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2008 LATIN RECORDING ACADEMY SPECIAL AWARDS RECIPIENTS


Cheo Feliciano, Vikki Carr and Astrud Gilberto were among the recipients announced for the 2008 Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement Awards.

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The 2008 Latin Grammy ceremony will be a historic event, marking the first time a Grammy award show is held in Texas.

The other Lifetime Achievement recipients are Angelica Maria, Maria Dolores Pradera, and Estela Raval. In addition, Grammy officials are also presenting Larry Harlow, Simon Diaz and Juanito Marquez with the 2008 Trustees award.

"This is a diverse group of honorees that represent the vivid history, rich diversity and true foundation of Latin music," said Gabriel Abaroa, President of The Latin Recording Academy.

"Their legendary passion and artistry has spanned many decades across many countries, illustrating the prominence and importance of Latin music globally. The Board of Trustees of The Latin Recording Academy is honored to pay homage to these creative and innovative visionaries who have made prolific contributions to Latin culture." GilbertoAstrud88.JPG

A weekly schedule of concerts throughout the city of Houston have been scheduled to help create awareness and excitement in the first ever Grammy show to be held in Houston.

In addition, Grammy officials are also presenting a series of their signature Street Parties in different cities.

"We are proud to continue celebrating the road to Latin music's hottest night with the Latin Grammy Street Parties," said Abaroa."These festivals allow us to create a bond between music lovers and the Latin Grammys, through the power of music, and the talented artists that make an impression along the way."

Recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Awards are selected based on their creative contributions and body of work produced during their lifetime.

Puerto Rico's Cheo Feliciano began carving out a career as a distinctive salsa singer in the 1960s, scoring hits such as  "El Ratón" and "A La Seis." Feliciano was known for fusing blues, bolero, and R&B singing styles.

In a span of four decades, Carr has recorded more than 60 albums in various genres, including pop, jazz, country and boleros. She has also performed on the big screen and on stage and has won three Grammys.

Astrud Gilberto is a Brazilian bossa nova singer who first shot to the top with the unforgettable hit, "The Girl From Ipanema." Her other hits include "Insensatez" and "Corcovado." Mexican pop singer Angélica Maríafirst made a name singing boleros and later scored in with a couple of rock en Español hits. She has also enjoyed a career as an actress on TV, stage and films.

María Dolores Pradera is a singer from Spain who began her career as an actress. But it was her stint with Los Gemelos where she achieved her memorable hits "La Flor De La Canela" and "Amarraditos."

Argentinean singer Estela Raval was influential for bringing '50s doo wop into Latin America with her group Los 5 Latinos. Their hits included "Tú Eres Mi Destino" and  "Solamente Tú."

The artists receiving the Trustees Awards were selected on the basis of their contributions to the field of recording.

 More details: Grammy.com

 

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Comedy, salsa and Tex-Mex are in the forecast for the next few days. Not to mention that the church fall season is in full swing. Colao Band_balcony_1b 340.JPG

Colaó Latin group to perform at El Jarro de Arturo Mexican restaurant, 13421 San Pedro (Hwy 281N @ Bitters). 8:30 p.m., Oct. 4. $12. (210) 494-5084 www.eljarro.com.  Led by Gilberto Alvarez, Colaó features veteran musicians tnat play a fusion of cumbia, guaracha, salsa, merengue, mambo and son cubano. Band members include founder Ray Rodriguez, vocals/guitar; Mario "El Mago," percussion; "Richie," bass/brass; Ray Garcia,

(Photos courtesy D.Marin)

percussion; and Jessie Garcia, guitar/vocals. www.colaomusic.com  

St. Jude Church Festival Groups include David Lee Garza y Los Musicales and Los Desperadoz. Refreshments and food booths. Admission is free before 4 p.m. Noon-11 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 4 at Rosedale Park. Details: 210-432-8044.

Andy_Kern.JPGLatin Comedy Night  Featuring comedians Andy Kern, Felipe Esparza and Cleto Esparza. To be followed with by Latin Night Mix After Party with DJ Papote. Oct. 4. Sam Houston Club, Fort Sam Houston.

Artie V y Grupo Suave Solid group making weaves. Friday, 10/3. Cadillac Bar, 212 S. Flores. Groups here tend to play a little on the uncomfortable, high end of the volume scale. Also at Cadillac10/10 Final Cut; 10/17, Soulstruck; 10/24, Jesse De Leon y Variety Mix;10/31, Pete Ybarra y Grupo Fuego in Halloween party with costume contest. In between live set DJs Saint and Hobby keep it hot. Artie V also Sept. 28, Little Flower Festival. myspace.com/cadillacbar 

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

National Night Out Annual event features Jinmy Gonzalez & Mazz, and other bands. Alamodome. Free. 6-11 p.m. Tuesday. Details Dave Arevalo 210-534-1555

Patio Andaluz Reunion Dance Featuring Sunny Ozuna, Dimas, Joe Jama, Rudy Tee, Ernie Garibay, Rene Rene, Little Henry, Sonny Ace. Sequence, Badd Medezine, Cat's Don't Sleep, Larry Lange & Lonely Knight. Plaza Guadalupe, 1300 Guadalupe. 5-midnight Saturday, Oct. 4. $10. (210) 212-6508

Rock the Vote Rally Gathering to feature Liza Ybarra and DJ GQ Velasquez. Free. 6 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Oct. 4. Memorial Branch Library, 3222 Culebra. (210) 432-6783, (210) 207-2500.

Oldies But Goodies Night featuring Five Star Band. The Coast, Vance Jackson at Loop 410. 8 p.m. Wednesdays. Free

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29th Annual Festival Chicano Featuring Chente Barrera, Jimmy Edwards, Augustin Ramirez, Festival Chicano Orchestra, Hermanos Cortez, Little Joe y La Familia, Elida Reyna y Avante, Negami, Mariachi M.E.C.A., Ram Herrera & Outlaw Band, David Marez & People, Shelly Lares, Raza Connection, Chuy Negrete. Free. Oct. 2-4. Miller Outdoor Theatre in Houston's Hermann Park.

Immaculate Heart of Mary Church Festival Featuring live music with Grupo Sin Igual, Sandra Gonzalez and DJ. Also food and family fun. 617 S. Santa Rosa Ave. 11-10 p.m. Sunday. Free. (210) 226-8268
 
St. John's Fall Fest Featuring Los Desperadoz..Noon-11 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5. Church grounds, 1285 Audubon Dr. $5 after 6 p.m. (210) 735-3526
 
Los Badd Boys & Los Tremendos Alacranes Teams hookup for solid grouping. 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4. Cuahtemoc Hall, 1100 Patton St., San Marcos

October Fest Dance Featuring Bobby Esquivel & Latin Band. $8-$10 Saturday, Oct. 18. (210) 789-2484. Also Janie's Record Shop (210) 735-2070

LibertyBandBobby EsquivelOctoberfest2008Postcard342.JPGArtie V y Grupo Suave Crisp, solid band rocks the stage. Sometimes a little too loud. 10/31. Frio Saloon, 801 S. Frio.  friosaloon.com

Joe Jama benefit Oct. 12, noon-6 p.m. at Bar on Broadway. There will be BBQ plates for sale at $6. Bands will perform but according to Lillie Elizondo the lineup has not been determined as yet. Send contributions to: Woodforest National Bank (at Super Wal-Marts) Acct: Lilly Elizondo c/o Joe Perales.

Betty Jean Prieto Benefit. For owner of Orphan Annies. Guest artists include Grupo Sereno, Johnny Ray, Ernie Garibay & Cats Don't Sleep, Jo Jo & Company. Oct. 12. Contact: Gloria Travieso-Chavez 210-528-0254

Bar-B-Que Benefit Gathering for Norma Garcia (funeral expenses). Chicken plate with all trimmings. Featuring Boni Mauricio, Mando y La Venganza, Los Bad Boys Del Valle, Cuatro Rosas, Los Karnalez de Roy Mauricio, Johnny "El Brujo" Cruz  & Texas Chain Gang, Los "D" Boyz. 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5. Big D's, 4664 Krostroyz @ Sunnybrook, Corpus Christi. Details: Jason Lara, 361-288-5376; Raymond Garcia, 361-737-2487

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

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Daniel Monserrat Singer plays Fridays/  Wednesdays.  La Marginal, 2447 Nacogdoches Rd, (210) 804-2242
 
Blue Bubble Ballroom Swing time with groups 6 p.m.  Sundays in "Swing Factory" dance/concert series at Blue Bubble Ballroom, 9315 Broadway. $5. All ages. 7-8 p.m. free lessons by SASDS.
 
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Oscar Cruz y Escape Fast, furious, and seriously party-minded, this is a cool band that whips up a dance storm with disco, cumbias, merengues, oldies, Tex-Mex. Quarterbacked by singer/keyboardist Oscar Cruz, the talent includes Alvaro Mendoza, vocals/ percussion; Bert Ybarra, guitars; Abraham Humpries, bass; and Joe Gonzalez, drums. Band plays Chango's Havana Club, 23535 IH 10 West & Leon Springs Exit. 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, oscarcruzandescape.com

Danny Acosta y QVO Band plays mix of oldies, funk, R&B.Friday. Club Movida, 306  E. Mitchell. (210) 534-4477. Owner Rick Robles runs a tight ship. Club Movida.  Also Cumbia Tex, 10/4.  Q-VO band plays every Sunday

Roger Velasquez & Latin Legends Top group shines with its repertoire and virtuosity. Thursdays, Bar On Broadway. Also Luckey Road Saloon, 10/3 and 10/31 (Halloween Party); You Know, Bandera Rd., Oct. 10 

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. Final Cut, Friday; George Rivas Band, Saturday; All Star Band 9 p.m. Sunday.

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

Jorge Alejandro y La Paz Versatile singer/songwriter wrapping up new CD due for release late October. Tuesdays, Hot Tin Roof, IH 10/Callaghan; Oct. 3 and 25 (Halloween party), King Williies, 943 S. Alamo St.

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

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Beto Quintanilla Jr. Headlines concert/dance.Also Pochimex and Linderos del Norte. Saturday, Oct. 4. Randy's Ballroom, 1534 Bandera. $20-$25.

Taste of San Antonio Expo Entertainment on multiple stages includes Patsy Torres Show, Los Texas Wranglers, Chente Barrera, 21 Black, Oscar Rodriguez and River City Big Band. Free. Market Square. Noon-10 p.m. Saturday; Noon-9 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4-5. SA Restaurant Association 210-734-7663 or sara@sarametro.com. www.tasteofsanantonio.com.

 

Party on the Plaza New season of popular concert series starts Oct. 7. 5-10 p.m, Tuesdays & Wednesdays with best in Tex-Mex & Latin music. Free before 7 p.m. $5 after. 21 & up.. (832) 324-8074. Jones Plaza, Houston. partyontheplaza.info  www.myspace.com/partyontheplaza 

RodriguezOscar 55.jpgOscar 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. A Taste of San Antonio Market Square, Oct. 5

Ramiro Herrera Singer headlines OctoberFest at St Mary Magdellan. Oct. 5.

Los Tigres del Norte Venerable norteño outfit back on the road in the U.S. for some 16 dates. Los Tigres set to play Gran Jaripeo Y Baile with Los Baron de Apodaca, Alacranez de Durango. Silverado Rodeo, 7030 Old Pearsall. Oct. 5. 210-623-4400 Also Dallas, American Airlines Center, Oct. 4; Houston's Toyota Center, Oct. 5; Laredo Entertainment Center, Nov. 1, McAllen's Dodge Arena, Nov. 2.

St. Gabriel's Octoberfest With Johnny Martinez, Eddie Gonzalez, Carlos y Los Cachorros, Torres Lane, Chachi Diaz. Scheduled 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, St. Gabriel's Church, 747 SW 39th St. Free.
 

TexManiacs Energetic Tex-Mex band mixes up border music,Tejano and more. Also Grupo Vida for Peanut Festival in Floresville. Oct. 10

International Accordion Festival Featuring Conjunto Ritmos Santeños de Osvaldo Ayala , Curtis Poullard and The Creole Zydeco Band, Jeremías Martín & Group, Charles Thibodeaux and the Austin Cajun Aces, Mexican Roots Trio,  Kal, Vrazels' Polka Band, Amuma Says No, Rupa & the April Fishes, Paulino Bernal, Daddy Squeeze Trio, Neshko Neshev and Kalin Kirilov, Andrei Mihalache, Trio Roi Maceda, Joe Ely and Joel Guzman. La Villita. Oct.11-12

Edgewood Alumnia Asso Scholarship Dance Annual event features Jimmy Edward, Latin Express. 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct.11. Villita Assembly Hall. (310 349-6549

Main Plaza Music Festival includes various events such as: Latin Lunes, a lunch-time series on Mondays through December. The lunch-time series runs through the week such as Ben King, Rebecca Valadez, Max Baca, Joe Posada, Claude "Butch" Morgan, Hot Sauce, Terry Cavanaugh. Raza en la Plaza is a 7 p.m. series with George Morin and Jazz Suave Friday; SAS! (San Antonio Sound!) Oct. 17; Patricia Vonne, Oct. 18. SAS! continues through December. On Sunday it's Conjunto Tocadita at lunch with Foxy Garcia, accordion & Chucho Perales, bajo sexto. Also San Fernando Health & Safety Fair, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4 presented by San Fernando Cathedral. Free screenings. Doctors available for consultations. Free. (210) 225-9800 www.mainplaza.org  

Jimmy Edward Tejano pioneer sings with versatile group Latin Express. Oct. 11. La Villita

Jimmy Gonzalez y Grupo Mazz One of Tex-Mex's best group on stage. Cool Arrows. Oct. 11

Neil Diamond Pop legend takes the stage for another nostalgic trip. Oct. 12. AT&T Center

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

Kumbia All-Starz Red-hot group  scheduled to play Oct. 19 at State Fair of Texas in Dallas.

Tejano Academy Music Awards Top stars recognized by peers. Oct. 23. La Villita Assembly Hall. Emcees of the 5th annual TAMA will be the Desperadoz.

Blessed Sacrament Halloween Featuring Ramiro Herrera and Infinity Band. Oct. 24. Church grounds, Oblate at Shannon Lee. Free. 

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.

H.E.B Health Fair. Free medical consultations, free screenings, free samples. food booths and family entertainment. Free admission, free parking. Children's Fun Zone. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 11. (210) 226-1177.

2008 Showcase of Hispanic Ad Agencies  Annual event to showcase the cutting edge Spanish-language advertising for national clients created by local Hispanic Ad Agencies 

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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/ LopezgEORGEbbbb82007.jpg

George Lopez Top comedian back on another tour. AT&T Center. Nov. 15. Tix:on sale Saturday for $69.75, $59.75, $49.75 & $39.75. www.georgelopez.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 says 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 myspace. com/bosmanshbk1

 

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Yeah, I did a double-take too when I saw the headline that big screen legand Paul Newman had died.


Newman was supremely talented. He was riveting, compelling, magnetic, unforgettable.

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According to the Associated Press, Newman died of cancer after a brilliant six-decade Hollywood career that produced unforgettable movies such as "Butch Cassidy & Sundance Kid," "Young Philadephians," "The Verdict," "The Sting," "Cool Hand Luke" and "The Hustler," among many.

AP reported Newman died Saturday at his farmhouse near Westport, Connecticut.

His family released a statement:

"His death was as private and discreet as the way he had lived his life, a humble artist who never thought of himself as 'big,' surrounded by his beloved family and the close circle of friends." 

The AP story went on to report: "Paul Leonard Newman, known as "PL" to his friends, appeared in more than 50 movies, including "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," "The Hustler," "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" and "The Sting." He earned nine Oscar nominations for acting and won the best actor honour for 1986's "The Color of Money"."

The AFP reported: "Paul Newman's craft was acting. His passion was racing. His love was his family and friends. And his heart and soul were dedicated to helping make the world a better place for all," Newman's Own foundation Vice-Chairman Robert Forrester said in a statement from Westport, Connecticut. The actor had suffered from cancer."

For more details:

Paul Newman dead at 83 (+pics, video)
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Hollywood legend Paul Newman is dead NDTV.com
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Sunday 6 p.m.

Waiting for the Super Star Tribute/Joe Jama Benefit to unfold at the Blanco Ballroom tonight.

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First band scheduled to go on is Ernie Garibay & Cats Don't Sleep and others scheduled to come on include Ruben Ramos.

Meantime, we've learned there are a few more benefits coming up.

First, Lillie Elizondo told us there will be another Joe Jama benefit Oct,. 12, noon-6 p.m. at Bar on Broadway. There will be BBQ plates for sale at $6. Bands will perform but the lineup has not been determined as yet.

Another benefit has been scheduled Oct. 12 for Betty Jean Prieto, owner of Orphan Annies. Guest artists include Grupo Sereno, Johnny Ray, Ernie Garibay & Cats Don't Sleep, Jo Jo & Company.

Contact: Gloria Travieso-Chavez 210-528-0254.

Then there's the St. Jude Church Festival set noon-11 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 4 at Rosedale Park. Groups include David Lee Garza y Los Musicales and Los Desperadoz. There will be refreshments and food booths. Admission is free before 4 p.m. Details: 210-432-8044.

Getting back to Joe Jama, we visited him briefly and found him in good spirits. At the moment, he is blind in one eye and has partial vision in the other. He needs two more operations to relieve the pressure behind his eyes, brought on by diabetes.

For three decades, singer Joe Jama has been one of San Antonio's prize jewels.

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Still to play Sunday were Jorge Alejandro, Joe Posada, Roger Velasquez, David Marez, Ruben Ramos-Sunny-Ramiro Herrera. Also performing will be 5 Star Band, Terri & The Flashback, Rocky OBG Band, etc.

For more details: Rene Garcia 724-2443 

Send contributions to: Woodforest National Bank (at Super Wal-Marts) Acct: Lilly Elizondo c/o Joe Perales.

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For more than three decades, singer Joe Jama has been one of San Antonio's prize jewels.

JamaJoe 2 2008.JPGHe's a talented singer and bassist and a sterling representative of San Antonio's rich music heritage.

Unfortunately, like several other local and regional musicians, Joe Jama has fallen ill and is struggling with limited resources to get medical treatment for his  diabetes and related complications.

And in another San Antonio tradition singer Rene Garcia, of the Five Star Band,.has come forward and organized a benefit, scheduled 5 p.m.-midnight Sunday at the Blanco Ballroom, 3719 Blanco Rd.. Tickets are $10 and there will also be raffles.

We asked Rene why he stepped forward:

"Because Joe Jama has been playing here for 50 years. He's sung at every benefit I have ever been at," HerreraRamiro- 300 3 2008.JPGGarcia said. "He's an unsung hero in S.A. He's not famous but he has tremendous talent, his vocals sound as good as Al Green."

The Super Star Tribute/Joe Jama Benefit is to help defray medical costs.

 

The linup includes (in this order) Ernie Garibay, Jorge Alejandro, Joe Posada, Roger Velasquez, David Marez, Ruben Ramos-Sunny-Ramiro Herrera. Also performing will be 5 Star Band, Terri & The Flashback, Rocky OBG Band, etc.

For more details: Rene Garcia 724-2443 

Send contributions to: Woodforest National Bank (at Super Wal-Marts) Acct: Lilly Elizondo c/o Joe Perales.

 

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Live music and dance will be showcased in the "Con Alma Hispana" concert scheduled

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Sunday at Our Lady of the Lake University.

 

Presented by the HIspanic Heritage Society, the "Con Alma Hispana," is scheduled at 3 p.m. Sunday at Thiry Auditorim.

Tickets are $10-$15. 

The concert will feature pop singer Franco, Voces De San Antonio, Nataly Peña, Emanuel Zapata, David Strauss, Kevin Evans, flamenco dance group España Viva, and Hispanic Folklore Dancers Studio Mexicapan. (Photos courtesy Hispanic Heritage Society)

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The concert is scheduled at Thiry Auditorium, Our Lady of The Lake University, 411 S.W. 24th.

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RizzoRosalinda00000064[1].JPGAccording to organizer Cristina Ortega, the event will be presented in three acts: "Las Tonadillas," a melodic stroll through the South American Andes, Colombia, Argentina, Chile, Perú and Venezuela and a third act consisting of the songs, costumes and dances of the Southeast of México.

Sponsors include Frost Bank, City of San Antonio Cultural Affiars, Mimi Stevens Piper Foundation, Drury Inn, and San Antonio Express-News.

 

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Yes, it's true. Tough news for RBD fans.
 
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The news site Laoreja is reporting that the film project has been put on indefinite hold reportedly because of scheduling conflict of the various members. 

(Photos courtesy EMI Televisa)

Damián was quoted by People en Espanol.as saying: "I don't know what's going to happen. I have to say I'm a bit sad about it. Everything's up in the air. Damian added that "getting everyone together to commit the time to shoot is a difficult task.'

RBD is reportedly to record the next CD in February 2009. That CD will; be their last in their contract with EMI.

 

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Pre-Grammy concerts sked announced
Hurricane Ike delays Houston's POP concert series
Emilio involved in new car accident; in stable condition
Emilio, Rosita, Dos Gilbertos among 2008 Tejano ROOTS Hall of Fame
News/updates: Nataly Pena, Gabriel CD debut, new Fama single 
Emilio, Kumbia All Starz, Freddie Martinez among Latin Grammy nominees 
Dallas Cowboys MNF pre-game show to include Jay Perez 
Jose Jose: asks media to ignore 3 pilfered chapters from forthcoming book 
POP 2008: showcasing top stars in downtown Houston 
Concerts Calendar: Salgado, Monserrat, Azul

Coming up:
RBD fans will have to wait for group film
Church festivals showcase regional bands

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Calle 13 - René Pérez and Eduardo Cabra - will be MTV's official spokesmen in an attempt to get out the vote among young muwic fans.

Their message is clear: just get out & vote.

Although the duo have stated that they will not be endorsing any particular candidate, it has been reported that the duo have admitted that they would be more inclined to support Barack Obama. Other artists to helpget the word out on voting includes rapper Pit Bull.(Photos courtesy EMI Televisa)

And in Tex-Mex circles, David Chavez had organized Javeir Galvan, Chente Barrera and Sunny Sauceda to record a get-out-the-vote tune to encourage music fans get out and vote. More on this later.

 

Additional reporting by Christy Wagoner

 

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Emilio involved in new car accident; in stable condition
Emilio, Rosita, Dos Gilbertos among 2008 Tejano ROOTS Hall of Fame
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Emilio, Kumbia All Starz, Freddie Martinez among Latin Grammy nominees 
Dallas Cowboys MNF pre-game show to include Jay Perez 
Jose Jose: asks media to ignore 3 pilfered chapters from forthcoming book 
POP 2008: showcasing top stars in downtown Houston 
Concerts Calendar: Salgado, Monserrat, Azul

Coming up:

Weekender: festivals, benefits

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Wow. One day after Emilio was involved in the second automobile crash in six months, officials are reporting he is resting in stable condition at University Hospital

Houston's longtime DJ Jumping Jess Rodriguez said he was skeptical when he first heard the news.

"I said 'what?' I couldn't believe it," he said. 

Rodriguez was not alone in his reaction. Acros the industry, most folks were incredulous at the news.'regardless. these are the facts: Wednesday afternoon, Navaira, with his wife driving a blue Volvo, were struck by a pickup at  Culebra Road and Van Ness Drive at about 5:30 p.m. (Photos courtesy EMI Televisa)

According to police, the Navairas were stopped at a turn lane when the pickup crossed at least two lanes of traffic and struck their vehicle.

Navaira has had a bad year so far. As has been reported in these reports below, Navaira has been recovering from a tour bus accident and there's been spillover legal problems.: 

One of the few good spots has been his nomination for a Latin Grammy Award for his album "De Nuevo," 

According to mysa.com:

"Navaira's manager and spokesman Joe Casias said that he was not authorized to talk about the singer's legal problems stemming from the Easter accident.

"The day of the most recent accident was routine for Navaira and his wife, the back and forth to a San Antonio rehabilitation facility. Navaira is living in San Antonio at an undisclosed private residence, according to his spokesman.

"The injured Tejano singer has a regular rehab appointment in town, three to four times a week, Casias said. Casias said reports that Navaira was evacuated from Galveston during Hurricane Ike were not accurate. "He was here in S.A.," Casias said on Thursday.

"When the hurricane was coming, he was in San Antonio. He was not evacuated."

More as details emerge.

Coming up;
Emilio remains in stable condition


With the Latin Grammys scheduled to unfold at Houston's Toyota Center this year, a lot of activity has heated up.
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There will be concerts, showcases and more.

Below is a list from the www.houstonesmusica.com folks. Check back for updates. For tickets check www.toyotacentertix.com


 
Houston es Musica
presents
 The Road to the 9TH Annual LATIN GRAMMY
® Awards


CHRISTIAN MUSIC CELEBRATION
10 Artists, One Stage, One Night To Remember!

September 26, 2008
Lakewood Church
Doors Open at 6:30pm
Tickets start at just $15.

Click here to purchase tickets
or pick them up at all official Ticketmaster locations.

See your favorite Spanish Christian Music All-Stars on one stage including performances by four-time Latin GRAMMY® award winner Marcos Witt and nominees
Pablo Olivares
; Coalo Zamorano; Blest; Roberto Orellana, Samuel Hernandez; Daniel Calveti; Aline BarrosPerucho and special guest performance by internationally recognized worship leader, recording artist, songwriter, and producer Israel Houghton

(Photos courtesy Grammy.com)

The celebration will be emceed by national journalist and TV show host, Myrka Dellanos!

Purchase tickets at www.ticketmaster.com
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MUSIC IN THE PARKS CONCERT SERIES
Live music from Houston's hottest local Latin groups.

September 28, 2008
 Moody Park (3725 Fulton)  click here for map 4pm - 7pm
Entrance is FREE!

Genre - Mexican Regional / Conjunto / Banda / Norteno

  • 4pm - 4:30pm - DJ music
  • 4:30pm - 5:30pm - Live performance (Grupo Alazzan) / tbd
  • 5:30pm - 5:45pm - Talking heads/presentation/DJ Music
  • 5:45pm - 6:45 pm - Live performance / tbd
  • 6:45pm - 7:00pm - thank yous and DJ music
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    MUSIC IN THE PARKS CONCERT SERIES
    Live music from Houston's hottest local Latin groups.

    Oct 12, 2008
    Burnett Bayland Park (6000 Chimney Rock)
    click here for map
    4pm - 7pm
    Entrance is FREE!

Genre - Urban / Reggaeton / Rock en Español

  • 4pm - 4:30pm - DJ music
  • 4:30pm - 5:30pm - Live performance (Grupo Locales)
  • 5:30pm - 5:45pm - Talking heads/presentation/DJ Music
  • 5:45pm - 6:45 pm - Live performance / (Grupo Kache)
  • 6:45pm - 7:00pm - thank yous and DJ music
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MUSIC IN THE PARKS CONCERT SERIES
Live music from Houston's hottest local Latin groups.

October 26, 2008
Mason Park (541 South 75th/Tipps St.)
click here for map
4pm - 7pm
Entrance is FREE!

Genre - Tejano

  • 4pm - 4:30pm - DJ music
  • 4:30pm - 5:30pm - Live performance / (Norma Zenteno)
  • 5:30pm - 5:45pm - Talking heads/presentation/DJ music
  • 5:45pm - 6:45 pm - Live performance / (Aviso)
  • 6:45pm - 7:00pm - thank yous and DJ music

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HOUSTON ES MUSICA FESTIVAL
November 2, 2008

The City of Houston and the Houston es Música Official Host Committee of the 9th Annual Latin celebrate the creative spirit, diversity and artistic achievement of Latin music through a mega festival featuring live performances food concessions and family activities. 


Coming up:

New CDs by Louis Shati, Jorge Alejandro


Music and dance fueled the fun at the "Dance for a Cure," benefit event presented by the Beta Sigma Phi International Sorority, at Arjon's International Club Wednesday night..

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"This was one of our major fundraisers and all proceeds will go to philanthropy as well as future projects," said sorority representative Jessica Nunez. "We had several sorority members coming from various area universities."

(Photos courtesy Arjons Club)

The music mix on Wednesday was very diverse, ranging from trance-pop and new wave to Colombian cumbias and tropical salsa.

Nunez said her sorority plans to present other fundraisers in the coming months.

Arjonsmail-2.jpeg Arjon's International Club is one of the longest-running and most popular nightclubs in Central 

Texas.

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Coming up:
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More collateral damage from Hurricane Ike.

UPDATE:POP Reloaded: series kicks off with Galvan, Gonzalez, Stefani

Now the popular Party on the Plaza concert series has been postponed.

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Party on the Plaza New season of popular concert series starts Sept. 23. 5-10 p.m, Tuesdays & Wednesdays with best in Tex-Mex & Latin music. Free before 7 p.m. $5 after. 21 & up.. (832) 324-8074. Jones Plaza, Houston. partyontheplaza.info  www.myspace.com/partyontheplaza 

But now, organizer Michael Kobus released this statement:

"Due to Hurricane Ike, Party on the Plaza has been postponed till Tuesday, October 7th. Make sure you check out our web site (www.partyontheplaza.info) for the latest news and info on POP.

(Photos courtesy POP)

"We will be kicking off the fall season with a bang, as we unite two of your favorite Tejano superstars live in concert every Tuesday night on one stage to help us raise money for  hurricane relief funds to be donated to a national organization.

"If you would like to donate money to this fund or to become a sponsor to help us with the cost at POP, please email me at hurricanerelief@latinoaccess.com. For more info please call 832-324-8074. God Bless, Michael Kobus"

 

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Jose Jose: asks media to ignore 3 pilfered chapters from forthcoming book
POP 2008: showcasing top stars in downtown Houston
Concerts Calendar: Salgado, Monserrat, Azul
Iglesias/Aventura rock the AT&T Center Saturday
Fama, Flaco Jimenez, Ruco Villarreal music updates
Los Creadorez wrapping up successful tour
Early fall concerts: Iglesias, LuisMi, Grammys
Concerts Calendar 8/19: Gonzalez, Rio Band, Los Galleros
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Mexican pop group RBD is breaking up?

"thanking God that both Emilio and Maria are fine." 

New Details: 

Coming up:
Hurricane Ike delays Houston's POP concert series

Shocking news, if it is true.
Story is working...

9:51 Yes it is true.
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Latest news on Emilio was, according to KSAT-TV, that Emilio Navaira was recovering at a rehabilitation center in Galveston, Texas.
Then there was the news that he was evacuated to San Antonio because of Hurricane Ike.

From the facts streaming out, apparently Emilio was traveling as a passenger, in a blue Volvo when the accident happened. 
Another vehicle was involved but no info on that.

9:54 p.m.
News media and music sources are reporting Emilio and his wife are at University Hospital. No word on Emilio's condition.

(Photos courtesy Emilio Inc.)

More details...Emilio and his wife were on their way home from a rehab session for Emilio. For months, Emiilo had been recovering in a Houston Hospital from a serious head injury sustained during an Easter Sunday tour bus accident which sent Emilio through the bus windshield. 
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But the good news is that tonight, Emilio, 46, and his wife are in stable condition at University Hospital.
The accident took place at Culebra and Potranco when the car hit a truck crossing several lanes. (KENS photo at right)

This is indeed shocking news. Sad that one of Tejano's top artists is going through so much unfortunate  turmoil. Let's hope lady luck shines a positive light upon Emilio and his family that have gone through so much. As part of his recovery, Emilio had two brain surgeries and lung surgery.
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Emilio recently got some good news when it was anounce that he was a nomineefor a 2008 Latin Grammy for best Tejano CD for his album "De Nuevo." Also he was announced as an inductee for th 2008 Tejano ROOTS Hall of Fame.

MORE:
KENS-TV quoted Emilio's manager Joe Casias as explaining that "Emilio and his wife, Maria, were on their way home from rehabilitation. He was attending rehab in Houston, but was moved to San Antonio because of Hurricane Ike.

"As Maria was driving them home, the couple got into an accident around 5:30 p.m. at Culebra and Potranco. An eyewitness said a truck was trying to turn from the middle lane across three lanes of traffic.

"Maria didn't see the truck and hit him head-on. The eyewitness said the truck driver was fine, but both Emilio and his wife were taken by ambulance to University Hospital. They are both in stable condition.

"Casias says this brings back bad memories. About six months ago, Emilio crashed his tour bus and went through the window. He suffered a brain injury and has been in rehab ever since.

"Casias said tonight he is thanking God that both Emilio and Maria are fine." 


And now,..SO many questions:
What was Emilio doing out of the hospital?
Was his wife driving?
Who was driving the truck?
Who got a traffic ticket, if any?

More details,.... as we get keep them


Special thanks to those Ramiro Burr's music news hounds out there who helped us out.

If you were there, as a witness, or heard about it, or took a photo, let us know ASAP.
Any thoughts, or reaction? Leave us a comment.


Coming up:
Hurricane Ike delays Houston's POP concert series
New CDs by Louis Shati, Jorge Alejandro

Benefit "Dance For A Cure" set at Arjons International Club BSFcolor_crest2.jpg

The Beta Sigma Phi International Sorority, one of the largest sororities with member in more than 250 countries, is presenting "Dance For A Cure," a fundraising event, at Arjon's

 International Club.

The benefit is scheduled 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24 at the club, 8736 Tesoro Dr.

"This is one of our major fundraisers and all proceeds will go to philanthropy as well as future projects," said sorority representative Jessica Nunez. "We have several sorority members coming from various area universities."

(Photos courtesy Beta Sigma Phi)

The event is open to music fans aged 18 years and older. There will be a cover charge of $5. Additional information can be obtained from sorority representative Jessica Nunez at (210) 875-1855.

Arjon's International Club is one of the longest-running and most popular nightclubs in Central ArjonsOutsideOfBuilding 293.JPGTexas. The club is known for its international mix of dance music, from Cuban boleros and Colombian cumbias to Mexican rancheras and Puerto Rican bombas. In between, the DJs or the house band throw in an engaging spice of disco, Tejano polkas, R&B, soul and pop/rock.

Opened in 1995, Arjon's is one of the city's few dance clubs that has lasted more than 12 years. One secret is the club's continual and subtle shifts in emphasis. It has gone from booking live Tejano bands to playing a heavy mix of salsa and merengue to reggaeton, often ahead of the club and live music trends. BSFplainbeta6 270.JPG

The main bar is huge and designed as a British pub. In the back casual area are three TV screens, often tuned to the top sports games of the day. The club has lots of windows and huge music murals. Out back is a gorgeous patio with lots of greenery.

 

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Emilio, Kumbia All Starz, Freddie Martinez among Latin Grammy nominees
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Jose Jose: asks media to ignore 3 pilfered chapters from forthcoming book
POP 2008: showcasing top stars in downtown Houston
Concerts Calendar: Salgado, Monserrat, Azul%3

Coming up:
Liberacion reunites Virgil Canales and Juan Tavares

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Fiesta Mexicana Annual festival presented by St. Andrews Guadalupana. Music by Artie V Y Suave, Grupo Camino Real, Julian Sombrano. Coal Mine Pavilion. $3. Sept. 27. Artie V also Sept. 27, Lytle Festival; Sept. 28, Little Flower Festival.

Artie V y Grupo Suave Solid group making weaves. Friday, 10/3. Cadillac Bar, 212 S. Flores. Groups here tend to play a little on the uncomfortable, high end of the volume scale. Also at Cadillac10/10 Final Cut; 10/17, Soulstruck; 10/24, Jesse De Leon y Variety Mix;10/31, Pete Ybarra y Grupo Fuego in Halloween party with costume contest. In between live set DJs Saint and Hobby keep it hot. myspace.com/cadillacbar    

Maravia Solid group plays Pleasanton City Park, Pleasanton. 7 p.m. Saturday, 9/27.

(Photos courtesy Sharp)

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

National Night Out Annual event features Jinmy Gonzalez & Mazz, and other bands. Alamodome. Free. 6-11p.m. Tuesday. Details Dave Arevalo 210-534-1555

Wilbert Beasley W Body & Soul To perform at St. Jude Music Festival. Also Men of CLay, Jazz Katz, Midnight Swim, John Grof, Slick Dickens, Uptown Creepers, Bo DePena. Westside Commons, 151 & 410. Monday, Sept. 29.

Gabriel Zavala Benefit Fundraiser for TV host Gabriel Zavala of "Tejano y Mas." Featuring Ronnie T Band, And special guests. Noon- 4 p.m. Sept.​ 28. Wal-mart, 1430 Austin Highway (210) ​313-​3644

Oldies But Goodies Night featuring Anthony Hernandez and Lisa Marie Sharp. The Coast, Vance Jackson at Loop 410. 8 p.m. Wednesdays. Free

Eddie Gonzalez Solid singer brings it on. Cool Arrows. Friday night.

October Fest Dance Featuring Bobby Esquivel & Latin Band. $8-$10 Saturday, Oct. 18. (210) 789-2484. Also Janie's Record Shop (210) 735-2070

LibertyBandBobby EsquivelOctoberfest2008Postcard342.JPGTamale Art Auction Exhibit "Tamale Flowers" by artist Dale Jenssen. All proceeds from the ticket sales and silent auction benefit The Children's Shelter, a non-profit organization providing emergency shelter, foster care, adoption, residential treatment care, child abuse prevention and teen pregnancy programs. Featuring Dos Generaciones (Rudy Lopez and Robert Casillas - bajo sexto & accordion). Thursday, Sept. 25 5:30-8:30 p.m. Aldaco's at Sunset Station, 100 Hoefgen Ave. $10 can be purchased at the door (210) 735-0275 www.sunset-station.com www.dalejenssen.com

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Jesse De Leon & New Variety Tight group leans heavily toward Mazz repertoire. 9/26 Frio Saloon, 801 S. Frio. Also Jazz Katz, 9/25; friosaloon.com 

Royal Palace Ballroom Storied venue showcasses live conjunto. 3506 S.W. Military Drive, Schedule: Los Robles, Tuesday; Los Coyotes Wednesday; Los Trovadores, Thursday

Super Star Tribute/Joe Jama Benefit. Concert to help defray medical costs for Jama. Featuring Ruben Ramos, Ram Herrera, Joe Posada, David Mares, Roger Velasquez & Latin Legends, 5 Star Band, Terri & The Flashback, Ernie Garibay, Jorge Alejandro. Details: Rene Garcia 724-2443 Blanco Ballroom, 3719 Blanco Rd. 5 p.m. Sunday. 9/28 Send contributions to: Woodforest National Bank (at Super Wal-Marts) Acct: Lilly Elizondo c/o Joe Perales.

Benefit fundraiser for Emiio Gutierrez family. Lineup includes Rockpyle, James Munoz, Roman Garcia, Megan Leyva, Men of Clay, Gloria Sanchez, Samba Vida, John Griof, New Project Something, Jay Lafarr, Speedy, Oscar Rodriguez, Midnight Swim, James Ponce, Cleto Rodriguez, DJ/Karaoke. Enchilada Warehouse, 28601 S. St. Marys, Free admission; donations encouraged. 3 p.m.-midnight, Saturday, Sept. 26.

GUADALUPE_FAN_FAIR_2 300.JPGGuadalupe Tejano Fan Fair Featuring SoundRave, Jesse DeLon Y Variety Mix, Grupo Stallion, Anthony Hernandez & the Crew. Family-friendly event will also include food booths and childrens games. Behind Guadalupe Theater, 1301 Guadalupe. 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26. Free. www.jinaink.com

Fiesta Mexicana Annual festival presented by St. Andrews Guadalupana. Music by Artie V Y Suave, Grupo Camino Real, Julian Sombrano. Coal Mine Pavilion. $3. Sept. 27.

Joe Jama benefit Oct. 12, noon-6 p.m. at Bar on Broadway. There will be BBQ plates for sale at $6. Bands will perform but according to Lillie Elizondo the lineup has not been determined as yet.

Betty Jean Prieto Benfit. For owner of Orphan Annies. Guest artists include Grupo Sereno, Johnny Ray, Ernie Garibay & Cats Don't Sleep, Jo Jo & Company. Contact: Gloria Travieso-Chavez 210-528-0254.

St. Jude Church Festival Groups include David Lee Garza y Los Musicales and Los Desperadoz. Refreshments and food booths. Admission is free before 4 p.m. Noon-11 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 4 at Rosedale Park. Details: 210-432-8044.

Schertz Fest Featuring Getting By, Papa Wood, Sunny Ozuna, Sunny Mlendrez, Grupo Rio with Emilio IV, Diego, Micky & Motorcars, Charlie Robison, Little Texas. Pickrell Park, $5-$15. 

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

LA Santiago.jpgL.A. Santiago R&B artist part of major Pure Fyre Entertainment show. Also featuring J-Dot, L.A. Santiago, C Stud Ville, Acoustic D, Killa Ken, Thrice, J-Dub, Big Steele & Ricky, Big Will, Black, Texas Throwed Husluz, THK, Da Flu, Kick Door Entertainment, Gangsta & The Gentlemen, Pryncez Dyce. $8-$10, The Venue, 800 Lexington Ave., Sept. 26.

Colao Band_balcony_1b 340.JPGColaó Latin group to perform at El Jarro de Arturo Mexican restaurant, 13421 San Pedro (Hwy 281N @ Bitters). 8:30 p.m., Oct. 4. $12. (210) 494-5084, www.eljarro.com.  Led by Gilberto Alvarez, Colaó features veteran musicians tnat play a fusion of cumbia, guaracha, salsa, merengue, mambo and son cubano. Band members include founder Ray Rodriguez, vocals/guitar; Mario "El Mago," percussion; "Richie," bass/brass; Ray Garcia, percussion; and Jessie Garcia, guitar/vocals. www.colaomusic.com 
 

Daniel Monserrat Solid singer plays Fridays and Wednesday.  La Marginal 2447 Nacogdoches Road, (210) 804-2242

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.  

Oscar Cruz y Escape Fast, furious, and seriously party-minded, this is a cool band that whips up a dance storm with disco, cumbias, merengues, oldies, Tex-Mex. Quarterbacked by singer/keyboardist Oscar Cruz, the talent includes Alvaro Mendoza, vocals/percussion; Bert Ybarra, guitars; Abraham Humpries, bass; and Joe Gonzalez, drums. Band plays Chango's Havana Club, 23535 IH 10 West & Leon Springs Exit. 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, oscarcruzandescape.com

Danny Acosta y QVO Band plays mix of oldies, funk, R&B.Friday. Club Movida, 306  E. Mitchell. (210) 534-4477. Owner Rick Robles runs a tight ship. Club Movida. Also Los Tovares, Pete Ybarra Fuego, 9/26; Grupo Zonido, 9/27; Q-VO band plays every Sunday

Roger Velasquez & Latin Legends Top group shines with its repertoire and virtuosity. Thursdays, Bar On Broadway. Also Luckey Road Saloon, 10/3 and 10/31 (Halloween Party); You Know, Bandera Rd., Oct. 10 

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 Suave, Friday; Roger Velasquez & Latin Legends, Saturday; All Star Band 9 p.m. Sunday.

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

Jorge Alejandro y La Paz Versatile singer/songwriter wrapping up new CD due for release late October. Tuesdays, Hot Tin Roof, IH 10/Callaghan; Oct. 3 and 25 (Halloween party), King Williies, 943 S. Alamo St.

Party on the Plaza POSTPONED New season of popular concert series starts Sept. 23. 5-10 p.m, Tuesdays & Wednesdays with best in Tex-Mex & Latin music. Free before 7 p.m. $5 after. 21 & up.. (832) 324-8074. Jones Plaza, Houston. partyontheplaza.info  www.myspace.com/partyontheplaza 

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.

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RodriguezOscar 55.jpgOscar 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. Enchilada Warehouse, 2106 N. St. Mary's, Sept..27; A Taste of San Antonio Market Square, Oct. 5

Ramiro Herrera Singer headlines OctoberFest at St Mary Magdellan. Oct. 5.

Los Tigres del Norte Venerable norteño outfit back on the road in the U.S. for some 16 dates. Los Tigres set to play Gran Jaripeo Y Baile with Los Baron de Apodaca, Alacranez de Durango. Silverado Rodeo, 7030 Old Pearsall. Oct.5. 210-623-4400 Also Dallas, American Airlines Center, Oct. 4; Houston's Toyota Center, Oct. 5; Laredo Entertainment Center, Nov.1, McAllen's Dodge Arena, Nov. 2.

St. Gabriel's Octoberfest With Johnny Martinez, Eddie Gonzalez, Carlos y Los Cachorros, Torres Lane, Chachi Diaz. Scheduled 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, St. Gabriel's Church, 747 SW 39th St. Free.
 

TexManiacs Energetic Tex-Mex band mixes up border music,Tejano and more. Also Grupo Vida for Peanut Festival in Floresville. Oct. 10

Jimmy Edward Tejano pioneer sings with versatile group Latin Express. Oct. 11. La Villita

Jimmy Gonzalez y Grupo Mazz One of Tex-Mex's best group on stage. Cool Arrows. Oct. 11

Neil Diamond Pop legend takes the stage for another nostalgic trip. Oct. 12. AT&T Center

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

Kumbia All-Starz Red-hiot group  scheudled to play Oct. 19 at State Fair of Texas in Dallas.

Tejano Academy Music Awards Top stars recognized by peers. Oct. 23. La Villita Assembly Hall. Emcees of the 5th annual TAMA will be the Desperadoz.

Blessed Sacrament Halloween Featuring Ramiro Herrera and Infinity Band. Oct. 24. Church grounds, Oblate at Shannon Lee. Free.LopezgEORGEbbbb82007.jpg
 
George Lopez Top comedian back on another tour. AT&T Center. Nov. 15. Tix:on sale Saturday for $69.75, $59.75, $49.75 & $39.75. www.georgelopez.com
 

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.

2008 Showcase of Hispanic Ad Agencies  Annual event to showcase the cutting edge Spanish-language advertising for national clients created by local

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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/ 

Louis Shati Orchestra Solid Latin, salsa, Tex-Mex band whips up an alluring mixture of dance music. 9:30 p.m. Thursday-Sunday. Arjon's International Club. Shati says 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 myspace. com/bosmanshbk1

 

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Liberacion reunites Virgil Canales and Juan Tavares

The 2008 Class of Tejano ROOTS Hall of Fame inductees include singer Emilio, famed TejanoRootstrhoflogo.jpgDJ Rosita Ornelas and conjunto duo Los Dos Gilbertos.

 According to ROOTS Vice-President Heriberto "Herbie" Lopez, who used to play with El Conjunto Bernal, the ROOTS ceremonies are scheduled Nov. 14 and 15 in Alice's VFW Hall.

The Friday event starts at 7 p.m. and features performances by Latin Express featuring Sunny Ozuna and Johnny Hernandez. Saturday night will open with an official welcome by Alice Mayor Juan Rodriguez. The invocation will be delivered by Rudy Guerra and members of his ministry.

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Afterwards, the dance will feature Jimmy Edward and the Latin Express and Los Dos Gilbertos.TRRN08blk 311.JPG

Inductes also include Raul, Emilio's brother,, and Bobby Solis for drummer in the MiIlion Dollar band. Solis is brother of well-known San Antonio drummer Richard Solis.

Here is the complete Tejano ROOTS INDUCTEES

1. FAVORITE SON OF ALICE: A. Pete Gallegos - Alice, Texas B. Ernesto Cadena _ Alice, Texas

2. BROADCASTING  A. Rosita Ornelas - Seguin, Texas B. Manuel Davila - San Antonio, Texas

3. CONJUNTO TRADITIONAL A. Adan Y Alfredo De La Rosa - Kingsville, Texas  B. Los Dos Gilbertos - Edinburg, Texas

4. CONJUNTO PROGRESSIVE A. Cruz Torres - Corpus Christi, Texas 

5. ENTERTAINERS  A. Emilio and Raul Navaira B. Enrique ( Ricky G.) Garcia - Corpus Christi, Texas

6. ORCHESTRA/BIG BAND:  A. Latin Express Band - Dallas/ Ft. Worth, Texas  B. Beto Leal - Kingsville, Texas

7. COMPOSER A. Ramon Medina - Laredo, Texas

8. PROMOTER  A. Joe Alamar Arguijo - Beeville, Texas

9. ACCORDION: A. Sam Falcon - Kingsville, Texas B. Enrique Vela - Sarita , Texas

10: MILLION DOLLAR BAND: A. DRUMS: Bobby Solis B. GUITAR/BAJO SEXTO: Joe Alaniz - Kingsville, Texas C. BASS GUITAR: Salvador ' Shaggy' Garcia, San Antonio, Texas D. TRUMPET: Wild Bill Perkins - Austin, Texas E. SAXOPHONE:  1. Jose Joel / Jose Roel Pulido- Edinburg, Texas 2. Charlie Rodriguez - San Antonio,Texas  F. ACCORDION: Willie Garcia - Corpus Christi, Texas G. VOCALIST: Arturo Guzman - Corpus Christi,Texas H. KEYBOARD: Ruben Lopez - Gregory,Texas

11. LIFE TIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD:  A. Javier Villanueva- Alice,Texas

12. FEMALE ENTERTAINER:  A. Delia Gonzales - San Antonio, Texas B. Chavela Ortiz Hernandez - Fresno, California -

13. PIONEER TEJANO AWARD:  A. Fernando Caballero - Piano Player - Benavides, Texas  B. Ferro Flores - Piano Player - Alice, Texas  C. Reynaldo Barrera - Guitar Player - Falfurrias, Texas

 

More details: http://www.tejanorootshalloffame.org/
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Yes, it is. If you have not guessed it,... the fall church festival season is in full swing.
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Here's a few church festivals.
 
Coming up is the St. Gabriel's Octoberfest with Johnny Martinez, Eddie Gonzalez, Carlos y Los Cachorros, Torres Lane, Chachi Diaz.
Scheduled 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, St. Gabriel's Church, 747 SW 39th St. Free.
 
Also,...
 
Fiesta Mexicana Annual festival presented by St. Andrews Guadalupana. Music by Artie V Y Suave, Grupo Camino Real, Julian Sombrano. Coal Mine Pavilion. $3. Sept. 27.
 
And also,...
 
Blessed Sacrament Halloween Featuring Ramiro Herrera and Infinity Band. Oct. 24. Church grounds, Oblate at Shannon Lee. Free.
 
Ramiro Herrera Singer headlines OctoberFest at St Mary Magdellan. Oct. 5.
 
 
Coming up:

Liberacion reunites Virgil Canales and Juan Tavares

From guest blogger Ramon Hernandez.

Continuation:

"I too was a hija de nadie counting on just my father's last name (Jaén)," the Gemini songbird said, her eyes getting a little watery. "I was born and raised poor with both my parents until I was ten. It was then that I went to Mexico City with my mother, María Del Consuelo López, and he stayed in Pachuca." YDR-CDcoverPic340.jpg

In the Capital City of Mexico, they lived a modest life at her uncle Ramón and aunt's humble home where she and her mother slept on the floor.

Later they graduated to a box spring mattress that had coils popping out on all sides. The now famous singer/actress got a serious infection from one of the cuts and that gave the warbler her second goal.

"That gave me the obsession to earn money to buy a bed for us. That became my ultimate goal," Del Rio said. "I would tell mom I would be famous and buy a bed for us."

During those lean hungry years, just watching her mother stretch a peso also taught the pig-tailed little girl how to budget her money.

(Photos courtesy Ramon Hernandez)

"I remember going to a park near the colonia and I told my mother I was very hungry. I didn't realize she only had one peso, but she took that peso, walked to the Mercado, purchased a batch of ripe

bananas for 50 centavos (cents), then she bought two bolillos (submarine-type buns) and that was our meal for the day, two banana sandwiches."

Experiences such as this motivated this year's winner of Univision Premios a La Música Latina Lifetime Achievement Award to study and pull her family out of poverty. A woman would give her used clothes to resell at the market and her older brother, Carlos, sold encyclopedias to pay for his studies to become a teacher.

Del Rio also sold Tupperware, studied interior decorating and worked as a secretary until they were able to get their own apartment. The only thing that did not change is that they continued to sleep on the floor.

A STAR IS BORN

Del Rio was five when her mother took note of her vocal talent as she sang along with the songs being played on the radio. She herself wanted to be a singer, but her parents were so strict, they squelched her lifelong dream.

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UPDATE: 9:10 p.m.

By RAMIRO BURR

Guitar master Carlos Santana unleashed his familiar fiery guitar attack to a receptive audience at a capacity Verizon Wireless Amphitheater Friday night.

SantanaCarlos.jpegThere was very little new that Santana brought to the plate but it didn't matter to the faithful. The many tribes of Santana's followers had come to witness another two-hour journey into guitar freeform flights. 

And they got what they came for.

Opening the show was the Salvador Santana Band, led by Santana's 24-year-old son, who played most of the material from his self-titled debut album which mixed reggae, rock, funk and hip-hop. For a while there, you could heard distinct echoes of Malo's "Suavecito."

By the time Santana, in black T-shirt, hat and jeans, took the stage in the expansive stage at the amphitheater, the sun had settled over the horizon and the evening was transfomed into a magical scene. There were clear, star-lit skies with a moderate breeze and a comfy mid-70s temperature.

Santana's shows are known for their marathon pace, with Santana firing off solo after extended solo as he leads the band through the peaks and valleys of his repertoire. Crowd favorites always include classic tunes like "Batuka," "No One to Depend On," "Everybody's Everything," "Jingo," "Black Magic Woman," and "Gypsy Queen." But Santana always concentrates a good deal of his focus on obscure and lesser known - at least for non-hardcore fans - tunes like "Shapeshifter," "Nomad," "Curacion," "Smooth," "Dame."

A high point Friday night came when the band finished a series of extended, mostly instrumental tunes and plowed into the catchy grooves of "No One to Depend On." Again and again, the sea of bodies that stretched out over the horizon in the back end of the theater, got on their feet to jam and juke to the rhythms.

The massive video screens provided huge closeups of the action on the stage, as Santana uncorked jam after jam. His right hand was a blur as he furiously picked and pucked away.

Four decades since he began his career, Santana still matters, at least judging by the full house Friday at the amphitheater. His signature guitar tone, a metal-edged, steely sound is recognizable anywhere. His fury and speed on the fret board has inspired dozens of guitarists.

And he's managed to stay relevant through the years by sticking to his original sound while occasionally collaborating with younger artists.

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UPDATE: 9:10 p.m.

Fans on their feet as Carlos Santana leads his band in the first half of the show through a half dozen classics tunes, mostly early hits. The sound is perfect, a loud but comfortable volume level with crystal clear fidelity - at least form the orchestra section.

The pace is moderate, as Santana has few words to say in between the tunes.

It's a beautiful evening, with calm skies and comfy temperatures.


UPDATES: 7:22 p.m. Friday

Moments from the main show.

Salvador Santana Band on stage, playing original tunes from their debut CDD.


Burr's review of Santana's "Supernatural" CD is here.



Coming up:
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Yolanda Del Rio Pt II: songs that strike a chord
Liberacion reunites Virgil Canales and Juan Tavares
 
Latin dance party music and comedy is coming to the Sam Houston Club.
 
Flyer_Front_Proof332.JPGFirst, on Saturday, Oscar Cruz y Escape, solid band that mixes cumbias, merengues, disco, oldies, Tex-Mex plays Latin Night at Sam Houston Club, Fort Sam Houston. 
The date is Saturday, Sept. 20. Tickets are $5-$7.
 
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.

Then, a Latin Comedy Night on Oct. 4 with comedians Andy Kern, Felipe Esparza and Cleto Esparza to be followed by Latin Night Mix After Party with DJ P
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Coming up:
Yolanda Del Rio Pt II: songs that strike a chord

Liberacion reunites Virgil Canales and Juan Tavares

Weekend kicks of with Latin rock by Carlos Santana, pioneer guitarist who blazed a trail more than four decades ago.

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Opening the show Friday night at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater is Salvador Santana. Santana's latest CD is "Multi-Dimensional Warrior."

Percussionists will likely check out Poncho Sanchez, another pioneer who plays Saturday at the free Jazz'SAlive concert at Travis Park downtown. 

The rain-delayed Fiestas Patrias unfolds tonight downtown. 

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The annual Diez y Seis de Septiembre shindig celebrates Mexican independence day with live bands on multiple stages Two Tight, Rocky Hernandez & OBG and more. CHECK poster on left for updated scheduled Market Square, 514 W. Commerce. Sept.19-21.

Elsewhere, check out Artie V y Grupo Suave Friday at the Cadillac Bar, 212 S. Flores. And Eddie Gonzalez brings it on at Cool Arrows. Friday night.

Frio Saloon hosts Customer Appreciation night with Roger Velasquez & Latin Legends. Friday at Frio Saloon, 801 S. Frio.

Saturday, Oscar Cruz y Escape, solid band that mixes cumbias, merengues, disco, oldies, Tex-Mex plays Latin Night at Sam Houston Club, Fort Sam Houston. Saturday, Sept. 20. 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. 

Los Tovares plays mix of oldies, funk, R&B tonight, Friday at Club Movida, 306  E. Mitchell. (210) 534-4477.

More details check out:

Concerts Calendar 9/16: Santana, Poncho, Artie V

 

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Critical U.S. Election
mun2: "VOTE FOR YOUR FUTURE 2008"

From the old-money guys in the East Coast, to the whale-loving, green earth types on the West Coast, hi-techies to tree-huggers, Hollywood to Houston, Dallas to Des Moines, old Anglo families to new world immigrants, the U.S. election of 2008 represents a major, critical crossroad for the future of America.
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Will it be revolution or resignation?
Conflict or compromise, a new understanding or reestablishment?
An affront or an accommodation?
Acceptance or alienation?
A friendly migrant or feared mojado?

There is so much at stake - at every level - economically, culturally, socially, politically. 

As in the past, so much lies at the feet of the the new, the fresh, the young.

Here is only one slice at understanding, and reaching out from one company,...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MUN2 DEBUTS NEWS SPECIAL: "VOTE FOR YOUR FUTURE 2008" 

THE ONE-HOUR SPECIAL EXPANDS THE NETWORKS COMMITMENT TO EMPOWER YOUNG LATINOS TO VOTE IN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS

The News Special Comes as Part of the Network's VOTE 4 UR Future Campaign


Los Angeles, CA, September 18, 2008 - Continuing its series of originally produced news specials that deal with issues important to Latino youth, mun2, the preeminent voice of 

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bicultural Latinos in America, presents an exclusive election news special, "VOTE 4 UR Future 2008."    Focused on educating and empowering young Latinos to vote in the upcoming presidential elections, the news special introduces viewers to inspiring young Latinos whose personal stories and strong beliefs have driven them to be proactive in the political process.  The call-to action news special airs Saturday September 20th at 6pm ET/PT

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From one of our talented guest bloggers....

Part II:
Yolanda Del Rio Pt II: Songs that strike a chord

Yolanda Del Rio Sings From the Heart

By Ramón Hernández

When Yolanda Del Rio performs, she opens up the tear ducts of her audience in a form of soul cleansing. JuanManuelYolanda340.jpgWomen break down and cry.

Even machos get watery eyed because they, along with her, are reliving different episodes in their lives.

With each note, the Grammy Award nominee is pulling out sentiment and passion from deep within her soul and her plaintive cry for love is heartfelt because she is drawing from her own experiences, especially when she sings "La Hija de Nadie" ("Nobody's Child"). 

One can feel the suffering, the grief, the unhappiness and the heartache because she interprets each lyric as an actor expresses each line of a script with emotion, even in Portuguese.

YolandaPosters340.jpg"What strikes a major chord with many people is that there will always a hijo (son), or hija (daughter) de nadie (of no one)," the international mega-star said during an interview at the Hispanic Entertainment Archives.

"Someone in the audience may be an illegal child, orphaned or deprived of a parent, or both parents by death. They could also have been abandoned at birth, as a baby, tot or adolescent and they don't have a sense of belonging.

Or it could simply be that it tugs at the heartstrings of a person, who does not know his biological parents."Over the years, the tune that catapulted the Pachuca, Hidalgo native into stardom became a hymn for the single mother, for the unwed giver of life.

"I'm sad to say there will always be hijas y hijos de nadie because young girls and women still come up to me, hold up their babies and say, 'está es la hija de nadie. The father skipped out on me and left me to fend for myself and the baby. Men like these don't deserve to live.' These women cry because they identify with the lyrics. On the positive side, it has hit home with men who have forsaken a mother and child."

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Coming up:
Luis Miguel: 'latest CD is an inward look' 
Liberacion reunites Virgil Canales and Juan Tavares

Weather delayed some festivities last week so once again, some events have been rescheduled. 

Diez y Seis festivals rule the next few days and there's plenty of variety to be enjoyed. This is the time where the weather starts to transform into the always pleasurable pre-fall magic.

SantanaCD617j15FpWdL__SS500_.jpgSantana 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.

Albert Davila  KEDA Radio owner will speak about his radio pioneer father, hall of fame inductee Mr. Davila in program "Fe, Familia y Tradicion." 7 p.m. Thursday Sept. 25. Free. Mexican American Cultural Center.

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Artie V y Grupo Suave Solid group hitting the target in Central Texas. Friday, 9/19 Cadillac Bar, 212 S. Flores. Bands here tend to play a little on the uncomfortable, high end of the volume scale. Also Final Cut, 9/26. Final Cut is Bennie Reyna, bass/vocals; Marcos Martinez guitar; Stacy Rodriquez, vocals, Jimmy Alaniz, sax; James Morales, trumpet; Angel Valadez, drums; Jo Jo Mares, keyboards. In between live set DJs Saint and Hobby keep it hot. myspace.com/cadillacbar TeamSuzieimage002 300.JPG 

Team Suzie Event is a BBQ fundraiser with brisket, hamburgers, hots dogs and more. Saturday.Sept. 13. Alzafar Shrine Pavilion, 901 NW Loop 1604

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

Wilbert Beasley W Body & Soul To perform at St. Jude Music Festival. Also Men of CLay, Jazz Katz, Midnight Swim, John Grof, Slick Dickens, Uptown Creepers, Bo DePena. Westside Commons, 151 & 410. Monday, Sept. 29.

Gabriel Zavala Benefit Fundraiser for TV host Gabriell Zavala of "Tejano y Mas." Featuring Ronnie T Band, And special guests. Noon- 4 p.m. Sept.​ 28. Wal-mart, 1430 Austin Highway (210) ​313-​3644.​

Eddie Gonzalez Solid singer brings it on. Cool Arrows. Friday night.

Oldies But Goodies Night featuring Anthony Hernandez and Lisa Marie Sharp. The Coast, Vance Jackson at Loop 410. 8 p.m. 9/17. Free.

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Alis Band top group. Smoke-free Thursday. Customer Appreciation night with Roger Velasquez & Latin Legends. 9/19 Frio Saloon, 801 S. Frio. Also Jazz Katz, 9/25; Jesse De Leon & New Variety, 9/26 friosaloon.com

Fiesta Mexicana Annual festival presented by St. Andrews Guadalupana. Music by Artie V Y Suave, Grupo Camino Real, Julian Sombrano. Coal Mine Pavilion. $3. Sept. 27.

 

Alzafar Shrine Circus It is big, funny, and sometimes crazy. There are also lions, tigers, clowns, animals, acrobats and more. It is also a fundraiser for the Alazafar Shriners. Freeman Coliseum, 3201 E. Houston St., (210) 224-9600. 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m., 4:30 and 8 p.m. Sept. 19; 11 a.m., 3 and 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20-21. $14 at Ticketmaster outlets.

Joe Jama Benefit. Featuring Ruben Ramos, Ram Herrera, David Mares, Roger Velasquez, 5 Star Band, Terri & The Flashback, Ernie Garibay, Jorge Alejandro. Details: Rene Garcia 724-2443 Blanco Ballroom, 3719 Blanco Rd. Sunday. 9/28


Benefit fundraiser for Emiio Gutierrez family. Lineup includes Rockpyle, James Munoz, Roman Garcia, Megan Leyva, Men of Clay, Gloria Sanchez, Samba Vida, John Griof, New Project Something, Jay Lafarr, Speeduy, Oscar Rodriguez, Midnight Swim, James Ponce, Cleto Rodriguez, DJ/Karaoke. Enchilada Warehouse, 28601 S. St. Marys, Free admission; donations encouraged. 3 p.m.-midnight, Saturday, Sept. 26.

 

Royal Palace Ballroom aStoried venue showcasses live conjunto.  3506 S.W. Military Drive, Schedule includes Henry Zimmerle at 1 p.m. Sunday, then again at 2 p.m. Monday. Also Los Robles, Tuesday; Los Coyotes Wednesday; Los Trovadores, Thursday.

 

Fiesta Mexicana Annual festival presented by St. Andrews Guadalupana. Music by Artie V Y Suave, Grupo Camino Real, Julian Sombrano. Coal Mine Pavilion. $3. Sept. 27.
Rene Devia Smooth sounds of Latin American harpist 6-9 Thursdays, Los Cucos. Also 6-9 Saturdays, Cachito de Mexico
 

Daniel Monserrat Solid singer plays Fridays and Wednesday.  La Marginal 2447 Nacogdoches Road, (210) 804-2242

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.

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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. Band plays Latin Night at Sam Houston Club, Fort Sam Houston. Sept. 20. Also plays Chango's Havana Club, 23535 IH 10 West & Leon Springs Exit. 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, oscarcruzandescape.com

Danny Acosta y QVO Band plays mix of oldies, funk, R&B.Friday. Club Movida, 306  E. Mitchell. (210) 534-4477. Owner Rick Robles runs a tight ship. Club Movida. Also Los Tovares, 9/19; Artie V. Suave, 9/20; Pete Ybarra Fuego,9/26; Grupo Zonido, 9/27; Q-VO band plays every Sunday

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 

Roger Velasquez & Latin Legends Top group shines with its repertoire and virtuosity. Thursdays, Bar On Broadway. Also Luckey Road Saloon, 10/3 and 10/31 (Halloween Party);  You Know, Bandera Rd., Oct. 10 

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POSTPONED - WEATHER NOW reschduled for this weekend Fiestas Patrias Annual Diez y Seis de Septiembre shindig celebrates Mexican independence day with live bands on multiple stages Two Tight, Rocky Hernandez & OBG and more.  CHECK poster on left for updated scheduled Market Square, 514 W. Commerce. Sept.19-21.

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 George Rivas Band, Friday; Final Cut, Saturday; George's All Star Band 9 p.m. Sunday.

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

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Campanas de América Anniversary San Antonio's best known mariachi is ready to celebrate their anniversary with a huge gathering. 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

Party on the Plaza New season of popular concert series starts Sept. 23. 5-10 p.m, Tuesdays & Wednesdays with best in Tex-Mex & Latin music. Free before 7 p.m. $5 after. 21 & up only. (832) 324-8074. partyontheplaza.info
www.myspace.com/partyontheplaza Jones Plaza, Houston.

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.

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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. Enchilada Warehouse, 2106 N. St. Mary's, Sept..27; A Taste of San Antonio Market Square, Oct. 5

Ramiro Herrera Singer headlines OctoberFest at St Mary Magdellan. Oct. 5.

Los Tigres del Norte Venerable norteño outfit back on the road in the U.S. for some 16 dates. Los Tigres set to play Gran Jaripeo Y Baile with Los Baron de Apodaca, Alacranez de Durango. Silverado Rodeo, 7030 Old Pearsall. Oct.5. 210-623-4400 Also Dallas, American Airlines Center, Oct. 4; Houston's Toyota Center, Oct. 5; Laredo Entertainment Center, Nov.1, McAllen's Dodge Arena, Nov. 2.

St. Gabriel's Octoberfest With Johnny Martinez, Eddie Gonzalez, Carlos y Los Cachorros, Torres Lane, Chachi Diaz. Scheduled 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, St. Gabriel's Church, 747 SW 39th St. Free.
 

TexManiacs Solid band teams up with Grupo Vida for Peanut Festival in Floresville. Oct. 10

Jimmy Edward Sings with Latin Express. Oct. 11. La Villita

Jimmy Gonzalez y Grupo Mazz One of Tex-Mex's best group on stage. Cool Arrows. Oct. 11

Neil Diamond Pop legend takes the stage. Oct. 12. AT&T Center

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

Kumbia All-Starz Red-hiot group  scheudled to play Oct. 19 at State Fair of Texas in Dallas.

Tejano Academy Music Awards Top starst recognized by peers. Oct. 23. La Villita.

Blessed Sacrament Halloween Featuring Ramiro Herrera and Infinity Band. Oct. 24. Church grounds, Oblate at Shannon Lee. Free.
 

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.

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/ 

Louis Shati Orchestra Solid Latin, salsa, Tex-Mex band whips up an alluring mixture of dance music. 9:30 p.m. Thursday-Sunday. Arjon's International Club. Shati says 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 myspace. com/bosmanshbk1

 

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By RAMIRO BURR

Mexican rockers Café Tacuba and Tex-Mex artists Emilio and Kumbia All Starz were among the nominees for the 2008 Latin Grammys announced recently in Los Angeles.

cafetacuba_pic.jpegThe 2008 Latin Grammys are scheduled Nov. 13 for the first time in Houston, at the Toyota Center and will be broadcast live on the Univision network. Tickets for the Latin Grammys are on sale at www.toyotacentertix.com, or via phone at (866) 446-8849.

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Cafe Tacuba grabbed six nominations including album, record of the year and song of the year for their latest CD "Sino."Colombian rocker Juanes was also a big nominee grabbing five nominations for his CD "La Vida ... Es Un Ratico," including record, album, and song of the year.

Additional multiple nominees included Puerto Rican crooner Kany García, Argentine musician Andrés Calamaro, and Mexican songstress Julieta Venegas.

Emilio, Kumbia All Starz and Freddie Martinez were among the nominees in various Tex-Mex categories. Emilio'slatest CD, "De Nuevo," was nominated in the best Tejano album category.

On Emilio's reaction, his manager Joe Casias said:

"Emilio is aware he has been nominated for a Grammy," he said. "He is in Houston and his family and himself are excited about it. But he continues in his recovery."

Emilio was seriously injured in a bus tour accident last Easter Sunday. He has undergone a couple of operations in his recovery from a serious head injury.

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UPDATE:
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It's that time of the year again - the fall season where every thing starts to go by fast.

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You know the feeling.

I call it the whirlpool side of the year

Anyway, one of those San Antonio traditions this time of year is the annual Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza, one of the largest gatherings of mariachi students, competition and concerts.

As usual, the 7-day extravaganza, scheduled at the Municipal Auditorium on Dec. 6, will be headlined by the world famous 12-piece Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan.

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According to MVE's Cynthia Munoz, concert tickets, $20-$100, went on sale last week through Ticketmaster. Tix are also available by calling (210) 244-9600.

Show time is 7:30 p.m.

More details: www.mariachimusic.com and (210) 225-3353.


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News and updates: New CDs, singles, and more.

From Jesse Camarillo of Scream Magazine said singer Nataly Pena was to have hosted a concert Friday at Rueben's Bar' that was to be filmed by filmmaker David Pena. Both Penas, no relation, plan to team up on David's next film project, "Chicano Lover."

David Pena's latest film "No Dogs or Mexicans Allowed" is scheduled to be shown at the Sundance Film Festival next year.

At Rueben's Bar, Nataly sang mariachi and soft rock. Nataly's upoming events include performing at "Con Alma Hispana," with artist Franco Iglesias, known for his hits "Toda la Vida" and "Soy." In Octohber Nataly wil also participate in "Loz Bluz featuring Nataly" CD release party at Suede Lounge.

From "Jumpin' Jess' Rodriguez in Houston:

FamaSingleimage001.jpgFama has a new single out titled,  "Regresa Pronto".

Led by singer Javier Galvan, Fama was oneof the fast-rising bands during Tejano's 90s revival.

The single is from Fama's latest CD "Nostalgia."

Also, new singer Gabriel has a new debut CD "Raices del Corazon," produced by Bob Gallarza. It is described as an inspirational project with a big band production approach.

The first single is "Ven a Mi."

Here is the CD track listing:
1. Pero A Donde Vas  2. La Flor De La Vida  3. Pon Tu Mano Senor Sobre Mi  4. Cuan Gloriosa Sera La Manana  5. No Hay Dios Como Mi Dios   6. Pensando En Ti  7. Si No Estuvieras Tu  8. El Espiritu De Dios  9. Comprendi  10. Eran Cien Ovejas  11. Ven A Mi   12. Rinde Hoy  

AnitaMarthasd_mug1.jpgSinger/songwriter Martha Anita, who sings original contemporary, bluegrass and blues music, has a few new tunes. Check out her music at http://www.marthaanita.com/

Tex-Mex singer Jay Perez will be participating in the Dallas Cowboys Monday Night Football pre-game show in Dallas, Monday Sept.15..

 

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Ollu Champ

How Music Can Make Marketing Magic

The "Dos and Don'ts" of working with Music and Artists

Panel Discussion

Wednesday, September 17th  11:30 networking, 12:00 lunch and presentation

1174 E. Commerce,  (210) 222-9481

Utilizing music in marketing and advertising efforts has always been a powerful combination. It is engaging, enchanting, and it creates an exponential impact for a campaign that is usually greater than the sum of its parts. But, in U.S. Hispanic efforts some approaches have bordered on being formulaic or even cliché. Attend our panel discussion and learn from the experts as to what criteria to consider when incorporating music, and get the inside scoop on what you should know about working with artists. Here you'll see some examples of the more successful efforts, and you'll have the benefit of tapping into the experience of some local/regional professionals. Ramiro Burr, a nationally recognized music authority, will moderate the panel.

Ramiro Burr is an experienced music reporter, columnist, book author and award-winning blogger. Through his prolific career he's written for numerous magazines and newspapers including Billboard Pulse, Rhythm Music, Cashbox, Latina, Performance and New Country Music magazines, as well as the Houston Chronicle and Austin Chronicle newspapers. His reviews have also appeared at Billboard.comAmazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com.

The panel will be comprised of Jorge Flores, award-winning producer/record label owner, Jesús Ramírez, author, owner of My Story, and formerly Creative Director & Partner of The Cartel Group, Pedro Roura, producer  and David Garcia, Entertainment Attorney.

 

Location: Aldacos in Sunset Station, 1174 E Commerce by St. Paul's Square

Parking: Park at public lot on E. Commerce next to location or free in Alamodome lot

Menu: Salad, Entrée, Desert and Beverage

Cost: $25 AMA members, $35 non-members, walk-in $40, Table for 10 $300

RSVP: RSVP and pay online at www.sa-ama.org, or email RSVP@sa-ama.org by noon on Monday, September 15th

No shows: No show and late cancellation policy in effect

 

 

 



Our corporate man on the leading edge, David Chavez, says the 2008 ALMA Awards will be shown tonight on ABC.
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According to Chavez, the awards are Eva Longoria Parker with a Special Tributes to America Ferrera, Linda Ronstadt, Shakira, and Narciso Rodriguez.
 
The ALMA awards have always been a key event in showcasing Latino talent. For more details here is the official news release:
 
Los Angeles - The NCLR 2008 ALMA Awards® taped a star-studded event on August 17 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, CA. "The 2008 ALMA Awards" will air FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET/PT), on the ABC Television Network.
 
Eva Longoria Parker ("Desperate Housewives") hosted. Kicking off Hispanic Heritage Month, the two-hour special is presented by the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) - the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the U.S. The annual ALMA Awards recognizes and celebrates the outstanding artistic achievement of Latinos in film, television, and music.
 
America Ferrera was named Chevy Entertainer of the Year not only for her prominent role in the highly successful television series Ugly Betty, but also for her work off-screen as a leader inspiring young people around the country to participate in the political process. She has successfully used her well-deserved time in the spotlight to make a positive impact on others.
 
She embodies the spirit of the ALMA Awards and NCLR - portraying a positive Latina character on television and displaying the strong diversity of our country. BeBe Winans, Eden Espinosa, Wynonna Judd, Mariachi los Camperos de Nati Cano and Lucero performed to honor Linda Ronstadt who received the Trailblazer Award for her contributions to American music, inspiring artists across generations and musical genres.
 
Shakira was presented with the Humanitarian Award for her work in early childhood education. During her presentation Shakira surprised 17-year-old Pamela Jimenez Cardenas by recognizing her advocacy efforts to support a global campaign for education.
 
The Special Achievement in Outstanding Director of a Made-for-TV Movie was presented to Kenny Ortega for "High School Musical 2;"and the Special Achievement in Fashion went to Narciso Rodriguez.
 
Talent that participated included (in alphabetical order): Paula Abdul, Jessica Alba, Cheryl Burke, Kate del Castillo, HelioCastroneves, Cristián de la Fuente, Oscar De La Hoya, Placido Domingo, Zac Efron, America Ferrera, Daisy Fuentes, SelenaGomez, Jake & (David) Henrie, Terrance Howard, Mark Indelicato, Kym Johnson, MARIO, Joey Medina, Carlos Mencia, Enrique Murciano, Oscar Nunez, Edward James Olmos, Kenny Ortega, Ana Ortiz, Danny Pino, Tony, Plana, Adam Rodriguez, Roselyn Sanchez, Ryan Seacrest, Jon Secada, Charlie Sheen, Taboo, Ashley Tisdale, Edyta Sliwinska, and Sofia Vergara. Musical performances included the Cheetah Girls, Jon Secada & Brian McKnight, AB Quintanilla & The Kumbia All-Stars, Lisa Lisa and MARIO, Sergio Mendes, and Will.I.Am.
 
Plus, Cheech and Chong performed as a prelude to their 25 year Reunion Tour. The ALMA Awards was created by NCLR in 1995 as part of its strategy to promote the diverse, accurate, and balanced portrayals of Latinos in the media and the enhancement of the Latino image in the entertainment industry.
 
The show is an example of how inclusion strengthens the entertainment industry, just as diversity strengthens our country. The show is presented with the support of sponsors and advertisers.
 
Presenting Sponsors for 2008 include Chevy, AT&T and Target. Gold Sponsors are Comcast, Johnson & Johnson, Frito-Lay/PepsiCo, and Prudential. Silver Sponsors include American Airlines, Bank of America, Bud Light, ConAgra Foods, L'Oreal, M&M's, McDonald's, State Farm Insurance Companies, Verizon, and Wachovia.
 
Key media partners for the 2008 ALMA Awards include our Gold Level partners AOL Latino and MTV3, and our Silver Level partner Latina Magazine, People en Espanol, LATV and HOMBRE. This year, the executive producers are Michael Levitt, Janet Murguía, Eva Longoria Parker, and David Chavez. For more information on the 2008 NCLR ALMA Awards®, please visit www.almaawards.com.

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Pop singer legend Jose Jose has sent out a news bulletin through his representatives, asking all media to ignore three chapters from this forthcoming book that were illegally pilfered.

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According to the Mexican singer, his autobiographical book is in the works and is not finished.

"I am writing this book to find peace within myself and for all my fans to know the complete truth of my life."

He says the three chapters that were stolen, were unfinished and are not in proper context, and that certain media are misrepresenting what was in them.

Here is his original news bulletin:

"A la opinión pública y a todos mis amigos de los medios de comunicación, con todo respeto:

"A través de la presente quiero informar que se han infiltrado tres capítulos indistintos de "La Historia De Mi Vida" que estoy escribiendo y que está sin terminar y sin revisar todavía a los medios de comunicación; los cuales han empezado a criticar el contenido sin saber de qué se trata pues ignoran a qué época de mi vida se refieren en específico y porqué yo hice esos comentarios, sólo están hablando por hablar sin conocer la base de la historia. Yo escribí todo lo que me ha pasado con el propósito de sanar mi corazón y de que el público se entere de toda la verdad de mi vida por mí mismo, sin mentiras, como es mi costumbre, por respeto al público. "Espero contar con el privilegio de su atención a esta "La Historia De Mi Vida" cuando esté terminada y así dejarán de estar especulando acerca de lo que contiene, pues comprenderán claramente como, porqué y en qué circunstancias fueron escritos. "Gracias por su amabilidad,"

José José
Miami, 11 de septiembre del 2008
 www.sonybmglatin.com
Elsa Agramonte Coordinator Commercial Division,
Elsa.Agramonte@sonybmg.com 305.695.3653

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AHAA examines Latino influence in American entertainment 
Are brands becoming the new record labels?

LOS ANGELES -- AHAA - the Association of Hispanic Advertising Agencies is presenting their www.lookwhosleading.com conference here this week.
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According to AHAA, this is the LA  conference focus: 

American culture is changing - thanks in large measure to the Latino influence. And advertising is increasingly morphing into another form of entertainment. AHAA member agencies have an opportunity to be leaders, not followers, in this change. Experts from arts, film, music and other areas will share insight and experience.

For more details on the AHAA conference:  www.lookwhosleading.com

Your favorite scribe is moderating one panel today titled: "The Rhythm of Lider-ship." Latino culture is at the top of the charts and inspiring everything from Oscar-wining film scores to new business opportunities to a new soundtrack that reflects a bicultural world.? Does success for Latinos in music mean fitting into a preconceived sound or does it require forging new ground? ?

Speakers: Play N Skillz (producers) / Fernando Giaccardi, The Firm (music executive)/ Kinski, lead singer, Montenegro. Moderator Ramiro Burr
Performance by Karina Paisan to follow

The ideas of brands becoming the new record labels has been building. The brands are now, in some cases, providing audiences and distribution that once were the exclusive domain of record labels. So experts are now discussng how can brands use music to create more direct connections to consumers?

Recent cases include the rock band Kinky performing at the Chivas Studio and Jack Daniels sponsoring an 11-city tour for Beto Cuevas.

We'll have details on ideas and insights shared later. Meantime, here is some related and suggested reading and articles on the subject. (Thanks to associate Ruben McCoy for research.)

UPDATES: 12:05 p.m. PST Early notes... the bottom line messages:

It is a wild frontier out there.

Where to find young Spanish-dominant music listeners? How to reach English-first music fans? Do Latino rappers who only sing in English communicate to recent immigrants?

These questions and so much more coming up....

And a related panel is scheduled in San Antonio on Wednesday, Sept. 17 at Noon:

"AMA panel experts to examine emerging power of music in marketing." Utilizing music in marketing and advertising has always been powerful. It is engaging, enchanting, and it creates an exponential impact for a campaign that is usually greater than the sum of its parts. Learn from the experts as to what criteria to consider when incorporating music, and get the inside scoop on what you should know about working with artists.

Panelists: attorney David Garcia Jr., video producers Jesus Ramirez and Pedro Roura, record producer Jorge Flores; moderated by music reporter/book author Ramiro Burr.

11:30 networking, 12:00 lunch and presentation. Aldaco's restaurant, Sunset Station,1174 E. Commerce. $25.
MORE: AMA/SAVision Panel: The power of music in marketing


As it relates to partnership between liquor companies and groups:

http://thescenestar.typepad.com/ss/2007/12/kinky-at-the-ch.html





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San Antonio's Tex-Mex singer Jay Perez will be participating in the Dallas Cowboys Monday Night Football pre-game show in Dallas.


Dallas-Cowboys-Helmet-Logo-291.JPGAccording to this Puroparty,com report, by 'Jumpin' Jess' Rodriguez  the Dallas Cowboys organization has invited Tejano recording artist Jay Perez to participate in the NFL/ESPN celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month on Monday Night Football.

That is this Monday,Sept. 15.

The NFL/ESPN broadcast will kick off Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15, 2008 - Oct. 15, 2008 with a special celebration surrounding the Philadelphia Eagles vs.Dallas Cowboys Monday Night Football game on Sept. 15, 2008 at Texas Stadium.

Jay Perez will be performing his rendition of "America the Beautiful."

That performance will be part of a pre game show that is slated to begin at 7 p.m. shortly before the players introduction. PerezJay.jpg

The pre game show will include other Hispanic/Latino artists such as Kat De Luna (National Anthem) and a halftime show by Prima J.

 It is not every day that Tejano artists get invited to perform for NFLganmes.

When asked how it felt to be included in this celebration Perez was quoted as saying "as a Hispanic it is an honor and a privilege to be asked not only to perform in front of America's team but also for all the fans as part of Hispanic Heritage Month."

 

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This just in:

Hurricane Ike's potential for damage the next few days has forced officials to cancel or postpone several events.

So far these are the events affected:


CANCELLED - WEATHER 

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 with 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 schedule at:San Antonio Latino Music Festival schedule



POSTPONED - WEATHER Dates resetting for next week - waiting confirmation on date and lineups.

Fiestas Patrias Annual Diez y Seis de Septiembre shindig celebrates Mexican independence day with live bands on multiple stages including Two Tight, Arroyos Del Rio, Wilbert Beasley, Arial Johnson, Grupo Zonido, Aztlan, Carlos y Los Cachorros, Roger Velasquez, Final Cut,  Eternity, OBG Band. Market Square, 514 W. Commerce. Sept.12-14.

Check back for event updates


Meanwhile more hurricane weather updates:

Hurricane Ike batters Cuba - Los Angeles Times

Coming up:
Jay Perez singing at Dallas Cowboys Monday Night Football pre-game show

Luis Miguel: 'latest CD is an inward look' 
Liberacion reunites Virgil Canales and Juan Tavares 


Emilio, Kumbia All Starz and Freddie Martinez were among the nominees for the 2008 Latin Grammys announced today in Los Angeles.
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Interviews coming...meantime here is the breakdown of categories and area nominees.

MORE GRAMMY NEWS:
Houston's pre-Grammy concert sked updated
Emilio, Kumbia All Starz, Freddie Martinez among Latin Grammy nominees 
Upcoming concerts: Iglesias, LuisMi, Grammys
Early fall concerts: Iglesias, LuisMi, Grammys
Grammy importance stressed at RyN conf in LA
Feliciano, Carr, Gilberto among 2008 Latin Grammy Special Awards recipients
Cafe Tacuba, Emilio among 2008 Latin Grammy nominees
Gloria Estefan selected as the 2008 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year

On Emilio's reaction, his manager Joe Casias said:


'Emilio is aware he has been nominated for a Grammy," he said. "He is in Houston and his family and himself are excited about it. But he continues in his recovery."

Emilio was seriously injured in a bus tour accident last Easter Sunday. He has undergone a couple of operations in his recovery from a serious head injury.


Naviara's "De Nuevo" is nominated for best Tejano album. The rest of the Tex-Mex nominees GrammyLogolga_mark_v1_rgb1.jpg

Best Pop Album By A Duo Or Group With Vocal "Planeta Kumbia," AB Quintanilla Presenta Kumbia All Starz Best Cumbia/Vallenato Album "Chicas De Canela, " Chicas De Canela Best Tejano Album "Music Lessons," Chente Barrera Y Taconazo "Incomparable," Jimmy González Y Grupo Mazz "The Legend returns, " Freddie Martínez "De Nuevo," Emilio Navaira "DOMINGO," Elida Reyna Best Norteño Album "Me Enamore De Un Angel, " Los Palominos "Corridos: Defendiendo El Honor, " Pesado "Six Pack," Siggno Best Regional Mexican Song "Búscame En El Cielo," Freddie Martínez, Jr., songwriter (Jimmy González y Grupo Mazz) Track from: Incomparable "Decirte Te Quiero, " Charlie Corona & Jesse Turner, songwriters (Siggno)
 


Coming up:
Jay Perez singing at Dallas Cowboys Monday Night Football pre-game show

Luis Miguel: 'latest CD is an inward look' 
Liberacion reunites Virgil Canales and Juan Tavares 

Finally, the 2008 Latin Grammy nominees will be announced shortly. As soon as we get the list,and some interviews, we'll post.

mail_header.JPGThe 2008 Latin Grammys are coming to Houston this year. More news shortly.

MORE GRAMMY NEWS:
Houston's pre-Grammy concert sked updated
Emilio, Kumbia All Starz, Freddie Martinez among Latin Grammy nominees 
Upcoming concerts: Iglesias, LuisMi, Grammys
Early fall concerts: Iglesias, LuisMi, Grammys
Grammy importance stressed at RyN conf in LA
Feliciano, Carr, Gilberto among 2008 Latin Grammy Special Awards recipients
Cafe Tacuba, Emilio among 2008 Latin Grammy nominees
Gloria Estefan selected as the 2008 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year

Also coming:

HOUSTON ES MUSICA ANNOUNCES LOCAL EVENTS
Local host committee prepares the 9th Annual Latin GRAMMY® awards

What: Houston es Musica, official Host Committee of the 9th Annual Latin   
          GRAMMY® Awards, announces the 9th Annual Latin GRAMMY® Awards.

When: Wednesday, Sept. 10
             2:00 p.m.

Where: City Hall
               First floor
               901 Bagby, 77002
               Parking in the Theater District parking lot on Rusk or street parking on       
               Walker and McKinney.

Speakers:
GrammyLogolga_mark_v1_rgb1.jpgBill White, Mayor
Adrian Garcia, City Council Member, Mayor Pro-Tem
Marcos Witt, Four-time Latin GRAMMY® winner, Pastor of Hispanic Ministries at Lakewood Church
Greg Ortale, President & CEO, Greater Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau
Sonia Garza-Monarchi, Executive Director, Houston es Musica
Newsworthy: First time a host city has created local events in preparation of the Latin GRAMMY® awards.

 

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One of Texas' biggest outdoor concert series is set to unload in Houston.

POP 2008 300.JPGThe always popular Party on the Plaza series is scheduled to kick off Sept. 23 in downtown Houston's Jones Plaza.

Organized by Houston concert promoters Michael D. Kobus and C. Arzayus, the Party on the Plaza puts the spotlight on the hot genres that fans love from Tex-Mex and Tejano, to norteno, regional-Mexican, conjunto, old school and Latin hip-hop. Artists have included Eddie Santiago, Toby Love, David Lee Garza, Ramiro Herrera, Grupo Vida and many more.

The concert series runs 5-10 p.,m, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Admission is free before 7 p.m.; $5 after. 21 & up only. For further details call (832) 324-8074.

According to Kobus, Party on the Plaza is Houston's most successful weekly Hispanic concert series of all times. Held in the heart of Houston's famous theater district in downtown,

He added that POP was established as an entertaining musical and cultural event to raise money for scholarship programs and local charities. To date, Party on the Plaza has raised over $350,000 for the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, the Texas Hispanic Peace Officers Association, the University of Houston Downtown, the Houston Salsa Dancers and other local Hispanic Charities.

POP Crowd 2008.jpgKobus said that Party on the Plaza will continue its tradition in giving this year to the Hispanic Scholarship Fund and the Music For Cancer Foundation to help in the fight against cancer. A portion of all proceeds from Party on the Plaza will be distributed between the two organizations.

Celebrating it's 14th year in 2008, Party on the Plaza's provides Houston's Hispanic communities a place to gather with friends and family to listen to live Hispanic music. An estimated 50,000 plus Hispanics will attend Party on the Plaza this year, making it a perfect destination for companies wishing to extend their reach to the Hispanic market.

Tuesday's is Tejano Tuesdays, also known as POP, and is Party on the Plaza's flagship concert series night. Every Tuesday night, this event draws an average attendance of 2,500 plus Hispanics.

Wednesday's is Latin Mix Wednesdays and is Party on the Plaza's newest concert series night. Entering its 6th season, this event continues to grow every year and draws average attendance of 1,500 plus Latinos.

Details: www.partyontheplaza.info
 www.myspace.com/partyontheplaza

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Related stories, photos:
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Iglesias/Aventura rock the AT&T Center Saturday
Fama, Flaco Jimenez, Ruco Villarreal music updates
Los Creadorez wrapping up successful tour
Early fall concerts: Iglesias, LuisMi, Grammys
Concerts Calendar 8/19: Gonzalez, Rio Band, Los Galleros
TMNC: The future still potentially bright for Tejano
Mexican pop group RBD is breaking up?
Intocable's Munoz says new CD '2C' is a 'back-to-the-future' work
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 
Yuridia: free video performance via SoundCheck
Transition: Jones, Wexler, Moore
Twiins + DJ Flex = hit tune
Gloria Estefan selected as the 2008 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year
Tortilla Factory: on the comeback trail PT II
Little Joe, Ruben Ramos among All Stars on tribute CD to De La Rosa

Coming up:
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Luis Miguel: 'latest CD is an inward look' 
Liberacion reunites Virgil Canales and Juan Tavares

Diez y Seis festivals rule the next few days and there's plenty of variety to be enjoyed. This is the time where the weather starts to transform into the always pleasurable pre-fall magic.
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Make a note: the quarter/full moons will become absolutely mystical in the next few weeks.
 

Azul Talented singer celebrates with a CD release party for her new album, "Noche Azul de Esperanza Live." Also celebration fo Azul's first year anniversary at Esperanza Peace and Justice Center. CD features Maya Guirao, Dava Hernandez, Jorge Gaxiola, Davie Goetz, Paul Ward, Roland de la Cruz, Joel Dilley and Bett Butler. CD party 8 p.m. Wednesday. $5.

Jesse De Leon & Variety Mix Upcoming talented band making its mark in Central Texas as a group to watch. Friday, 9/12 Cadillac Bar, 212 S. Flores. Bands here tend to play a little on the uncomfortable, high end of the volume scale.  Also Soundrave, 9/19; Final Cut, 9/26. Final Cut is Bennie Reyna, bass/vocals; Marcos Martinez guitar; Stacy Rodriquez, vocals, Jimmy Alaniz, sax; James Morales, trumpet; Angel Valadez, drums; Jo Jo Mares, keyboards.myspace.com/cadillacbar 

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

5 Star Fun group knows how to entertain, though sometimes they tend to lose stage  momentum. Thursday. Sept. 11.

Oldies But Goodies Night featuring Anthony Hernandez and Lisa Marie Sharp. The Coast, Vance Jackson at Loop 410. 8 p.m. 9/17. Free.
 
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Smoke-free Frio Saloon, 801 S. Frio. Also Show, 9/12; Allis Band, 9/18; Roger Velasquez, 9/19; Jazz Katz, 9/25; Jesse De Leon & New Variety, 9/26 friosaloon.com

Benefit fundraiser for Emiio Gutierrez family. Lineup includes Rockpyle, James Munoz, Roman Garcia, Megan Leyva, Men of Clay, Gloria Sanchez, Samba Vida, John Griof, New Project Something, Jay Lafarr, Speeduy, Oscar Rodriguez, Midnight Swim, James Ponce, Cleto Rodriguez, DJ/Karaoke. Enchilada Warehouse, 28601 S. St. Marys, Free admission; donations encouraged. 3 p.m.-midnight, Saturday, Sept. 26.

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

Daniel Monserrat Solid singer plays Fridays and Wednesday.  La Marginal 2447 Nacogdoches Road, (210) 804-2242

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.

Grupo Suave C 82008.jpgGrupo Suave Flashy Tex-Mex band just released a new CD. Noon Saturday, Sept 13, Guadalupe Cultural Arts Church Festival; 8 p.m. Saturday, Sacred Heart, Von Ormy; 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept 14, Caliente Harley Davidson, 410 @ Culebra Rd.

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. Band plays Latin Night at Sam Houston Club, Fort Sam Houston. Sept. 20. Also plays Chango's Havana Club, 23535 IH 10 West & Leon Springs Exit. 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, oscarcruzandescape.com

Danny Acosta y QVO Band plays mix of oldies, funk, R&B.Friday. Club Movida, 306  E. Mitchell. (210) 534-4477. Owner Rick Robles runs a tight ship. Club Movida. Also Grupo Zonido, 9/12; Maravia, 9/13; Los Tovares, 9/19; Artie V. Suave, 9/20; Pete Ybarra Fuego,9/26; Grupo Zonido, 9/27; Q-VO band plays every Sunday

CANCELLED - WEATHER 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 with 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 schedule at:San Antonio Latino Music Festival schedule

GarciabrosPic copy.jpgLos Garcia Bros/Mando y La Venganza Solid teamup of conjunto and Tejano. Cuauhtemoc Hall, 1100 Pattan, San MarcosSaturday Sept. 13. Presented by Slick Entertainment. 830-743-0490

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 

Wilbert Beasley W Body & Soul To perform at St. Jude Music Festival. Also Men of CLay, Jazz Katz, Midnight Swim, John Grof, Slick Dickens, Uptown Creepers, Bo DePena. Westside Commons, 151 & 410. Monday, Sept. 29.

Gabriel Zavala Benefit Fundraiser for TV host Gabriell Zavala of "Tejano y Mas." Featuring Ronnie T Band, And special guests. Noon- 4 p.m. Sept.​ 28. Wal-mart, 1430 Austin Highway (210) ​313-​3644.​

Roger Velasquez & Latin Legends Top group shines with its repertoire and virtuosity. Thursdays, Bar On Broadway. Also Luckey Road Saloon, Friday and 10/3 and 10/31 (Halloween Party); Frio Saloon, 9/19; Market Square Mariachi Stage, 9/13

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POSTPONED - WEATHER Fiestas Patrias Annual Diez y Seis de Septiembre shindig celebrates Mexican independence day with live bands on multiple stages including Two Tight, Arroyos Del Rio, Wilbert Beasley, Arial Johnson, Grupo Zonido, Aztlan, Carlos y Los Cachorros, Roger Velasquez, Final Cut,  Eternity, OBG Band. Market Square, 514 W. Commerce. Sept.12-14.

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 Roger Velasquez/Latin Legends, Friday; George Rivas, Saturday; 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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Party on the Plaza New fall season of popular music concert series begins Sept. 23. 5-10 p.,m, Tuesdays and Wednesdays featuring the best in Tex-Mex and Latin music. Free before 7 p.m.' $5 after. 21 & Up only. (832) 324-8074. partyontheplaza.info
www.myspace.com/partyontheplaza
Jones Plaza, Houston.

Louis Shati Orchestra Solid Latin, salsa, Tex-Mex band whips up an alluring mixture of dance music. 9:30 p.m. Thursday-Sunday. Arjon's International Club. Shati says 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 myspace. com/bosmanshbk1

 

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Dance rhythms and powerful tunes drive Iglesias/Aventura show 

By RAMIRO BURR
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Enrique Iglesias unloaded his rock guitar-fueled pop and dance tunes to thrill the crowd and command the night at the AT&T Center on Saturday.
 
It was on a double bill with rising bachata superstars Aventura, but on Saturday, Iglesias was clearly the heavyhitter.
 
Iglesias' opening run began at 8:59 p.m., and included the intense rock tune "Not in love," on differentiating between love and lust, and the power ballad "Solo en Ti," on trying to move beyond obsession.
 
Iglesias' calling card has always been his melodic pop, often fueled by energetic dance rhythms. But Saturday's 15-song concert leaned heavily toward the rock end, as Iglesias let his guitarists blaze away.
 
"Que tal San Antonio, how you doing tonight," Iglesias said during a brief pause. "What the hell is going on San Antonio? Am I getting older or are you guys getting younger? "The last time I was here was in 2002...thank you so much for being here tonight."
 
Tall and lanky, Iglesias, in black pants, a grey T-shirt and a cap, appeared calm and well-rested. Backed by a solid eight-piece band, Iglesias masterfully controlled the musical and emotional ebb and flow of the night.
 
He slowed the pace on the eloquent "Nunca te olvidare," asking the fans to sing along as he described an undying devotion. Similar in sentiment to Pedro Infante's super classic "Cien Anos," this tune made the argument that despite the passage of time and new romances, those special loves are never forgotten.
 
He racheted up the pace with "Rhythm Divine," on following your heart and the catchy "Bailamos."
 
During an acoustic segment, Iglesias and his band huddled at centerstage and brought up some fans to join them. He demonstrated that his memory is pretty good: "I remember it was 1997, my first show at the Alamodome, this was the first song I wrote."
 
That song was "Por Amarte," describing what its like to lose your head in love. Then he launched into the "Lloro por ti," on the desperation that comes when you are abandoned.
 
The stage was setup in the theater configuration, meaning the stage was brought out forward, which eliminated several seating sections. The stage also included an extension some 40 feet into the main floor which allowed Iglesias to get close to his fans and shake hands.
 
The upper decks were also closed. That meant attendance, which was considered a near sell-out by venue spokesmen, came to a little over 7,000.
 
Two huge overhead screens, and a massive display behind the stage, provided plenty of close-ups on the action.
 
On his end run, Iglesias pulled all the stops on the anthemic "Be With you" and "Dimelo," and "Hero," on providing inspiration.
 
Iglesias' strength is his ability to inject heat and passion into his ballads and party fever into his pop dance tunes. 
 
His dad, Julio, will probably go down as the ultimate master of the romantic low-moan. But the younger Iglesias has carved out a separate identity as one of the most dynamic and magnetic pop singers of our time.  
 
10:18 p.m. MORE TO COME...

When Iglesias wrapped it up at about 10:14 p.m, a good chunk of the audience packed it up and left.
 
But, when Aventura finally touched down at about 10:43 p.m. excitement ran heavy through the crowd. The group employed thundering sonics, deafening flashpots and dazzling lights to rock the fans.
 
Though the group is a trio backed up by a seven-piece band, it was charismatic singer Anthony "Romeo" Santos that ran the show, pacing up and down the stage and runway.
 
"Buenas noches San Antonio," Santos said. "How you doing up there? I hear a lot of noise, but is it the women, or the men making all the noise?"
 
From there, the dance party continued. In recent years, Aventura has helped modernize the classic bachata, adding a polished urban pop sheen. Their hits such as "La Guera," "Llorar," and "Osesione" have found favor among the younger music fans. The latter was a big hit Saturday, getting the fans on their feet and singing along.
 
On Saturday, Aventura proved themselves to be the real deal, able to zone in their youthful fans' eternal quest for hot tropical rhythms, dance fever, and a unique identity.
 
(Ramiro Burr covers the Latin music scene. Burr is also the author of "The Billboard Guide to Tejano and Regional Mexican Music," on Billboard Books. For questions or comments musicreporter@gmail.com or www.ramiroburr.com.)


More Iglesias tour news:

 

Enrique Iglesias warming up backstage, while Aventura looks to close out the show tonight

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ATT Center 7:45 p.m.

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Soft pop music floated over the cavernous arena as fans steadily filled up the lower sections of the center Saturday.

The show, originally slated to start at 8 p.m., had been kicked back to 8:30 p.m, because, according to a spokesman, a delayed sound check.

Iglesias is to come on first for approximately, 45 minutes, leaving the bachata group Aventura to wrap things up later in the evening.

The tour kicked off Thursday in Laredo's Entertainment Center, stopped in McAllen's Dodge Arena Friday and early reports indicate full, enthusiastic houses greeted the artists at each stop.

Those in the know say this will be EI's setlist tonight:
"Not in love"
"Solo en Ti," "Nunca," "Rhythm Divine," "Bailamos," "Por Amarte," "Llora por ti," "Alguien soy yo," "Donde estan," "Be With you," "Tired," "Dimelo," "Push," "Hero," "Escape"

And in OTHER EI news, Notimex has reported that the Spanish pop singer is planning to release a English version of his greatest hits CD, "95/08," a greatest hits collection which peaked at No. 1 in Billboard's Top Latin Albums charts.
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The CD is to include the tracks "Rhythm Divine," "Escape," "Hero" y "Do you know," in addition to two new original tunes.
 
Iglesias told the agency he is already working on his next CD, due  in mid-2009 and plans to visit Mexico in November as part of his current tour.

He also told Notimex that he has already started writing some tunes while on tour :
"Durante el tour he capturado algunas letras. Sin embargo, prefiero inspirarme cuando estoy en la intimidad de mi casa, poner el ambiente a media luz y reflexionar sobre la vida, el amor, el mundo y la amistad; hay tantas cosas en las que puedo abundar," comentó en entrevista telefónica con Notimex desde Laredo, Texas.

Check back for updates.

More Iglesias tour news:

Coming up:
Tix on sale for Mariachi Vargas
Jay Perez to sing at Dallas Cowboy Game
Liberacion reunites Virgil Canales and Juan Tavares

Javier Galvan y Fama and Flaco Jimenez has been pretty busy lately. We'll have  an update on Ruco Villarreal as well.

GalvanJavierFAMA05EU5243 300.JPGThe scoop on Fama is that Galvan has been on the run out promoting the new CD "Nostalgia," all over.

According to Tina Escobedo, Galvan will be on Univision Network, Sunday Sept. 7 at 5 p.m.
on "Hablando Con Las Estrellas." He is also working on radio promotions for several weeks in the Rio Grande Valley and Central Texas.

A CD release party is also in the works while the single "Regresa Pronto" is starting to get airplay. Escobedo added that Galvan is also working on a children's album that will be called "Fama para ninos" and also a new gospel album. No release date has been set yet.
  
Meanwhile, Flaco Jimenez has been busy as well promoting his latest CD, "Ya Volvi De La Guerra."

JimenezFlacoGif.JPGIn a quick interview, Jimenez said a new tour is in the works for Europe.

"We don't have all the dates yet but we're adding them in as we get them,' he said. "It should be in October and be mostly in Germany,"

He said the tour dates will be posted at his website  flacojimenezmusic.com

Jimenez, who plays at Ruben's Place regularly, teamed up with Willie Nelson back in July when Nelson played the nearby Verizon Wireless Amphitheater.

Details: Flaco drops in as 'special guest' for Willie's July 4th party

And also Ruco Villarreal ("Vuela Paloma") said his plans to finish his new CD is on hold. He's been ill lately and so his collaborations with Jon Esquivel, Henry Brun and others is on temporary standby as Villarreal get better.

Most people may not be familiar with Villarreal, but back in the day he was one of Tejano's top stars. Historian Ramon Hernandez says he's got a collectors item on Ruco.

"By the way, I do have his one and only album in mint condition since it is unopened, "he said.

Villarreal is semi-retired but he keeps busy doing his welding, especially artworks.

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TMNC: The future still potentially bright for Tejano
Mexican pop group RBD is breaking up?
Intocable's Munoz says new CD '2C' is a 'back-to-the-future' work
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 
Yuridia: free video performance via SoundCheck
Transition: Jones, Wexler, Moore

Coming up:
Tix on sale for Mariachi Vargas
Jay Perez to sing at Dallas Cowboy Game

This is the big Enrique Iglesias/Aventura concert weekend. But there's also plenty of action elsewhere around town. Here are some highlights.IglesiasEnrique011 289.JPG

For one of the few and rare time, a pop star teams up with  a bachata group for a major show.

This time it is Enrique Iglesias who tagteams with Aventura. It is called the "Kings Tour" and it is Saturday at the AT&T Center. More details: Enrique Iglesias & Aventura tour to hit S.A., Laredo, McAllen and Iglesias tagteams with Aventura in new U.S. tour

What else?

Oh yes,

Tex-Mex on tap at the Fiestas Patrias at the Alamodome Sunday with La Mafia, Little Joe y la Familia, Bobby Pulido, Reik, Los Traileros del Norte, and others. Starts at noon. free.

In club action you got Allis Band at Cadillac Bar, Group Suave at Frio Saloon, and Elizabeth Brackman Paniagua at Los Generales restaurant, David Lee Garza plays tonight Graham Central Station. All tonight.

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And also at Lermas, check out Bernardo y sus Compadres, El Pavo Real, and Lorenzo Gatica tonight.

More weekender details at :

Concerts Calendar 9/2: Iglesias, Elizabeth, Show Band

 

Get out there!

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As a world pop star who's constantly recording and touring, singer Enrique Iglesias says it's not easy to get inspired in the studio.

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And when inspiration does come, it's rarely comes on his time schedule.

"That's why you just have to be there, in the studio, thinking, composing, listening," Iglesias said in a recent interview. "I think it is important to first just clear your head. You have to spend time in there and you have to be spontaneous.

"If you burn it in your head- 'I have to do this, got to record that' that is not spontaneity."
Iglesias will likely unleash some of his spontaneity on his "Kings Tour" that launches Sept. 4 in Laredo, Texas's Entertainment Center.

Iglesias, considered the king of Spanish pop, teams up with Aventura, the kings of urban bachata, on the new tour 14-city tour that also stops in several Texas cities including San Antonio and ends Oct. 5 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Tour schedule below.

Iglesias recently performed in Malta for the Isle of MTV Malta Special. After his performance, Iglesias was given an honorary Maltese citizenship by the local mayor, Dr. Paul Borg Olivier. Iglesias is only the second non-Malta resident to be given this honor.

Meanwhile, Iglesias' tour mates, Aventura, have become increasingly popular in recent years. Anthony "Romeo" Santos, lead singer of Aventura, has also been prolific as a songwriter. He and his group were nominated for the 2008 Billboard Latin Music Awards. They walked away with Hot Latin Song of the Year for "Mi Corazoncito" and Tropical Airplay Song of the Year, Duo Or Group for "Mi Corazoncito."

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Hot off the press, the San Antonio Latino Music Festival schedule

As always,everything is subject to change.

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6-7 pm: Las Tesoros del Westside. Featuring cantantes Rita "La Calandria" Vidaurri, Beatriz "La Paloma del Norte" Llamas, Blanquita Rodriguez, and Perla Tapatia

7-8 pm: Eva Ybarra y Su Conjunto. Legendary accordionist and bandleader playing our region's roots music

8-9 pm: Ernie Garibay & Cats Don't Sleep. Chicano blues estilo San Anto

9-10 pm Sisters Morales. Music that knows no boundaries

10-11:30 pm Strunz & Farah. Innovators of acoustic guitar

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 13: SAN ANTONIO SOUND

Noon-2 pm: Network for Young Artists. San Antonio based nonprofit training the next generation of performing artists

Azul.jpg2-3 pm: City of San Antonio Parks & Recreation Department's Special Programs Division. Showcasing emerging dance and music students from the city's cultural education programs

3-4 pm: Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center's Mariachi Guadalupe and the Guadalupe Dance Academy. Young talent from one of the nation's first Latino arts institutions

4-5 pm: Hot Sauce. Latin grooves with slick guitar and marimba - a favorite on the Plaza during our lunch-time music events

5-6 pm: Pinata Protest Punk rock with strong conjunto influences

6-7 pm: Azul, a Mexicana cantante with jazz connections now in residence at the Esperanza Peace & Justice Center in San Antonio

7-8 pm: The Krayolas, Their new album "La Conquistadora" marks the return of the Tex-Mex Beatles

8-9:15 pm: The Tex-Mex Experience with Special Guests Flaco Jimenez and Augie Meyers
Tex-Mex and Rock & Roll!

9:15-9:45 pm: Urban-15. Bright big dance and drum line founded by George and Kat Cisneros

9:45-11 pm: Sexto Sol. Latin-influenced grooves that rock

11pm-12 am: Westside Horns. Legendary San Antonio group featuring Sauce Gonzalez, Urban Urbano, Mike Zeal, Jay Martinez, Spot Barnett, Louie Bustos, Al Gomez, and Little Roger Gonzalez

 

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Pop, international ballads, Tex-Mex and more on tap for the rest of the week and beyond. Coming up is Diez y Seis festivals as well as the busy church festival season.

Enrique Iglesias/Aventura Pop king tags teams with bachata kings for a new "Kings Tour" that stops in at the AT&T Center. Saturday, Sept. 6. Details: Enrique Iglesias & Aventura tour to hit S.A., Laredo, McAllen IglesiasEnrique011 289.JPG

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

Allis Band Multifaceted band takes it to the stage. Friday, 9/5 Cadillac Bar, 212 S. Flores. Bands here tend to play a little on the uncomfortable, high end of the volume scale.  Also Jesse De Leon, 9/12; Soundrave, 9/19; Final Cut, 9/26..myspace.com/cadillacbar 

Show Band Spirited band (Roger Tamez, Wendy) whips up a nice musical brew. Thursday. Sept. 4. Smoke-free Frio Saloon, 801 S. Frio. Also Group Suave, 9/5; 5 Star, 9/11; Show, 9/12; Allis Band, 9/18; Roger Velasquez, 9/19; Jazz Katz, 9/25; Jesse De Leon & New Variety, 9/26 friosaloon.com

Elizabeth Brackman Paniagua Versatile singer/trumpter player mixes cumbias, boleros, pop, funk and more. Los Generales restaurant. 6 p.m Fridays. Eizabeth (school teacher by day) says her debut CD is in the works at Velasquez Studio and should be out in a few more weeks. Rest of band is Anthony Hernandez, keyboards; Valentino De La Rosa, accordion; Ralph Saenz, guitar; Brent Ferguson, bass; Val Guadiana, drums

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

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.

David Lee Garza TopTex-Mex band takes the stage. Graham Central Station. Also Michael Salgado and Grupo Suave 9/12; Hometown Boys, 9/19; Jay Perez, 9/26; Los Desperadoz, Oct. 31, Halloween

Grupo Suave Flashy Tex-Mex band just released a new CD. Noon Saturday, Sept 13, Guadalupe Cultural Arts Church Festical; 8 p.m. Saturday, Sacred Heart, Von Ormy; 11:30a.m. Sunday, Sept 14, Caliente Harly Davidson, 410 @ Culebra Rd.

Oscar Cruz y Escape Winsome band mixes cumbias, merengues, disco, oldies, Tex-Mex. Led by the talented singer/keyboardistOscarCruzEscape_New3_800x475 300.JPG Oscar Cruz, the band also includes Alvaro Mendoza, vocals/percussion; Bert Ybarra, guitars; Abraham Humpries, bass; and Joe Gonzalez, drums. Band plays Latin Night at Sam Houston Club, Fort Sam Houston. Sept. 20. Band also plays Chango's Havana Club, 23535 IH 10 West & Leon Springs Exit. 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays,.

www.oscarcruzandescape.com

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