August 2008 Archives

Coming up:
Los Creadorez del Pasito Duranguense wrapping up successful tour
Concerts Calendar
Liberacion reunites Virgil Canales and Juan Tavares

The Duranguense band Los Creadorez del Pasito Duranguense are winding down a major tour that saw packed shows in several cities.

Creadorez-del-pasito-duranguense 300.JPGAccording to Notimex, Los Creadorez toured 15 cities including stops in New York City's Manhattan Center and New Jersey's Rodeo Santa Fe Center, as well as Queen's Noa Noa.

The tour has also taken the group to Fresno, Stockton, Oakland, King City, San José, Sacramento y Watsolville, California.

Led by Alfredo Ramirez, Los Creadorez were also on the national TV show "Descontrol,' on Saturday, Aug 30.

Los Creadorez has scored with a slew of hits including "La paloma," "Por quién me dejas," "El perro negro," and "Cada vez que pienso en ti."

The band's latest single is titled "Si yo fuera otro," which is from their latest CD "Listos, montados y armados." Track listing below
 
The rest of the band is Ismael Mijares Bustamante, bass; Armando Aguirre, percussion; Agustín Fragoso Delgado, vocals; Domingo César Rúelas Llamas, trombone; Francisco López López, keyboards; Miguel Ángel Lara Gómez, drums; and José Saúl Lara Gómez, sax.

More details:
www.disa.com.mx
www.myspace.com/loscreadorez
www.loscreadorezdelpasitoduranguense.com
 

"LISTOS, MONTADOS Y ARMADOS" TRACK LISTING:
1.- Por Quien me Dejas
2.- Este Adiós
3.- Mi Durango Bonito
4.- Cada Día que Pasa
5.- Si yo Fuera Otro
6.- El Collar de Guamúchil
7.- Contra el Corazón
8.- El Moro de Cumpas
9.- Desde Entonces
10.-El Chilito Pasao
11.- El Cuerno de Chivo
12.- Regresa Vida Mía
13.- Voy a Llorar por tu Ausencia

 

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A Tejano tribute, salsa dance and conjunto grooves were among the highlights of the past few days in San Antonio.
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The action started Wednesday at the Jerry De La Rosa tribute CD release party at the Cadillac Bar. There were tons of artists performing and mingling about including Jimmy Gonzalez & Mazz, David Marez, Ramiro Herrera, Stefani, Paul Vidal, Sunny Sauceda and so many others.

Among the performing groups were Pochimex, Sunny Sauceda, Everardo Ramirez, Mariachi L, Jimmy Gonzalez & Grupo Mazz, Leslie Lugo, Agnes Torres, Grupo Hechizzo, Humberto "Beto" Ramon, Elizabeth Brackman, Fama, Jerry Adame, 21 Black, Raul Sanchez, Israel Maldonado.

Highlights including a mesmerizing 8-minute all-star video of the tribute song "Te Extranamos Mucho," produced by Jorge Flores. That video can be seen at:www.allstarstributetojerry.com.
There was also a riveting 16-minute video retrospective on De La Rosa's life, put together by Jesus Ramirez of www.thestorytellingplace.com
which is where fans can also check out the video.

Among the artists, Mazz dropped an intense set while Javier Galvan & Fama proved they still have plenty of juice. Also outstanding was Humberto Ramon's acoustic three-song set of gospel-Tejano tunes. He may have had less instruments but he was more electrifying than the others.

Everardo Ramirez, from Mexico, is also a promising ranchera/grupera singer to watch in the future.
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Friday, Los Padrinos kept the conjunto flag flying when they dropped a friendly set at the Frio Saloon (smoke free).

Meanwhile, a new (relatively) venue, the Sam Houston Club, resonated with the salsa/merengue rhythms of Latin Four, a new group that fuses pop, tropical, disco and more. Led by Federico Rojo, the group managed to get music fans on the dance floor of the elegant ballroom. By 10 p.m a crowd estimated at about 130 fans had filed into the ballroom.
 
Were you there? Send us photos, videos!
 
Meanwhile, the Labor Day weekend fun continues at Market Square with several bands, including Texas Legends, La Formula, Five Star Band, La Calma, Artie V y Grupo Suave, La Dystancia, Briana/BMF, Stampede, La Traizion, Albert Zamora y Talento, Eddie "G" Gonzales play at the Labor Day Weekend Celebration on multiple stages through Monday, Sept. 1. Free admission.

The Labor Day celebration is presented by El Mercado Association.

 
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Esteban 'Steve' Jordan: All-Star Tribute Sunday in Austin
Upcoming concerts: Iglesias, LuisMi, Grammys
TMNC2008: Sauceda, Salgado, Perez, Pulido and more
Little Joe, Ruben Ramos among All Stars on tribute CD to De La Rosa
Dan Segura dead; Tejano pioneer blazed trail
Grammy importance stressed at RyN conf in LA
Radio Notas: Women behind radio; SA leaders at LA confab 
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The early fall concert schedule features several big names including Enrique Iglesias teamed with Aventura, Carlos Santana and Luis Miguel. IglesiasEnrique600xPopupGallery4 327.JPG  

With summer now history, more shows are likely to get announced. Check back for updates.

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Texas 2008 Music Festival Featuring country, rock, Tex-Mex and more with 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  


Latin Four Relatively new group is a fusion band that mixes pop, tropical, disco and more. Members are Federico Rojo, vocals/keyboards; George Flores, drums/percussion; Eddie Bermudez, vocals/keyboards and Miroslava Torres, vocals/ percussions. Saturday, Aug. 30. Sam Houston Club.

Enrique Iglesias/Aventura Pop king tags teams with bachata kings for a new "Kings Tour" that stops in at the AT&T Center. Sept. 6. Details: Enrique Iglesias & Aventura tour to hit S.A., Laredo, McAllen  

Santana Rock guitarist back on the touring trail. Opening is Salvador Santana. Santana's latest CD is "Multi-Dimensional Warrior." Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Sept. 19. Tickets available through Ticketmaster

Poncho Sanchez Top percussionist back in town for a show at a free Jazz'SAlive concert. Travis Park downtown. Sept. 20.

Lush Cool band w/ Stefani Montiel plays Austin Vida's 2nd Anniversary Show: Spanish Sunset at Copa on Sept. 20. ALL profits will go to the Benefit for the Young Hispanic Austin Association Scholarship Fund Copa Bar and Grill, 3rd/Congress. Details:  http://www.myspace.com/00austinlatino LuisMIguel 82008.JPG

Latino Music Festival Top performers include Las Tesoros de San Antonio, Eva Ybarra, Flaco Jimenez, The Tex-Mex Experience, Sexto Sol, Augie Meyers, Strunz & Farah, Sisters Morales, Westside Horns and The Krayolas. Also live art and food booths. Main Plaza, downtown. Sept. 12-13

Jaguares Leading edge Mexican rockers back in the US for a tour to suport their forthcoming CD, "45." White Rabbit. Oct. 2. www.detourtickets.com.

Luis Miguel Top pop crooner is on tour behind his latest CD "Compllices." AT&T Center. Oct. 14. Tickets available through Ticketmaster.

Los Lonely Boys  Rock trio tagteams with Austin singer/songwriter Alejandro Escovedo Both have new CDs - Escobedo is out with "Real Animal" while LLB has "Forgiven." Oct. 29. Majestic Theater, 224 E. Houston St., (210) 226-3333.

Los Tigres del Norte Venerable norteño outfit back on the road in the U.S. for some 16 dates - however no SA dates as yet. So far only these Dallas, American Airlines Center, Oct. 4; Houston's Toyota Center, Oct. 5; Laredo Entertainment Center, Nov.1, McAllen's Dodge Arena, Nov. 2.

El Veterano Conjunto 10th Annual Festival. Lineup includes Flaco Jimenez, Los Texmaniacs de Max Baca, Sunny Sauceda, Cha Cha Jiménez, Chano Cadena y Su Conjunto, Jimmy Lee y Tentación, Los Tremendos Alacranes de David Flores, Los Arroyos Del Rio, La Kreazion (with special performance by Linda Escobar), Robert Casillas & Ramon "Jack Rabbit" Sanchez, Lazaro Perez y Su Conjunto, and Letty y Conjunto Central. Presented by singer/promoter Linda Escobar. High Chaparral in Robstown,Texas. Noon-11 p.m. Nov. 9.  $10. Carne guisada plates will be sold for $5 with proceeds benefit the Eligio Escobar Scholarship Fund. (361) 442-3962

Latin Grammy Awards Annual awards show recognizes best artists and recordings of the year. Nov. 13. Pop singer Gloria Estefan will be honored as the 2008 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year in tribute dinner Nov.12. Toyota Center. Houston. Broadcast live on Univision Network.  www.grammy.com/Latin/News/ 

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San Antonio Latino Music Festival schedule.

This detailed schedule comes from the concert organizers.

Mark your calendars for September 12 & 13 for the 1st Annual San Antonio Latino Music Festival! If you're interested in working behind the scenes at the Festival as a volunteer, please email back with your interest and availability September 11 - 13.  A special Kick-Off Meet & Greet will happen on Thursday, September 11 from 8-10pm with special guests Strunz & Farah & Farah.  The Kick-Off features live music, free admission & a cash bar.  Venue details to follow next week!
 
Here's what we have on tap for your September--
This week's schedule posted below.
 
Raza en la Plaza, a series with a strong focus on San Antonio music, happens every Friday and Saturday night in September from 7-10 pm.  BarnettSpotmusic_roundup3-6.jpg  The series continues every Friday & Saturday night through Saturday, October 11, 2008.  September 5 & 6 is Raza en la Plaza's San Antonio Rock & Roll Weekend featuring South Texas rock, blues, and instrumental surf band Los #3 Dinners on Friday night and psychedelic-country-punk-pop band Snowbyrd on Saturday night.  September 19 & 20 brings Spanish Armada Nights on the Plaza with Joe Jama playing Friday and Ernie Garibay & Cats Don't Sleep on Saturday.  September's Raza en la Plaza culminates September 26 & 27 with Legends Weekend-- Eva Ybarra y Su Conjunto (Friday) and Spot Barnett (Saturday).
Additional September programming includes:

Blue Mondays - Back by popular demand, blues music curated by the American Federation of Musicians is extended through mid September--
Monday, September 1: No Music/Labor Day
Monday, September 8: Blue Mondays with Harry Bodine
Monday, September 15: Blue Mondays Finale with Spot Barnett
Latin Lunes, a new Monday series with Latin grooves from 11:30am - 1:30pm

Monday, September 22: Hot Sauce--slick guitars and percussion
Monday, September 29: Border Palace--acoustic guitar with flamenco influences
High Noon Dies y Seis with Azul: September 16 from 11:30 am - 1:30 pm: Azul is a Mexicana cantante with jazz connections now in residence at the Esperanza Peace & Justice Center in San Antonio.

Tri-County Farmer's Market, every Friday throughout the year from 8am-1pm
Lunch Well, a health fair for mind, body, and spirit on Tuesday, September 9 from 11am-1:30pm
Conjunto Tocaditas - intimate conjunto music sets with Foxy Garcia and Chucho Perales- every Sunday at 11 am & 1 pm.  Bring along your accordion or bajo and jam!

High Noon, a lunch-time music series for the downtown scene, every Monday through Friday from 11:30am-1:30pm.  Tuesdays and Fridays is Puro San Anto Music with Jazz, Blues, and Americana.  Wednesdays at the Plaza feature Mariachi.  Every Thursday in September showcases THE SAX.
Main Feature, a new family-focused, inter-active series, Saturdays in September at 1 pm.

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Conjunto fans get part of the spotlight in weekend concerts but there's also classic Tejano in Labor Day Fests.
 
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First there's the Conjunto is Life concert program, "Fe, Familia y Tradicion" featuring special guest Conjunto Aguilares' Genaro Aguilar at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28 at the MACC Community Center, Germania & West French. Admission is free.MazzJimmy8 287.JPG 
 
There's also the  Los Padrinos concert Friday at Frio Saloon (smoke free).
 
Meanwhile,Grupo Mazz takes the stage Friday at Graham Central Station.
 
And at Market Square, several bands, including Texas Legends, La Formula, Five Star Band, La Calma, Artie V y Grupo Suave, La Dystancia, Briana/BMF, Stampede, La Traizion, Albert Zamora y Talento, Eddie "G" Gonzales play at the PadrinosLos5.jpgLabor Day Weekend Celebration on multiple stages Saturday through Monday, Aug. 30-Sept. 1. Free,
 
The Labor Day celebration is presented by El Mercado Association.


 
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Weekender concerts
 

Labor Day weekend is practically upon us and music fans have much to look forward to.

Weekend festivals include big names such as Raul Navaira, Pura Sabrosura, Stampede and more.

OlivaresFito2 319.JPGWe start in Houston with the Super Labor Day Festival that has a huge lineup for 2-10 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 31 at the Guadalupe Plaza, Navigation at Jensen.

The roster includes La Pura Saborsura, Raul Navaira y Grupo Rio, Navairas (the children of Emilio and Raul Navaira), Veronica y Avance, Reflejo, Los Aguilares, Johnny Cruz and the Texas Chain Gang, Leo y Los Dominatez, and Los Cuatro Aces.Stampede 8 2008 300.JPG

The family festival will also include children's rides and food booths.

More details call (832) 289-8311. Free tickets available at Mi Tienda on Spencer in Pasadena, HEB at the Gulfgate mall and more locations.LaborlabordayFLYER 300.JPG

Event producer Charlie Tijerina of Bravo Entertainment says that the festival is designed to provide entertainment for the whole family.

"As an advocate of new talent, I have decided to showcase up and coming talent like the  Navaira Family and Veronica y Avance," he said. "For the adult fans, I have secured La Pura Saborsura and the legendary Los Aguilares, and for our norteno and conjunto fans we have Reflejo, Johnny Cruz plus other groups to round out the show."

 Meanwhile, there is the Labor Day Weekend Celebration here in San Antonio that will feature Texas Legends, La Formula, Five Star Band, La Calma, Artie V y Grupo Suave, La Dystancia, Briana/BMF, Stampede, La Traizion, Albert Zamora y Talento, and Eddie "G" Gonzales.

Of course, the lineup is subject to change w/o notice. The festival is taken place at the Market Square Aug. 30-Sept. 1 and is presented by El Mercado Association. The annual shingdig will also feature food booths and more.

Also, Bobby Fraga & Eternity is playing 6-10 p.m. Monday, Labor Day at the VFW Post 76 "Labor Day Party" at the VFW, Tenth 10 St.

 

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Last night at the "All-Star Tribute to Jerry De La Rosa," CD release at the Cadillac Bar, singer/accoordionist Sunny Sauceda laid it on the line:

SaucedaSunny.gifThe deadline for CD submissions for the 2008 or 51st Grammys is next Wednesday, Sept. 3. The word is that not enough Tejano CDs have been submitted for the Tejano category.

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The danger is, says Sauceda, that if not enough CDs are submitted, officials may decide to eliminate the Tejano category.

That would be disasterous because that would mean an end to Tejano's participation in the one of the world's best-known awards proigram, an award show that is broadcast in more than 100 countries worldwide.

The 51st Grammy Awards are scheduled in February and will be held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.GrammyLogolga_mark_v1_rgb1.jpg

Sauceda, who is vice president and governor at the Recording Academy, Texas Chapter, has been pounding the podiums everywhere he goes. He relayed the same message two weeks ago at the Tejano National Convention in Dallas.

Sauceda can be reached at (210) 467-7601.

More details: www.grammy.com.

 

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Weekender concerts

Megan Leyva, Jennifer and Grupo Maravia will be among the artists headlining at the Christ the King Fall Fest scheduled Sept. 6.

LeyvaMegan Side1 300  102007.JPGAlso performing at the festival scheduled noon-11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6 will be Valeria Gonzalez, Juaquin Cura, Beatriz, Krystal Diaz, Los Matadors, Lil Demi, Jennifer Marie, Layla Vargas and Nathaniel Gallegos.

Also in the lineup is the Our Part of Town Talent Show City Champions Sarah Centeno and Lorrina Robinson.

The family festival will also feature bingo as well as children's games.

Admission is free to the festival which is set to take place at the Christ the King church, 2619 Perez St.

 

In a recent interview, Leyva talked about her start in music and the struggle to launch her career here in SA.

"I started singing in the Tejano industry when I was 13. That's when I recorded my first demo. My family and I had been traveling back and forth every single year to go to the awards and to do things that needed to be done for the CD and the promotion of it."

She talked about what it felt like to be among the nominees for the 2006 TMAs.

"It was a really proud moment for all of my family and I. You almost get rewarded for the work that you put into it. We were pretty excited.."

What's the worst and the besr part of about trying to make it here?

"The worst is just the music industry. It's very hard. There's always a door that's going to get closed in your face, but there's always another one that's going to be opened. You just can't give up. You've got to look for the next door that's going to be opened for you. That's the worst part of it, is that it's a tough industry in general.

"The best part of it, I would say, it's a reward for me when I perform and we have a good performance and especially this time of year, at Fan Fair, is the best. Those are the people who are coming from all over the country, just to celebrate Tejano music. The best part of it is performing and getting audiences' reaction to the performance and everything like that. It makes it all worth it, if that doesn't sound too cheesy."


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The Sam Houston Club at Fort Sam Houston will spotlight the band Latin Four on Aug. 30 as part of its Latin Nights concert series.

LATIN_FOUR_282.JPGBecause salsa and merengue venues are few and far between in San Antonio, Latin Night offers a treat for music fans.

Latin Four, led by singer Federico Rojo, is a promising group best  described as a fusion band that mixes pop, tropical, disco and more.

According to Rojo, "Wedoplay somepopand jazz.We try to incorporate our influces,which include the classics such as Hector Lavoe, Marc Anthony, La India, Stevie Wonder, Santana."

The bandmembers include George Flores, drums /percussion; Eddie Bermudez, vocals/keyboards and Miroslava Torres, vocals/ percussions.

The band is scheduled Saturday, Aug. 30 at the Sam Houston Club.

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The Latin Four concert is the latest in the monthly concert series at the community center known as Sam Houston Club. DJ Papote will open the show. Showtime is 9 p.m.; doors open at 8:30 p.m. Free admission before 9 p.m.; $7 per person, $10 per couple 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.

The 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 first few Latin Nights at the Sam Houston Club were 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

Band details: www.federicorojomusic.com 

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Jimmy Gonzalez y Mazz Solid group whips it up as Jimmy celebrates his birthday. Friday, Aug, 29. Graham Central Station. Mazz also at Cadillac Bar Wednesday (see below)MazzJimmy8 287.JPG

Labor Day Weekend Celebration Annual shingdig features tons of music, food booths and more. Bands include Texas Legends, La Formula, Five Star Band, La Calma, Artie V y Grupo Suave, La Dystancia, Briana/BMF, Stampede, La Traizion, Albert Zamora y Talento, Eddie "G" Gonzales. Lineup subject to change w/o notice. Market Square. Aug. 30-Sept. 1. Presented by El Mercado Association.

Red Sauce Rules. On this date, there is also a concert outdoors with Mohagany Rush. Friday, 8/29 Cadillac Bar, 212 S. Flores. Also on 8/27, "Jerry De La Rosa All-Star" CD release party, featuring top Tex-Mex artists (tentative) 21 Black, Elizabeth Brackman, Grupo Hechizzo, Everardo Ramirez, Raul Sanchez, Joey Martinez, Danny Garcia Band, Pochimex, Jimmy Gonzalez & Mazz, Jorge Moreno. And on 8/28, Artie V y Suave, Cadillac Anniversary;   www.myspace.com/cadillacbar 

Anthony Hernandez Keyboardist plays Thursdays at the Enchilada Warehouse, 2106 N. St. Marys.

Stampede Energetic band entertains the crowd. Saturday. Cool Arrows.   

Los Tovares Solid Tex-Mex band on stage. Friday. 8/29, Club Movida, 306 E. Mitchell St. (210) 534-4477. Owner Rick Robles runs a tight ship. Danny Acosta y QVO Band Sunday. Pete Ybarra on Saturday  Club Movida.  

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Jina Hernandez Benefit featuring David Marez, Anthony Hernandez, Jimmy Edward, Roger, Wendy & the Show. Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center Hall. $35/$40. Doors at 6 p.m., dinner 7 p.m. music 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30. Details Anthony Hernandez, (210) 999-1125

Rene Devia Smooth sounds of Latin American Harpist. Café Revolución. Wednesday.

Texas 2008 Music Festival Featuring country, rock, Tex-Mex and more with 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

Elizabeth Brackman Paniagua Versatile singer (right with Ruben Ramos) mixes cumbias, boleros, pop, funk and more. Los Generales restaurant. 6 p.m Fridays

Latin Four Relatively new group is a fusion band that mixes pop, tropical, disco and more. Members are  Federico Rojo, vocals/keyboards; George Flores, drums/percussion; Eddie Bermudez, vocals/keyboards and Miroslava Torres, vocals/ percussions. Saturday, Aug. 30. Sam Houston Club.

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Conjunto Los Padrinos Conjunto group brings it down to the stage. Frio Saloon (smoke free). Friday Aug. 29.

Augustin Ramriez Tejano singer teams up with Carlos Miranda. 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29. Cuauhtemoc Hall, 1100 Patton St., San Marcos.

Oscar Cruz y Escape Winsome band mixes cumbias, merengues, disco, oldies, Tex-Mex. Led by the talented singer/keyboardist Oscar Cruz, the band also includes Alvaro Mendoza, vocals/percussion; Bert Ybarra, guitars; Abraham Humpries, bass; and Joe Gonzalez, drums. Chango's Havana Club, 23535 IH 10 West & Leon Springs Exit. 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 30. www.oscarcruzandescape.com

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.

Eternity Cool band mixes it up. VFW Post 76, Tenth 10th St. (210) 223-4581

Jazz Katz Top group unloads music mix on stage. Thursday, Aug 28. Smoke-free Frio Saloon, 801 S. Frio. Also Los Padrinos, Aug. 29 www.friosaloon.com

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Campanas_Event_Logo 300.JPGBlue Bubble Ballroom Swing time with a variety of regional bands each Sunday at 6 p.m. 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.

Main Plaza Music San Antonio Latino Music Festival set Sept. 11-13 with Strunz & Farah & Farah. Also free admission and cash bar. Also Raza en la Plaza, 7 p.m.Friday-Saturday nights in September. Lineup includes Los #3 Dinners, Snowbyrd, Joe Jama  Ernie Garibay & Cats Don't Sleep, Eva Ybarra y Su Conjunto, Spot Barnett. Blue Mondays withg blues groups such as Harry Bodine and Spot Barnett. Also Latin Lunes, a Monday series 11:30am - 1:30 p.m.with Hot Sauce, Border Palace. Also High Noon Dies y Seis with Azul. More details on msuic schedule at:San Antonio Latino Music Festival schedule

Grupo Maravia Versatile group will showcase their music grooves. Saturday. Blue Mustang, 8902 S. Presa St., (210) 532-3354.  

Conjunto is Life Concert program "Fe, Familia y Tradicion," features special guest Conjunto Aguilares' Genaro Aguilar. Also 7 p.m Thursday, Aug. 28. MACC Community Center, Germania & West French. Free. 

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Christ the King Fall Fest Family festival to feature Megan Leyva, Jennifer, Grupo Maravia, Valeria Gonzalez, Juaquin Cura, Beatriz, Krystal Diaz, Los Matadors, Lil Demi, Jennifer Marie, Layla Vargas and Nathaniel Gallegos. Also in the lineup is the Our Part of Town Talent Show City Champions Sarah Centeno and Lorrina Robinson. Also bingo and children's games. Noon-11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6. Free. Christ the King church, 2619 Perez St,

Jorge Alejandro y La Paz, specializing in international ballads, boleros, cumbias and polkas. 9 p.m. Thursdays. George's Place, 5214 Blanco Rd. (210) 340-1275. Also Artie V y Grupo Suave, Friday 8/29; George's All Star Band 9 p.m. Sunday.

Nataly Peña Young singer plays a mix. Luciano at the Strand. Fridays.

Campanas de América Anniversary San Antonio's best known mariachi is ready to celebrate their anniversary with a huge gathering on Sept. 19. Festivities include live concert by Campanas. 6-10:30 p.m., Sept. 19. (Dinner at 7 p.m.) Pearl Stable, 312 Pearl Parkway. $50.(210) 224-0258.

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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 busy working on his next CD due by mid-Sept.

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

 

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Campanas de América Anniversary, San Antonio's best known mariachi is ready to celebrate their anniversary with a huge gathering on Sept. 19.Mariachi Campanas 30thFlyer 319.JPG

The festivities include live concert by Campanas. 

The show is scheduled 6-10:30 p.m., Sept. 19. (Dinner at 7 p.m.) at the Pearl Stable, 312 Pearl Parkway. Tickets are $50.(210) 224-0258.

Formed in San Antonio in 1978, Campanas has been one of the most versatile mariachi troupes in Texas.

The troupe was founded by director Juan Ortiz and longtime school instructor Belle Ortiz and has been one of the best-known mariachis in San Antonio.

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Through the years, the groups' abililty to easily mix traditional mariachi with modern rhythms has become their calling card.

The group has produced a half dozen albums including the hit singles "Mujeres Coquetas," "Chango Wango," "La Mariquita," "Dejame Llolar Solo," "Como La Quiero," and "Reynalda."  

Campanas has also been featured on a host of albums by such artists as Little Joe, Ruben Ramos, Flaco Jimenez, Willie Nelson and Vikki Carr.

Details: campanasdeamerica@sbcglobal.netArtwork or call Marie Ferrante (210) 844-4155

 

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Mexican pop singer Yuridia is featured in concert thanks to SoundCheck. To watch Yuridia's  exclusive new Soundcheck live performance and interview, click on the video below or check this interview Soundcheck Link and this Soundcheck concert  link

As most music fans know, Yuridia was a finalist in La Academia, a Mexican reality TV show, and has become one of Mexico's top-selling artists.

Soundcheck is an original music performance series presented by Unilever that showcases a live performance by a different artist every couple of weeks.

Yuridia Francisca Gaxiola Flores was born Oct. 4, 1986, in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico but she was raised in Mesa, Arizona.

She's been on a hot streak since winning in "La Academia." Her first album "La Voz De Un Ángel, was a collection of the tunes she sang on the show. Her second, "Habla El Corazón," Öfeatured covers such as "Como Yo Nadie Te Ha Amado," a Spanish version of Yuridia: free video performance via SoundCheck"This Ain't a Love Song," and Roxette's "Listen to Your Heart," as well as tunes by Yuri and Robbie Williams.

Both CDs sold well in Mexico.However in an earlier interview, Yuridia says that achievement doesn't translate into automatic success on her first CD of original pop tunes.

"I'm still nervous. The nerves never really go away," she said. "People think what we do is easy but it is not. It can be very difficult. You're often far away from family for extended time, traveling so much you lose track of where you are.

"But I think that being nervous actually helps you concentrate on what you have to do, and it also centers you."   

 

 

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In recent weeks, the music industry has lost some big names.

First that was Isaac Hayes, then Jerry Wexler and this week LeRoi Moore, sax player for the Dave Matthews Band.

MooreLeroi 290.JPGBelow, a statement on Moore's death Tuesday from the Grammy folks.

"GRAMMY® winner LeRoi Moore was a versatile and inventive saxophonist. A classically trained musician, his love of jazz infused the Dave Matthews Band's music with jazz and funk overtones that helped define the group's eclectic and signature sound. His untimely passing is a loss to music fans everywhere, and our heartfelt sympathies go out to the band, his family and all who were moved by his music."
- Neil Portnow, President/CEO, The Recording Academy®

Wexler, who died last Friday, was an R&B producer who worked at Atlantic Records and Stax Records and was an influential player in rock 'n' roll, blues, funk, and jazz circles.

And what can we say about Hayes?

Hayes, who passed away Aug.10 in Memphis, Tenn. He was an influential singer, writer and musiican who began his career in the 1960s. At Stax Records, Hayes generated several major hits including "Soul Man," "When Something is Wrong with My Baby," "Hold On, I'm Comin'," and "Your Good Thing (Is About to End)."

Of course, everyone knew Hayes for his superhit, "Shaft," the theme for the 1972 film by the same name.

isaac_hayes.jpgThis is what the Recording Academy's Neil Portnow had to say on Hayes:

"Three-time GRAMMY®winner Isaac Hayes was a true renaissance man - singer, songwriter, producer, session musician, actor, activist and more. After laying the groundwork for the Memphis soul sound through his work with Stax Records, his groundbreaking theme song and score for the movie 'Shaft' cemented his status as a musical icon. He was actively involved with our Memphis Chapter, sharing his creativity with established professionals and up-and-coming musicians alike. The world has lost a true creative genius and a passionate humanitarian, but his indelible legacy will remain ever present. Our deepest sympathies go out to his family, friends and all who were inspired by the man and his music."

 

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The Cadillac Bar, one of the most famous and longest-running nightclubs in San Antonio celebrates its 36th anniversary on Thursday, Aug. 28.

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Artie V y Grupo Suave is headlining at the Cadillac anniversary. Also performing is special guest ranchera/grupera singer Everardo Ramirez, from Laredo, Texas, in addition to a couple of local CadillacPicture1.jpgmariachis. There will also be free food when the festivities start at 5 p.m. Aug. 28. Admission is free. 

Owners Jesse Medina and Raul Ledezma say they are proud of the beautiful and romantic story of the historic Cadillac Bar, one of the most famous bars in the American Southwest.

The world famous Cadillac Bar has a storied history. The origins of the bar can be traced back to New Orleans in the early 1920s. According to the bar's website, "Prohibition caused the original owner to pack up everything and move to Nuevo Laredo, Mexico in 1926. It was a good move.

Today, millions of people from all over the world have been to the Cadillac Bar Restaurant."

"Cadillac Bar has been an important part of San Antonio for many years," said Steven A. Vourvoulias, South Texas Hispanic Market Brand Manager for Brown Forman. "Jack Daniels is proud to be a part of their tradition. We are looking forward to listening to some great music and enjoying a Jack and Coke."

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As part of the festivities, longtime TV producer/director Ovidio Rodriguez will also honored for his 20 years of producing his long-running entertainment shows, aired on

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several networks including Univision and Telemundo.

The weekly shows featured performances by many of the top stars in the U.S. and Mexico including Conjunto Primavera, Jose Jose, Yolanda Del Rio, Menudo, Veronica Castro, Antonio Aguilar, Luis Miguel, Los Temerarios, Tigres Del Norte, Ramon Ayala, Bronco, Emilio Navaira, Intocable, Roberto and Bobby Pulido, Marcos Orozco, and Los Palominos.

 

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Jimmy Gonzalez & Mazz and Sunny Sauceda will among the all-stars to perform at the "All-Star Tribute to Jerry De la Rosa" CD release party at the Cadillac Bar next Wednesday(Aug.27) DelaRosaJerryB82007.jpg

The historic CD/DVD tribute, which features Ruben Ramos, Little Joe, David Marez, Ramiro Herrera, Mazz, Stefani, and others, honors the late De La Rosa, an influential keyboard player and studio musician who passed away last year.

Fans will get a chance to get photographs and autographs of most of the artists that participated in the historic record will be on hand to sign copies of the CD and take photographs with fans.

Fans will also get a chance to hear a ton of music. The list of artists to perform Wednesday includes Pochimex with special guests, Sunny Sauceda, Everardo Ramirez, Mariachi L, Jimmy Gonzalez & Grupo Mazz, Spoken Silence, Leslie Lugo, Agnes Torres, Grupo Hechizzo, Humberto "Beto" Ramon, Elizabeth Brackman, Fama, Jerry Adame, 21 Black, Raul Sanchez, Israel Maldonado, Gabriel, Texana and others still to be confirmed.

The free-admission party at the Cadillac Bar, 212 S. Flores, starts at 7 p.m. and will feature an indoor and an outdoor stage. MorenoJorge340.jpgThe song and video of "Te Extrañamos Mucho," featured a who's who of participating Tex-Mex music. That list also included Jorge Moreno, Joe Posada, Leslie Lugo, Pete Astudillo, Gary Hobbs, Jay Perez, Agnes Torres, Arturo Gutierrez, Eddie Guerrero, Raul Sanchez, Rick Acosta, Jorge Alejandro, Paul Diamante, Pancho Rodriguez, Marcos Orozco, Joey Martinez, Wally Garza,  Elio Quintanilla, Israel Maldonado, and Judi De León.

Producer/graphic designer Jorge Flores organized the CD/DVD. The recording masters were donated to the De La Rosa family. Any proceeds from subsequent CD/DVD sales, will go to help with medical and funeral expenses.

"Jerry de la Rosa was a gentle human being that had only one dream in his life, to succeed in the Tejano music industry," Flores said. "Among the great achievements in his life were songwriting, music production and upmost becoming a great icon that branded his style of composing and playing in Tejano music."

The CD project is being released on the first-year anniversary of singer/keyboardist De La Rosa's passing. De La Rosa, a native of Laredo, was an influential keyboardist/arranger whose tenure included stints with Jay Perez, Fandango USA and Los Big Chihuahuas. He passed away at 42 in San Antonio on Aug. 27, 2007 after a lengthy illness.

Flores added that all of the artists, producers,distributors, and others, "all donated their time for this worthy cause."

The video of the song was recorded at Keith Harter Studios in late July. The tribute song "Te Extrañamos Mucho," was written by award-winning songwriter and fellow Laredoan Humberto Ramon of Luna Llena Publishing.

The musicians that played on the tribute song are Robert Ybarra, keyboards/guitars; Joey Sanchez, drums; Guillermo Rodriguez, bass; Mike Guerra, accordion; Joe Posada and Felo Sepulveda, saxophones.

Longtime radio consultant Danny Garcia (www.dcgvoiceworks.com) and Carmen Duran Garcia will serve as master of ceremonies on Wednesday.

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The top spot in weekend shows is the performance by the Rio Band tonight.

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It is a tribute to Emilio, who is recovering at a Houston hospital for injuries sustained during an Easter Sunday tour bus accident. The tribute will feature Raulito, Diego and Emilio Navaira IV. Emilio's sons will be performing all of Emilio's hits, proceeds go to assist in medical and other expenses. The show is tonight, Friday,Aug, 22 at Graham Central Station.

News item:

Just in, is this concert benefit featuring David Marez, Anthony Hernandez, Jimmy Edward, Roger, Wendy & the Show. Proceeds will go to help pay for medical expenses for JinaInk.com publisher/photographer Jina Hernandez.JinaGUADALUPE_BENEFIT_GALA240.JPG

The benefit is scheduled Saturday, Aug 30. at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center,1301 Guadalupe. Tickets are $35/$40. Doors at 6 p.m., dinner 7 p.m. music 8 p.m. For details call Anthony Hernandez at (210) 999-1125

Anyway, also this weekend is Eddie Gonzalez, an energetic singer, who led Grupo Vida back in the '90s and  still packs a wallop. he plays tonight, Friday at Cool Arrows. Also Ricardo Castillon y La Diferencia Aug. 23 

Pete Ybarra y Fuego, a popular group led by top accordionist Pete takes the stage tonight, Friday at Cadillac Bar, 212 S. Flores. No cover. 

And check out Jorge Alejandro y La Paz, who specializes in international ballads, boleros, cumbias and polkas. He plays 9 p.m. Thursdays at George's Place, 5214 Blanco Rd. (210) 340-1275.

And Los Tovares, a solid Tex-Mex band takes the stagetonight,Friday at Luckey Road Saloon.

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Sometimes collaborations can have a fantastic success. Check out the teamwork by top producers Valenzuela Twiins (Adolfo y Omar)  and the red-hot Panamian DJ Flex.

 

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This time it is a remix of the DJ Flex hit song "Te Quiero." The Twiins worked up a new fusion of rhythms blending reggaeton, and traditional Mexican flavors for an interesting sonic brew. The song is moving up the charts at Billboard, Monitor Latino y Radio & Records' Latin music charts.

For several years the Twiins have been prolific and influential producers, adding their special touch to a varietry of genres.

As Miguelrosario.com and Vesper PR put it:

"Nada ajenos a crear éxitos radiales al unir artistas de sensibilidad pop como las súper estrellas de la música Thalia, Paulina Rubio y Cristian, por mencionar algunos, que se beneficiaron con el talento de Los Twiins Valenzuela, ayudándolos a darle un giro exitoso a sus producciones.

"En esta ocasión, los Twiins Valenzuela fusionaron los géneros del reggeaton con la música mexicana, obteniendo un resultado impresionante. La sensibilidad, la experiencia y los incontables recursos tecnológicos y artísticos de Adolfo y Omar se ponen de manifiesto."

The Twiins were recently honored for their work at the 2nd annual 'Latino Convention Radio & Entertainment/Monitor Latino' held in Los Angeles.

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Grammy award-winning pop singer Gloria Estefan has been announced as the 2008 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year.

EstefanGloria 297.JPG"The Latin Recording Academy and its Board of Trustees are elated to recognize Gloria Estefan as an extraordinary Latina woman, humanitarian and talented musician who has made a global impact on music and culture," said Latin Recording Academy President Gabriel Abaroa.

"She is one of Latin music's most enduring icons, and we are privileged to be honoring such a dedicated, generous, and gifted lady."

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In making the announcement, the Latin Recording Academy® noted that Estefan was selected for her philanthropic, cultural and professional accomplishments. Estefan will receive the honor at a star-studded concert and tribute dinner on Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2008, at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. In keeping with Grammy tradition, a portion of the proceeds from the tribute dinner will benefit the singer's designated charities - the Gloria Estefan Foundation as well as St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.

According to Hispanic PR Wire, "Estefan fue elegida por su labor filantrópica, profesional y cultural, y recibirá este reconocimiento durante una cena de gala y concierto que se llevará a cabo el miércoles, 12 de noviembre de 2008, en el Centro de Convenciones George R. Brown de Houston.

"Un porcentaje de los ingresos de esta noche beneficiará a las obras de la Fundación Gloria Estefan y el St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital."

GrammyLogolga_mark_v1_rgb1.jpgThe dinner precedes the 9th Annual Latin Grammy awards, which are being held in Houston for the first time. The awards are scheduled Nov.13 at the Toyota Center and will be broadcast live on the Univision Television Network at 8 p.m.

For more than three decades, Estefan has been a familiar face in the pop and Latino world. In the late '70s, Estefan began her career with the Miami Latin Boys band,later known known as Miami Sound Machine. Since then she has recorded 22 albums and sold more than 90 million records. Her hit singles include "Bad Boy," "Words Get In The Way" and "Conga."

Estefan is also being recognized for her charity work. Her philanthrophy includes the Gloria Estefan Foundation, which aims to promote good health, education and cultural development. One of the main benefactors of the Gloria Estefan Foundation is the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis -- the leading research center for spinal cord injuries. Estefan served as chairwoman for a capital campaign that raised more than 40 million dollars to build the Lois Pope Life Center neurological research facility.

Estefan is the ninth Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year honoree and is the first woman to receive the honor. She joins a prestigious list of previous honorees, which includes Julio Iglesias, Ricky Martin, and Carlos Santana.

Details: www.Grammy.com

 

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Eddie Gonzalez Energetic singer, who led Grupo Vida back in the '90s,EddieGonzalezSuenosyAmbiciones2.jpg still packs a wallop. Friday. Cool Arrows. Also Ricardo Castillon y La Diferencia Aug. 23  

Rio Band Tribute to Emilio, featuring Raulito, Diego and Emilio Navaira IV. Emilio's sons will be performing all of Emilio's hits, proceeds go to assist in medical and other expenses. Friday,Aug, 22. Graham Central Station. Coming up: Aug. 29, Jimmy Gonzalez y Mazz (Jimmy celebrates his birthday)

Pete Ybarra y Fuego Popular group led by top accordionists. Friday. Cadillac Bar, 212 S. Flores. Friday, Aug. 22. No cover. Also 8/27, "Jerry De La Rosa All-Star" CD release party, featuring top Tex-Mex artists (tentative) 21 Black, Elizabeth Brackman, Grupo Hechizzo, Everardo Ramirez, Raul Sanchez, Joey Martinez, Danny Garcia Band, Pochimex, Jimmy Gonzalez & Mazz, Jorge Moreno; 8/28, Artie V y Suave, Cadillac Anniversary; 8/29 Red Sauce Rules. On this date, there is also a concert outdoors with Mohagany JinFLYER_ASH 300.JPGRush www.myspace.com/cadillacbar 

 

Anthony Hernandez Keyboardist plays Thursdays at the Enchilada Warehouse, 2106 N. St. Marys.

Jorge Alejandro y La Paz, specializing in international ballads, boleros, cumbias and polkas. 9 p.m. Thursdays. George's Place, 5214 Blanco Rd. (210) 340-1275. Also Grupo Maravia, Saturday. George's All Star Band 9 p.m. Sunday.

Los Tovares Solid Tex-Mex band on stage. 8/22, Luckey Road; 8/29. Club Movida.  

Jorge Ramirez International mix of pop, ballads, and Tex-Mex. Bar Rojo at the Grand Hyatt. Tuesday. Also Henry Brun & Latin Playerz Duo Latin jazz,salsa,merengues and more. Wednesday.

Mariachi Los Galleros  Mariachi troupe provides rancheras, boleros, cumbias and more. Main Plaza Conservancy. Wednesday.JinaGUADALUPE_BENEFIT_GALA240.JPG

Jina Hernandez benefit Featuring David Marez, Anthony Hernandez, Jimmy Edward, Roger, Wendy & the Show. Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center Hall. $35/$40. Doors at 6 p.m., dinner 7 p.m. music 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30. Details Anthony Hernandez, (210) 999-1125

Rene Devia Smooth sounds of Latin American Harpist. Café Revolución. Wednesday.

Texas 2008 Music Festival Featuring country, rock, Tex-Mex and more with 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.comUntitled-1.jpg

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

Elizabeth Brackman Paniagua Versatile singer (right with Ruben Ramos) mixes cumbias, boleros, pop, funk and more. Los Generales restaurant. 6 p.m Fridays

Joe Posada Jazz, pop,Tex-Mex and more. Chango's Havana Club. Wednesday.

Latin Four Relatively new group is a fusion band that mixes pop, tropical, disco and more. Members are  Federico Rojo, vocals/keyboards; George Flores, drums/percussion; Eddie Bermudez, vocals/keyboards and Miroslava Torres, vocals/ percussions. Saturday, Aug. 30. Sam Houston Club.

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Conjunto Los Padrinos Conjunto group brings it down to the stage. Frio Saloon (smoke free). Friday Aug. 29.

Oscar Cruz y Escape Winsome band mixes cumbias, merengues, disco, oldies, Tex-Mex. Led by the talented singer/keyboardist Oscar Cruz, the band also includes Alvaro Mendoza, vocals/percussion; Bert Ybarra, guitars; Abraham Humpries, bass; and Joe Gonzalez, drums. Chango's Havana Club, 23535 IH 10 West & Leon Springs Exit. 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 30. www.oscarcruzandescape.com

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

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.

Show Band Rising group juggles funk, R&B, Tex-Mex and more. Friday, Aug 21. Smoke-free Frio Saloon, 801 S. Frio. Also 5 Star Band; Aug 22, Grupo Suave; Aug. 28, Jazz Katz; Aug. 29 www.friosaloon.com

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Ryan Bales Band Versatile group plays a blend of country, folk, Americana and more. Saturday. Josabi's, 17200 Highway 16 N. Helotes, TX 78023 (210) 372-9100. www.josabis.com

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 busy working on his next CD due by mid-Sept.

Neto Gutierrez Y Grupo Zonido New group plays Club Movida, 306 E. Mitchell St. (210) 534-4477. Owner Rick Robles runs a tight ship.Check out the schedule. Danny Acosta y QVO Band Sunday.

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Blue Bubble Ballroom Swing time with a variety of regional bands each Sunday at 6 p.m. 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.

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.

Conjunto is Life Concert program "Fe, Familia y Tradicion," features performance by Conjunto Aguilares' Genaro Aguilar. Also 7 p.m Thursday, Aug. 28. MACC Community Center, Germania & West French. Free. 

Labor Day Weekend Celebration Annual shingdig features tons of music, food booths and LIil Demi8 2008.jpg more. Bands include Texas Legends, La Formula, Five Star Band, La Calma, Artie V y Grupo Sauve, La Dystancia, Briana/BMF, Stampede, La Traizion, Albert Zamora y Talento, Eddie "G" Gonzales. Line Up Subject to Change w/o notice. Market Square. Aug. 30-Sept. 1. Presented by El Mercado Association.

Christ the King Fall Fest Family festival to feature Megan Leyva, Jennifer, Grupo Maravia, Valeria Gonzalez, Juaquin Cura, Beatriz, Krystal Diaz, Los Matadors, Lil Demi, Jennifer Marie, Layla Vargas and Nathaniel Gallegos. Also in the lineup is the Our Part of Town Talent Show City Champions Sarah Centeno and Lorrina Robinson. Also bingo and children's games. Noon-11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6. Free. Christ the King church, 2619 Perez St,

Campanas de América Anniversary San Antonio's best known mariachi is ready to Mariachi Campanas 30thFlyer 319.JPGcelebrate their anniversary with a huge gathering on Sept. 19. Festivities include live concert by Campanas. 6-10:30 p.m., Sept. 19. (Dinner at 7 p.m.) Pearl Stable, 312 Pearl Parkway. $50.(210) 224-0258.

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

 

  

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Tortilla Factory: on the comeback trail PT II
(Second half of story interwiew)

By RAMON HERNANDEZ
(Guest blogger)

Charro, now 70, shines  on "Las Cuidades" and "La Enorme Distancia," two José Alfredo Jiménez ranchera tunes.

TortillaFactoryRandyHamAlfredo 300.JPG"Instead of stagnating ourselves in the 1970s the rest of the CD sounds like 2010 and this new 13-piece tight-as-a-fist band is not a reincarnation, but a musical resurgence - that's why we titled this album 'Tortilla Factory and All That Jazz' and wait until you hear Alfredo sing."

The 6-foot-1-inch handsome vocalist, who most women view as eye candy, is the new face of Tortilla Factory.

"Alfredo, together with Randy Caballero at the controls, took Juan Gabriel's 'Hasta Que Te Conoci' and revamped it into a beautiful ballad. I didn't think his forte would be crooning because he is a salsa singer, but he is really good on this romantic tune," Ham said of his son.

"Randy (a former keyboard player with Xelencia and now a recording engineer) not only lives and understands music, but he's also a great musician, a hip guy and is well versed in all concepts of music.

"As for the group, it's categorically the same band, but overall, it has transcended from where it came from since the CD also features rhythm and blues, salsa, Texas Chicano homeland music, American classics and rap," Ham added. "This puts us up on a plateau all by ourselves."

Some of the tracks, in what promises to become a historic album, were recorded in New York with percussionist Luisito Quintero, Rubén Rodríguez, the number one salsa bass player; and Efrain Junito Davila, keyboards; also in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Antonio and Austin.

For Tortilla Factory's history, discography, biography and photos of each band member, go to www.tonyhamguerrero.com and www.myspace.com/202386604.

 

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DALLAS - Despite the recent gloomy reports on Tejano's economic health, the genre has a vibrant future as evidenced by the enthusiastic turnout at the 2008 Dodge Ram Tejano Music National Convention this weekend.

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Attendance was not as optimistic (official figures are still being compiled) as officially expected, particularly the early morning seminars, but overall organizer David Chavez said he was pleased.

"I think the number of fans and industry professionals that turned out for this convention is proof that Tejano is still a viable genre," Chavez said. "The response at some of the younger artists in Friday's concerts shows that the next generation is already making their mark in the music."

It was the first TMNC held in Dallas (at the Hyatt Regency), the previous four were held in Las Vegas.

The first seminar "Tejano Music Today: State of the Industry" set the pace, making the argument that despite the obstacles, Tejano can survive and even thrive with the help of the Internet's powerful tools, including social networks and the constantly proliferating Tejano music websites, iTunes, Emusic and other outlets, as well as through the resources of Texas Music Office, and the Grammys.

Another seminar, "Country Broadcasters and Tejano," outlined country radio's urgency in seeking new ways to grow their audiences in light of the latest stats on Latino's overall booming population.

The three-day convention also featured dance and music lessons. A fanfare and expo at the hotel featured dozens of booths where fans could get autographs and photographs, as well as sponsors booths offering freebies and informative brochures and services.

VargasCandace Promo Photo (2)240.JPG Friday night's Mega Dance at the Dallas Convention Center offered performances by relative newcomers Megan Leyva, Veronica Sustaita, and Candace Vargas and pioneers Sunny Ozuna, Jimmy Edward, Johnny Hernandez and Sunny Ozuna. Also performing were Sunny Sauceda, Los Chamacos and Jay Perez. Saturday's showcase featured Rick Trevino, Los Garcia Brothers, Hometown Boys, Joe Posada, Joe Jama, Flaco Jimenez, Los TexManicas, Ruben Ramos, Michael Salgado, Roberto Pulido and Elida Reyna.

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"I thought the overall turnout was great and the unique artist pairings and showcases really got the fans excited," Chavez said. "The artists, especially Megan, Veronica and Candace, really stepped up to the plate."

The three-day Tejano Music National Convention was the talk of the town. In recent weeks, it has also been the buzz in Tejano chat rooms, websites, blogs and online media sites.

Additional convention sponsors included AARP, Wachovia, Southwest Airlines, Coors Light, Crown Royal, the Recording Academy, BMI, Wrangler, Casino Del Sol, BNET Radio.com, Coca-Cola, Time Warner Cable, Hastings Entertainment, Inc, Gabbanelli, the Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau, Dallas Area Rapid Transit and the Dallas Convention Center.

Concern about Tejano's future has been a hot topic in recent years as clubs have shuttered, CD sales has slowed, and radio stations changed formats.

Another positive development for the Tex-Mex industry is the news that the 2008 Latin Grammys will be held in Houston's Toyota Center on Nov. 13, providing an unprecedented opportunity for the Tex-Mex music industry to showcase it's talents.

And as reported in Saturday's Dallas Morning News convention coverage, an interesting insight on Tejano's future was delivered by Sean Ross, of New Jersey-based Edison Media Research:

"Mr. Ross, who works with the radio and music businesses and conducts listener research, sat in the audience. He intelligently responded to the widespread notion that Tejano music is dead.

"'There is always a new generation of artists that can fill clubs and sell records without radio,' he said. 'That usually makes radio take notice, then pick up the ball and run with it'." 

More details
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Thousands upon thousands fans must be asking themselves that very question.

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So, when is the last show for RBD? After a few phone calls and emails, we still have been able to get an answer on yet from group or label reps.

We'll keep trying.

According to news reports, RBD will split up after four years together.

Various news sources point to the RBD website which features s statement, signed by all members, which says RBD's concerts later this month in Spain will "mark the beginning of this final stage." The announcement goes on that "every great project needs to transform itself in order to excel, and today we are starting that process."

Another source indicated RBD members will go their separate ways after a farewell world tour. And the members all plan to return to the music industry after a break, performing either solo, or as part of another group.

The farewell tour is expected to visit Venezuela, Argentina, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Brazil, Peru, Los Angeles, and Mexico.

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GuerreroEddie B 8 2008.jpgOne of the top rising talents in San Antonio is hosting his own CD release party tonight, Saturday - Eddie Guerrero.

The party is taking place at 8 p.m. Saturday at the downtown Cadillac Bar, 212 S. Flores. FREE admission. Details:  www.eddieguerrero.net

Guerrero's new CD is enitlted "On My Own." Guerrero is a Clifton, Texas native and was raised in McGregor, Texas. Guerrero comes from a family of musicians. He began his career as a drummer a local Tejano band.

He received a music scholarship to attend a junior college in Waco, Texas where he got his music degree.CadillacPicture1.jpg

Eventually he moved to San Antonio and played with several bands before joining Eddie Gonzalez & Grupo Vida when they were red-hot in the '90s.

Along the road Guerrero has become a producer, songwriter, and the lead singer of his own group. Like most artists, Guerrero has worked hard and struggled to make it on his own.

 Check out the party and the new music on Guerrero's CD, "On My Own."

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Roger Velasquez & Latin Legends could be considered the Joe Jama & 100 Proof of the new decade.

Back in the day, Joe Jama was the band to catch. Tight ensemble work, inspiring jams, and infectuous grooves all came together each time Joe Jama and his crew hit the stage. The fusion of funk, soul, rock, oldies, Tex-Mex was also special. It is not anywhere where music fans can catch this amazing combination of virtuoso musicianship and influential music.

Velasquez' latest CD is titled "Quiero Besarte," which was produced by Bob Gallarza.

In a recent interview, Velasquez talked about his music.

Where do you get your appreciation for funk, soul, oldies?

"I grew up in the seventies with Earth, Wind and Fire, and watching 'Solid Gold,' and 'In the Midnight Hour,' so I saw groups like the Fifth Dimension and Earth, Wind and Fire, Commodores, that's who I grew up with. That's what I've always gravitated to in English music. Early on, that's why Tejano bands would hire me to sing on the English. But I began to listen to Latin Breed a lot, and one day Gibby Escobedo asked me to audition for the Breed, and that was actually the first band I ever sang Spanish with. But I saw the people, the love they had for the music, and I really got into listening to the Latin Breed. The guitar player's name was also Velasquez, and mine is. And with the Royal Jesters, there was another Velasquez - Gilbert Velasquez. And wow, I felt like, 'Hey, this is where you're supposed to be.' I began to research it more and more. I was probably about 12 when I started to study it. And now, there's been a decline in the attentiveness of the audience."

Why would you say that is?

"I think that's due to some confusion that's happened with the buyouts of a lot of our Tejano radio stations. Program directors are coming in and they know absolutely nothing about Tejano music, so they put on what they get from the labels, and of course they're being bombarded by FonoVisa and these people that are pushing all of these bands from Mexico. So, we want to re-establish what the original Tejano music is. Beto Villa started this thing with the horns and all that stuff. I know there's a lot of other pioneers. Bernal, but Bernal also his arrangements and the way he approached la música Tejana with a big-band sort of feel. He only achieved it with one instrument, with the accordion.

"I think that we've gotten away from that musically. From the music, from the beauty of the arrangements and those things and we sort of want to put the focus more on that style of music because it's uniquely our own. It's like what blues is to the blacks. They made it, they invented it out of their African rhythms and French style of music, and it happened in the French Quarter and all that. That's the same thing that this orquesta chicana is. Groups like Beto Villa and Isidro Lopez were taking the boleros that were there and creating them in very artistic fashion, you know with horns, and making these elaborate arrangements like copying or emulating such people as Count Basie and Glenn Miller. That type of thing that was happening in the thirties and forties. So we got away from that, and I think it's time that we reclaim that music.

What would you say was the most challenging part of finshing this album?

"The hardest part of doing this album is the sacrifice. Putting away your immediate needs and thinking on the long term. What do I want to do with my life. Where am I headed? Do I want to be a nightclub musician all my life, or just filling in here, singing a song there? Or do I want to take my own music, because I am a songwriter. Do I want to take my music, which I've always wanted, and give it to the people, and have them make it their own? That was a tough thing to do, and it's still tough now, because there's a lot of sacrifice involved. There's a lot of work involved, pushing this stuff, doing the radio tours, organizing the groups. It's a lot of work.

"The sweetest thing is to stand there and listen to the people singing the words to the songs, that to me were only feelings that I had at one moment, and the next moment, I put them on paper, and I can see them read them back. And now, I'm performing them in these wonderful song forms and listening to the people, I'm getting that immediate response from them. Their immediate approval or disapproval. To me, that's the best thing."

 Roger Velasquez interview Pt I:

Roger Velasquez: making his mark in latest CD 'Quiero Besarte'

 

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Intocable's Ricky Munoz said he had alternate ideas for the title of the group's latest CD "2C." Intocable_052 316.JPG

One of them was 'Operation Kindergarten.' Not exactly a typical Tejano/norteno title.

"If we had to choose another title for this CD it would be 'Back to the Future."Also Operation Kindergarten.

So why kindergarten?

"Well, we wanted all our songs to be real catchy. You know, 'kindergarten stuff' like 'Mary had a Little Lamb" and "Twinkle twinkle little star." Those songs will never leave your head."

"We didn't plan anything in the studio. We usually don't," Munoz said in a recent interview. "But this time, somehow we got a more rootsy direction."

The first single off the CD, "Tu Adios No Mata" is a typical Intocable norteno ballad with a slow build--up and touches of folk and pop. The lyrics describe an optimistic view despite reaching the end of a relationship.

 "Some people think it is an angry song like, 'Your departure won't kill me, I am strong, I am a survivor'," said Munoz. "But that is not it. Nothing like it. It's kinda like, 'you're gone and tu adios no mata," in other words, 'you are gone, and I still have to live with this, it's even worse than dying. That kind of sad song."

Munoz said another title could have been 'Back to the Future.' The group also made the last track, also untitled, a huapango.

"We did that, have the old styles as an intro and outro to the roots," Munoz said. "After gaining new fans on our previous CD, we wanted to have something for our older fans.

"On this new CD, we kinda went in with a chip on our shoulder like to say 'We haven't forgotten. We still know our roots.' But we also added some new effects in the studio.

As in their previous CDs, Intocable managed to whip up some memorable tunes with just the right balance between traditional rhythms and new touches. Other standouts includes "Llevame en tu Viaje," on long goodbyes, and the bolero "Como te Atreves," on knowing when it's time to get brutally honest in troubled relationship.

Morfe details on Intocable:
Intocable's Munoz says new CD '2C' is a 'back-to-the-future' work

 
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This weekend will be an unusual weekend, one that will ultimately register deeply in the long, 50-plus year history of Tejano music, an original, American native genre.

Sadly, for San Antonio, the recognized world capital of Tejano, Ground Zero is taking place several hundred miles to the north - in Dallas. (FYI - Your favorite scribe is moderating two panels at the TMNC)

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(By the way Julieta Venegas is the one of the best musical gifts to the world, courtesy of Mexico). But I digress. Sittng by the bar when the jukebox cranks out some cool music, it is hard to resist.

Anywayyyyy, Dallas will be stealing San Antonio's thunder this weekend. (more details: Tejano Artists Unite in get-out-the-vote campaign)

But I will digress yet again to allow this quickie report in from one of our correspondents: Tina Escobedo:

"Re: Tejano Convention in Dallas. Javier Galvan y Fama will be pre-releasing their new album enititled "Nostalgia," @ the Tejano Convention in Dallas. All original band members will be performing. Javier is staying busy as he releases his new album ...and he is also working on a childrens album, and a new gospel album. A lot of great things to come from Javier and the guys."

Now, to get down to business on the weekend:

Accordion wizard Albert Zamora will prove that while Esteban 'Steve' Jordan may be one of the world's best players, he is not the only one.

Zamora will drop his magic and his special touch -  with a special guest -  Friday at Graham Central Station.

And.... also Friday - the Hometown Boys drop in Cuauhtemco Hall, 1100 Patton St. San Marcos. Hosted by Sick Entertainment Promotion San Marcos Texas

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Downtown SA is also offering the special talents of Eddie Guerrero, who is hosting his own CD release party, Saturday, Aug. 16 at the Cadillac Bar. www.eddieguerrero.net

Also, downtown, Artie V y Grupo Suave is playing Friday  at the Cadillac Bar, 212 S. Flores.

And,,,Los Tovares Solid Tex-Mex band on stage. 8/22, Luckey Road; 8/29. Club Movida.  

Also Final Cut Variety band mixes funk, oldies, Tex-Mex and more Friday at George's Place, 5214 Blanco Rd. (210) 340-1275. 

More details:

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By RAMON HERNANDEZ
(Guest blogger)

After thirty five years, Tortilla Factory has resurfaced and is ready to conquer a new generation of fans.

TortillaFactoryRandyHamAlfredo 300.JPGYes, founder/bandleader Tony "Ham" Martínez Guerrero and original vocalist Bobby "El Charro Negro" Butler are back at the helm, however their latest compact disc also features the lead singer that will carry the torch forward; and that is Alfredo Antonio.

(That's Ham in the middle, Randy Caballero on the left and Alfredo Anttio on right of photo

Best of all, the threesome will be making a personal appearance at Janie's Record Shop on Saturday, August 23rd at 2 p.m. to promote the most anticipated CD of the year. The official release date for this production

is August 15 thus making it eligible for a Grammy nomination.

"Tierra, El Chicano, Malo, Tower of Power and Poncho Sánchez all contacted me when they found out we were back in the studio. So we're getting a lot of love from California," Ham said during an interview at Studio Masters Recording Studio in Austin.

"In Texas, there's a wait and see attitude, but we will prevail. That's why we're working harder than ever and we practice until we bleed because we are not leaving anything to chance."

That must be pretty grueling for the 64-year-old bandleader, who died twice during a quintuplet bypass operation and undergoes dialysis three times a week, but his family says he seemed to be dying without the music that flowed in his veins and gave him life. Therefore, this is a sort of resurrection for Ham and Tortilla Factory.

What is not surprising is that his version of "What a Wonderful World" with a driving, yet lush, big band sound, coupled with a jazz guitar is probably the standout tune in this album.

Tortilla Factory Part II coming up

 

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When top artists and powerful business players come together, it provides a good opportunity to send out important messages to the community, said Tejano Music National Convention organizer David Chavez.

mail-1.jpeg"For us, whenever dates like Nov. 4 comes around, it is important time for us," said Chavez, referring to the community outreach of his group and groups like the NCLR. "We always want to take advantage of the opportunity when we have the star power and market leaders in the Tejano genre, that are participating in the convention, to send out an important message."

That message is what Chavez had in mind when he called upon the powerful Rock the Vote organization to partner with Tejano artists in a unprecedented grassroots campaign with a  purpose -- a true get-out-the-vote campaign that will feature an original song recorded by a gathering of the top artists.

Details of the song and the campaign will be hammered out during the 5th annual Tejano Music National Convention, scheduled Aug. 15-17 at the Dallas Convention Center and Hyatt Regency Hotel at Reunion.

GalvanJavier.JPGOfficials are expecting more than 7,000 music enthusiasts, fans and music industry representatives at the largest Latin music convention of its kind.

Chavez said he understands the impact a united voice can have - an influence that his mentor Raul Yzaguirre, former president of NCLR engrained in him.  He expects that the convention will unite all of the performing artists behind a campaign to turn out the Latino vote.

TMNC convention_poster_final_812 312.JPGAccording to Chavez, Tejano artists Javier Galvan, Chente Barrera and Sunny Sauceda are collaborating on an inspiring song that will be recorded and the accompanying video (and YouTube) and TV PSA and radio PSA will insure that Tejano artists voices are heard, urging  music fans across the country to vote.

"I wanted to do this campaign for two reasons," he said. "One, to help the visibility of Tejano music and to give the artists the chance to be united to have a message in a purpose beyond making money and singing songs.

"Also, to be responsible to their fan base in that they actually have a chance to influence the election. Everyone knows that Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, those are all going to be huge battlegrounds.

"The Hispanic community everywhere are segments that both OBama and McCain are going to be going after strong."

SaucedaSunny.gifSinger Sunny Sauceda said he was proud to participate in the campaign.

"This is an important campaign, Voting is part of being an American, be being Tejano. It is a part of our heritage," he said.

"Whether the fans come from the norteno genre or Tex-Mex, conjunto, Tejano whatever, we all need to be aware that it important to vote, we need that kind of representation."

The convention will offer an opportunity for the artists to formally announce the campaign and the Rock The Vote partnership.

According to Chavez, singer Jay Perez is planning to record a live album from the convention center. He is employing noted producer Gilbert Velasquez and his mobile recording studio to record his show Friday night, Aug 15.

Perez is inviting special guests Shelly Lares and members of Malo.

"The recording equipment will be there and I think we can have all three artists meet and at the same time get the song recorded," Chavez said. "I am also seeking to get other involved, including top producers like Gilbert Velasquez and Bob Gallarza."

Sauceda said the song lyrics will be pretty straight forward.

"I want the song to say why it is important to vote," he said. "We can't just sit around. We have to be active. We have to become activists and try to embrace, utilize our rights as Americans.

"Too many people take it for granted that we have the right to vote."

Chavez said he has already got initial confirmations from the Univision Network to run the get-out-the-vote song as a PSA.

"I think overall, we have the ability to reach millions of people like no other, to have a message of get out the vote," Chavez said.

For more details on the song including audio clips, convention coverage, concert and program schedule, sponsors list, photos and videos, T-shirts and more visit www.latinpointe.com)

More convention details, photos:
TMNC2008: Sauceda, Salgado, Perez, Pulido and more


 

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SAN ANTONIO -- Longtime TV producer/director Ovidio Rodriguez will be honored at the Cadillac Bar on Aug. 28 for his 20 years of producing his long-running entertainment shows.

mail-4.jpegRodriguez produced the TV show "Tu Onda Internacional" which aired on several networks including Univision, Telemundo and throughout Mexico. The weekly shows featured performances by the top stars in the U.S. and Mexico including Conjunto PrimaveraJose Jose, Yolanda Del Rio, Menudo, Veronica Castro, Antonio Aguilar, Luis Miguel, Los Temerarios, Tigres Del Norte, Ramon Ayala, Bronco, Emilio Navaira, Intocable, Bobby Pulido, Marcos Orozco, and Los Palominos.

Rodriguez, born Ovidio Rodriguez Cavazos, in Allende, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, began producing in the mid-1980s in San Antonio. His first TV program was called "Video Estelar," which aired twice a week. The show would later be known as ''Tu Onda Internacional."

TU ONDA INTERNACIONAL LOGO 300.jpgRodriguez and his TV shows were also part of several special community programs including the benefit for victims of the flooding of Acuña, Coahuila, Selena's death and the 911 attacks.

Rodriguez was also in demand as a producer and director, working on other video productions, religious programs and commercials. His credits include working on other popular programs such as "En Caliente TV Show" and the "Oscar Zamora y Don Chema" TV show.

"The important work that people like Ovidio do, in helping showcase the talents in the community are usually underappreciated," said Cadillac Bar owner Jesse Medina. "Ovidio deserves a lot of credit for his hard work that through the years helped enrich our comunidad."

In a recent interview, Rodriguez looked back on a solid career and offered upcoming TV show producers a few nuggets of advice. He said the hardest part of keeping a weekly TV show going for so many years was "Coming up with a fresh and unique show every week that would please audiences of all ages."

And yet, if it was such hard work, why did he keep doing it for so many years? "I made it my mission and the response of the viewers made it worth well. In reality it wasn't that hard when there is so much Hispanic talent to work with. I guess you could say I was on a roll."

And so now, looking back, what was the most enjoyable aspect of having produced such an influential show? "The ratings were always good."


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Los Tigres Del Norte, one of the top pioneers in norteno, are on one of their biggest tours ever.

TigresLos_2008-04 300.JPGThe band is riding the wave of popularity, having lodged another No. 1 on the charts with their latest CD "Raices" (Roots). The group also won a Grammy last February for best norteno album for the CD "Detalles y Emociones."

Their new tour will take them to rodeos, arenas, and major fairground concerts.

In a recent interview, the group talked about their recent accomplishments and upcoming projects.
     
A bio-pic of the band is in the works but still in the preliminary stages. The band has been in discussions with director Gregory Nava and producer Montezuma Esparza (Selena), said Tigres singer Jorge Hernández.

Los Tigres are especially proud that the years-long work of digitizing 32,000 corrido recordings dating from 1904 to 1954, from music historian Chris Strachwitz's personal collection, was completed in early March. In 2001, the Los Tigres Del Norte Foundation provided a $500,000 grant to the UCLA's Chicano Research Center to make that project possible.

"It is a very important project," says Hernández. "And we're very proud to have been a part of that."

The band is also looking to celebrate their 40th recording anniversary in March 2009.

Los Tigres had a few US dates in July and early August and for the next several weeks they are in Spain on tour.

Los Tigres Tour Dates
8-29 Portland, OR-Expo Center                                  
8-30 Tacoma, WA-Tacoma Dome                              
8-31 Reno, NV-Fairgrounds                                       
9-07 San Jose, CA-HP Pavilion                                  
9-13 Phoenix, AZ-Radio Festival                                 
9-14 Las Vegas, NV-Thomas & Mack Center            
9-19 Des Moines, IO-Val Air Ballroom                       
9-20 Omaha, NB-Omaha Convention Center
9-21 St Paul, MN-St Paul Armory
9-27 Los Angeles, CA-Los Angeles Sports Arena
9-28 Denver, CO-Pepsi Center
10-05 Houston, TX-Toyota Center
10-25 San Diego, CA-San Diego Sports Arena
10-26 Sacramento, CA-Arco Arena
11-01 Laredo, TX-Laredo Entertainment Center
11-02 Mc Allen, TX-Dodge Arena
11-26 Austin, TX-Palmer Convention Center
11-27 Forward, TX-Far West Rodeo
11-28 Oklahoma, OK-Far West Rodeo
11-29 Tyler, TX-Far West Rodeo

 

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Just before 9:45 p.m. Tuesday, the message was prepared, written, and sent:

"From the magic​ and myste​ry that is Texas​,​.​.​.​.​ salud​os!​
y buena​ suert​e!​

Ramir​o Burr
for all the updates on the music scene, and music news:​
www. ramir​oburr​.​ com"
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The message was sent to 
"Yukiko Miyazaki
Bossa Nova / J-POP / Jazz"

It was on Myspace.com. I was messaging Miyazaki,  one of our readers/subscribers to our blogs.

 
I can't tell you more about her other than she is a singer, on the indie GIRA MUNDO DISCOS record label. We could tell you more....IF we knew how to read Japanese, which is most of what is on her website.

Certainly the world seems to be getting smaller and smaller when one of your blog readers resides halfway across the world.

You can check out her music at: http://www.myspace.com/yukikomiyazaki148 


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Eddie Guerrero's CD release party, accordion wizard Albert Zamora's speed and old-style Tejano are on tap for the next few days.

AlbertZamoraSuenoSeductor8 2008.jpgAlbert Zamora Top accordionist takes the stage with special guest. Friday. Graham Central Station. Coming up: Aug, 22, Rio Band tribute to Emilio, featuring Raulito, Diego and Emilio Navaira IV. Emilio's sons will be performing all of Emilio's hits, proceeds go to assist in medical and other expenses. Aug. 29, Jimmy Gonzalez y Mazz (Jimmy celebrates his birthday)

Artie V y Grupo Suave Rising band keeping a busy schedule. Cadillac Bar, 212 S. Flores. Friday, Aug. 15. No cover. August schedule: 8/22, Pete Ybarra y Fuego; 8/28, Artie V y Suave, Cadillac Anniversary; 8/29 Red Sauce Rules. On this date, there is also a concert outdoors with Mohagany Rush  www.myspace.com/cadillacbar

Final Cut Variety band mixes funk, oldies, Tex-Mex and more.George's Place, 5214 Blanco Rd. (210) 340-1275. Mayans 9:30 Saturday; Jorge Alejandro y La Paz, specializing in international ballads, boleros, cumbias and polkas. 9 p.m. Thursday. Also George's All Star Band 9 p.m. Sunday.

GuerreroEddie 8 2008.jpgEddie Guerrero Tex-Mex singer hosts his own CD release party. Saturday, Aug.16. Cadillac Bar. www.eddieguerrero.net

Los Tovares Solid Tex-Mex band on stage. 8/22, Luckey Road; 8/29. Club Movida.  

Texas 2008 Music Festival Featuring country, rock, Tex-Mex and more with 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." Club Rio. Aug. 21. Untitled-1.jpg
Elizabeth Brackman-Paniagua Versatile singer (above with Ruben Ramos) mixes cumbias, boleros, pop, funk and more. Los Generales restaurant. 6 p.m Fridays

Latin Four Relatively new group is a fusion band that mixes pop, tropical, disco and more. Members are  Federico Rojo, vocals/keyboards; George Flores, drums/percussion; Eddie Bermudez, vocals/keyboards and Miroslava Torres, vocals/ percussions. Saturday, Aug. 30. Sam Houston Club.

Oscar Cruz y Escape Winsome band mixes cumbias, merengues, disco, oldies, Tex-Mex. Led by the talented singer/keyboardist Oscar Cruz, the band also includes Alvaro Mendoza, vocals/percussion; Bert Ybarra, guitars; Abraham Humpries, bass; and Joe Gonzalez, drums. Chango's Havana Club, 23535 IH 10 West & Leon Springs Exit. 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 30. www.oscarcruzandescape.com

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.

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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.

HometownBoys 8 2008.jpgHometown Boys Solid conjunto outfit onstage. 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15. Cuauhtemco Hall, 1100 Patton St. San Marcos. Hosted by Sick Entertainment Promotion San Marcos Texas

Jesse De Leon y Variety Mix Solid young group plays variety of music.Smoke-free Frio Saloon, 801 S. Frio. Also Jazz Katz; Aug. 15, Show Band; Aug. 21, 5 Star Band; Aug 22, Grupo Suave; Aug. 28, Jazz Katz; Aug. 29 Los Padrinoswww.friosaloon.com

Ryan Bales Band Versatile group plays a blend of country, folk, Americana and more. Saturday. Josabi's, 17200 Highway 16 N. Helotes, TX 78023 (210) 372-9100. www.josabis.com

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 busy working on his next CD due by mid-Sept.

Neto Gutierrez Y Grupo Zonido New group plays Club Movida, 306 E. Mitchell St. (210) 534-4477. Owner Rick Robles runs a tight ship.Check out the schedule. Danny Acosta y QVO Band Sunday.

Univision's Premios de Texas Awards  Annual awards show highlights top perfomers. Held at Long Center For The Performing Arts, Austin. Show will air Aug. 16 on Univision.

Elvis Crespo Salsa/merengue star is back in town. Club Rio. Aug. 22. www.frontgatetickets.com

Blue Bubble Ballroom Swing time with a variety of regional bands each Sunday at 6 p.m. 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.

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.

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

  

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On Intocable's new CD "2C," the group discovered that sometimes looking back is a smart way to move forward says singer Ricky Munoz.

intocable_2c New 300.JPG"We didn't plan anything in the studio. We usually don't," Munoz said in a recent interview. "But this time, somehow we got a more rootsy direction."

On "2C," Intocable focused on the traditional conjunto and folk roots of Tejano/norteno and downplayed the experimentation they've done with country and pop in previous albums.

"In our last CD ('Crossroads') we experimented a lot with different sounds, like some country flavors and pedal steel," said Munoz. "We got some good feedback from fans who liked the new directions.

"But we also got some fans wondering what was up."

So, to please those type of fans and swing the musical pendulum back.

That is evidenced with the first track "Que Facil Es Amarte," a conjunto instrumental with extended accordion jams. The polka recalls the glory days of pioneers Tony De La Rosa and Valerio Longoria and the golden age of classic conjunto music.

HoroscoposLos020407.JPG"It feels good to get back to the roots of the music," said Munoz. "Yet at the same time, we did add a few new things, added some new flavors just to keep things contemporary."

For example, the norteno polka tune "Me Deje Caer," still has that country ballad touch.

"You can feel the core polka beat but it also has a little pedal steel in it, but not as in your face as 'Crossroads.' All of us are very excited, very excited. We had a lot of great comments, for our fans."

In keeping with their reputation as being one of the most creative Tejano/norteno groups, Intocable teamed up with the Duranguense band Los Horoscopos de Durango on the new Unidos Tour.

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"Los Horoscops are kinda of like Intocable, they appeal to young crowd, and it is not real traditional Duranguense from what I have  heard," said Munoz. "They like to experiment. And nowadays I think you have to join forces with younger bands and go out on tour and give their people their money's worth. That is what we're trying to do."

The next dates for Intocable/Horoscopos include Aug 22, Cumberland County Fairgrounds, Millville, NJ; Aug. 23, Manhattan Center, NY; Aug 29, Disco Rodeo, Raleigh, NC. Opening the shows is new singer El Gringo.

More tour details at www.unidostour.com and www.grupointocable.com

Y para nuestros amgiso que hablan espanol, las noticias en espanol:

"Sin duda Intocable esta anotando otro éxito a su carrera, ya que a tan sólo 10 días del lanzamiento de su más reciente corte promocional "Tu adiós no mata" éste se encuentra ya colocado dentro de los primeros lugares de popularidad en México y la Unión Americana, donde la prestigiada revista Billboard y Monitor Musical lo reportan en el lugar no. 1 de la lista Regional Mexicano. Este nuevo sencillo formarà parte de su producción "2C" , álbum número doce en la carrera de la agrupación.

"De igual forma "La frescura musical" esta por concluir su gira por la República Mexicana, este fin de semana se presentará en el Distrito Federal, Aguascalientes, Zacatecas y Querétaro. 

"Cerrarán con broche de oro el próximo 24 de mayo, sumando un record más en su carrera, siendo el primer artista grupero en presentarse 3 fechas consecutivas en palenque de la "Expo Guadalupe" Nuevo Leòn, ya que debido a la demanda de boletos para las 2 primeras fechas, se abriò una nueva fecha para el dìa 22 de mayo.

"Asi mismo la agrupaciòn originaria de Zapata, Texas, anuncia el pròximo incio de su gira por la Uniòn Americana que llevarà por tìtulo: "Unidos Tour 2008"  . Como su mismo nombre lo indica, se uniràn los màximos exponentes de la mùsica regional mexicana: por una parte el 1 Intocable por el lado norteño, por el otro el 2 "Los Horóscopos de Durango", representando lo mejor de la mùsica duranguense. Ambas agrupaciones recorreràn las ciudades màs importantes de los Estados Unidos.

"Estamos muy contentos de llevar a cabo esta gira. Somos dos grupos regional mexicano con diferentes estilos pero  "unidos" por  la mùsica, el idioma ,la cultura, pero sobre todo por el corazòn" - afirma Ricardo Muñoz, vocalista de Intocable. 

 

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Puerto Rican duo Calle 13 says their new CD is scheduled for release on Oct. 7.

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Calle 13 with new CD

According to the AFP news agency, the duo's third album on the Sony BMG label will go beyond reggaeton and will include more rhythms like the cumbia and tango. Guests include Rubén Blades and Café Tacvba.

The title, "Los de Atrás Vienen Conmigo," is another subtle reference to immigrants and their plight.

Other musical guests on the new CD include percussionist Héctor "Coco" Barez and Andrés "Kino" Cruz, drummer Ismael Cancel and guitarist Mark Rivera.

The first single from the CD will be released next week.

The duo's previous CD "Residente & Visitante" featured noted producer Gustavo Santalaolla and won a Grammy in 2007. That CD also mixed up tango, hip-hop, rap and more. Additional CD guests included reggaeton king Tego Calderon on "Sin Exagerar," Vicentico on "Llegale a mi Guardia," and Spanish rapper Mala Rodriquez on "Mala Suerte con el 13."

In a previous interview, Calle 13 singer Residente said the duo always likes to expand their musical palette:

"Nosotros nunca hemos sido reggaetón. Creo que marcar que estábamos fuera de lo que nos consideraban a veces, que estábamos en el género. La gente que nos considera reggaetón es la gente que no conoce Calle 13.

"Ya, la mayoría de la gente que escucha el nombre de Calle 13 sabe que no se reggaetón. Y si es reggaetón, es muy diferente. En este disco hay 15 temas, tres pueden tener el ritmo de reggaetón. El reggaetón es un ritmo que utilizamos rítmicamente. Pero al nivel del concepto, es otra cosa. Es bien alternativo."

 

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More Latin pop and salsa on tap for music fans at the Sam Houston Club at Fort Sam Houston.

LATIN_FOUR 300.JPGComing up is Latin Four, a solid group led by singer Federico Rojo. The group is described as a fusion band that mixes pop, tropical, disco and more.

Led by singer Rojo, the bandmembers include George Flores, drums/percussion; Eddie Bermudez, vocals/keyboards and Miroslava Torres, vocals/ percussions.

The band is scheduled Saturday, Aug. 30 at the Sam Houston Club.

The band's website is: www.federicorojomusic.com

According to bandleader Rojo, the band's top influences includes Hector Lavoe, Marc Anthony, La India, Steve Wonder, and Santana.

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The Latin Four concert is the latest in the monthly concert series at the community center known as Sam Houston Club. DJ Papote will open the show. Showtime is 9 p.m.; doors open at 8:30 p.m. Free admission before 9 p.m.; $7 per person, $10 per couple 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.

The 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 first few Latin Nights at the Sam Houston Club were 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

 

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Weekend is here and the choices include classy Tejano, old-style conjunto and more.

RamosRubenDSC_0071 300.JPGRuben Ramos One of Tejano's underrated treasures is Ruben Ramos & the Mexican Revolution. Now Ramos is back with a new CD "Viva La Revolucion," and he hosts a CD release party on tonight, Aug 8 at George's Place, 5214 Blanco Rd.  (210) 340-1275. $10, limited seating.

Also, Ramos is signing autographs and taking photos during a CD release event at HEB Plus, 6818 S. Zarzamora. 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug 9. Meanwhile, George's Place is also featuring Artie V./Suave, 9:30 Saturday; Jorge Alejandro y La Paz, specializing in international ballads, boleros, cumbias and polkas. Also George's All Star Band 9 p.m. Sunday.

And up the road in Austin, organizers have put together a major tribute for Esteban 'Steve' Jordan for Sunday.

The performers include Little Joe, Los Pinkys, Max Baca & TexManiacs, Conjunto Aztlan, Ernie Garibay, Mariachi Corbetas (Shorty & the Corvettes), Chicano Soul Revue w/ Larry Lange & Lonely Knights fea Rudy T Gonzales, Sonny Ace, Little Henry, Sauce Gonzalez, Dimus Garza, Ponty Bone, Johnny Degollado y su Conjunto, Bobby Fuentes, Texana Dames and other special guests. Steve Jordan and family, Rio Jordan will also perform. the event is scheduled 3-8 p.m.; doors at 2:30 p.m. Aug. 10. $15. H & H Ballroom, 4404 Brandt Rd., Austin Texas. www.frontgatetickets.comChamacosLosJamie200.jpg

"A second generation, innovative virtuoso and an inheritor of the basic style who has brilliantly incorporated outside influences and pushed the music to its limits."   -The Washington Post

More conjunto music on tap when Jaime y Los Chamacos take the main stage tonight, Friday at Graham Central Station. Los Chamacos are known as a neo-trad group and a dynamic stage

MORE conjunto:

Ernie y Margie Anniversary Big party for the owners of Arturo's Ballroom this Friday featuring Larry Garcia Expression, Eddie 'Lalo' Torres, Los Cachis, Los Alegres de Ruben Tellez, special guests Carlos Miranda, George y Mague, 'El Pavo Grande' Salvador Garcia. Friday night. Arturo's Ballroom, 3310 S. Zarzamora. (210) 923-0177. Also Sunday 6-11 Santos Sosa. And musician Rocky Hernandez will be picking up school supplies for needy kids at the dance. 6-11 p.m. Sunday.

And downtown at the Cadillac Bar, check out Xtremo 4 a relatively new group from San Antonio that plays a variety of conjunto and Tejano. No cover.

Also, Los Tovares, a solid band playing Friday at Club Movida.

And, oh yeah, that Alejandro Fernandez concert tonight happens to be a private affair put on by a local radio station.

  

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Veteran singer, musician and accordion wundkerkind Esteban 'Steve' Jordan will be given anall-star tribute in Austin this Sunday.

Jordanstevebenefit.jpgThe list of performers is impressive and includes Little Joe, Los Pinkys, Max Baca & TexManiacs, Conjunto Aztlan, Ernie Garibay, Mariachi Corbetas (Shorty & the Corvettes), Chicano Soul Revue w/ Larry Lange & Lonely Knights fea Rudy T Gonzales, Sonny Ace, Little Henry, Sauce Gonzalez, Dimus Garza, Ponty Bone, Johnny Degollado y su Conjunto, Bobby Fuentes, Texana Dames, and other special guests. Steve Jordan and family, Rio Jordan will also perform.

Jordan has been suffering from liver cancer for about a year according to this new excellent article by Margaret Moser in the  Austin Chronicle, but he and his family have been been reluctant to release any information. What little information has been released has been through friends of the family.

According to organizer Deb Fleming, owner of The Oaks and The Oaks Music, Jordan is being recognized because the accordionist is a Texas legend.

"The small group of organizers of this event wants to honor Esteban 'Steve' Jordan, who is a legendary conjunto accordion player in the history of Texas music," she said.JordanSteve050207.JPG "Many before him have since passed and there are few remaining legends. His music is indigenous to Texas music and our Texas culture and we need to honor and promote to keep it alive and thriving for generations to come.

"Steve is ailing now and we want to show our appreciation for his contribution while giving something back to him. It is also a way for his contemporaries to show their appreciation during this day of celebration of him and his music"

The event is scheduled 3-8 p.m. with doors at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10 at the H & H Ballroom, 4404 Brandt Rd., in Austin. Tickets are $15 through www.frontgatetickets.com

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CONTACT:  Deb Fleming, deb@theoakslive.com

SPECIAL TRIBUTE TO LEGENDARY TEXAS ACCORDIAN MASTER ESTEBAN 'STEVE' JORDAN!!!

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Show from 3 pm until 8 pm; Doors at 2:30 pm

H & H Ballroom
4404 Brandt Rd
Austin, TX 78744
(512) 282-1143

Entry Fee: $15;   Advance Fee: $12.50

Tickets will be available at the door and from FrontGate Tickets at www.frontgatetickets.com

Food and Beverages available on site.  

Sponsors to date are: Austin Chronicle, Austin Latino Music Association, Eliseo Productions, Guero's Taco Bar, Joey Pena BBQ, La Voz, Larry and Susie Lange, The Oaks, Torchy's Tacos, Rock N Roll Rentals, Uncle John Turner Foundation

Texas born and San Antonio based accordion extraordinaire, Esteban 'Steve' Jordan will be honored at The Steve Jordan Tribute Show be held at the H & H Ballroom in Austin Texas on August 10, 2008.  The event is produced by a local group of Jordan Supporters (including The Oaks owners Steve Dean and Deb Fleming and Larry Lange and His Lonely Knights) and supported by the Austin Latino Music Association.  There will be a live performance by Steve Jordan and his family along with a stellar line up of talent paying special tribute to this extraordinary talent. 

PERFORMERS INCLUDE:

Little Joe, Los Pinkys, Max Baca & the TexManiacs, Conjunto Aztlan, Ernie Garibay, Mariachi Corbetas (Shorty & the Corvettes), Chicano Soul Revue with Larry Lange & His Lonely Knights featuring Rudy T Gonzales, Little Henry, Sauce Gonzalez and Dimus Garza, Johnny Degollado y su Conjunto, Bobby Fuentes, Texana Dames, and more special guests.  Steve Jordan and family, Rio Jordan will also perform. 

Over the course of his career, Jordan's span of styles has marveled and amazed audiences.  Jordan is known as "the accordion wizard" and "The Jimi Hendrix of the accordion" and in fact has played the master's 'Purple Haze' on his accordion in clubs and at festivals where Mexican-American roots music was welcome and flourished. In 1982, at age 43, Jordan became one of the first musicians named to the Tejano Conjunto Hall of Fame.  He recorded two albums for the Massachusetts folk label Rounder, The Return of El Parche (1986) and El Huracán (1987), and around 1985 the California-based roots music label Arhoolie acquired the rights to some of the music Jordan had recorded for smaller labels. Several Arhoolie releases followed, and in 1986 Jordan provided music for the Cheech Marin film 'Born in East L.A'.  The following year Jordan was nominated for a Grammy Award for his Hacienda-label album Turn Me Loose, which was picked up by giant RCA. Though he lost the award to fellow tejano musician Flaco Jimenez, Jordan gained further exposure and then dropped out of sight shortly after a highly successful appearance in Europe at the Berlin Jazz Festival in 1988.  Some speculated that he could afford to cut back on his activities because he was reaping profits from the Tex-Mex Rockordeon he had designed for the German musical instrument firm Hohner, a top-rated accordion manufacturer.   Jordan has continued to perform and record occasionally, and his band includes his two sons Steve III and Richard.   He has appeared at San Antonio's Saluté club on a regular basis in recent years but due to his illness has cut back to only occasional performances.   His creative musical talent still awaits full appreciation by music historians and music lovers from all walks of life. 

"A second-generation, innovative virtuoso and an inheritor of the basic style who has brilliantly incorporated outside influences and pushed the music to its limits."

The Washington Post

"The best accordionist in the world."
David Hidalgo, Los Lobos lead vocalist

 "My favorite form of soulful recharge is getting in a room with Steve "Esteban" Jordan and his accordion."  Michael Corcoran, Austin American Statesman

MORE EVENT INFORMATION

Sponsors for this event are needed so any interested party, business entity, organization or individual are encouraged to contact the organizers for more information to help with this great cause. All proceeds will go to benefit Steve Jordan.  

MORE BACKGROUND ON ESTEBAN 'STEVE' JORDAN

Jordan has worn a black eye patch over one eye for the majority of his life due to partial blindness at an early age. As a result, he acquired the nickname "El Parche," or "The Patch." For much of his career he used the Spanish and English forms of his first name, Esteban and Steve, more or less interchangeably. Jordan, one of 15 children born to parents who were migrant agricultural workers in South Texas, is an accomplished musician by any standard and plays 35 different instruments including several obscure ones used in older Latin and Latin American folk music. He has constantly pushed the limits of the accordion spanning genres of music never attributed to the instrument. He experimented with rock, blues, and country sounds, but his most striking innovation was the incorporation of a large dose of Latin jazz into the rhythmically straightforward tradition of conjunto, with its polkas, waltzes, and Mexican rancheras. His innovations were all the more striking because he devised them using the simple button accordion, seemingly more restricted in its capabilities than the keyboard "piano" accordion.

You Tube Link - Steve Jordan, Carlos Santana & Jerry Garcia

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhX9DJIZ1NU&eurl=http://www.austin360.com/blogs/content/shared-gen/blogs/austin/music/entries/2008/06/18/steve_jordan_tribute_aug_10.html

Web info at .....
www.handhballroom.net
www.austinlatinomusic.com
www.theoakslive.com

 

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Santana, Luismi and Enrique Iglesias are among the big names on tap in major upcoming concerts.

As we slip into the fall season, more shows are likely to get announced. Check back for updates.

Texas 2008 Music Festival Featuring country, rock, Tex-Mex and more with 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  


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

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Beat Bash III Another hip-hop and R&B extravaganza with performances by Pitbull, 2 Pistols, David Banner, Paul Wall, Lloyd, V.I.C., Hot Stylz. AT&T Center, E. Houston /AT&T Center Parkway. KBBT  doors, 5/ show 6 p.m. $8-$28, Ticketmaster.

Latin Four Relatively new group is a fusion bvand that mixes pop, tropical, disco and more. Members are  Federico Rojo, vocals/keyboards; George Flores, drums/percussion; Eddie Bermudez, vocals/keyboards and Miroslava Torres, vocals/ percussions. Saturday, Aug. 30. Sam Houston Club.

Enrique Iglesias/Aventura Pop king tags teams with bachata kings for a new "Kings Tour" that stops in at the AT&T Center. Sept. 6. Details: Enrique Iglesias & Aventura tour to hit S.A., Laredo, McAllen  

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


Gipsy Kings Top flamenco/pop band plays live. The Backyard, Austin. 8 p.m. Aug. 28

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Santana Rock guitarist back on the touring trail. Opening is Salvador Santana. Santana's latest CD is "Multi-Dimensional Warrior," due in August. Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Sept. 19. Tickets available through Ticketmaster

Poncho Sanchez Top percussionist back in town for a show at a free Jazz'SAlive concert. Travis Park downtown. Sept. 20.

Lush Cool band w/ Stefani Montiel plays Austin Vida's 2nd Anniversary Show: Spanish Sunset at Copa on Sept. 20. ALL profits will go to the Benefit for the Young Hispanic Austin Association Scholarship Fund Copa Bar and Grill, 3rd/Congress. Details: http://www.myspace.com/00austinlatino

Jaguares Leading edge Mexican rockers back in the US for a tour to suport their forthcoming CD, "45." White Rabbit. Oct. 2. www.detourtickets.com.

Luis Miguel Top pop crooner is on tour behind his latest CD "Compllices." AT&T Center. Oct. 14. Tickets available through Ticketmaster.

Los Tigres del Norte Venerable norteño outfit back on the road in the U.S. for some 16 dates - however no SA dates as yet. So far only these Dallas, American Airlines Center, Oct. 4; Houston's Toyota Center, Oct. 5; Laredo Entertainment Center, Nov.1, McAllen's Dodge Arena, Nov. 2.

El Veterano Conjunto 10th Annual Festival. Lineup includes Flaco Jimenez, Los Texmaniacs de Max Baca, Sunny Sauceda, Cha Cha Jiménez, Chano Cadena y Su Conjunto, Jimmy Lee y Tentación, Los Tremendos Alacranes de David Flores, Los Arroyos Del Rio, La Kreazion (with special performance by Linda Escobar), Robert Casillas & Ramon "Jack Rabbit" Sanchez, Lazaro Perez y Su Conjunto, and Letty y Conjunto Central. Presented by singer/promoter Linda Escobar. High Chaparral in Robstown,Texas. Noon-11 p.m. Nov. 9.  $10. Carne guisada plates will be sold for $5 with proceeds benefit the Eligio Escobar Scholarship Fund. (361) 442-3962

Latin Grammy Awards Annual awards show recognizes best artists and recordings of the year. Nov. 13. Toyota Center. Houston. Broadcast live on Univision Network.   www.grammy.com/Latin/News/ 

 

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Ruben Ramos, Roberto Pulido, Sunny Sauceda, Garcia Brothers, Michael Salgado, and Jay Perez will be among the top Tejano artists participating in the 2008 Dodge Ram Tejano Music National Convention scheduled Aug. 15-17 in Dallas.

Presented by producer David Chavez of the Kansas-based communications/ programming agency LatinPointe.com, the convention, which was held in Las Vegas the first four years, offers a lot of activities beyond concert performances, reunion, and special artists pairings. There will also be workshops, awards and an expo.

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Additional participating artists include Megan Leyva, Veronica Sustaita, Candace Vargas, Joe Bravo, Jimmy Edward, Johnny Hernandez, Alfonso Ramos, Sunny Ozuna, Rudy Palacios, Jaime y Los Chamacos, La Sombra de Tony Guerrero, Fama, Avizo, Jimmy Edward, Shelly Lares, Malo, Hometown Boys, Los Garcia Brothers, David Marez, Joe Posada, Texmaniacs, Rick Trevino, Flaco Jiménez, Chente Barrera y Taconazo, Elida Reyna and Micheal Salgado.

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Producer David Chavez

The 5th annual convention will be hosted by actor/comedian Cheech Marin and will be held at the Dallas Convention Center and Hyatt Regency Hotel at Reunion. Officials are expecting more than 7,000 music enthusiasts, fans and music industry representatives at the largest Latin music convention of its kind.

Texas Governor Rick Perry recently proclaimed August as "Tejano Music Month" in Texas.

According to David Chavez, founder/executive producer, the Dodge Ram Tejano Music National Convention serves as a "meeting ground" in advancing the growth of the Tejano (Tex-Mex) music genre as an American art form.

"The vision of the convention is to serve as the collective voice of the music; a unifying force joining both fans and industry leaders while promoting the rich variety, artistic value, cultural and historical significance of Tex-Mex music," said David Chavez. "The City of Dallas and the State Texas have rolled out the red carpet and have made this Fifth Anniversary Convention a true Texas homecoming!"

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Tex-Mex, salsa and conjunto makeup the options through the weekend and beyond.

Jaime y Los Chamacos Conjunto neo-trad group known for their dynamic stage

ChamacosLosJamie200.jpgshows. Friday. Graham Central Station. Coming up: Aug. 15, Albert Zamora w/ special guest; Aug, 22, Rio Band tribute to Emilio, featuring Raulito, Diego and Emilio Navaira IV. Emilio's sons will be performing all of Emilio's hits, proceeds go to assist in medical and other expenses. Aug. 29, Jimmy Gonzalez y Mazz (Jimmy celebrates his birthday)

Xtremo 4 Relatively new group from San Antonio plays a variety of conjunto and Tejano. Cadillac Bar, 212 S. Flores. Friday, Aug. 8. No cover. August schedule: 8/15, Artie V y Grupo Suave; 8/22, Pete Ybarra y Fuego; 8/28, Artie V y Suave, Cadillac Anniversary; 8/29 Red Sauce Rules. On this date, there is also a concert outdoors with Mohagany Rush  www.myspace.com/cadillacbar

Ruben Ramos Austin crooner hosts a CD release party on Aug 8. $10, limited seating.

RamosRuben B 8 2008.jpgGeorge's Place, 5214 Blanco Rd. (210) 340-1275. Ramos is also signing autographs and taking photos during a CD release event at HEB Plus, 6818 S. Zarzamora. 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug 9. Also Artie V./Suave, 9:30 Saturday; Jorge Alejandro y La Paz, specializing in international ballads, boleros, cumbias and polkas. Also George's All Star Band 9 p.m. Sunday.

Los Tovares Solid Tex-Mex band on stage.Friday. Club Movida; Also 8/10 Cattlemens; 8/22, Luckey Road; 8//29, Club Movida

Elizabeth Brackman-Paniagua Versatile singer mixes cumbias, boleros, pop, funk and more. Los Generales restaurant. 6 p.m Fridays.

Oscar Cruz y Escape Winsome band mixes cumbias, merengues, disco, oldies, Tex-Mex. Led by the talented singer/keyboardist Oscar Cruz, the band also includes Alvaro Mendoza, vocals/percussion; Bert Ybarra, guitars; Abraham Humpries, bass; and Joe Gonzalez, drums. Chango's Havana Club, 23535 IH 10 West & Leon Springs Exit. 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 30. www.oscarcruzandescape.com

Roger Velasquez & Latin Legends Finely tuned band plays crisply with a big mix of funk, oldies, Tex-Mex and more. Saturday, Texas Star, Freeport. Also Thursdays at Bar on Broadway, 2411 Broadway.

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.

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.

Esteban 'Steve' Jordan Tribute Top San Antonio-based accordionist will be honored in an all-star concert featuring Little Joe, Los Pinkys, Max Baca & TexManiacs, Conjunto Aztlan, Ernie Garibay, Mariachi Corbetas (Shorty & the Corvettes), Chicano Soul Revue w/ Larry Lange & Lonely Knights fea Rudy T Gonzales, Sonny Ace, Little Henry, Sauce Gonzalez, Dimus Garza, Ponty Bone, Johnny Degollado y su Conjunto, Bobby Fuentes, Texana Dames, and other special guests. Steve Jordan and family, Rio Jordan will also perform. 3-8 p.m.; doors at 2:30 p.m. Aug. 10. $15. H & H Ballroom, 4404 Brandt Rd., Austin Texas. www.frontgatetickets.com

"A second generation, innovative virtuoso and an inheritor of the basic style who has brilliantly incorporated outside influences and pushed the music to its limits."   -The Washington Post

"The best accordionist in the world." -David Hidalgo, Los Lobos Lead Vocalist

Ernie y Margie Anniversary Big party for the owners of Arturo's Ballroom this Friday HometownBoys 8 2008.jpg featuring Larry Garcia Expression, Eddie 'Lalo' Torres, Los Cachis, Los Alegres de Ruben Tellez, special guests Carlos Miranda, George y Mague, 'El Pavo Grande' Salvador Garcia. Friday night. Arturo's Ballroom, 3310 S. Zarzamora. (210) 923-0177. Also Sunday 6-11 Santos Sosa. And musician Rocky Hernandez will be picking up school supplies for needy kids at the dance. 6-11 p.m. Sunday.

 Hometown Boys Solid conjunto outfit onstage. 8 p.m. Friday, Aug 15. Cuauhtemco Hall, 1100 Patton St. San Marcos. Hosted by Sick Entertainment Promotion San Marcos Texas

5 Star Band Top flight band takes the main stage at the smoke-free Frio Saloon, 801 S. Frio. Also Aug. 8, Jesse De Leon y Variety Mix; Aug 14; Jazz Katz; Aug. 15, Show Band; Aug. 21, 5 Star Band; Aug 22, Grupo Suave; Aug.  28, Jazz Katz; Aug. 29 Los Padrinoswww.friosaloon.com

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Versatile singer takes the main stage with Americana, country, folk and more. Saturday. Josabi's, 17200 Highway 16 N. Helotes, TX 78023 (210) 372-9100. Also Aug. 16 Ryan Bales Band. www.josabis.com

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 busy working on his next CD due by mid-Sept.

Los Tovares Solid Tex-Mex band plays Club Movida, 306 E. Mitchell St. (210) 534-4477. Owner Rick Robles runs a tight ship.Check out the schedule. Also Maravia, Aug. 9, Danny Acosta y QVO Band Sunday.

Univision's Premios de Texas Awards  Annual awards show highlights top perfomers. Nominees include "Best Tejano Artist" (Mejor Artista Tejano): Jay Perez, Jimmy Gonzalez, Bobby Pulido and Ruben Ramos. Long Center For The Performing Arts,Austin. 7 p.m., Aug. 7. Show will air Aug. 16 on Univision.

Blue Bubble Ballroom Swing time with a variety of regional bands each Sunday at 6 p.m. 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.

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.

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

  

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Has anyone noticed that it is becoming a meaner, nastier world out there?
Or, is it just me and my famous worry beads?
 
The daily news reports and TV headlines, the bloggings and emails are becoming more gloomy and doomy every day.
 
Job layoffs, cutbacks, downsizings, business shutterings, bankruptcies, inflation worries. Not to mention global warming, pollution and new disease risks. In this new inflationary environment, the buzz words are increasingly bandied about - rising food and fuel costs, commodity spikes, wage pressures and emerging-market forces.
Yes, I know.
This is a music column, not an economic news column.
 
However, the tough economic reality we live in only underscores and sets up one of the few good news stories we're had in a while. And that's that the 2008 Tejano Music National Convention will bring fans a ton of goodies:
 
Top talent, rare tag-teams, special performances, unusual opportunities. Not to mention excitement, inspiration, wonderment, thrills, chills, fun, fulfillment. 16300.jpg
 
The annual Tejano Music Convention and Awards is celebrating it's 5th anniversary this year in a new venue. The 2008 edition of the convention is taking place at the Dallas Convention Center/Hyatt Regency in Dallas, on Aug. 15-17.
 
Activities will include several concerts, dances, achievement awards, Tickets are on sale through www.Tejanoticket.com or through (913) 397-8850.
According to convention founder and executive producer David Chavez and the LatinPointe group, the previous conventions have taken place in Las Vegas.
"After four successful years in Vegas, we can coin a new phrase: What happened in Vegas just moved to Dallas," Chavez told the Dallas Morning News.
 
The list of artists and performers is a veritable who's who in Tex-Mex circles. It includes Avizo, Megan Leyva, Veronica Sustaita, Candace Vargas, Joe Bravo, Jimmy Edward, Johnny Hernandez, Alfonso Ramos. Sunny Ozuna, Rudy Palacios, Sunny Sauceda, Jaime y Los Chamacos, La Sombra De Tony Guerrero, Fama, Jay Perez, Jimmy Edward, Shelly Lares, Malo, Electric Cowboys, Hometown Boys, Los Garcia Brothers, David Marez, Joe Posada, Los Texmaniacs, Rick Trevino, Flaco Jimenez, Ruben Ramos, Roberto Pulido, Chente Barrera, Elida Reyna.

Much more, coming this week in a later report.


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There is little in common between the World Wrestling Federation, the WWC, etc, and Tejano concerts.

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Except when it comes to the old 'shootouts,' those hyped-up concerts where bands try to out pose each other. 

Well.. now comes Houston's La Mafia and Corpus Christi's Kumbia All Starz who in the grand WWF-style have heavily promoted their concert today.

Go here to check out some funny videos of the bands trying to outboast and outpose each other:

http://hk.youtube.com/watch?v=NQd5Ai65lvQ


In this La Mafia vs Kumbia All Starz concert, the artists led respectively by Oscar De La Rosa and Armando Lichtenberger and A.B. Quintanilla III, will go 'mano a mano' in a huge Battle of the Bands at the Central Pavilion Arena/Fairgrounds, 1213 Terrie Shamsie Blvd. in Robstown today. Tix are $20-$25. Call (361) 387-9000

Who will win? Who knows.

Does it matter? Probably not.

Hopefully the bands will get a solid crowd out there tonight. The Tejano market certainly needs a shot in the arm.


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Comments coming in on Dan Segura:

Singer Yolanda Pérez is back with a new CD titled "Todo de mí", with her single "Abusadora" climbing the charts and moving on iTunes Latino. It is a remake of Laura Leon's smash hit.perez_y_1S_500.jpg

As reported on miguelrosario.com, "Entre sus más recientes asignaciones, Yolanda Pérez realizó un gira promocional por Estados Unidos la semana pasada presentando el disco, editado por Fonovisa Records.
"En este nuevo álbum, la ganadora de un disco de Oro Certificado por la RIAA/Latin, contó con la colaboración de los jóvenes productores de música latina Adolfo y Omar Valenzuela. "El primer sencillo lleva por título "Abusadora", de la autoría de Miguel A. Figuereo, el cual fue popularizado por la intérprete mexicana Laura León y el cual ahora es actualizado en la voz fresca de Yolanda Pérez junto con la participación muy especial de Jesús 'El Flaco' Elizalde."

Perez is also hosting a new TV show, "Mex To The Max," which is show on Thursdays on LATV. More details: www.myspace.com/yolandaperez1.

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OVIDIO RODRIGUEZ OFFICIAL RESUME


Rodriguez Cavazos will be officially given a tribute Aug 28, 208 at the Cadillac Bar during the Cadillac's 36th Anniversary party.

Make your reservations now.


Resume provided by the Rodriguez family 

Ovidio  Rodriguez Cavazos

From  Allende a small town in the state Nuevo Leon, Mexico

In the USA since 1964


1981 started doing video productions, religious programs, commercials, at one time I was                      hired by En Caliente TV Show to produce  their program, and did a lot of shows for them, also produced  Oscar Zamora y Don Chema TV show

1984 I became Vice President/ General Manager of SATV CH 19

 here in San Antonio.

1987 Started production of musical TV show "VIDEO ESTELAR" aired on Roger's Cable twice a week (Friday's & Saturday's)

1988 "VIDEO ESTELAR" started airing on CH 41 - Univision - 1988 to 1997

1990 The show was airing in Dallas, Houston, El Paso, Corpus Christi, Laredo, Victoria, San Angelo, Eagle Pass, Tucson and Phoenix, AZ., 

1991 The program started airing in Mexico via satellite with a 125 repeaters

1996 'VIDEO ESTELAR" started airing via cable on TVC (Canal de Lujo) Mexico City, Mexico.  In this year the program's name was changed to "TU ONDA INTERNACIONAL" .

1997 "TU ONDA INTERNACIONAL" was moved over to KVDA CH 60 TELEMUNDO here in San Antonio.  

2004 In the month of October the show came to an end because of Ovidio's unexpected illness.





"O"vido Teleprodctions, "VIDEO ESTELAR" and "TU ONDA" INTERNACIONAL

GENERAL INFORMATION


We filmed many programs all over Mexico with different artist, including political people such as Mayors and Governors.  


Special programs such as the flooding of Acuña, Coauhuila where we accompanied the radio station to deliver goods to the effected people.


Also in Coauhuila we filmed a special show for the misfortune of the mining caves where we handed funds donated to the families affected in the tragedy.


Special shows also include the lost of Selena and 911 Tragedy   


Other special shows include with six retired radio announcers, newspaper and author Ramiro Burr, Celebrations 5 de Mayo, 16 de Septiembre, Fiesta Week, Christmas etc.. 


A FEW OF THE ARTIST INTERVIEWED IN THE "TU ONDA" SHOW:

JOSE JOSE, YOLANDA DEL RIO, MENUDO, VERONICA CASTRO, NELSON NED, BRAULIO, ANTONIO AGUILAR, LUIS MIGUEL, YURI, MECANO, LAURA FLORES, FRANCO DE VITA, LOS BUKIS,MERCEDES CASTRO, ESEQUIEL PEÑA, PAQUITA LA DEL BARRIO, LOS TEMERARIOS, CONJUNTO PRIMAVERA, SELENA, TIGRES DEL NORTE, RAMON AYALA, BRONCO, EMILIO NAVAIRA, INTOCABLE, LOS CARDENALES DE N.L., LOS TRAILEROS DEL NORTE, DAVID MARES, RAMIRO "RAM" HERRERA, ROBERTO AND BOBBY PULIDO, MARCOS OROZCO, LA MAFIA, LOS PALOMINOS, ELISEO ROBLES, LOS ANGELES DE CHARLE, HERMANOS FARIAS "TROPA F AND MANY, MANY MORE.

We produced over 200 music videos for different artist and bands in Mexico & the USA.

I did all this with the help and support of my wife, Mary and my 2 daughters.

I am very grateful to all the employees and people that made my company and show a success, especially to my GOOD FRIEND AND RIGHT HAND MAN - DIONISIO RODRIGUEZ who still to this day is at my side.  


Also I thank all the sponsors, too many to mention, that made the show possible.


I thank God for this and for giving me another opportunity in life which for the past 4½ I have been enjoying my family and grandchildren.




Coming up:
La Mafia vs Kumbia All Starz in 'mano a mano'
Reggaeton shows coming up

The big weekend includes the usual Tejano and conjunto highlights, but also a new "deathmatch" between La Mafia and the Kumbia All Starz. More on that below.

Pulido Bobby 8x10 vive1 320.JPGMeantime, tickets have gone on sale for Luis Miguel's new tour dates in Texas. He stops in San Antonio on Oct. 14 at the AT&T Center. Luis Miguel was last here in 2005. From one of my recent LM reviews: "The 13-piece band was tight and on the money, particularly the awesome horn section.
"Luis Miguel injected a new slower reading of the classic bolero 'No Me Platiques Mas,' on the art of denial, and later produced a new lament on 'Contigo Aprendi,' a lovely tune about how life begins when true love is discovered. It was during this brief bolero segment, that Luis Miguel seemed to really get into his songs. He concentrated and worked hard, trying to produce the hypnotic and addictive qualities of a live performance that make for great moments.
"It is these moments when an artist tries his hardest to find new meanings or reach new emotions to produce a different interpretation of a great song, that truly connects with and ignites audiences."

Luis Miguel's most recent album, "Cómplices," debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Latin Albums chart in May.

And we also have Tejano golden boy Bobby Pulido back in town tonight for a concert Friday at Graham Central Station. Pulido is following in the steps of his dad Roberto Pulido plays a solid blend of conjunto, Tejano and cumbias.

And then we have the world wrestling federation-style mishmash between La Mafia and the Kumbia All Starz. Like the WWF, the groups are hoping that by boasting, posing, huffing, puffing and otherwise trying to look mean and tough, they can create enough curiosity to get enough fans out there.

The show is scheduled Saturday in Robstown.

And then we have Jesse Deleon/Variety Mix Friday at Cadillac Bar, 212 S. Flores. And also the Cancionero Mexicano showcase by the Hispanic Heritage Society.Directed by Cristina Ortega, the event will include Voces de San Antonio and will showcase corridos, rancheras, serenades and more. 4 p.m. Aug. 4. Instituto Cultural de México, 600 HemisFair Plaza Way. $10. (210) 822-3247.

More weekend details:
Concerts Calendar 7/29: Pulido, Tovares, Variety Mix 

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Official Agenda

 

All Official Convention events and activities will take place at the Hyatt Regency Hotel at Reunion or the Dallas Convention Center, unless otherwise indicated.

 

Free Shuttle Service will be provided between hotel and convention center.                  Schedule and performers are subject to change.

 

Friday, August 15                                                    

 

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM                 Registration/Tejano Convention Store

                                                Hyatt Hotel

Trinity A& B

 

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM                 Dodge Ram Ride and Drive  

                                                Available to All Registered Attendees

                                                Hyatt Hotel

Trinity Crossing

 

Noon - 5:00 PM                      AARP TEJANOEXPERIENCE USA FANFARE &                                                                       EXPO

                                                Hyatt Hotel

Marsalis Hall

 

                                                Wachovia "Mi Casita Tejana" Home Ownership Expo

                                                Information on mortgage products, free credit reports and                                                                     counseling. Win great prizes by playing "So You Want To                                                                     Be A Homeowner?"  

Hyatt Hotel

Marsalis Hall

                                               

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM                 Tejano Dance Instruction

                                                Hyatt Hotel

Reunion G&H                         

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM                 SEMINARS

                                                Hyatt Hotel

 

                                                ARTIST/MANAGEMENT TRACK

                                               

                                                Latin Music Today: State of the Music Industry

                                                Reunion A

                                                An in-depth discussion from a panel of diverse music                                                                 business professionals on important topics involving the                                                              Latin and Texas music communities.

                                                Presented by the Texas Chapter of the Recording Academy

                                                Moderator:      

                                                Ramiro Burr, Syndicated Columnist, Book Author, and                                                                     Billboard Correspondent, San Antonio, TX

                                                Panelists:         

                                                David Garcia Jr., Entertainment Attorney

                                                Casey Monahan, Director, State of Texas Music Office,                                                                               Austin, TX

                                                Sunny Sauceda, Recording Artist, Vice President, the                                                                                   Recording Academy, Texas Chapter, San Antonio,                                                                            TX

                                                Gilbert Velasquez, Producer, San Antonio, TX

 

FAN SERIES

 

                                                ON THE RECORD ARTIST FORUM: LEGENDS OF                                                                TEJANO

                                                Reunion C

                                                Jimmy Edward, Johnny Hernandez & Alfonso Ramos

                                               

                                                WRITER'S SERIES

                                               

                                                Luis Silva: The Art of the Hit Song!

                                                Reunion F

                                                Aspiring writer's will have the opportunity to hear from                                                              one of the most prolific writers in the Tejano music                                                                                industry.  Hear first hand what makes a hit song.  Question                                                                       and answer period will allow participants time to exchange                                                                 thoughts and ideas.

 

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM                 WRANGLER Celebrity Fashion Show presented by                                                                      Elida Cosmetics

                                                Hyatt Hotel

                                                Marsalis Hall

                                                See your favorite Tejano artists and other local celebrities                                                                      in the latest Wrangler Western Fashion.

 

3:00 PM - 4:30 PM                 SEMINARS

                                                Hyatt Hotel

                                   

                                                ARTIST/MANAGEMENT TRACK

 

                                                MEDIA & PUBLICITY TRACK

                                               

                                                Digital Tejano: Web, Internet Radio & Blogs

                                                Reunion A

                                                Advancing & connecting La Onda Tejana are the                                                                                  discussion points as the top internet companies discuss how                                                       to have success in new media.  Topics covered include                                                                                                  band width, picture size, chatroom, blogs, etc.  Successful                                                                                                    Tejano presence is the topic of the day with this panel.

 

                                                Moderator:

                                                Panelists:

                                                Dave Biondi, Owner, BNETRadio.com, Houston, TX

                                                Michael Kobus, Executive Producer, Party on the Plaza, Houston,                                                              TX

                                                Ramon Sustaita, Jr., Musician, Tejano Avenue Productions,                                                                        Dallas, TX

                                                Rolando Sustaita, Musician, Tejano Avenue Productions, Dallas,                                                                TX

 

                                                INDUSTRY TRACK

                                               

                                                COUNTRY CROSSINGS: TEJANO AND COUNTRY                                                                MUSIC EXPLORING A NEW FRONTIER!

                                                Reunion F

                                                Tejano and Country's music histories come together as one                                                                   for an in-depth discussion of the unique similarities                                                                                 between the two genres of music.  History, case studies and                                                      a nod to the future set the stage for opportunities for Tejano                                                           artists, as well as Country music growth in the Hispanic                                                                  market. 

                                                Presented in association with the Country Radio                                                                                    Broadcasters

                                                Moderator:

                                                Ramiro Burr, syndicated columnist, book author, and                                                                                   Billboard correspondent, San Antonio, TX

                                                Panelists:

                                                Jaye Albright, Albright & O'Malley Country                                                                                                  Consulting/RadioIQPartner, Bainbridge Island, WA                                                              Chris Huff, APD/MD 96.3 KSCS, Dallas, TX

                                                Sean Ross, Vice President of Music Programming, Edison                                                                            Media Research, Newark, NJ

                                                Ed Salamon, Executive Director, Country Radio                                                                                           Broadcasters, Nashville, TX

                                                Rick Trevino, Artist, Austin, TX

                                               

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM                 Tejano Dance Instruction

                                                Hyatt Hotel

                                                Reunion G&H

 

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM                 TEJANO LIVE! UNPLUGGED

                                                LINDA ESCOBAR with LOS ENMASCARADOS

                                                Hyatt Hotel

                                                Pegasus Alcove

 

5:00 PM - 6:30 PM                 Tejano Artist Salute VIP Reception

                                                Presented by The Recording Academy, Texas Chapter and                                                                   the Tejano Music National Convention

                                                Hyatt Hotel

                                               

 6:00 PM                                  Registration & Doors Open

                                                Dallas Convention Center, Exhibit Hall A&B

 

7:00 PM - 1:00 AM                TEJANO MEGA DANCE

                                                Dallas Convention Center, Exhibit Hall A&B

 

7:00 PM - 7:15 PM                 OPENING WELCOME

 

7:15 PM - 8:45 PM                 THE HORIZON SHOWCASE                                            

                                                AVIZO Houston's Powerhouse with MEGAN LEYVA,                                                                  VERONICA SUSTAITA, and CANDICE VARGAS                                                                     

                                                CLASSIC VOICES OF LA ONDA

                                                JIMMY EDWARD, JOHNNY HERNANDEZ, ALFONSO                                                          RAMOS, AND SUNNY OZUNA featuring RUDY PALACIOS

 

8:45 PM - 8:55 PM                 TEX-MEX SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT                                                                                          AWARD PRESENTATION

                                                TEJANO R.O.O.T.S. HALL OF FAME

 

9:00 PM  - 10:10 PM              POWER CONJUNTO SEGMENT

                                                SUNNY SAUCEDA together with JAIME Y LOS                                                              CHAMACOS

                                                           

10:10 PM - 10:20 PM             TEX-MEX SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT                                                                                          HUMANITARIAN AWARD PRESENTATION

                                                KXTN MORNING TEAM "JONNY RAMIREZ IN                                                                     THE MORNING"

 

10:25 PM - 11:35 PM             REUNION PERFORMANCES: 80'S FLASHBACK

                                                FAMA with LA SOMBRA de Tony Guerrero

 

11:50 PM - 1:00 AM               THE ULTIMATE JAY!

                                                JAY PEREZ with special guests AVIZO, JIMMY                                                              EDWARD, SHELLY LARES, and members of the                                                                        legendary Chicano Rock band MALO featuring                                                                                  JORGE SANTANA

 

 

Saturday, August 16

 

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM                 Registration/Tejano Convention Store

                                                Hyatt Hotel

                                                Trinity A&B

 

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM                 Dodge Ram Ride and Drive

                                                Available to All Registered Attendees

                                                Hyatt Hotel

                                                Trinity Crossing

 

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM            TEJANO MUSIC SUMMIT & FORUM

                                                Reunion F

                                                Presented by the Tejano Music Network, the North Texas                                                                    Tejano Music Coalition, the Austin Tejano Music                                                                                  Coalition, the Houston Tejano Music Coalition, and Vive                                                                       Tejano.                                                            

 

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM             MUSIC MASTER CLASSES

                                               

                                                Master Class Series: The Saxophone by Joe Posada

                                                Reunion E

                                                Master Class Series: The Trumpet by Lonny LaLane                                                                (Avizo)

                                                Reunion B                                                        

                                               

Gabbanelli presents

                                                Master Class Series: The Accordion and Bajo Sexto

                                                Pegasus B

                                               

11:00 AM - 5:00 PM              AARP TEJANO EXPERIENCE USA FANFARE &                                                                       EXPO

                                                Hyatt Hotel

                                                Marsalis Hall

                                               

                                                Wachovia Mi Casita Tejana Home Ownership Expo

                                                Information on mortgage products, free credit reports and                                                                     counseling. Win great prizes by playing "So You Want To                                                                     Be A Homeowner?"
                                                Hyatt Hotel

                                                Marsalis Hall

 

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM               Radio Programmer's Summit

                                                Pegasus B

                                                (by invitation only)

                                                Hyatt Hotel

                                                Pegasus B

 

                                                Tejano Music Promoter's & Club Owners Summit

                                                Reunion E

                                                (by invitation only)

                                                Hyatt Hotel

                                                Reunion E

                                               

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM                  Tejano Dance Instruction

                                                Hyatt Hotel

                                                Reunion G&H                                     

 

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM                 SEMINARS

                                                Hyatt Hotel

 

                                                ARTIST/MANAGEMENT TRACK

                                                                                                 

                                                "How I Wrote That Song"                

                                                 Reunion F

                                                The panel will feature leading songwriters in Latin music                                                                         and will be moderated by Associate Directors, Latin Music,                                                      Marissa Lopez and Jake Cavazos.  In addition to sharing                                                                                                the stories behind their hit songs, the songwriters will                                                                                                          perform excerpts from the tunes themselves. "How I Wrote                                                                                            That Song" is a panel series initially created by BMI in Los                                                                                      Angeles and is held annually during Grammy awards week.

                                                Presented by BMI

                                                Moderators:

                                                Jake Cavazos, Associate Directors, Latin Music, BMI,                                                                               Miami, FL

                                                Marissa Lopez, Associate Directors, Latin Music, BMI,                                                                              Los Angeles, CA

                                                Presenters:

                                                                Ramon Gonzalez Mora, Writer, San Antonio, TX

                                                Stefani Montiel, Recording Artist, San Antonio, TX

                                                Sunny Sauceda, Recording Artist, San Antonio, TX

                                                Gabriel Vazquez, Recording Artist, San Antonio, TX

                                                 

 

FAN SERIES: ON THE RECORD WITH TEJANO LEGENDS

                                                RUBEN RAMOS: EL MERO GATO NEGRO!   

                                                Reunion A                                                                   

                                               

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM                 WRANGLER Celebrity Fashion Show presented by                                                                      Elida Cosmetics

                                                Hyatt Hotel

                                                Marsalis

                                                See your favorite Tejano artists and other local celebrities                                                                      in the latest Wrangler Western Fashion.

 

3:00 PM - 4:30 PM                 SEMINARS

                                                Hyatt Hotel

 

                                                ARTIST/MANAGEMENT TRACK

                                               

                                                TOOLS FOR SUCCESS IN TEJANO MUSIC:

                                                ROYALTIES & DISTRIBUTION WHAT EVERY                                                                        ARTIST SHOULD KNOW

                                                Reunion F

                                                Best practices for success in the Tejano music industry are                                                                     discussed.  The A to Z of what every artist should know in                                                                    how royalties work and how distribution works. A must for                                                   new recording artists!

                                                Moderator:

                                                Ricardo Hernandez, Management, Aur-Marc Management,                                                              Dallas, TX

                                                Panelists:

                                                Carlos Alvarez, AR & Publishing, Discos A.R.C., San Antonio, TX

                                                Albert Dutchover, Vice President of Distribution, Vista Media,                                                                    Houston, TX

                                                Chano Elizondo, CEO, CE Distributing, San Antonio, TX

                                                                                                                                               

                                                INDUSTRY TRACK

 

                                                CREATING YOUR OWN TEJANO PROGRAM:                                                                        HOW TO ACCESS PUBLIC TV & RADIO

                                                Reunion A

                                                Moderator:

                                                Panelists:

                                                Michael Andrew, Puro Conjunto Tejano TV Show, Laredo, TX

                                                Art Garcia, DJ, La Pura Onda, KNTU, Denton, TX

                                                Viviana Medellin, DJ, Taste of Tejano, Kansas City, MO

                                               

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM                  Tejano Dance Instruction

                                                Hyatt Hotel

                                                Reunion G&H

 

3:30 PM -4:30 PM                   TEJANO LIVE! UNPLUGGED

                                                VIDA; The Electric Cowboys

                                                Hyatt Hotel

                                                Pegasus Alcove

 

6:00 PM                                   Registration & Doors Open

                                                Dallas Convention Center, Exhibit Hall A&B

 

7:00 PM - 1:00 AM                TEJANO MEGA DANCE

                                                Dallas Convention Center, Exhibit Hall A&B

 

7:00 PM - 7:15 PM                 OPENING WELCOME

 

 7:15 PM - 8:00 PM                UNITY PERFORMANCE: THE CONJUNTO                                                                               EXPLOSION

                                                LOS GARCIA BROTHERS AND THE HOMETOWN                                                                BOYS

 

8:00 PM - 8:10 PM                 TEX-MEX SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT                                                                                          AWARD PRESENTATION

                                                JOHNNY GONZALES ZARAPE RECORDS

 

8:15 PM - 8:55 PM                 LADIES CHOICE

                                                JOE POSADA with special guests DAVID MAREZ and                                                   JOE JAMA               

 

8:55 PM - 9:05 PM                 TEX-MEX SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT                                                                                          AWARD "PIONEER IN MUSIC" PRESENTATION

                                                FLACO JIMENEZ

 

9:10 PM - 10:05 PM               LONESTAR SHOOTOUT DE LA ONDA!

                                                RICK TREVINO, FLACO JIMENEZ, LOS                                                                                   TEXMANIACS with special guest RUBEN RAMOS

 

10:20 PM - 11:10 PM             UNITY PERFORMANCE: LOS PRIMOS

                                                ROBERTO PULIDO Y LOS CLASICOS with                                                                                CHENTE BARRERA Y TACONAZO special guest                                                                      ELIDA REYNA

 

11:25 PM - 12:05 AM MICHAEL SALGADO

 

12:15 AM - 1:00 AM              RUBEN RAMOS and the MEXICAN REVOLUTION

 

 

Sunday, August 19

 

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM                 Registration/Tejano Convention Store

                                                Hyatt Hotel

                                                Trinity A&B

 

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM                 Dodge Ram Ride and Drive

                                                Available to All Registered Attendees

                                                Hyatt Hotel

                                                Trinity Crossing

 

Noon - 4:00 PM                      AARP TEJANOEXPERIENCE USA FANFARE &                                                                       EXPO

                                                Hyatt Hotel

                                                Marsalis

 

                                                Wachovia "Mi Casita Tejana" Home Ownership Expo

                                                Information on mortgage products, free credit reports and                                                                     counseling. Win great prizes by playing "So You Want To                                                                     Be A Homeowner?"
                                                Hyatt Hotel

                                                Marsalis 

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