally located at Fort Sam Houston Club, is a multi-use community center that offers a variety of social and community events.

SamHoustonClubweb.jpgThe event calender at the club is full of activities. In recent months, the Sam Houston Club has become a busy center for social events like wedding receptions, karaoke, quinceañeras, youth and adult activities and other social events.

The club provides a relaxed location to meet friends or coworkers for a buffet style "all you can eat" lunch, held Tuesdays through Fridays from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Brunch is also served every 1st and third Sunday from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Enjoy a wide selection of breakfast meats, pastries, juice and other specialties. Specialty brunches include a Valentine's Brunch, Easter Brunch, Mother's Day Brunch and Father's Day Brunch. Additionally, guests receive $5 off a Sunday brunch in the month of their Birthday.

According to manager Doug Rush, the club also features community bingo Thursday and Friday. Doors open at 5 p.m. (6:50 p.m.-Early Bird Start). Bingo is also held Saturdays doors open at 11 a.m.(12:50 p.m.-Early Bird Start). Watch for Big Bucks Bingo the first Saturday of every other month for a chance at larger cash prizes. The Bingo Program is open to all military, other government employees (active or retired), their family members, and sponsored signed-in guests. Membership to the Club is not required to play.

Sam Houston ClubKaraoke.jpgThere's also the "Sam's Sports Bar." Sam's is open Friday evenings and can be reserved for special events. Amenities include two pool tables, several 25" televisions and one big screen TV. Free finger foods every Friday from 5-6 p.m.

The club is available for special events such as retirement dinners, luncheons, conferences, wedding and anniversary receptions and birthday parties.

They offer a full-service catering department to assist you with your special functions.

Contact the club directly at 210-224-2721 or visit www.fortsamhoustonmwr.com 

For more details on the club check out:
Latin Night showcase: Grupo Fuego at Sam Houston Club
Sam Houston Club offers variety of fun and relaxation
Sam Houston Club offers a wide variety of family fun and entertainment. 

 

Coming up:
Cabas: more acoustic, romantic on new CD 'Amores Dificiles'
Concerts Calendar 6/17: Fuego, Santiago, Fiesta Noche

Grupo Maldad and Ricardo Castillon y La Diferencia will be among the performers at the 2008 Tejano Academy FanFare scheduled Wednesday at La Villita Plaza.

CastillonRicardo061507.JPGAccording to officials, also performing will be Latin Express from Dallas-Fort Worth area; Agnes y Arturo & New Variety Band from the Rio Grande Valley; Ram Herrera & the Outlaw Band; and Los Palominos.

As in all fan fairs, officials have set up booths where artists will be able to sign autographs and pose for photos with fans, free of charge. In addition, KXTN 107.5 FM will have a drawing for the 4th of July Las Vegas SuperDance Package (includes roundtrip air fare, room accommodations and dance tickets for both days).

Also participating at the Fanfare is the new TV show "Tejano y Más", which will have its kick-off celebration and will be on site interviewing participants. The TV show  "Tejano y Más" will debut on KSAT TV-12 on June 21.

Fanfare sponsors include Alamo Music Center, Gibson Guitars, Miller-Lite, The Factor Group, South Central Music Source, Little Joe Hernandez, Velasquez Music, The Winning Edge, Compadres of the Tejano Academy.

 
Related stories, photos:
Bobby Esquivel & Liberty Band: Hawaiian Luau
Weekender: Opera, Father's Day Shows, Luau
Emilio update: passengers on tour bus crash file lawsuits
Bo Diddley, rock legend dead at 79
Internet passes radio, next to TV as 'most essential media in the U.S.'
'History of Texas Music' delivers detail, context, perspective
Olga Tanon: looking back on a 20-year career on 'Cristina'

 

From youth and adult actitivies, to wedding receptions, banquets, karaoke, quinceañeras and more, the Sam Houston Club offers a wide variety of family fun and entertainment.

Located at Fort Sam Houston, the Sam Houston Club is a multi-use community center that offers a variety of social and community events.

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Related stories:
Latin Night showcase: Grupo Fuego at Sam Houston Club
Sam Houston Club offers variety of fun and relaxation
Sam Houston Club offers a wide variety of family fun and entertainment. 

Coming Up:

Tejano bands in MOD event

 

Bobby Esquivel & Liberty Band will headline the Hawaiian Luau dance celebration at the Fountain Bleu convention center at 8353 Culebra on Saturday, June 14.LIbertyBandHawaiian_Luau_08_002.jpg

 

The Liberty Band has a long tradition in San Antonio and a rich heritage that goes back to 1977.

 

Led by trombonist Bobby Esquivel, a 1972 Memorial High graduate, Liberty Band established itself as one of the premier music groups in Central Texas in the early '80s with a series of memorable albums.

 

This was right before the advent of CDs, which meant the old 33s" and cassette were becoming absolete. More details: www.libertyband-sa.com

 

An opera, a luau, Father's Day concerts, and a ballroom anniversary make up a busy weekend.

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The "Opera Delights," scheduled tonight at the St. Anthony Hotel, is described by singer Cristina Ortega, who is in the opera, as a "fantasy of music and dance."

The opera includes performances by Jorge Pais, who will play the central character, "El Baron." Also performing are singer Hector Gamaliel, Helen Rodriguez, Emanuel Zapata, Isabel Espinosa de los Reyes. Espana Viva flamenco dancers.

 

And just added to the cast is Jose Rebolledo, a virtuoso Spanish guitarist.
  

Ortega write the opera with orchestrations by Jorge Infante.

Dinner-concert tickets are $75 per person. Cocktails start at 6:30 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. and the show at 8 p.m. in the Anacacho Room of the St. Anthony.

"The first part of the show is a full opera," said Ortega. "The second act we dedicate to the zarzuela, which is a Spanish musical."

Ortega also noted the participation of singer Hector Gamaliel, from Nuevo Laredo, México.

"He is a singer with a lot of qualities, and he is very popular in his hometown," Ortega said. "we expect several fans from Laredo (Texas) and Nuevo Laredo to attend the show."

For more details check out: www.operadelights.com  and www.hispanicheritagesociety.com

 

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Meanwhile, Cool Arrows features Los Enmascarados, Los Escorpiones and the Alexander Band on Saturday at the club, 1025 Nogalitos St.

 

Singer Manuel Vargas and his Mariachi Sangre Mexicana are headlining two Father's Day Concerts this weekend.
Also performing is the Ballet Folklorico Mestizo. The performances are scheduled 7:30 p.m. tonight and Saturday at the Instituto Cultural de Mexico Auditorium, 600 Hemisfair Plaza Way. More details: www.mariachimusic.com or mariachisangremexicana.com

Also, there's the Semeneya Ballroom Anniversary. The local dance studio celebrates 1st year anniversary with two days of dance workshops and classes and a special appearance by ESPN Champions finalists Junior & Emily. Friday-Saturday, June 13-14.

The Semeneya Ballroom is located at 2899 N.E. Loop 410 (210) 822-8075. www.myspace.com/djpapote

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Bobby Esquivel & Liberty Band will headline the Hawaiian Luau dance celebration at the Fountain Bleu convention center at 8353 Culebra on Saturday.

 

The High Noon Music Series continues on Main Plaza Tuesdays through Fridays through August with a variety of performers such as David Villanueva, Mariachi Los Galleros, Hot Sauce, Joe Posada, John Magaldi Trio, and Jacinto Guevara & Ray.

There is another Raza en la Plaza series that runs at 7-10 p.m., on Fridays and Saturdays at the plaza. Tonight it's conjunto player Eva Ybarra with Latin Spice opening. For Saturday, it's rockabilly group Lesti Huff Band with Laura Marie on Saturday. Admission is free. Details: www.Mainplaza.org

 

Blogging Tejano and regional Mexican music concerts, news and more

San Antonio is the gateway for Mexican music, Tejano tunes, mariachi melodies and anyone who wants to jumpstart a career in Latin music.

Of course, it's always nice if someone actually notices all these musicians and alerts the rest of us to not only their existence, but their talent. That's where Ramiro Burr comes in.

 

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Music reporter and blogger Ramiro Burr

Ramiro, formerly the music reporter for the San Antonio Express-News. He's also a syndicated columnist, book author, freelance writer, speaker -- but all those accomplisments pale in light of his last gig as a blogger! (We may be a little biased here)

At Ramiro's blog, the latest chisme (gossip), news, record releases, concerts, etc. of your favorite Mexican or Tejano singer or group is revealed.


Tejano singer Elida tells Ramiro how she is changing Tejano music to fit the times.
(Source: Ramiro's blog)

While Ramiro (naturally) covers the concerts and happenings in South Texas because you know, that's where San Antonio is, he doesn't ignore the rest of the country when it comes to spotlighting Latino and Latina talent.

So to get your music fix, check out Ramiro's blog.

You'll be surprised at how so much is happening in the Latino music market -- or not.

Get details at:

LatinaLista.net

Emilio 300 5 2008.JPGComing up:
Tejano bands in MOD event

The expected news did not shock. If anything, it was only sad.

The latest twist in Emilio's story is that two people who were on Emilio's tour bus have filed lawsuits for injuries suffered in the accident. The accident happened on Houston's Loop 610 back on Easter Sunday.

In this click2Houston.com story, Musicians Sue Emilio's Company For Personal Injury Daniel Sandoval, drummer with the Grupo Rio band, and Pedro Perez, the grandfather of band member Eddie Perez, are seeking unspecified damages from Emilio Inc., the singer's corporate alter ego.

 

The suit was filed last week in Houston and , which does not name Navaira individually.

As we noted above,it was not unexpected. And it should be only a matter of time before the other members follow suit.

 

Opinions, suggestions? Leave us a comment.

 

Coming up:

Grammy panel to tackle new digital challenges

Tejano groups join for MOD benefit

 

 

Top writer departs newspaper to focus on new online opportunities

 

    SAN ANTONIO - Award-winning reporter/blogger/columnist Ramiro Burr has left the San Antonio Express-News to launch his own company, Ramiro Burr Communications.BurrRamirooPanel2 325.JPG

     Burr's move is the latest in a professional trajectory that includes stints as an entertainment writer, newspaper reporter, freelance writer, book author, and regionally syndicated columnist. Most recently, he was recognized as No. 1 blogger at Mysa.com. Burr says he is ready for the next level.

     "I will continue to write and blog about music. I think the community, especially the Latino community, is still underserved when it comes to news and information," he said. "I have always emphasized the need for all media to be well-balanced and fully represent their communities, including the Latino community. By being inclusive, we are all enriched.

    "These are exciting times, especially for online media. The field is wide open. Traditional media, like most companies, are struggling to transition to the new digital era, where it is more critical than ever to find, target and develop new, younger audiences and maintain a relevant connection."

    The new digital challenges ahead are detailed in these recent Burr reports:

Internet passes radio, next to TV as 'most essential media in the U.S.' and Baby Bash: Important to get 'your digital game on'

     Burr is moderating two panels on these topics in the "Pulso de la Musica Latina 2008: Get Your Digital Game On" presented by The Recording Academy®, Texas Chapter in partnership with The Latin Recording Academy® at the St. Anthony Hotel 1-5 p.m. Thursday, June 12.

     In March 2008, Ramiro Burr received a Philip True Award from the San Antonio Express-News for "Online Impact." Burr's popular Latin Notes Now Blogs received 750,000 hits in 2007, more than any other Express-News/Mysa.com blog including the SA Spurs, Dallas Cowboys, traffic and weather blogs.In April 2008, the LNN blog scored No.1 again with a record 191,000-plus hits- twice over the next blog. Mysa.com is San Antonio's largest Web site, today registering over one million hits a month.

     In 1999, Burr wrote the groundbreaking "Billboard Guide to Tejano and regional Mexican Music," book by New York publisher Billboard Books. It is the genre's first-ever sourcebook. Burr was also a contributor for several books, including "World Music: The Rough Guide," by the London-based Rough Guides, "Hispanic Almanac," on Visible Ink Press, and "Puro Conjunto," University of Texas Press.

     Burr said his departure from the Express-News was over editorial differences.

     "For 18 years my syndicated music column has run in several newspapers and I have always claimed the rights to ownership of the column, all editorial decisions and the subsequent column revenues from those newspapers. The Express-News has never disputed those rights.

     "I may have been a little overzealous, or overreached in trying to be the best reporter columnist I could be. For the past 20 years I have worked with university interns and always supported the philosophy of bringing others up behind me. I have no regrets for helping others, especially Latinos, with training and guidance to become journalists.

    "Like all the other publications and online sites I write and have written for, the San Antonio Express-News has been good to me. I wish them the best."

     Also, all interns and assistants were either paid or received academic credit, all received creditlines in Burr's "Billboard Guide" and in the other publications Burr wrote for.

     For almost two decades, Burr's weekly music columns, syndicated as "Ramiro Burr's Latin Music," have appeared in several Texas newspapers including the Houston Chronicle, Dallas Morning News, Austin-American Statesman, Fort Worth Star-Telegram and the Laredo Morning Times.

     Burr will continue his work as a freelance writer, book author and online reporter published by various publications.

     Through his experience, Burr has become a professional speaker whose insight and analysis of music, journalism, culture and the arts has been sought by colleges and civic groups including the Smithsonian Institution, Bowling Green University, University of Texas, Rice University, the University of Houston, and others. In 2000 and 2001, Burr won the Speaker of the Year award from the Hearst/San Antonio Express-News volunteer corp.

    More exciting developments in the works.

    For those developments and to keep up with Ramiro Burr's daily news stories, blogs, photos and updates, check back here at www.ramiroburr.com  and/or leave us a comment.

    Ramiro Burr can be reached at 210-831-2688 or Musicreporter@gmail.com

    For espanol: Ramiro Burr: 'emprende un nuevo reto'

Ramiro Burr enfrenta nuevos desafios profesionales

SAN ANTONIO-  El reconocido columnista y escritor Ramiro Burr  se ha separado del San Antonio Express-News para poner en marcha su propia compañía,  Ramiro Burr Communications.

BurrRamirooPanel2 325.JPGEste último paso es la culminación de una larga trayectoria profesional en la cual Burr ha sido crítico de espectáculos, reportero de periódicos, autor de libros y columnista de varias publicaciones regionales.  Recientemente fue premiado como el blogger número uno de Mysa.com.

´´Continuaré mis labores como escritor y  como crítico de música.  Pienso que a la comunidad -y particularmente a la de origen latino-  no se le esta suministrando lo suficiente en materia de noticias e información '', dijo.   ''Yo siempre he puesto énfasis en la necesidad del funcionamiento bien balanceado de los medios de comunicacion y de que, al mismo tiempo, ellos representen a sus comunidades, incluyendo a la latina.  Ser inclusivos nos enriquece a todos''.

''Estos momentos son muy excitantes, especialmente para los medios online.  Hay un campo abierto.  Los medios tradicionales -al igual que la mayoría de las compañías-  están luchando por incorporarse a la nueva era digital,  donde es mas dificil encontrar, definir el objetivo y desarrollar nuevas, jóvenes audiencias y mantener una conexión relevante''.

Los retos que se avecinan en la era digital fueron analizados en el reciente reporte de Burr titulado ''Internet passes radio, next to TV as most essential media in the US''  y   ''Baby bash, getting your digital game on right''.  

El jueves 12 de junio, entre 1 y 5 de la tarde,  Burr moderara dos paneles sobre estos tópicos en  ''Pulso de la música latina 2008:  Get Your Digital Game On'', presentado por The Recording Academy  (La Academia de Grabación), Capítulo de Texas, en sociedad con The Latin Recording Academy  (La Academia Latina de Grabación) en el Hotel San Anthony.
 

En Marzo  de este año  Burrr recibió un Premio Philip True, otorgado por el San Antonio Express News por el programa ''Online Impact''.  El popular blog de Burr en internet (Latin Notes Now Blogs) registró 750.000 visitas durante el 2007, superando a cualquier otro blog Express-News/Mysa, incluyendo el SA Spurs, Dallas Cowboys,  blogs de tráfico y estado del tiempo.  Mysa. Com es el sitio de internet mas grande de Sn Antonio, con más de un millón de visitas por mes.

Burr escribió en 1999  la obra pionera ''Billboard Guide to  Tejano and regional Mexican Music'', publicada por la editorial Billboard Books, de Nueva York y considerada fuente de consulta de primera mano.   También ha contribuido para la elaboración de otros libros, entre ellos ''World Music:  Rough Guide'', de  la London Rough Guides;  ''Hispanic Almanac'', de la Visible Ink Press;  y ''Puro Conjunto'', de  University of Texas Press.

Burr comentó que su separación del Express-News se debió a ciertas diferencias  editoriales.

''Es posible que yo hubiese sido un poquito celoso o presumido al tratar de ser el mejor reportero-columnista que podía ser.  Durante veinte años he trabajado con pasantes universitarios y siempre respaldé la filosofía de formar nuevas generaciones. No lamento haber apoyado a otros -especialmente latinos- con entrenamiento y guiándolos para que se hicieran periodistas.

''Como todas las publicaciones y todos los sitios web para los cuales he escrito,  el  San Antonio Express-News ha sido bueno para mi y yo les deseo lo mejor''.

Por casi dos décadas, las columnas musicales semanales de Burr, con la firma  Ramiro Burr's  Latin Music, se han publicado en varios periódicos de Texas incluyendo el Houston Chronicle, el Dallas Morning News, el Austin American Statesman, el Fort Worth Star-Telegram y el Laredo Morning Times.

Burr continuará su trabajo como escritor libre y reportero de sitios online como Latina, Amazon.com. Pulse, Rhythm Music y Batanga.com, asi como de otras publicaciones.

Con su experiencia, Burr se ha convertido en un conferencista profesional cuyo conocimiento y análisis de música,  periodismo, cultura y artes, ha sido solicitado por colegas y organizaciones civiles como el Smithsonian Institution, la Bowling Green University, la Universidad de Texas,  Rice University, la Universidad de Houston y otras.  En el 2000 y en el 2001  obtuvo el Premio Conferencista del Año, otorgado por el Hearst- San Antonio Express-News volunteer corp.

 

Guitar legend Bo Diddley, considered one of rock's founding fathers, died on Monday at the age of 79.

DiddleyBo 6 2008.jpgAccording to officials, he died of heart failure at his home in Archer, Fla.

As reported in this Washington Informer story, Rock 'n' Roll Legend Bo Diddley Dies in Florida,  Diddley banged out hit songs powered by the relentless "Bo Diddley beat" that influenced rockers from Buddy Holly to U2.

In a statement released by Recording Academy, Grammy president Neil Portnow said:

"A Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Bo Diddley was one of rock 'n' roll's true pioneers. He inspired legions of musicians with his trademark rhythm and signature custom-built guitar, and his song "Bo Diddley" earned a rightful place in the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame. He leaves an indelible mark on American music and culture, and our deepest sympathies go out to his family, friends and fans. The 'Bo Diddley beat' surely will continue on."

Diddley's management agency, Talent Consultants International, released this statement:

"One of the founding fathers of rock 'n' roll has left the building he helped construct."

Diddley suffered a stroke during a concert in Iowa in May 2007 and was hospitalized in Omaha, Neb. In August 2007 he had a heart attack in Florida.

 

As a live performer, Diddley was mezmerizing. He exude a confidence that was rare,andhe played with power and grace. I got to see Diddley only once and he was unforgettable, as detailed in my 1999 concert review: Retroshot: 'Rocker Diddley amazes fans'

 

More details:

Technology may be racing far ahead of society as a new study shows that reveals that the Internet has passed radio as the second most important media in the U.S.

 

Pero, for those techies and nerdy types, this is no news.

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In the engaging report, published by the Edison Research.com, the findings were startling. The Internet has made enormous advances in the importance it holds for the American consumer. The Internet has passed radio as the "most essential" medium in the US.

 

TV is first, radio is third and newspapers are fourth. Ejole.

 

This has critical implications for numerous industries including radio, TV and other media, advertisers, record labels, business owners and more.

 

Even more startling statistics:

*"Five years later, Internet (33%) trails only television (36%). Radio dropped dramatically as "most essential" - from 26% to 17%."

*The report also indicated that for anyone below the age of 45, the Internet, more than television, is the "most essential" medium.

*Newspapers clearly 'least essential' among major medium, with 35% of Americans age 12 and older saying it is the least essential."

 

Entonces, what does this mean to the consumer, especially the music consumer?

 

It means that the affluent hip and the heady, the trendspotters and tastemakers already know the future and are taking full advantage of it.

 

In other news developments which should provide clues as to where the tech-savvy, afflulent herd is heading, consider these recent studies:

 

*This 2007 LNN report: iTunes becomes third largest music retailer in U.S., indicates that CDs are being ditched in favor of singles at an accelerated rate.

*In another Edison Research study, the weekly Online Radio Audience jumped from 11 to 13% of Americans.

*In the study: 'The Podcast Consumer Revealed 2008 ': "The audience for both audio and video podcasts has grown tremendously since last year. Americans indicating that they have ever downloaded and listened to an audio podcast grew from 13% to 18%, while video podcast consumption grew from 11% to 16%."

 

Coming:

More trends including the rise of professional, social and celebrity online networks on the Internet, and how the mobile telephone is becoming as the new paradigm in content delivery.

 

These subjects were the focus of the two panels in the "Pulso de la Musica Latina 2008: Get Your Digital Game On" seminar moderated by Ramiro Burr. It was presented by The Recording Academy®, Texas Chapter in partnership with The Latin Recording Academy® at the St. Anthony Hotel 1-5 p.m. Thursday, June 12.

A full report coming.

 

From a 1999 concert review:

Rocker Diddley amazes fans with guitar playing

By Ramiro Burr

ENCORE 01/18/1999  MONDAY
S.A. Life  07E

 

First off, it was a fantastic show, An awesome display of virtuosity, power and grace.

Bob Diddley may have had some age on him, but the vibe he was sending out from the stage that night was electric.

Excerpts:

"He's a rock 'n' roll legend, but guitarist Bo Diddley was unassuming and unpretentious in concert Saturday night at Club Nocturne.

Instead, he channeled his magic through his guitar playing, an amazing display of verve and emotion-laden grooves, hooks and riffs. The hits were there, too, from "I'm a Man" to "Who Do You Love?"

Like Mingo Saldivar, Ray Price, or James Brown, Diddley was the type of performer that didn't have to jump or jive, scream or flash to get your attention. His performances were riveting.

More excerpts:

"The playing was simple and straightforward, with the bass player throwing down fat lines heavy enough to send vibrations across the concrete floor.

"The sound level was perfect: loud and full but not overwhelming, and distortion free.

"Most of the songs were lengthy workouts replete with improvisations and extended riffs. To casual fans, it may have sounded monotonous, but Diddley delivered rich and varied intonations on his guitar. And most of his songs, such as "I'm Sorry," a treatise on breaking up, are full of irreverent lyrics."

Like Ice T, Diddley also has a sense of humor he uses to keep the show rolling between songs. We'd love to run more excerpts from that show but we can't because of copyright laws.

Suffice to say, Diddley was a special, larger than life performer. Full of life and color, magic and charm. Think of Celia Cruz, or Ray Charles, or Little Richard and you get the picture.

 

More news: Bo Diddley, rock legend dead at 79


You ever get a hankering to get out there in the beautiful Texas Hill Country for a refreshing break from the inner city routine?

Some place where the natural surroundings are lovely and scenic, the mood relaxed and the people are old-fashioned Texas friendly?

Well, we got just the prescription and it's the new Blanco Road Bar & Grill in nearby Bulverde.

It's about 20 minutes north of downtown San Antonio but believe us, that is part of the charm. We highly suggest you go this route - take 281 North., left on Borgfield Rd., west to Blanco Rd., north to Bulverde.

As you and your party snake through the rolling hills with the tall mesquite, pine and oak trees, drive slowly and enjoy the view. You'll pass picturesque houses, tree-lined valleys, rustic ranches, the occasional horses and cattle herds, and other idyllic rural scenes.


PCBlancoRoadB&G52008 (3) 300.JPGYou'll probably wonder why the heck you don't get out here and enjoy this natural Texas beauty more often.

With the same ol' same ol' of the big city behind you, this is the time to enjoy the magic and mystery of the Texas Hill Country.

The bar/restaurant is big, rustic, and nicely nestled in the romantic Texas Hill Country.

Some folks may recognize the place - for 17 years it was the old John Avila's J&L Country Store. Entrepreneur Bill Bassuk took it over in April and in keeping with his goal of establishing a more family-oriented fun place, he's made some improvements to the 4,500 square feet building. He's build a medium size dancehall and he says he will add on a picnic and children's games area in the back.

You can order breakfast tacos or salads, burgers and chicken fried steaks for lunch or dinner. Appetizers also available in the bar after the grill shuts down.

Blanco+Road+Bar+and+Grill[1].JPGHappy hour offers the usual array. There's a wide array of domestic and imported beer and wines with more beer import choices to come shortly. Setups available.

Fun stuff includes a cool jukebox, video games, karaoke machine, four TVs, two pool tables, a dart game.

Besides the jukebox, the venue schedules a wide diversity of live Americana/country/Texas music bands. Example: Texas Scratch Band, Bobby Joe Harlow, Larry Sweeney, Mike Clancy, Slim Roberts and the Tx Weather Band, Deano & the Housejacks and Moreno Boys.

The clientele varies by time of day and day of the week. Working types and family at lunch and dinner. Rancheros, bikers, construction workers and office types for the after work happy hours. Late night folks include university students, singles, and party type.

Bottom line:

Just the drive through the scenic Hill Country is enough to get you in a good mood. The Blanco Road Bar & Grill is an original, rustic Texas jewel. It's a family restaurant, Texas roadhouse and dancehall all rolled into one. Like the Floore Country Store, Gruene Hall, and the Hanging Tree Saloon, the Blanco Road B&G is an authentic part of Central Texas's beauty and charm.

Details:

Blanco Road Bar & Grill, (830) 980-7427. 30690 Blanco Rd. Bulverde. http://www.blancoroadbarandgrill.com/

Open: 8 a.m.-midnight M-F; 8 a.m.-1 a.m. Sat; 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Su. Grill: 8 a.m.-9 p.m. M-Thu; 8 a.m.-1 a.m.; 8 a.m.- 6 p.m. Su.

 

The book is called "The History of Texas Music" and it was written by Gary Hartman, the founding director of the Center for Texas Music History at Texas State University in San Marcos.

Gary Hartman[1] 150 6 2008.JPGIt is a masterful work. I've only read portions of it - it is huge and spans a few hundred years - but from what I have read I can tell you that this is a keeper.

"The History of Texas Music" details the richness, the roots, the depth and breadth of Texas music.

Historian Gary Hartman did an amazing job, condensing in a few hundred pages the richly diverse ethnic heritage of the Lone Star State.

The Texas Music Office slogan is "You can't hear American music without hearing Texas music." And that is appropriate here.

 

HartmanGary Cover New 6 2008.JPGTexas music is an intricate part of the American music mosaic. Texas is rich in music styles and history and American music heroes including Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Bob Wills, Selena, George Strait, Emilio, Buddy Holly, Lydia Mendoza, Santiago Jimenez Sr., Flaco Jimenez, Gary P. Nunn, Freddy Fender, Ray Price, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Michael Martin Murphey, T-Bone Walker and so, so many more.

The Lone star sate is home to, and is known for a wide variety of styles - from conjunto to country, rock & roll to rap, blues to boleros, Tejano to trio, jazz to jump blues, swing, ragtime, gospel and much more.

Hartman begins at the beginning literally - back several hundreds of years ago when Native American Indians in the Southwest develped their own music traditions long before the Europeans arrived.

There are also chapters on the German, Jewish, Czechs, Polish and French influences, on the African roots of Texas music, Musica Tejana, and of course, the rock & roll era. By the way, the Musica Tejana chapter book has some 20  references to my own book "The Billboard Guide to Tejano and regional Mexican music" as well as books by scholar Manuel Pena and others.

Each chapter ends with a helpful recommended listing of CD titles.

Despite the massive volume of material, Hartman writes with a crisp and compelling style, taking the reader on a journey through the decades and the influential artists that helped developed what we call Texas music.

Hartman holds a Ph.D. from the University of Texas. Among his publications is the lengthy introduction to "The Roots of Texas Music," an edited volume published by Texas A&M University Press.

Additional details on the "The History of Texas Music" book here:
www.txstate.edu/ctmh
http://www.tamu.edu/upress/BOOKS/2008/hartman.htm

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