October 2008 Archives

Coming up:
Luis Miguel talks about new "maturity" on CD
Crooked Stilo to play LA's Knitting Factory in Hollywood 
Top Latin Producers Valenzuela Twiins joined Ozomatli
 

New salsa club, monte_negro022008_00410.jpgLatin alt and Halloween parties galore are in store this weekend.

Also coming up in a few days is a CD release party at the Cadillac by newcomer Elizabeth. Also, beautiful fall weather abounds and check out that full moon.

First up, is Monte Negro, an LA-based band that plays a fun mix of Latin alternative music. The group drops in at Joe's Patio Bar, 2950 Thousand Oaks. Tonight, Friday, Oct. 31. www.myspace.com/montenegrorocks,  www.montenegrorocks.com/

Salsa/merengue fans have plenty to party about with the news of the new Old San Juan, a club at 4427 Walzem.

The n ew tropical club/restaurant opened Thursday and opening weekend festivities continues through Sunday. There's lots of dance space.The schedule includes Son Cache Fri-Sat (Oct.31, Nov. 1) and Orquesta Tropicante Sunday, Nov. 2. Also DJ Papote and DJ 2Leo.

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Also Happy Hour, dress code, party reservations and more.(210) 599-9990. Details:  www.Myspace.com/DJpapote

YbarraPete 350 7 2008.JPG Downtown, we got  Pete Ybarra y Grupo Fuego, a top-flight accordionist who leads his group in a Halloween party with a costume contest. Tonight, Friday, 10/31. Cadillac Bar, 212 S. Flores. 

Groups here tend to play a little on the uncomfortable, high end of the volume scale.

Between sets DJs Saint and Hobby unload.

**Also, singer Elizabeth hosts her own CD release party for her CD "Siempre," produced by Grammy-Award winning producer Gilbert Velasquez. ElizabethCDcover.jpgThe CD release is scheduled 7 p.m.  Wednesday, Nov. 5. Cadillac Bar.

And speaking of Elizabeth, she is performing Saturday at George's Place, 5214 Blanco Rd. (210) 340-1275. She'll be playing all of ofher new material so check it out.

Then there's the Tejano Heritage Dance showcasing Roger Velasquez & Latin Legends and Latin Funk DeeJay Richard Martinez on Saturday night, Nov. 1 at Pueblo Hall, 3315 Northwestern Drive. (210) 520-7400. $7.

Elsewhere,... more Halloweend parties including PrimeTime Tejano Halloween Party, a TV show celebrating 18 year anniversary. The 2009 series kicks off in October and Producer/Director Jerry Avila wants to kickoff the 2009 series with a big Halloween party. Featuring Sunny Ozuna, JR & The Starlites, DJ Music. Halloween costume contest worth $100. Monarch Event Center, 6406 N. IH 35 Ste 3100, Austin. 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31. 512-845-3136 www.monarcheventcenter.com $10-$15 

MORE Halloween,...

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Treat Street Celebration Major family festival features trick-or-treating activities for children, talent showcase, as well as performances by singers Jennifer and Jessica Espinoza, rapper Da Brat, rock group Insergo and country artist Ally Brooke Hernandez. Market Square. Free. Noon-6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31.

Roger Velasquez & Latin Legends Top group shines with its repertoire and virtuosity. Luckey Road Saloon, 10/31 (Halloween Party) 

Centro Cultural Aztlán Dia de los Muertos Exhibition includes 70 artists and community members creating altars associated with Dia de los Muertos. Featuring Liza Ybarra, Urban 15 dancers and drummers. 6-9 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2. (210) 432-1896. Centro Cultural Aztlan, 1800 Fredericksburg Rd., Ste 103

Los Desperadoz Conjunto/Tejano fusion band. Friday, Oct. 31. Graham Central Station, Fredericksberg at Loop 410.

 

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Old San Juan nightclub: music, dance, party fever

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Treat Street Fest: family fun and children's entertainment
ATAM Awards ceremony 2008 photos: fun, exciting, memorable
Blessed Sacrament Halloween fest offers family fun; Herrera headlines
ATAM 2008: Herrera, DLG, Velasquez, Posada
Concert Calendar 10/21: Awards, church fests, Lonely Boys
Veterano Festival honors late Escobar, showcases conjunto bands
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Kinky, Night Ranger headline international border fest
Party on the Plaza reloads for 10/14: Tropa, Stef, Vida
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Los Creadorez wrapping up successful tour
Early fall concerts: Iglesias, LuisMi, Grammys
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Intocable's Munoz says new CD '2C' is a 'back-to-the-future' work
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Coming up:
Weekender: Halloween bashes, Elizabeth CD party
Luis Miguel talks about new "maturity" on CD Crooked Stilo to play LA's Knitting Factory in Hollywood Top Latin Producers Valenzuela Twiins joined Ozomatli

San Antonio's Vikki Carr and accordionist David Lee Garza will be among the performers for the 2008 Latin Grammy ceremonies scheduled Nov. 13 at Houston's Toyota Center.DavidLeeLiveB041207.jpg

MORE GRAMMY NEWS:
Houston's pre-Grammy concert sked updated
Emilio, Kumbia All Starz, Freddie Martinez among Latin Grammy nominees 
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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 performing at the event will be Flex featuring Belinda, Juanes, Café Tacuba, Olga Tañón. Julieta Venegas, Kany García, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Alejandrá Guzman, and Rosario. For ticket information visit here.

The 2008 Latin Grammys ceremonies will be broadcast at 7 p.m. CST Nov. 13 on the Univision Network. Hosting the awards wil be actors Cristián de la Fuente and Patricia Manterola. Presenters will include actors Karyme Lozano, Eugenio Siller, and Mayrín Villanueva and Buika.

According to the Grammy.com folks, "International superstar Juanes is nominated for five awards: Album Of The Year and Best Male Pop Vocal Album for La Vida...Es Un Ratico, and Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year and Best Short Form Music Video for "Me Enamora." Reggaeton artist Flex has two juanes_041205.jpgnods for Best Urban Music Album (Te Quiero) and Best Urban Song ("Te Quiero"). Latin pop artist Rosario is up for Best Female Pop Vocal Album (Parte De Mí)."

For more information and a complete list of nominees, please visit www.grammy.com. Tickets are available to the general public and can be purchased at the Toyota Center Box Office at www.toyotacentertix.com, or by dialing 1.866.4HOUTIX (1.866.446.8849).

The Latin Recording Academy is an international, membership-based organization dedicated to improving the quality of life and cultural condition for Latin music and its makers. In addition to producing the Latin GRAMMY Awards to honor excellence in the recorded arts and sciences, The Latin Recording Academy provides educational and outreach programs for the Latin music community. For more details: www.grammy.com.

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LA-based rock group Monte Negro swings through several Texas cities on their latest tour.

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The big tour includes Houston's Continental Club, Oct.28; Dallas' Club Dada, Oct. 30; San Antonio's Joe's Patio Bar, Oct. 31; Austin's Mexican Am Cult Ctr, and Mohawk, Nov. 1. Joe's Patio Bar is located at 2950 Thousand Oaks.

Monte Negro is on tour and was recently added to the Rock y Roll Dia Celebration set Nov. 1 in Austin. Also performing will be with Los Amigos Invisibles and Charanga Cakewalk.

Last August and September, Monte Negro was on a MTV Tr3s-sponsored tour that also included Astra Heights and the May Fire.

Monte Negro is on tour promoting their latest CD, "Cicatrix." Monte Negro music has been described as melodic rock. Monte Negro singer Kinski says when it comes to categorizing the group's music, it is simple.

"Rock is rock, in any language, " he said. "We're not any better or worst than any of those rock bands like Cold Play or Three Doors Down. Our music is unique and transcending."

Kinksi said the band has many influences, but primairly they are rock groups like The Clash, The Sex Pistols, Jane's Addiction, and the Cure as well as Maldita Vecindad, Caifanes, Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, Mano Negra, Soda Stereo and Spinetta.

The rest of the band is bassist Rodax, guitarist Jason Li Shing and drummer Xavier López.

More details: www.rockyrolldia.com www.myspace.com/montenegrorocks, www.montenegrorocks.com, www.mtvtr3s.com.

Complete Monte Negro Tour Dates:

Oct 17: Brandon, FL The Porch
Oct 18: St. Petersburg, FL The Garage
Oct 21: Athens, GA Tasty World
Oct 22: Charlotte, NC The Casbah @ Tremont Music Hall
Oct 25: Atlanta, GA Star Bar
Oct 26: Nashville, TN 12th and Porter
Oct 28: Houston, Continental Club
Oct 30: Dallas, Club Dada
Oct 31: San Antonio, Joe's Patio Bar
Nov 1: Austin, TX Mexican Am Cult Ctr
Nov 1: Austin, TX Mohawk
Nov 2: Las Vegas, NV Revolution Lounge in the Mirage

Coming up:
LA rock band Monte Negro swings through on Texas tour
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It's been a bit of a dry spell since salsa/tropical music fans and dancers had a special treat.
 
OSJFlyerFront 372.JPGNow it is time to celebrate. The big news is that a brand new club with an old name is opening this week - The Old San Juan.

Yes, the new tropical club/restaurant opens up this Thursday with Mi Rumba band.

Empresario DJ Papote says his club will be spacious, elegant and vibrating with the red=hot rhythms of tropical/salsa music.

I have seen the place, well before completion and I can attest to it's expansive layout.
 
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But I can also vouch for DJ Papote when he says his club will be a red-hot spot.

The rest of the schedule for this week is as follows: Son Cache Fri-Sat (Oct. 31, Nov. 1) and Orquesta Tropicante Sunday, Nov. 2. In addition, DJ Papote and DJ 2Leo. will be spinning the discs.


The OSJ is located at 4427 Walzem. There will be Happy Hour, dress code, party reservations and more. Details: (210) 599-9990 or www.Myspace.com/DJpapote

Coming up:
Rock group Monte Negro to play Joe's Patio Bar
New salsa club 'Old San Juan' to open Thursday
Luis Miguel talks about new "maturity" on CD
Top Latin Producers Valenzuela Twiins joined Ozomatli
 

Just the other day I was bemoaning the lack of standup comedy in Mexico and/or lackof standup Mexican comedy with Raul Ledezma. There are too few comedians in Mexico and even less that tour the U,S,ChupitosLa1 329.JPG

There are precious few female comedians. But now comes along La Chupitos, whose dirt-poor, humble character reminds us of Carol Burnett's or Red Skeleton's famous comedic personas. At a Monday news conference, La Chupitos held forth on her work and philosphy.

Her homeless look also evokes the humble characters portrayed by Mexican comedians Cantiflas and singer/actor Pedro Infante.

(Photo right and next below courtesy Ramon Hernandez). Bottom photo from WKLang.com)

Now comes this report by our correspondent Ramón Hernández

Comedian La Chupitos has descended upon San Antonio to tickle the city's funny bone.

 The comedian, who is being hailed as Mexico's successor to Cantinflas is scheduled to perform Wednesday(10/29) at 11 p.m. at Club Rio.

ChupitosLa0.jpgAsked if she realized she may not have a good turnout due to the show being scheduled smack dab in the middle of a work week, the Mexican comedian shrugged the potential off stating that in Mexico, she starts her one-hour routine at midnight and there are so many venues comedians fill up clubs on Monday, Tuesday and every day of the week.

"They may wake up tired and sleepy, but they'll go to work with a big smile on their face," she said flashing her famous toothless grin during an interview at the I-H-10 El Taco Tote location.

Liilana Arriaga-Franco, that's her real name, was born in 1973, but her character was born 14 years ago in a talent contest for comedians. Her trademark is her two missing top front teeth, which are actually blacken out and her attire consists of worn-out bag-lady type outfits, a rosary and a weather-beaten scapular. "My clothes may be torn and tattered, but they're discarded name brand labels such as Prada," she quipped.

ChupitosACOSTADA 310.JPGChupitos' filthy looking character is based on a poverty stricken alcoholic from the barrio because as she says, "It's an existing problem throughout the world. The stories are completely all my ideas about situations that all people can relate to as I give them hope through laughter. There's nothing better than laugher to make people happy and forget their woes. So I love to make people laugh."

Still the petite 35-year-old's character touches on serious topics such as being jobless, marriage, unwed mothers, feminist issues and most important skits about, and involving, children.

"Life is full of suffering, the truth is that La Chupito is mugrosa (dirty) and people do ask for limosna (alms) because that is the sad reality for many, so I'm not a monita de oro (golden dolly). But we still have to enjoy life and give thanks for whatever little we have. As for goals, Chupito's dream -- as Cantinflas -- is to reach the entire world."

As an actress, Arriaga-Franco has appeared in two tele-novelas - "Mujeres Engañadas" and "Nunca Te Olvidaré" However, her forte is comedy so it is variety shows such as "No Manches," "Don Francisco Presenta," "100 Mexicanos Dijeron," "VidaTV" and "La Casa de la Risa" that have been her claim to fame.

If you missed La Chupitos live performance on Wednesday, you can still enjoy her comedy routines on Univision's "Fábrica de Risas" each Saturday at 11 p.m. or check out her Web site at www.lachupitos.com

La Chupito Texas tour includes: Jueves Oct 30 McAllen Cine El Rey; Viernes Oct 31 McAllen Cine El Rey; Sabado Nov 1 Dallas Escapade Chances; Miercoles Nov. 19 Austin Escapade 2000; Jueves Nov 20 Laredo Las Cananas Club; Viernes Nov 21 Houston Planeta Bar Rio.


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One of the largest sororities in the Southwest, the Beta Sigma Phi International Sorority, is presenting a fundraising event - the "Monster Bash '08," at Arjon's International Club. BSFcolor_crest2.jpg

The benefit is scheduled 7 p.m.-2 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29 at the club, 8736 Tesoro Dr.

"This Monster Bash is the start of a new beginning for our organization," said sorority representative Jessica Nunez. "We are introducing college students to a new way of thinking. Supporting a cause instead of oneself. The Monster Bash with its many prizes is for a great cause."

In addition to music and dance, there will also be a costume contest. The event is open to music fans aged 18 years and older. There will be a cover charge of $5. For more information call Arjhon at the club (210) 804-1419.

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Arjon's International Club is one of the longest-running and most popular nightclubs in Central Texas. 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 Escape throw in an engaging spice of disco, Tejano polkas, R&B, soul and pop/rock.

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Opened in 1995, Arjon's is one of the city's few dance clubs that has lasted more than a decade. 

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.



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Latin rock, Tex-Mex, new salsa club, Halloween bashes and more on the main menu for the next week and beyond.

The weather is also turning absolutely beautiful so be sure to enjoy it outdoors.

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

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Pete Ybarra y Grupo Fuego Accordionist is top notch and he leads a top notch band  in Halloween party with costume contest. Friday, 10/31. Cadillac Bar, 212 S. Flores. Groups here tend to play a little on the uncomfortable, high end of the volume scale. Between sets DJs Saint and Hobby unload. Also, singer Elizabeth hosts her own CD releaseparty for her CD "Siempre," produced by Grammy-Award winning producer Gilbert Velasquez. 7p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5. Cadillac Bar

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

PrimeTime Tejano Halloween Party TV show celebrates 18 year anniversary. The 2009 series kicks off in October and Producer/Director Jerry Avila wants to kickoff the 2009 series with a big Halloween party. Featuring Sunny Ozuna, JR & The Starlites, DJ Music. Halloween costume contest worth $100. Monarch Event Center, 6406 N. IH 35 Ste 3100, Austin. 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31. 512-845-3136 www.monarcheventcenter.com $10-$15  UlloaJunaitaMark-Cuernavaca, MX 078 300.JPG.

Faculty Hispanic Voice Recital Classical and Hispanic music combined featuring Juanita Ulloavoice; Faith de Bow, piano; Mariachi Tamazula, led by Bobby López; and "España Viva" Flamenco dancers, Beatriz Aguilar & Jessica Ahr. UPAC Hall, Texas State University, San Marcos. Free. 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29. (512) 245-2651 or email: ju12@txstate.eduwww.Juanitamusic.com

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

Monte Negro Latin alternative band hails from LA and brings a fresh sound. Joe's Patio Bar, 2950 Thousand Oaks. Friday, Oct. 31. www.myspace.com/montenegrorockswww.montenegrorocks.com/

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Old San Juan New tropical club/restaurant opens up with lots of dance space and a big music /grand opening weekend. Featuring Mi Rumba Thursday, Oct. 30; Son Cache Fri-Sat (Oct.31, Nov. 1) and Orquesta Tropicante Sunday, Nov. 2. Also DJ Papote and DJ 2Leo. 4427 Walzem. Also Happy Hour, dress code, party reservations and more.(210) 599-9990. Details: www.Myspace.com/DJpapote

SATFimg341593875 285.JPG SA Tardeada Festival. Featuring Mitch Web, Rick Trevino, Patricia Vonne, Tex-Mex Experience, Flaco Jimenez, Dog Men Poets,  Pride and Joy, Drugstore Cowboys, DC3, Flamin' Hellcats. Sunday, Nov. 16. $22-$26. Ruben's Place, Selma. www.satardeada.com/ 

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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Treat Street Celebration Major family festival features trick-or-treating activities for children, talent showcase, as well as performances by singers Jennifer and Jessica Espinoza, rapper Da Brat, rock group Insergo and country artist Ally Brooke Hernandez. Market Square. Free. Noon-6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31.

Danny Acosta y QVO Band plays mix of oldies, funk, R&B. Sundays. Club Movida, 306  E. Mitchell. (210) 534-4477. Owner Rick Robles runs a tight ship.

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

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

Liliana Arriaga "La Chupitos" Mexican comedian puts on big show. Also music and dance. Club Rio Nightclub, 13307-A San Pedro Highway 281 at Bitters. (210) 403-2582. $25 advance; $35, $45.Doors open 9 p.m.; show 11 p.m. Wednesday, 10/29.
 
Kudai Chilean pop/rock group headlines Sesion Exclusiva, apre-Latin Gramy event. Also performing Vanaz. Grooves, 2300 Pierce St. Houston. 9 p.m. Monday, Nov.10. 

Enanitos Verdes Latin alternative band takes the stage. 10/30 Club Rio Nightclub, 13307-A San Pedro Highway 281 at Bitters. (210) 403-2582. Also El Tri 11/16.

Centro Cultural Aztlán Dia de los Muertos Exhibition includes 70 artists and community members creating altars associated with Dia de los Muertos. Featuring Liza Ybarra, Urban 15 dancers and drummers. 6-9 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2. Also free Dia de los Muertos Workshop by Luis Valderas, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 25, (210) 432-1896. Centro Cultural Aztlan, 1800 Fredericksburg Rd., Ste 103

La Sombra de Tony Guerrero Back in town. Randy's Ballroom, 1534 Bandera Rd. Saturday Nov 15.

ATAM FestiBALL 2nd Annual Tejano Academy softball tournament, car exhibit and live music. Missions County Park,6030 Padre Drive. 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9. (210) 227-2826

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. George Rivas Band Friday; Elizabeth & Latin Crew, Saturday; All Star Band 9 p.m. Sunday

PenaNataly7-24-2006-6 292.JPGNataly Peña Young singer plays a mix. Luciano at the Strand. Fridays.

Los Desperadoz Conjunto/Tejano fusion band. Friday, Oct. 31. Graham Central Station, Fredericksberg at Loop 410.

Jorge Alejandro y La Paz Versatile singer/songwriter wrapping up new CD due for release late October. Tuesdays, Hot Tin Roof, IH 10/Callaghan.

Tejano Heritage Dance Showcasing Roger Velasquez & Latin Legends and Latin Funk DeeJay Richard Martinez
Saturday, Nov. 1. Pueblo Hall, 3315 Northwestern Drive. (210) 520-7400. $7.

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

Los Tigres del Norte Venerable norteño outfit back on the road in the U.S. for some 16 dates. Los Tigres set to play Laredo Entertainment Center, Nov. 1, McAllen's Dodge Arena, Nov. 2.

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; More: SAS! continues through December. On Sunday it's Conjunto Tocadita at lunch with Foxy Garcia, accordion & Chucho Perales, bajo sexto. (210) 225-9800 www.mainplaza.org  

POSTPONED - 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 Related story: Veterano Festival honors late Escobar, showcases conjunto bands

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

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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 & SonSabor 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-December.

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

 

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Sep 18, 2008 10:03 PM

YOU ARE MY #1 MUSIC REPORTER!   

 

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Top artists showcased in Nashville Star Tour stop in SA

In recent months, Gabe Garcia has become one of the most popular singers in Central Texas. While most people know him from the TV show, Garcia has actually been performing a while around these parts.

 

(From our SC correspondent Wayne M. Zamora)

The show at Josabi's 17200 Hwy 16 N began with a meet & greet with the fans and lots of excitement. There was a good size crowd there at Josabi's even though the temperature dropped a good bit. The performance was excellent and thanks to Mike the manager of the tour, he put together a great show.

It was a high quality show one of the best I've seen in a while. The crowd enjoyed it so much that they wouldn't leave and surrounded their bus and because of this the Nashville Star celebrities came out and signed autographs for the fans.

(Photos courtesy of Wayne Zamora/Latin Connection)

 

Brandy Lopez of Latin Fusion TV/Latin Connection Magazine and Nashville Star top contestant Gabe Garcia have been communicating with each other on the events. Garcia is also playing in Ft. Worth, Texas at Billy Bob's Texas, Nov. 1.  Lopez interviewed Coffey, Shawn Mayer (also a Latina), Gabe Garcia, & winner Melissa Lawson. The Nashville Star Tour schedule can be seen on their website: http://www.nashvillestar.com/tours . The Latin Fuzion show should air on the weekend of Nov. 8th.

Helotes Texas is the home town of Gabe Garcia, Coffey & Melissa Lawson are also from Texas. More to come.

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A family festival to celebrate Halloween is scheduled Friday, Oct. 31 at Market Square.

TreatStreetent-panel-3.jpgThe festival is called Treat Street Celebration and will feature trick-or-treating activities for children, a talent showcase, as well as performances by singers Jennifer and Jessica Espinoza, rapper Da Brat, rock group Insergo and country artist Ally Brooke Hernandez.

There will also be other entertainment during the alcohol-free afternoon. Admission is free at Market Square during the noon-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25 

It is the fourth annual event presented by FOX 29 and MY35 television.

This community-oriented event will feature Yvette Reyna of FOX 29 as host.

Unified Soul.jpg"What makes this event unique is how community and family oriented it is," Reyna told La Prensa in this story. There will also be children's activities and games as well as five stages of assorted entertainment; from live singing performances, to different styles of dancing from local troupes and dance schools.

Also participating will be Tammy's School of Dance, Unified Soul and Varcity Squad dance troupes, located at 5410 Glen Ridge in San Antonio. Another unique performer that can be seen at this year's FOX29 Halloween "Treat Street" event is high school student Ray Brown of RB Magic and Entertainment.

"This is also a great cultural event because there will be different areas set up for Dias de los Muertos," Reyna said. According to La Prensa, the San Antonio Police Department will also participate by allowing kids to do fingerprints along with the San Antonio Fire Department, who will have a fire truck on site.

"If you are looking for a family fun event to take your children to, this is the biggest and the best event," Reyna added.

Participating sponsors include Cricket Wireless, H-E-B and the Boys and Girls Club of San Antonio.

 

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The Academy of Tejano Music Awards ceremony was held Thursday at Villita Assembly Hall.  For more details: ATAM 2008: Posada, Baca, Solis among early winners

Photos below courtesy of, and thanks to: Jorge Moreno, Wayne Zamora, Richard Martinez.

Following photos courtesy Richard Martinez (Latin Funk DJ):

 

 Following photos courtesy Wayne Zamora/Latin Music Connection: 

 

 Following photos courtesy Jorge Moreno Photography:

UPDATE: Luis Silva Funeral Service details released

Visitation 4-9 p.m. Saturday, Rosary service 6 p.m. Saturday at Porter Loring, 1101 McCullough Ave

Funeral Service 10:30 a.m. Monday St. Anthony De Padua Cathoclic Church, Burial Service to follow at Chapel Hills, 7735 Gibbs Sprawl Road 

Porter Loring (210) 227-8221

FULL STORY: Top Tejano songwriter Luis Silva dead of heart attack at 64

 

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Update: 7:41 p.m.

Special Photo Essay: 

David Lee Garza, Ramiro Herrera, and Joe Posada were among the familiar faces and top winners at the 2008 Academy of Tejano Artists & Musicians Awards held Thursday at Villita Assembly Hall.

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One of the early awards was a special "Special Accordion Tribute" that was presented to accordion legend Steve 'Esteban' Jordan who has been quite ill recently.

Best bass player award went to the late Roy "Pia" Ramos and Steve Roth. Austin's Ruben Ramos accepted the award on behalf of "my little brother, que en paz descanse.

"It gives me great pleasure and it is a great honor to accept this award on his behalf," Ruben Ramos said.

Best drummer honors went to Richard Solis of the Roger Velasquez & Latin Legends band.

"Thank you all so much, to the board of directors, thank you," Solis said. "This event just keeps getter better and better."

Dozens of Tejano artists dressed in suits and glitzy evening gowns wandered the packed hall which was at about 90 percent capacity.

Performers included Stefani, Joe Posada, Shelly Lares, Eddie Perez, Eddie Gonzalez, all backed up by the all-star  Tejano Academy Band.

The event marked the 5th Academy of Tejano Artists and Musicians awards.

Yet the spirt of celebration was tempered by the shocking news earlier in the day that pioneer songwriter/record promoter Luis Silva passed away Wednesday night in Dallas.

"It was sad to to hear about Luis Silva's passing," said Jesse Degollado, one of the awards presenters during a pause at the podium. "But as others have said before, his music will be with us forever." 

Award officials also showcased a 10-minute audio/video presentation presented by KXTN DJs that featured many of Luis Silva's hits. More details on Silva: Top Tejano songwriter Luis Silva dead of heart attack at 64

Delia Gonzalez, a singer from the '90s group Culturas, was also at the podium to present an award. But before that she talked about her recent kidney transplant, "a transplant that save my life." After she introduced Emma Martinez, the kidney donor, a 10-minute video was screen that explained Gonzalez' journey toward recovery in the kidney transplant program. The entire hall fell silent - you could have heard a pin drop. It was a gut-wrenching, spell-binding moment.

Best keyboard honors went to a very surprised Gabriel Zavala, who's also waiting for treatment after being diagnosed with a brain tumor.

"What an honor. First of all thanks to God. It is an honor I didn't expect this at all," said Zavala. "I truthfully, would like to dedicate this to the keyboard player who inspired since I was a chavalon. His name was Jerry de La Rosa, que en pas descanse. Where would we be without Jerry De La Rosa."

Joe Posada was named best horn player, accepting the award from horn pioneer Gilbert Escobedo.

"What can I say. Give it up for Gilbert Escobedo, I used to listen to these guys in the Latin Breed," said Posada. "Everybody in the category is a winner. Thank you very much for al the nominees." Complete list follows below.

The awards are designed to recognize the most popular artists and musicians as determined by members of the academy. The academy's larger goal is to educate and raise public awareness of the excellence and quality of Tejano music.

Brothers Mike and Lee Villarreal of Los Desperadoz served as masters of ceremonies. Los Desperadoz also won best conjunto and vocal group honors.

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This year's awards were special this year said ATAM Executive Director Chayo Zaldivar, because "this is a milestone celebrating the 5th Annual Tejano Academy Awards."

The Academy of Tejano Artists & Musicians organization was founded in 2004 by several musicians including Donald Garza, David Lee Garza and Stefani.

Like the Grammys, the ATAM is an association of musicians and only musicians, artists, engineers and other music professionals are allowed to join and vote on the awards.

Back in July, the ATAM held their 2008 Fan Fair which featured more than two dozens artists including Grupo Maldad, Ricardo Castillon y La Diferencia, Latin Express, Agnes y Arturo & New Variety Band, Ram Herrera & the Outlaw Band and Los Palominos.

Another touching 10-minute video presentation that included nostalgic images and early hits of the pioneer groups Los Fabulosos Cuatro and Los Unicos, who were presented with the Legacy Awards for their lifetime contributions.

Post-award thoughts:

One positive aspect about Thursday was how far the ATAM awards have come. The scheduling was tight, speeches were relatively short, and the intriguing video presentations added a new dimension.

Further consideration should be given to what some may call a problem - that is the fact that several artists have won the same category for 3-4 years in a row. Not sure how to solve that problem, other than the academy continuing to get more members to spread the wealth around. If not, they run the risk of alienating  the younger generation. Looking at the winners list Thursday, it's easy to see many are pioneers who have been performing for decades. Nothing wrong with that, but we need to keep young bloods coming in.

BTW, where are the best new artist categories?

The need for young talent is more urgent that ever. 

Thursday night, officials kept harping their new term life insurance they worked hard to obtain for members. That's good. But the awards remembered several musicians who died recently and at least three artists are recovering or have recovered from recent illnesses. All this serves only to remind everyone of their mortality, and the larger need to make every moment count.

5th  ANNUAL TEJANO ACADEMY AWARDS WINNERS

1. CONJUNTO - Los Desperadoz    
2. GOSPEL- Paulino Bernal       
3. GRUPO - David Lee Garza and Ram Herrera

4. ORCHESTRA - Rubén Ramos
5. BEST OVERALL CD PROJECT - ALL ELEMENTS "2007," Ram Herrera
6. VOCALIST - MALE Ram Herrera
7. VOCALIST - FEMALE Stefani Montiel

8. VOCALIST - GROUP Los Desperadoz  

MUSICIANS - BEST OVERALL 

9. ACCORDION: Steve Jordan
10. BAJO SEXTO:  Max Baca
11. BASS: Roy "Pia" Ramos and Steve Roth 
12. DRUMS: Richard Solis
13. GUITAR: Gilbert Velasquez 
14.  KEYS: Gabriel Zavala 
15.  PERCUSSION: Jorge Alejandro
16A. HORN (trumpet): Al Gomez-Trumpet.

16B. HORN (saxophone): Joe Posada

17. BEST SONGWRITER: Art Guillermo

 

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Visitation 4-9 p.m. Saturday, Rosary service 6 p.m. Saturday at Porter Loring, 1101 McCullough Ave
Funeral Service 10:30 a.m. Monday St. Anthony De Padua Catholic Church, Burial Service at Chapel Hills, 7735 Gibbs Sprawl Road. Porter Loring (210) 227-8221

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NewsFlash: 9:02 a.m. (New comments below)

Luis Silva, one of the most well-known and prolific songwriters in the history of Tejano music passed away Wednesday night in Dallas. He was 64.

(Check back or refresh for continuing updates)  

SilvaLuisLovingDavid032807 220.JPGAccording to San Antonio-based ASCAP TX Latin representative Velia Gonzalez, "Luis Silva  died last night in Dallas at his daughter's home around 7 p.m. He was in Houston on business Tuesday and passed on to Dallas to visit with his daughter Laura where he was having dinner. Apparently, a heart attack instantly killed him."

His sister-in-law Juanita told us(9:45 a.m.)  the family is waiting for confirmation on the funeral services and we will post here as soon as officials release the details. Meanwhile comments have started to pour in and we will also post them below as the morning progresses.

"I am deeply sadden by the loss of my friend & longtime ASCAP songwriter Luis Silva. I was privileged to have known him," said Velia Gonzalez, of ASCAP. "Not only was he an awesome songwriter, but he was extremely fun and always ready to entertain everyone with his jokes. Thank you Luis for always supporting me and ASCAP and for being so kind and thoughtful. We will miss you. You will continue to live with us through your music."

 "Luis Silva shall live on forever -- because he lived the experience in the songs, lyrics and words he crafted," said Ruben S. Cubillos, cofounder/Executive Director VIVE Tejano, Inc. " His words championed the careers of the great groups to individual artists -- all touched by the talent of a true Tejano wordsmith. Luis was one of the last of a special breed of Tejano visionaries like - Manny Guerra, Bob Griever, Gibby Escobedo, Rudy Trevino, Manolo Gonzales..., the entire 'Rat Pack' of mavericks dedicated to contribute of their spirit on behalf of the Tejano culture. Young songwriters today have a footprint to follow and garner inspiration. His depth, storytelling content, and bubble gum hooks have set a high standard for generations to come, until we meet again."

According to Rose, his common-law wife of many years, Silva's birthday was coming up on Nov. 5. He was born in San Antonio in 1943 and attended Fox Tech High School.

While many industry people knew Silva as a serious, dedicated professional, personally he was easygoing, said Rose.

"He had a great sense of humor, he had an outgoing personality," she said.

Luis Silva Jr, who lives in Phoenix, said he will remember his father as a "kind and loving man  who always took time to spend with his family.

"Every sporting event, every competition in school he was there for us," he said.

In a decades-long career, Luis Silva was undoubtedly one of the most influential and prolific songwriters and record label promoters in Tejano music history. There have been quite a few notable Tex-Mex songwriters - Homer Hernandez, Pete Astudillo, Salome Guiterrez, Daniel Garcez, Marvin Palacios, Jorge Ramirez, Juan H. Barron, Angel Garrido, etc, but few wrote as many hits as Luis Silva during Tejano's rise.

Luis Silva wrote many hits for several top Tejano artists including Ramiro Herrera, Mazz, La Mafia, David Marez and others. His hits included "Boulevard de Suenos" (Fama), "Te Voy a ensenar a Querer," (Gary Hobbs)"Entre mas Lejos me Vaya," (David Marez), "Borracho de Besos," (La Fiebre); "Laura Ya No Vive Aqui," "Ahora Quiero que me Quieras," "Ayer y Hoy," "No quiero Olvidarte Otra Vez," (Mazz). Silva also wrote the song "Somos Hermanos," for the historic 1985 Tejanos for Hunger Aid CD project.

Cara Records CD.jpgI first met Silva and Bob Grever in 1985 when I began covering the music industry. Back then, the San Antonio-based Cara Records was indeed the Motown of Tejano music. The label, run by Grever, had all the top talent, the producers, the songwriters (Luis Silva was the main songwriter), the studio and the rest of the industry machinery needed to push Tejano into the higher echelons.

(Right, one of the first Cara Records CDs from the late '80s)

In early 1989, in an unprecedented move, Grever sold his Cara Records label to EMI Latin, then run by the legendary Jose Bejar. That began a furious record label war in the Southwest between EMI, Sony Records and other labels and sparked the huge Tejano revolution that unfolded in the '90s.

Luis Silva then worked for a lengthy series of record labels, continuing his radio promotions and his songwriting.

Silva was one of those deeply knowledgeable individuals I trusted and often turned to. Of course, Luis Silva could sometimes come off as a self-promoter but you couldn't fault Luis SIlva for occasionally being a little egocentric in boasting about his top songs or his royalties. All artists, composers and songwriters need a bigger-than-life ego to survive in this tough market.

But on a personal level Luis was friendly and affable. We kept in touch regularly and in frequent lunches, we exchanged updates on our personal lives and families. He always spoke proudly of his son Luis Jr., and his daughter Laura.

SilvaLuisLovingDavid032807 308.JPGSilva was also instrumental during Tejano's mid-80s slow rise as he, along with Cara Records owner Bob Grever in discovering new talent in such groups as La Mafia and Mazz. Silva was also part of the pioneers who helped launch the massive Tejano renaissance in the early '90s when Emilio and Selena led the genre into new heights.

 (At right, Luis Silva visits with KWEX-TV's David Loving (left) in a reception before his induction into the Premios Hall of Fame.)

We tried to reach Bob Grever for comment but we were told by his representative here, Betsy Escovedo, that he was in Mexico and unavailable.

In 2007, Silva was inducted into the Premios a La Musica Latina Hall of Fame. Through the years Silva won a dozen awards for his songs and his lifetime of contributions to music, including several songwriter of the year honors during the late '80s and early '90s Tejano Music Awards.

Did you know Luis Silva? You got any memories or stories? Please share and post them here or email musicreporter@gmail.com

 

 

MORE COMMENTS:

"Luisito" le deciamos de Carino.  Un GIGANTE lleno de buen humor, tanto como compositor, al igual que su corazon. That's the way I remember Luis.  Always ready to share a joke or an invitation to lunch.  Luis era un "Camarada" en todo el sentido de la palabra.  Esta  noche nace una nueva estrella en el cielo, se llama Luis Silva.
L.Bird Rodriguez

"Shock... I am in complete shock.My heartfelt sympathies go out to Luis Silva's family and friends who will miss him very much.

"I got to meet him for the first time on August 27th at the All Stars Tribute to Jerry De La Rosa CD release party in San Antonio at Cadillac Bar. Yvonne, (Jerry's wife, to me she'll always be his wife) was making fun of me cause I'd never met him before and knew who he was. Well as she went to introduce me I shook his hand and said I'm so EXCITED to be meeting Mr. Borracho De Besos and he just laughed, but his eyes were gleaming. You could tell he was very proud of that and rightfully so, he wrote a song that to this day gets requests on a daily basis. He seemed to be a very kind hearted soul. Luis, may your soul rest in peace! Give our friend Jerry a GREAT big hug when you meet up with him. God Bless you always!
Vero Diaz Lubbock, TX Power 106.5

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"Premier Musical Productions, Jackie Arredondo, los empleados y ejecutivos de esta empresa brindan sus condolencias a la familia de nuestro promotor y amigo, Luís Silva, el cual falleció el día 22 de Octubre del 2008 a las 7:15 p.m. mientras visitaba a su hija en Dallas, Texas
"La industria de la música pierde a uno de sus grandes el cual por más de media década trabajo incansablemente para este medio.
"Luís Silva deja un gran vacío en los corazones de todos aquellos que lo conocieron, ya que con su carácter y carisma conquisto a todos los que lo conocieron a lo largo de su carrera.
"Premier Musical Productions, públicamente agradece a Luís Silva todos los logros realizados para nuestra artista Jackie Arredondo en el tiempo que trabajo con ella y con esta empresa. Premier Musical Productions perdió a uno de sus mayores baluartes al perder a Luis Silva. Descanse en Paz, Luís Silva.
Premier Musical Productions, Inc. prensa@premiermusical.com

 

"Luis Silva was the most successful songwriter - talent scout - promoter we ever had in the Tejano Music Industry. He was very proud to follow the steps of his famous movie star and aunt Lupe Velez, who was a Hollywood-broadway star in the 1930's, she filmed 46 films in her 17 career and was married to Olympic athlete Johnny Weissmuller (of 'Tarzan' fame).

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"Luis SIlva discovered some the most important icons in our music, such as La Mafia, Grupo Mazz, Eddie Gonzalez, and many more. He was also in charge in promotions for famous international recording artists such as; Vickki Carr, Ana Gabriel, Vicente Fernandez; to name a few.

"Luis Silva started his own recording company Silva Entertainment, where he was associated with Noe Cuellar Gonzalez, a Nuevo Laredo Radio Station owner. At Silva Entertainment he released albums for Pio Trevino & Magic, Ellysia Marie, Chalo Campos, Juan Garza & los Inquietos and many more.

"Luis was a close friend for all of us who have been seriously devoted to our industry, and was a major contributor with his songwriting. His songs sold millions of copies across Mexico, USA and Europe, some of the most famous song he ever wrote were: Borracho de Besos, Aunque mas Lejos me Vaya, Laura Ya No esta Aqui and many more. He composed over 400 songs and was one of the most successful songwriters of Tejano Music of all times.
"Tejano Music won't be the same without the talent of Luis Silva."

Jorge Flores,Graphic Studio

(Photo right courtesy Ramon Hernandez)

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"Que gran perdida para la industria. Realmente estamos en shock. Queremos unirnos en sentimiento al dolor de toda tu familia y por supuesto al de Rose.
Hoy estabamos hablando con nuestro amigo en comun Ernnie Napoleoni de SGAE y me decia "Ya no vamos a ver a Luisito en meetings y caminando por los pasillos de las convenciones", pero creemos que si vas a estar, creemos que donde haya una convencion de musica vas a estar, que donde haya una buena cancion o un buen artista vas a estar
y,fundamentalmente, vas a estar en nuestros corazones. Luisito dejaras un gran vacio en esta industria, todos aqui en nuestra empresa te recordaremos siempre y queremos agradecerte toda la sabiduria que nos supiste transmitir. Gracias por habernos ayudado a
concretar tantos y tantos proyectos. Y gracias por haber sido parte de esta, que tambien era tu empresa. Que descanses en paz, amigo."

Jose Farhat y Fabian Farhat, Guia de la Musica Latina

"I was shocked, saddened and in disbelief when I heard that Luis had passed away. My heartfelt condolences and sympathy go to his loved ones.. I met Luis back in the late eighties. And while I cannot say that Luis and I were close friends, we did talk whenever we crossed paths. Nonetheless, I had much respect for his accomplishments.

"In his relatively short time as a composer, Luis had a very successful run and a very envious musical career. To many of us "old guys" in the business of songwriting and who have been at it for fifty years or more, Luis was thought of as "new on the block." Over the years, I would hear criticism from "learned" songwriters that he wasn't a "real" musician and didn't know how to read or write music.

"But whether this was true or not, it never mattered. Because as the saying goes, "good, bad or indifferent it's indisputable that he was very successful with his songs and that he had a very good talent for the type of lyrics and style of melodies he composed. And, truth be told, most songwriters don't write for other songwriters. We write for our own souls and for the enjoyment and appreciation of the public!
"And with all honesty and with much due respect, Luis had more hits in a shorter period of time than many of us. How good were they? Will they stand the test of time? Will they still be around and covered by other artists NOT in the Tejano genre' fifty years from now? Only time will tell. Could be, after all there are people out there with different tastes in music than those of other songwriters.
"On one of those rare times that we talked, I recall telling Luis that there will always be those that will criticize, out of envy, jealousy or plain old meanness. But that's their problem. And at the end of the day, there's no denying that during that period in Tejano's heyday, from the mid 80's to the mid 90's, his songs helped propel many a rising artist to fame. Q.E.P.D, amigo."
Rahmēro Ce Torres

SIlviaLuis Elegancia Records.jpg"De Luto el Entretenimiento...
Luis Silva fallece.....quien actualmente trabajaba para la disquera Premier Musical Production, localizados en Miami FL.  El Presidente Oswaldo Pichaco de la disquera nos comento que el dia de ayer 22 Octubre por la noche muere en la  casa de su hija en la ciudad de Dallas TX.
"Elegancia Records and Promotions Inc se une al dolor de sus amigos y familiares, y al mismo tiempo les damos nuestro gran sentido pesame. Descanse en paz Luis Silva.".
Elegancia Records and Promotions Inc

 

"I was in shock when I received the phone call that Luis had passed.  The only thing that came to mind was I had just seen him 2 months ago and then I was speechless.
"I had the honor of sitting with Luis Silva during the All Stars Tribute to Jerry DeLaRosa. I had met Luis at different events with my late husband Jerry DeLaRosa. When Jerry would chat with Luis there was always a joke or two and non stop laughter and they would always say to each other "lets see when we can go to lunch."  I know Jerry and Luis are sharing their ideas once again in a better place.= ) .My condolences go out to the entire Silva family.
Yvonne Delarosa, Regulatory Coordinator Radiant Research

"I was shocked when I heard the knews about Luis. He was a very good uncle and funny too. He would always make me and my kids laugh. The last time I saw him was at my sons birthday party. He came for a while and brought over a present for my son. Every time he saw me he would always say,"So how's the new future manager at Ross doing?" He would always joke around like that. He was great. My condolences go out to the Silva Family. I can't stress enough how great of a person he was. He will live on through his music. We love you Luis! God Bless You! Your niece and family."
Christina Garza 

"What a loss, I am deeply saddened that we will no longer have  The Great Luis Silva around to brighten our lives. Here was a man who could light up a room just by walking in, his achievements were many as all who have ever heard of him know, but his greatest accomplishments were his beloved children, so to them and all of his relatives our deepest condolences. I never imagined having spoken with him just a few days ago that I would be writting this. Luis loved his family his friends and his work. He was alway proud to talk about all three especially his kids and grand kids, and he always asked about your family. Que Dios te guarde por la eternidad Luisito, y que siempre sigas siendo una inspiracion para todos los que te concimos. Seguiras por siempre en nuestra mente un gran poeta, hombre dedicado a su arte y gran amigo."

Danny and Carmen Garcia y familia

"On behalf of Grupo Vizion, we would like to send our deepest sympathies to la familia Silva on the passing of Mr. Luis Silva. We had the opportunity to work with him back in 1995 when we were part of a different band named La Fiera from Angleton Tx. A little humor about Mr. Silva. I remember being in the studio working on some vocal tracks with our lead singer and our producer Alex Montez. Alex had us all hyped up because Luis was coming down for our session from either San Antonio, or Dallas, or the valley. When Luis showed up we all went to dinner to talk about our project and then headed back to the studio to start recording our vocals on the songs he wrote for us. By the first 2 songs Luis was doing fine, coaching us and helping us with how he wanted some of the words to be pronounced. By the 3rd, 4th, and 5th songs he started dozing off due to his long trip in followed by an awesome dinner. Anyway, Alex would signal to us to see Mr. Silva asleep with the headphones on and he had a mic next to him so he could coach us. Alex would turn his mic up loud and even put effect on it so we could hear the snoring on the headphones. Well needless to say everytime he did that, Mr. Silva woke his own self saying what the hell is that, and we would bust out laughing every time and finally tell him. We never let him live that down. That was just one of MANY memories we shared with Mr. Silva. He will truly be missed by ALL who of us who knew him or of him. Rest in peace."

El Nino Grupo Vizion www.grupovizion.net from TJ 


"Hola queridos amigos.  My name is Albert Calvo.  I share with you the sadness at the loss of our dear friend, Luis Silva.  Too bad we have lost Luis, at such a young age.  He had so much more to share.
"His love, and legacy will live in our hearts for as long as we live.  I thank Luis for giving me a very valuable, unforgettable recommendation to help start my radio career as the first Tejano announcer to work at KCOR Spanish radio in 1981...Luis helped launch my profession...a
successful career in broadcasting, which has spanned more than 30 years. Luis was so kind, and helpful to me, and countless others.  Luis, I will miss you, dearly, my brother. Love,"
Albert Calvo

 

"Working with Bob Gallarza and Jorge Moreno, I was privileged to be invited a few times to the lunch meetings in San Antonio with Luis Silva, Jorge Flores, Chano Elizondo, and Margo Morones. These veterans and business leaders of the Tejano industry would get together to talk about what is happening within the music industry. Many times they would play around and tease Luis about different items. Luis would always mention that he had a number one song in Italy that was originally sung by Mazz and that he received some big royalties from that song. So the guys would try to make Luis pay the bill every time he told that story.
"His biggest hit not necessarily my favorite was "Boracho de Besos" sung by La Fiebre.
His biggest contribution is that he wrote his songs for Tejano bands for Tejano fans. He will have his place in history as the premiere Tejano song writer. He was very proud of his work and he loved the artists who interpreted his songs. God Bless,"
DJ Jumpin Jess, J Latin Entertainment, Events, DJs, Mariachis, Marketing and Promotions

"I just heard the tragic news about Luis Silva. It's very sad to lose a great man who was an icon in the tejano music. He will be greatly missed... The first time we met, it was after mass at St. Anthony de Padua. He went to mass everyday. Even when he was out of town, he went to mass. Luis loved our heavenly Father and the Virgin a great deal and his faith was deep. Luis is probably overwhelmed with joy at returning to God the Almighty. May Godspeed the healing of Luis's family. Into Your hands Lord, I commend the spirit of Luis Silva."

Martha Anita

"I am most thankful to Luis Sílva for believing in me and giving me my first break as a record promoter when he took care of the cost to drive to California to promote some Cara Records artists during the middle 1980s and I was trying to find my niche in the Tejano music market. By then I was already aware that he was writing hits for about 80 percent of la creme de le creme in the Tejano market since Cara had La Mafia, Mazz, David Lee Garza, Joe Posada, David Marez, Ram Herrera and countless of others on their roster. To make a point, he wrote 46 songs for Mazz and the award winning songwriter was as famous as the bands."

Ramon Hernandez, historian 

"My deepest condolences to the Silva Family. I met Luis many years ago at various industry functions. I got to know him a little better recently and spend a little time with him as he had been working with our new label Navarro Music as a promotion man for Jorge Meza in Mexico. Luis would have begun pre-production on an upcoming release by our artist Brandon which he would have done us the honor to produce for Fonovisa.

"I had just seen him at the Billboard Regional Mexican Summit in LA, and had spoken to him by phone just a few days ago. Navarro Music, and the entire Latin and Tejano music industry has lost a great gentleman whom we were lucky to have do some work for us. I always found value in his counsel and enthusiasm regarding our projects, music in general, and life itself. He will be greatly missed. We have lost a great friend. Q.E.P.D. Luis Silva."

Herman Rodriguez-Bajandas, VP/GM Navarro Music, Inc./Latin Music Consultant SoundExchange New York, NY

"My dear brother in law, I am going to miss you you so very much.I always admired that being extremely successful, you never asked for special attention,or spoke much of your achievements & honors.I for the better part of 20 yrs.came to know a side of you not very many knew. A mentor and friend to those in need of guidance,a very religous man praying the
rosary every night,who went to church every Sunday and made contributions.Our birthdays and holidays,backyard bar-b-que's will never be the same.I will continue to bake your favorite chocolate cake on your birthday as you asked for.May you rest in peace."

Juanita Garza

"Words are Failing Me at this time....Luis Silva will live forever thru His Music No Doubt, But I Have lost an extrardinary Friend..Rest in Peace Luis.."
Harvey Averne---grammy2timer@hotmail.com

 

"Hello my name is Luis Ibarra. I had the privilage of meeting Luis back in the late 70's at Cara Records. Luis introduced me to Bob Grever the day I visited Cara records.at that time I was a radio announcer at KAPI Radio in Pueblo, Colorado.the reason for my visit was to pick up promotional material (music) for the radio station.Mr Luis Silva was verry friendly, and Very informative about the material I was picking up.we became friends and met a few times at the Tejano Music Awards in San Antonio.on behalf of me and my family, and Pueblo Colorado we send our hearthfelt sympathes to Luis Silva's Family.Tocayo que diosito te tenga en sus brazos, tu amigo siempre."

Luis Ibarra

"NOTA DE PRENSA Octubre 30, 2008
"Premier Musical Productions quiere agradecer todos los correos y llamadas recibidas de la industria del entretenimiento ofreciendo sus condolencias a la familia del Sr. Luis Silva y a nuestra empresa. Después de tan dura pérdida para nosotros, hacemos el compromiso moral de continuar trabajando arduamente  para hacer el sueño de Luis realidad. Después de ser acreditado como el descubridor de grandes talentos como La Mafia y  Mazz, entre muchos a lo largo de su carrera, Jackie Arredondo era considerada por Luis Silva "su mas reciente descubrimiento artistico"  y es por eso que dedicó incansables horas de trabajo a la promoción de Jackie Arredondo. 
"Nosotros en Premier Musical Productions, debemos continuar esa labor y esperamos no defraudar a nuestro amigo Luis Silva.
"Departe de Jackie Arredondo, quien en muy poco tiempo se convirtió en la amiga y artista preferencial de Luis, hemos puesto en nuestra página esta dedicación musical, escrita por Jackie en Homenaje a Luis, al enterarse de su fallecimiento." www.premiermusical.com/luissilva.html
"Agradeceríamos a todos que se comuniquen con nuestra empresa para continuar todos aquellos compromisos y/o promesas realizadas por Luis Silva como Promotor de Jackie Arredondo y Premier Musical Productions. Gracias"
Osvaldo Pichaco Presidente Premier Musical Prods, Inc. prensa@premiermusical.com

 

"I had the pleasure of first meeting Luís Silva when I began to wet my feet in this industry over 20 years ago.  Although Luís was a successful and well known composer, after meeting and getting to know him, it was refreshing to realize that he was a regular person.  Luís always had a kind word, a good joke and a positive outlook on life.
"Amongst the many times shared with Luís, I'll always fondly remember a group of us going with Luís to Tommy Burger in L.A. where he turned us on to Tommy's famous chili cheeseburger and cheese fries.  We all wound up having Rolaids for desert, but that's alright because we were hanging out with Luís.
"Luís always spoke glowingly about his son, daughter and grandchildren with great admiration and love.  I know that he cared deeply about his family.
"Your friendship was as big, if not bigger, than your great personality and you were truly a "One Man Show" in every sense of the word.  I'll miss those occasional phone calls from you big guy.  I will always be proud for having had the opportunity to have known you and to have counted you as one of my friends.  You will be missed.  Rest In Peace Querido Luisito."
Ernie Napoleoni Director of Operations SGAE NY

 

Oct 30, 2008
"I consider Luis Silva a friend.  We hadn't seen each other in years, but a couple of months ago, I called him just to see if he was still at the same telephone and to check in on him.  He was the same Luis I had spent some time with back in 2002, when he was on the Freddie Records staff.  He was a good guy to travel with, especially when he was on an expense account.  There was no one better to spend time with on the blacktop than Luis Silva.  He drove a nice car and his stories were interesting, never-ending and never boring.  He also knew all the best restaurants - the ones locals go to because of their good food.
"At the time Luis Silva was the National Marketing Director at Freddie Records.  He had been in the marketing business for 30 years and worked for a number of labels, some large and prominent, some not well known at all.  Still others have been out of business for years.  He worked with pros like Manny Guerra, Bob Grever, and Manolo Gonzalez, all movers and shakers at different labels.  But Luis seemed genuinely comfortable and happy working in the Freddie Records organization. I remember him specifically discussing Freddie Records' success at the Grammys.  At the time the competition was up in arms because Freddie was grabbing Grammys left and right while other bigger and more prominent labels stood by and wondered how. I pulled out this Luis Silva quote from my notes: "Every year I hear the same story from competing labels.  'We are not going to let Freddie do it to us this year.'  Guess what, during the time the nomination process is playing out, they don't have time to do the things that have to get done because they are too busy doing other things. So they miss deadlines, forget to turn in their ballots and what have you. Freddie Records takes care of business that way, and you can see the results," he said.   I think Luis was right on the money on that one.
"Luis Silva wrote hundreds of songs.  Many of those songs have been recorded by La Mafia, Mazz, La Fiebre and other well known names in Tejano Music. But my favorite, and the one that produces a big bulk of the royalties that result from Silva's creations comes from one tune: "Borracho De Besos," a tune from a 1991 album by La Fiebre. 
"The Tejano music circle is a small one, almost like a brotherhood.  Everyone knows most everyone else and what they're up to.  As competitors, they're out to out-perform each other, but there's admiration when one of them does well.  I think Luis Silva did well.  Better than well, even, and I think many his peers admire him for that."
Rene Cabrera, freelance writer

"Luis,
I'm going to miss you. You are one of a kind. You touched so many people not only with your music but with your soul. Godspeed my brother. Luz y progreso."
WILLIE COLÓN New York

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Ramiro Herrera, one of the best romantic balladeers in Tex-Mex, headlines the 2008 Blessed Sacrament Halloween celebraiton.

The family festival will also feature a performance by the Horizon Band. Food and game booths, silent auction and more. Church grounds, 600 Oblate at Shannon Lee. Free admission. 5-11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24. (210) 824-3381

As a veteran of the music business, Herrera has through the years emegred as one of the top singers. There may be betters singers in different styles, say Jay Perez or David Marez in Tejano/R&B growlers or Joe Lopez may shine the best on rancheras,.

But when it comes to ballads, Herrera is the one of the best.

Among his best tunes are his rendition of Juan Luis Guerra's "Bachata Rosa," or his tuneful reading of the Delaney & Bonnie's "Never Ending Song of Love."

 

His CD "Conmigo," also had some gems including a reworking his 1987 hit "Entre Cantina y Cantina" as a Mariachi Los Caporales-fueled ranchera version. This Roger Contreras-written song is about a poor soul going from bar to bar trying to drown his sorrows and the memories of that special babe that got away. Herrera digs deep to find a new poignancy in his phrasing.

Then there's the "Reina De Mi Amor," an old evergreen first identified with Sunny Ozuna in the '70s. Here producer Gilbert Velasquez orchestrates the studio pros, which include accordionist Frankie Caballero, drummers Chente Barrera, and the late keyboardist Jerry de La Rosa, to create truly an inspired work. Mixing emotions of fear, pride, and longing, Herrera and crew fashion a gorgeous polka, fueled by muscular rhythms and affecting moods.

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Ramiro Herrera, Roger Velasquez, David Lee Garza and Joe Posada are among the nominees for the 2008 Academy of Tejano Artists & Musicians Awards, one of the biggest Academy TejanoAwards11x17POSTER-1.jpgawards in the Southwest.

The awards, scheduled Thursday at Villita Assembly Hall, are designed to recognize the most popular artists and musicians as determined by members of the academy.

The academy's larger goal is to educate and raise public awareness of the excellence and quality of Tejano music.

Eddie Gonzalez, Joe Posada and Shelly Lares are among the dozen plus Tejano artists scheduled to perform at the award ceremonies which scheduled at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Also performing are Eddie Perez from Los Fabulosos, the Tejano Academy Band, and Augustin Ramirez.

As part of the ceremonies, officials have also scheduled a "Special Accordion Tribute" to legendary performer Steve 'Esteban' Jordan who has been quite ill recently.

Brothers Mike and Lee Villarreal of Los Desperadoz will serve as masters of ceremonies.

"The ATAM awards are like the Grammys. The musicians vote for the best music, not the public," said Rick Vasquez, bandleader for Bandango.

In the best Conjunto group  category, young band Badd Boyz del Valle are up against pioneers such as Albert Zamora, Hometown Boys, Los Aguilares and Los Desperadoz.HerreraRam 3 2008.JPG

This year's awards are special this year said ATAM Executive Director Chayo Zaldivar.

 '"The Academy of Tejano Artists & Musicians will be celebrating a milestone as this will mark the 5th Annual Tejano Academy Awards," Zaldivar said.

The Academy of Tejano Artists & Musicians organization was founded in 2004 by several musicians including Donald Garza, David Lee Garza and Stefani.

Like the Grammys, the ATAM is an association of musicians and only musicians, artists, engineers and other music professionals are allowed to join and vote on the awards.
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Church fests, ATAM Awards, old-school Tejano and more among the options available for music fans in coming days.

Meanwhile, the October weather is beautiful and the full moons absolutely captivating. Enjoy the evenings!

Academy TejanoAwards11x17POSTER-1.jpg Tejano Academy Music Awards Top stars recognized by peers. 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23. Villita Assembly Hall. Emcees of the 5th annual ATAM will be the Desperadoz.

House of Jazz Festival presented by San Antonio Housing Authority featuring Planet Soul, Spot Barnett, Jimmy Spacek, Artie V Y Grupo Sauve, Los Kaballeroz, Henry Brun. SAHA parkgrounds. Free.11 a.m.-7 p.m. Oct. 25.

Blessed Sacrament Halloween Family festival featuring Ramiro Herrera and Horizon. 5-11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24. Blessed Sacrament Catholic School Holloween CarnivalFood and game booths, silent auction and more. Church grounds, 600  Oblate at Shannon Lee. Free admission. (210) 824-3381

Vicente Fernandez Top ranchera singer takes the main stage. Toyota Center, Houston. Sunday, Oct. 26. For tix www.ticketmaster.com  or (713) 629-3711

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

Jesse De Leon y Variety Mix Impressive upcoming band is elevating the game. Friday, 10/17. Cadillac Bar, 212 S. Flores. Groups here tend to play a little on the uncomfortable, high end of the volume scale. Also at Cadillac,10/31, Pete Ybarra y Grupo Fuego in Halloween party with costume contest. Between lsets DJs Saint and Hobby unload.

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

PrimeTime Tejano Halloween Party TV show celebrates 18 year anniversary. The 2009 series kicks off in October and Producer/Director Jerry Avila wants to kickoff the 2009 series with a big Halloween party. Featuring Sunny Ozuna, JR & The Starlites, DJ Music. Halloween costume contest worth $100. Monarch Event Center, 6406 N. IH 35 Ste 3100, Austin. 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31.512-845-3136 www.monarcheventcenter.com $10-$15 UlloaJunaitaMark-Cuernavaca, MX 078 300.JPG.

Faculty Hispanic Voice Recital Classical and Hispanic music combined featuring Juanita Ulloa, voice; Faith de Bow, piano; Mariachi Tamazula, led by Bobby López; and "España Viva" Flamenco dancers, Beatriz Aguilar & Jessica Ahr. UPAC Hall, Texas State University, San Marcos. Free. 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29. (512) 245-2651 or email: ju12@txstate.edu. www.Juanitamusic.com

Party on the Plaza New season of popular concert series features: Also Paul Wall, Trae & others. Oct. 21. Free before 7 p.m. $5 after. 21 & up. (832) 324-8074. Jones Plaza, www.myspace.com/partyontheplaza Houston

Rene Devia Smooth sounds of Latin American harpist 6-9 Thursdays, Los Cucos. Also 6-9 Saturdays, Cachito de Mexico OSJFlyerFront 372.JPG

Old San Juan New tropical club/restaurant opens up with lots of dance space and a big music /grand opening weekend. Featuring Mi Rumba Thursday, Oct. 30; Son Cache Fri-Sat (Oct.31, Nov. 1) and Orquesta Tropicante Sunday, Nov. 2. Also DJ Papote and DJ 2Leo. 4427 Walzem. Also Happy Hour, dress code, party reservations and more.(210) 599-9990. Details: www.Myspace.com/DJpapote

Monte Negro Latin alternative band hails from LA and brings a fresh sound. Joe's Patio Bar,2950 Thousand Oaks. Friday, Oct. 31. www.myspace.com/montenegrorocks, www.montenegrorocks.com/

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.TreatStreetent-panel-3.jpg

Treat Street Celebration Major family festival features trick-or-treating activities for children, talent showcase, as well as performances by singers Jennifer and Jessica Espinoza, rapper Da Brat, rock group Insergo and country artist Ally Brooke Hernandez. Market Square. Free. Noon-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25.  

Danny Acosta y QVO Band plays mix of oldies, funk, R&B. Sundays. Club Movida, 306  E. Mitchell. (210) 534-4477. Owner Rick Robles runs a tight ship.

Roger Velasquez & Latin Legends Top group shines with its repertoire and virtuosity. Thursdays, Bar On Broadway. Also Luckey Road Saloon, 10/31 (Halloween Party)  CHUPITOS_POSTERS 304.JPG

Bru-Ja Ha October Fiesta festival features Jay Perez, David Lee Garza y Los Musicales, Johnny "El Brujo" Cruz & The Texas Chain Gang. 5 p.m. Wed., Oct. 22. Free. Jones Plaza, 600 Louisiana St., Houston. 713-621-0980. Rescheduled from Oct. 16.

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

Liliana Arriaga "La Chupitos" Mexican comedian puts on big show. Also music and dance. Club Rio Nightclub, 13307-A San Pedro Highway 281 at Bitters. (210) 403-2582. $25 advance; $35, $45.Doors open 9 p.m.;show 11 p.m. Wednesday, 10/29.

El Tri Mexican rock trio back in town. Club Rio Nightclub, 13307-A San Pedro Highway 281 at Bitters. (210) 403-2582. Friday, 11/16. Also ATB, 10/15; Enanitos Verdes, 10/30.

Centro Cultural Aztlán Dia de los Muertos Exhibition includes 70 artists and community members creating altars associated with Dia de los Muertos. Featuring Liza Ybarra, Urban 15 dancers and drummers. 6-9 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2. Also free Dia de los Muertos Workshop by Luis Valderas, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 25, (210) 432-1896. Centro Cultural Aztlan, 1800 Fredericksburg Rd., Ste 103

La Sombra de Tony Guerrero Back in town. Randy's Ballroom, 1534 Bandera Rd. Saturday Nov 15.

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

PenaNataly7-24-2006-6 292.JPGNataly Peña Young singer plays a mix. Luciano at the Strand. Fridays.  

Los Palominos  Conjunto/Tejano fusion band. Friday, Oct. 17. Graham Central Station, Fredericksberg at Loop 410. Also Los Desperadoz, Oct. 31.

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. 25 (Halloween party), King Williies, 943 S. Alamo St.

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

Shirelles Classic pop group back in town. Friday, Oct. 24. Carver Center. $24-$30

Los Tigres del Norte Venerable norteño outfit back on the road in the U.S. for some 16 dates. Los Tigres set to play Laredo Entertainment Center, Nov. 1, McAllen's Dodge Arena, Nov. 2.

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; More: 10/21,John Magaldi & Saxophonic; 10/22 Los Galleros;10/23: RebeccaValdez with Max Baca. SAS! continues through December. On Sunday it's Conjunto Tocadita at lunch with Foxy Garcia, accordion & Chucho Perales, bajo sexto. (210) 225-9800 www.mainplaza.org  

7th Annual Guerrero Halloween Party Showcasing SA's The Max and Houston's Grupo Vital. Costume contests. Saturday, Oct. 25. The Warehouse, 8002 Endor @ Broadway, Houston. $15-$20. 281-932-0888

POSTPONED - 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 

AMAShowcase_2008_logo_best 344.JPG Creative expo and cocktail reception at 5:30 p.m. followed by banquet at 7 p.m. Coronado Ballroom, El Tropicano Hotel, 110 Lexington Ave. Thursday, Nov. 6. $25-$45. www.sa-ama.org,  RSVP@sa-ama.org

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 Related story: Veterano Festival honors late Escobar, showcases conjunto bands

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

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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 &SonSabor 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-December.

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

 

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Conjunto pioneer Tony De La Rosa, who died in June 2004, will be given a tribute by his hometown of Riviera this coming Saturday, Oct. 25.De_La_Rosa_Tony2_Provided_by_Hacienda 284.JPG

Tony De La Rosa was a mere child when his dad got him his first accordion.  He learned to play it, he said, by listening to the old songs.  He credited other accordionists for contributing to his development as an accordionist - guys who were twenty years his senior - guys like Pedro Ayala, Narciso Martinez and Valerio Longoria. 

Born in Sarita, in what De La Rosa himself called a "ranchito south of Kingsville" in 1931, De La Rosa first took the stage at accordion with a country band. The circuit included Corpus Christi, Tynan, Robstown, San Sebastian, Falfurrias and other communities in deep South Texas.  In 1949 De La Rosa started fronting his own conjunto.

Having been influenced by country music, De La Rosa infused the nuances of country with German, Czech and Mexican styles for Tejano audiences. Although De La Rosa is given credit for among other things, being the first to incorporate the standard drum set in a conjunto ensemble, he commented on those claims modestly in a 1996 interview.

JimenezFlaco 10 2008.JPG"In San Antonio, Los Tres Reyes and Daniel Garces already were using drums," he said.  "Maybe I was first in the South.  I don't know whether I did it first or whether someone else introduced them before me.  But drums made it easier for dancers to follow the music. It allowed the accordionist and bajo-sexto player to concentrate on rhythm, melody and style, while the drums handled beat," he said.  De La Rosa sang his own vocals mostly, but over the years he added vocalists like Greg Parades and Joe Ramos for style and effect.

Anyone who knows Tejano or conjunto music knows that Tony De La Rosa's signature tune was, and still is, "Atotonilco," a tune that he turned into one of the most recognized instrumentals ever cut in a recording studio. "El Sube y Baja" and "El Circo" are just a couple of other of his well-known pieces. 

Tony De La Rosa remained semi-active as a performer up until just a few weeks before his death in June of 2004 at age 72.  Today, Tony De La Rosa is still played on radio.  Fans who know his music still remember his friendly and easy-going style. Add to that an exemplary work ethic that was a given for fans who knew that De La Rosa was going to supply what they came for, "taquachito" and polkas at their best. For more, click continue below

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The Houston Tejano Music Coalition is looking for instructors, musicians and instruments to help students in need of them.

HTMC 330.JPGAccording to Eden Barrera Jr of the Houston Tejano Music Coalition, the organization is reaching out to the community for help.

According to Eden:

"The Houston Tejano Music Coalition is asking for help in one of our most precious projects.
We are working with a youth outreach center in Pasadena, Texas in providing an after school program that will have 7th or 8th grade students form a Tejano Band. They will also learn the history of our beautiful music.
What we need..................
Any and all Musicians in the Houston, Pasadena area who are willing to Musical Instruct these young musicians.
-We are looking at 1 1/2 hours 2-3 days a week
-Its a after school program that will run till May 2009
-Instructors are paid 25/hr
-Kids are 7th-8th graders
-Number of Band members min. 7 up to 14 depending on number of Instructors we get.
Please do what you can on this networking email pass it on your email list or spread the word.
If you have contacts or ideas please call me asap as this program will begin Oct. 20th
Together lets make this happen and it would be a pilot for future programs, there are several schools highly interested in implementing this.
Thank You and God Bless,
Eden
713-249-4492

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Yes, it's true. Plissken is baaack.

Sometimes you can run across fun movie classics on late night cable TV.

From IMDB.com:
"Fifteen years after John Carpenter squandered a great idea on a mediocre movie (Escape from New York), he does it again--this time on the Left Coast.

ESCAPE fromLA.jpg"Kurt Russell is back as the terminally cynical one-eyed action hero Snake Plissken who, this time, has been coerced into saving the world in Los Angeles. It's 2013 and L.A. is now an island maximum-security prison off the coast of California. Snake has 10 hours to find a doomsday weapon that's fallen into the hands of revolutionaries before he dies of a virus with which he's been injected.

"But the action is clumsy and unimaginative: lots of shootouts and very little suspense. Even the bad guys aren't particularly inventive; only Pam Grier, as a transsexual gang leader, strikes any sparks. Russell growls his way through the role but can only blame himself: He cowrote the script with Carpenter. --Marshall Fine "

Yes, this is the cinematic fun stuff you can always catch on late night cable TV.

Well...the scenes may be more corny and squalid (compared to the original cyberpunk version) from an esthetic standpoint but the movie- a cult classic -- is still entertaining.

EscapefromLA 51QK24REW7L__SS500_ 315.JPGPlissken (Russell) is older, more cynical than his previous role in the New York version. But he still commands the screen. The movie is told through his perspective - as a noble but burnt-out man trying to salvage one last assignment at the government's bidding for a chance to live.

Along the way he encounters every specimen of dastardly vagrant, villain, and vermin.

But Plissken (Russell) is unfazed and he's nonchalant at every turn. It's his disinterest and cool detachment that makes him such a compelling character.

Critics were not so kind on the film chopping it up, some calling Plissken a "middle finger-type of character."

Keep in mind the directors obviously didn't take this as a serious movie, as jokes abound. One good zinger of a line: "This is LA, and this ****ing city can kill anyone!"

Other high points include the scene where he comes across a character named Pipeline (Peter Fonda). Peter Fonda? It is surreal.

After meeting him, Fonda says "I thought you would be taller."

Yeppers.

SnakePlissken.jpgThe weak soundtrack, mostly a mish mash of heavy metal and rock-metal, blurs into a forgettable mush.

The scene inside the fancy club where Plisskenkin asks for the bad guy Cuervo Jones. recalls "Thunderdome" with all its freaky characters.

The villain, Cuervo Jones is intrigiung. all of the first 10 minutes. After that he becomes a cartoon character devoid of brains, character or personality. In a B movie, what's new right?

Cliff Robertson is wasted as the extreme right-wing President here. Stacy Keach is,..well Stacy Keach. Here he's in the police commander role that Lee Van Cleef played in the original.

It's always a Whhaatt??- double-take moment when you run across grade A actors in grade B flicks.

The movie comes alive again when Steve Buscemi (yes) appears as Map to the Stars Eddie. Buscemi is a quick-witted, acid-tongued hustler. Think of him as the taxi cab driver (Ernest Borgnine) character in "Escape from NY." A nice surprise is Valeria Golino appearing as the savvy but short-lived chick Taslima.

Overall the movie is a disappointment for those who awaited the sequel - unimaginative script, excessive violence, superfluous characters - but it does have its entertaining moments. If you see it in a new light - as a comic rehash -- and with friends -- you'll really enjoy it. There's comical scenes, sheer stupidity (lots), dumb but funny moments.

I'v seen the movie several times but last night I noticed for the first time, the resemblance in some scenes to the "Terminator" series in its depiction of a future wasteland.

There's always some movie classics on tap on fave channels like AMC, TNT, etc., and every now and then you get a memorable movie you just have to comment on like "Escape from NY."

You seen it? You got comments? You got movie jokes?

Go ahead and leave them.

 

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Houston's Party on the Plaza season continues next Tuesday, Oct. 21 with a new twist-hip--hop.

 

POP 10-21 320.JPGThe lineup will feature Paul Wall, Trae and other specials guests

The concerts take place 5-10 p.m, Tuesdays with the best in music at Jones Plaza, Houston.

Admission is free before 7 p.m. $5 after. 21 & up. (832) 324-8074. 

According to POP officials, the 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, Party on the Plaza features today's top performers in Latin music every Tuesday and Wednesday night in the spring, summer and fall.

(At right, latest POP poster)

Party on the Plaza 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.

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

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Stubbs, known as Four Tops frontman, led group to the charts

Just in from MSNBC:
"DETROIT - The Detroit medical examiner's office says Four Tops frontman Levi Stubbs has died at age 72.Four Tops 10 2008.jpg

"Stubbs was the lead vocalist for the group, which began as the Four Aims in 1954.

"Top hits for the Motown quartet included "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)", "Reach Out I'll Be There," "Baby I Need Your Loving," and "Bernadette."

"He also worked as an actor. In one of his most notable roles, he provided the voice of man-eating plant Audrey II in the movie version of musical "Little Shop of Horrors" in 1986.

 

Stubbs and wife Clineice had five children. He had stopped touring with the latest version of the Four Tops in 2000 after being diagnosed with cancer and later suffering a stroke."
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Sad news on a man who many remember as epitomizing the Four Tops and the Motown sound during Motown's '60s and early '70s heyday.

Stubbs was a very distinctive singer. His soulful, bluesy vocal style often made the song, and elevated the classic hits that the Four Tops were known for.

More news:

Levi Stubbs, lead singer of the Four Tops, dies at 72
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AP AP The Four Tops in 1990, from left, Renaldo 'Obie' Benson, Levi Stubbs, Abdul "Duke" Fakir and Lawrence Payton. Benson died in 2005, Payton in 1997. ...

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Old-school Tejano, music awards and more church fests take the spotlight for the weekend and beyond.

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First up, there's the October Fest Dance with Bobby Esquivel & Liberty Band at the Fountain Bleu ballroom on Culebra. Tix are $8-$10 for the show scheduled Saturday, Oct. 18. INfo:(210) 789-2484. Also Janie's Record Shop (210) 735-207 0.

Another huge family fest is on deck with the Holy Moly Festival showcasing  Mental Breakdown, Patsy Torres, Valero Band, Leslie Lugo, Sound Rave, Anthony Hernandez, David Marez, Jimmy Edward. The fest is set Sunday, Oct. 19 at the Oblate Grotto. Info:210-778-1444 or 210-999-1125

More old-school Tejano fun on Friday, 10/17 La Fiebre hosts their reunion CD party at Graham Central Station, Fredericksberg at Loop 410.

FiebreLa 8 x 10 (Reunidos).jpg Another Tejano awards show unfolds Thursday Oct. 23 when the Tejano Academy Music Awards unfold at  Villita Assembly Hall. Los Desperadoz will be the aweards MCs.

Elsewhere, Soulstruck, a diverse group that plays a wild mix, takes the stage tonight, Friday at the Cadillac Bar, 212 S. Flores. Groups here tend to play a little on the uncomfortable, high end of the volume scale. The Caddy also has a big Halloween party with costume contests coming up Oct. 31. In between live set DJs Saint and Hobby keep it hot.
 
More international music mix uncorks when Oscar Cruz y Escape, a solid crew unloads Saturday at Panchitos at the Quarry (281). Led by singer/keyboardist Oscar Cruz, the talent includes Alvaro Mendoza, Miroslava, vocals/ percussion; Bert Ybarra, guitars; Abraham Humpries, bass; and Andy Bernal drums.
 

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Ruben Ramos, TexManiacs and MC Overlord are among the artists showcased in the upcoming "United Sounds of Austin: Las Nubes of Hope, Harmony and Peace" concert.

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The event was being billed as a multicultural charity concert taking place on Oct. 17 at the Austin Music Hall.  The event will celebrate Austin's common cultural and music heritage and will feature a tribute to Little Joe Hernandez, a pioneer of Tejano music and noted social advocate.
 

Also performing: Bus Stop Stallions, Gabe Nieto and the Jalapeno Express, Frank Gomez, the 80H Project, and others.


A variety of artists was selected to bring awareness of Austin's diversity. IN a statement by the concert organizers: "Austin is undergoing social changes as ethnic boundaries are being redefined across the city.  To raise awareness of cultural issues in the community, noted public figures will join artists from various musical genres including hip hop, rock, Tejano and country including, Ruben Ramos and the Mexican Revolution, MC Overlord, Bus Stop Stallions, Gabe Nieto and the Jalapeno Express, Frank Gomez, The 80H Project, Los TexManiacs and others."

The event is being sponsored by Humanitarians Engaged in the Arts for Respectful Dialogue (HEARD), the Austin Tejano Music Coalition (ATMC), the Student Peace Alliance, and the City of Austin.

Little Joe Hernandez was to receive the UT Project on Conflict Resolution "Bridging Divides" Award at the event.

 

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(Special to RamiroBurr.com by Patricio Espinoza, espiBlog.org.)

Part irreverent comedy, part drama and part activist "Ylse" is someone everyone should meet, and a Latina, Latinos would most certainly identify with. YISEPicture 4-1.jpg

Introducing "Ylse" a ground breaking Web Series for Latinos by Latinos, and many are already talking about it. 
 
And yes you heard it first... you can't watch this great new series on TV....
created by Ruth Livier, Showtime Resurrection Blvd.,
 
Ylse is only available on-line through viral web sites like YouTube.
The web-only series is bilingual but mostly in English focused on a new generation of Latinos and women in particular.


"Ylse" unapologetically Latina from Patricio Espinoza on Vimeo.


"Ylse" (ee-l-say) for those Spanish impaired :) is the story of a Latina journalist looking to break in, and the challenges she must face... from political correctness to bra "pads." 
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"Ylse" production is put together by a group of Latino producers, actors and film makers in Los Angeles with their own backing, and no big studios to answer to.
"It takes a lot of Love...." says Executive Producer and director Joe Camareno and adds that viral web traffic is slowly but surely increasing.  Ruth Livier is the creator behind the groundbreaking series which she describes as her way to tell the world how "Latinos live the American experience."  Season one includes four episodes.... stand-by for Season two.

About the story: It's the wave of the future. Shot via Skype from San
Antonio to LA and back. Enjoy! More @ 
ylse.net | espiblog.org

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For nine years Linda Escobar has been honoring the memory of her father, Eligio,

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The 10th in the series is set for Sunday, Nov. 9 at the High Chaparral in Robstown. 

The event seeks to raise money to fund the Eligio Escobar Scholarship Fund.  Veteran Tejano Music fans know Eligio Escobar from his unique delivery and by his many interpretations of Jose Alfredo Jimenez creations.  But Eligio Escobar also had success with other tunes.  "El Gambler," "Cuando Dos Almas," and 

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"El Veterano," a tune he wrote about his experiences as a soldier in the U.S. Army during the occupation of Japan after WWII, were his most prominent. Ironically, Escobar's first recording was a bilingual version of "South of the Border." Eligio Escobar passed away in 1994 at age 67. 

Both Eligio and daughter Linda Escobar are staunch members of the conjunto community and well known wherever that music is played. It's an old story, but worth repeating that Linda started singing at a very early age and by 8 recorded "Frijolitos Pintos," a tune that was played on radio throughout the country.  It has been reported that "Frijolitos Pintos" sold a million copies in 1965.  Eligio and Linda toured the US and Mexico in the 60's as part of "caravanas" that included some of the biggest names in Mexican and Tejano Music.

Entertainment will be provided by the groups listed below, starting at noon and ending at 11 p.m.

Los Texmaniacs de Max Baca
Sunny Sauceda
Cha Cha Jimenez
Chano Cadena y Su Conjunto
Mando y La Venganza
Jimmy Lee y Tentacion
Los Tremendos Alacranes de David Flores
La Kreazion with Linda Escobar
Los Arroyos Del Rio
Robert Casillas and Ramon "Jack Rabbit" Sanchez
Lazaro Perez y Su Conjunto
Leti Urbina y Conjunto Central
Los Guyz 
Per-person admission is $10 with proceeds going to the Eligio Escobar Scholarship Fund. Email: Lindaescobar2000@yahoo.com Website:  www.linda.escobar.com 

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Party on the Plaza Has Been Canceled Due To The Weather

(Special report from our salsero correspondent Jose Mambo)
 
Record Label Moves, this is what's been happening in the last 6 months...

J&N www. jnrecords. com has let go some of the artists that made up the biggest
 names in the tropical genre including such merengue artists such as Eddy Herrera, Kinito Méndez, Milly Quezada, Papi Sánchez, Wilfrido Varga and bachata duo Monchy & Alexandra to make room for the recently purchased Musical Production catalog.

That catalog includes legendary salsero Tito Rojas and Jose Pena Suazo y La Banda Gorda, which was acquired from the MP acquistion, making La Banda Gorda the first band to sign from MP'S catalog.

Jose Pena Suazo and J&N are already celebrating because before his signing, he released "Cosa Que Me Amarra" which has became a radio favorite in Santo Domingo and NY, and will be featured in his new CD. 

Planet Records from Italy www. planetrecords.com, didn't skip a beat and picked up Papi Sanchez and Kinito Mendez making Planet Records Europe's top Latin music label. Already they distribute Monchy Alexandra and Aventura in the European Market. 

Dominican Based Record Label Antenna Latina Music has under their belt, Los Hermanos Rosarios, Miriam Cruz, Fernando Villalona and Milly Quezada. 

Premium Latin Music, who has Merenguero's El Jeffrey, Shino Aguakate, and Bachata's Aventura's, Elvis Martinez, and Los Roba Corazones have recently signed Eddy Herrera after his exit with J&N Records and added Tony Fox, new merengue artist who won the Spanish version of American Idol for merengue in the Dominican Republic. 

New Merengue Music!!!
Silvio Mora has released a live version of a classic from Jose Jose and Camilo Sesto called "Si Me Dejas Ahora." The tune starts slow and literally transforms and explodes into what we call 'Merengue Kong Mambo.' He is still enjoying success from his hit "El Carrito Rojo" which has become a radio and club favorite in Dominican Republic. 

U.S. Club Hit!
Omega y Mambo Violento released a single with Pitbull and Fuego titled "Mi Alma Se Muere" that has also  become a club favorite in the U.S., yet to catch fire in D.R. Omega has released "Lloraras," another fave in D.R. as radio stations began playing it immediately and has become a regular in colmados and clubs.

More club and radio news. El Rey Tulile has released various songs, strategy of many merengueros to see what sticks out to radio station programmers and club dj's. One that has stuck the most is a provocative rhythmic song titled "El culumpio". His sister Selene, who also did her sexy cameo in another provocative Tulile classic "La Culebra" does the provocative female chorus on this one. Outstanding. Check out the song.

Julian Oro Duro has released various songs from his new CD under J&N records, one that stands out is "Contigo", which he uses La Mafia's "Me Estoy Enamorando" intro. Very creative, y mucho mambo! Another one is "Yo Bebo Romo" which will become a X-Mas classic, and talks about the nostalgic feelings latinos get during December when they are away from their families and of course rum and beer is the only consolation to relieve those feelings! Great mambo and very catchy chant! "Yo Bebo Romo y Tambien Cerveza, Cuando Se Me Sube Mi Pais A La Cabeza" pull out out your flag.

El Cata: 2008 has become a great year for El Cata, who is not new to the game. He has been in several very popular bands such as Richie y La Banda X, but it's "Loca Con Su Tiguere" that has put him in the map. There isn't a colmado in the D.R., (neighborhood stores), clubs and radio stations that haven't played jammed to this hit! With a slurry voice, and very catchy merengue hooks, El Cata has exploded. His new song "Yo Toy Pa Ti" continues his success..."I know you want me, and I want you too, yo toy pa ti y tu pa mi." Adding his English tigeraje (street flavor) will make this another hit.

Juliana O'Neal, La Reyna Del Merengue Kong Mambo, has released "Si Tu Eres Mi Hombre" which has been remade by India, Angela Carrasco and even Celine Dion, Juliana brings her unique merengue version, not going away from the original but giving a subtle merengue flavor. 

New music coming next week! Don't forget to check out my blog for all the latest merengue.

To hear all the latest merengue releases check out: 
www. MerengueKongMambo. BlogSpot. com or check us out on myspace: www. myspace. com/merenguekongmambo
josemambo@merenguekongmambo.com 
 

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Bolero party, Tex-Mex, conjunto and lots more in the next few days to choose from.

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

Soulstruck Diverse groups can mix it up. Friday, 10/17. Cadillac Bar, 212 S. Flores. Groups here tend to play a little on the uncomfortable, high end of the volume scale. Also at Cadillac10/24, 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.

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

Party on the Plaza New season of popular concert series features: Oct. 14: La Tropa F, Vida, Stefani. 5-10 p.m, Tuesday. Also Paul Wall, Trae & others. Oct. 21. Free before 7 p.m. $5 after. 21 & up.. (832) 324-8074. Jones Plaza, Houston. partyontheplaza.info  www.myspace.com/partyontheplaza
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Anthony Hernandez Keyboardist plays Thursdays at the Enchilada Warehouse, 2106 N. St. Marys.

October Fest Dance Featuring Bobby Esquivel & Liberty Band. $8-$10 Saturday, Oct. 18. (210) 789-2484. Fountain Bleu, Also Janie's Record Shop (210) 735-207 0.

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

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

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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.

House of Jazz Festival presented by San Antonio Housing Authority featuring Planet Soul, Spot Barnett, Jimmy Spacek, Artie V Y Grupo Sauve, Los Kaballeroz, Henry Brun. SAHA parkgrounds. Free.11 a.m.-7 p.m. Oct. 25.
 
Danny Acosta y QVO Band plays mix of oldies, funk, R&B. Sundays. Club Movida, 306  E. Mitchell. (210) 534-4477. Owner Rick Robles runs a tight ship. Club Movida. 306  E. Mitchell. (210) 534-4477

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, Miroslava, vocals/ percussion; Bert Ybarra, guitars; Abraham Humpries, bass; and Andy Bernal drums. Band plays Panchitos at the Quarry (281) Saturday, Oct. 18   oscarcruzandescape.com

Roger Velasquez & Latin Legends Top group shines with its repertoire and virtuosity. Thursdays, Bar On Broadway. Also Luckey Road Saloon, 10/31 (Halloween Party) CHUPITOS_POSTERS 304.JPG

Bru-Ja Ha October Fiesta festival features Jay Perez, David Lee Garza y Los Musicales, Johnny "El Brujo" Cruz & The Texas Chain Gang. 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22. Free. Jones Plaza, 600 Louisiana St., Houston. 713-621-0980. Rescheduled from Oct. 16.

Liliana Arriaga "La Chupitos" Mexican comedian puts on big show. Also music and dance. Club Rio Nightclub, 13307-A San Pedro Highway 281 at Bitters. (210) 403-2582. $25 advance; $35, $45.Doors open 9 p.m.;show 11 p.m. Wednesday, 10/29.

El Tri Mexican rock trio back in town. Club Rio Nightclub, 13307-A San Pedro Highway 281 at Bitters. (210) 403-2582. Friday, 11/16. Also ATB, 10/15; Enanitos Verdes, 10/30.

Holy Moly Festival Featuring Mental Breakdown, Patsy Torres, Valero Band, Leslie Lugo, Sound Rave, Anthony Hernandez, David Marez, Jimmy Edward. Sunday, Oct. 19. Oblate Grotto. 210-778-1444 or 210-999-1125

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

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

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La Fiebre reunion Classic band in CD release party. Friday, Oct. 17. Graham Central Station, Fredericksberg at Loop 410. Also Los Palominos, Oct. 24; Los Desperadoz, Oct. 31.

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. 25 (Halloween party), King Williies, 943 S. Alamo St.

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.

Shirelles Classic pop group back in town. Friday, Oct. 24. Carver Center. $24-$30

Los Tigres del Norte Venerable norteño outfit back on the road in the U.S. for some 16 dates. Los Tigres set to play Laredo Entertainment Center, Nov. 1, McAllen's Dodge Arena, Nov. 2.

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. More: 10/17: Jacinto y Ray; 10/20, Latin Lunes Hot Sauce; 10/21,John Magaldi & Saxophonic; 10/22 Los Galleros;10/23: RebeccaValdez with Max Baca. SAS! continues through December. On Sunday it's Conjunto Tocadita at lunch with Foxy Garcia, accordion & Chucho Perales, bajo sexto. (210) 225-9800 www.mainplaza.org  

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.

7th Annual Guerrero Halloween Party Showcasing SA's The Max and Houston's Grupo Vital. Costume contests. Saturday, Oct. 25. The Warehouse, 8002 Endor @ Broadway, Houston. $15-$20. 281-932-0888

Faculty Hispanic Voice Recital Classical and Hispanic music combined featuring Juanita Ulloa, voice; Faith de Bow, piano; Mariachi Tamazula, led by Bobby López; and "España Viva" Flamenco dancers, Beatriz Aguilar & Jessica Ahr. UPAC Hall, Texas State University, San Marcos. Free. 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29. (512) 245-2651 or email: ju12@txstate.edu. www.Juanitamusic.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.

POSTPONED - 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 Related story: Veterano Festival honors late Escobar, showcases conjunto bands

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

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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, Club celebrates 4 year aniversray Saturday, Oct. 11 (210) 924-1016


 

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Laredo's AutMus Fest showcases top bands

LAREDO -- Mexican rock band Kinky and classic rock group Night Ranger headlined one of the largest festivals along the U.S.-Mexico border Saturday night.
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Officially titled the Ford AutMus Fest, the huge festival was held on the sprawling campus of the Texas A&M International University. The festival also featured Little Joe y La Familia, Nothing More, Jr Castillo, Kristal Blue, Warryor, Kristin Mari and other groups.
 
The university's international academic reach was central to the festival's objective said Orlando Navarro, festival chairman for the Texas A&M University Alumni Association, which has presented the festival for the last few years.

"With the university's international allure, we have students from all over," said Navarro. "So we try to book bands that appeal to different groups."

Navarro underscored the importance of international universities such as TAMUI in helping nourish relationships with Mexico and other countries.
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The day-long AutMus family festival featured a wide variety, from classic rock and heavy metal to hardcore Tejano and even comedy.

The crowds were light in the early afternoon but officials were expecting a full house - a capacity estimated at about 10,000 - by the time headliner Kinky was scheduled to take the stage.

Kinky is currently on a new U.S. tour to promote their latest CD "Barracuda." A daring quintet from Monterrey, Mexico, Kinky showcased their rock-electronica fusions at the festival.

Crowds of students jammed and juked on the expansive grounds by the stage to the sounds of the eight-man group SuperPhat. The group poured through a tight set that included the uptempo tunes "Hustle & Flow" and "Tried and True."
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More than 20 booths spread out over the campus' north end offered a variety of tasty treats from fajitas and gorditas to corn on the cob and turkey legs. And children had their fun as well, enjoying a variety of childrens' game and activities and a dozen air castles.

Relaxing by the Brontosaurus Rib Booths, glass sketch artist Angel Rivera said the diversity of talent was the main attraction.

"There's such a huge selection of bands here,  it seems you have a little something for everyone," Rivera said. "And the weather is perfect. They picked a great time of the year."

Proceeds from the festival will go to the TAMUI alumni association's scholarship funds.

"Ford is very much into education," said Mike Cortez, spokesman for the Ford Motor Company, the festival's title sponsor. "Helping provide education to our children is important because the children represent the future."

"The main drive is to raise scholarships funds," said Fernando Morales, TAMIU alumni association president at the festival news conference Friday at La Posada.

Title sponsors included Miller Beer, Border Medi, Big Red/Coca Cola, La Posada, Allstate, KGNS-TV, Pocket Communications, IBC Bank, CP&L, HEB, Gibson Guitars, Elmo Lopez Music Stores and UETA.

Music details: www.autmusfest.com


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The music party rolls on in Houston. The Party on the Plaza season continues on Tuesday, Oct. 14 with Tropa F, Grupo Vida and Stefani.

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The new season of POP, the popular concert series kicked off Oct. 7. The concerts take place 5-10 p.m, Tuesdays with the best in Tex-Mex & Latin music at Jones Plaza, Houston.

Admission is free before 7 p.m. $5 after. 21 & up. (832) 324-8074. 

According to POP officials, the 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, Party on the Plaza features today's top performers in Latin music every Tuesday and Wednesday night in the spring, summer and fall.

(At right, Eddie Gonzalez, below Verionica Meza, from last week's POP)

Party on the Plaza 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.

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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 and features today's top stars in Tejano, Regional-Mexican, Conjunto, Old School and Latin Hip-Hop. 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 and features today's upcoming stars and legends in Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Spanish Pop and Rock.

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


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Cuban boleros, world conjunto and more on tap for the weekend and beyond.

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The big show unfolds Saturday with the 2008 International Accordion Festival. 

There will be accordion and conjunto music fans kicking up their heels for all the live music action at La Villita.

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The lineup includes Conjunto Ritmos Santeños de Osvaldo Ayala , Curtis Poullard & 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

Elsewhere, check out Luis Miguel playing Tuesday, at the AT&T Center.

Tickets available through Ticketmaster. LuisiMI touring behind latest CD  "Compllices."

Also check out Final Cut, a solid band that's been cooking really hot lately  Friday, 10/3.

Cadillac Bar, 212 S. Flores. Also, for your calendar, Halloween party 10/31, Pete Ybarra y Grupo Fuego in Halloween party with costume contest.  myspace.com/cadillacbar 

POP 300 pop-081007.JPGAlso, in Houston, 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 myspace.com/partyontheplaza

Conjunto fan can rock out to Los Padrinos, an acoustic conjunto foursome take the stage Friday night at VFW 76,10 Tenth St,. Also St. James Church Festival 5-7 p.m. Sunday Oct. 12th  907 W. Theo

And for classic Tejano, 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. 11. $10. (210) 223-3151

And in Laredo, Ford Kinky 3 2008.JPGAutmus Fest Featuring Night Ranger, Kinky, Little Joe y La Familia, Nothing More, Jr Castillo, Kristal Blue, Warryor, Kristin Mari on Saturday, Oct. 11. TAMIU, Laredo.

And for rock fans, there's

Grupo Fantasma Solid fusion band takes the stage at Josabi'. Oct. 10. grupofantasma.com
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And do not forget....Joe Jama benefit Oct. 12, noon-6 p.m. at Bar on Broadway. There will be BBQ plates for sale at $6. Bands to perform, according to Joe Jama, are Five Star Band, The Show, Final Cut,Ernie Garbay, Jo Jo & CompanySend contributions to: Woodforest National Bank (at Super Wal-Marts)  Acct: Lilly Elizondo c/o Joe Perales.

One more best bet,

EsquivelJonEsquivel102008.jpgTardeada de Música Romántica Features José Rubén De León and pianist Jon Esquivel performing Mexican and Cuban boleros  Also performing George Prado, acoustic bass, and Arturo Yglesias, drums. Repertoire includes Armando Manzanero's "Somos Novios," Osvaldo Farrés' "Quizás, quizás, quizás," and Consuelo Velásquez' "Bésame mucho." Proceeds go to rebuidling efforts at OLLU. 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11. Thiry Auditorium, OLLU. $10.


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Accordion and conjunto music fans will be in hog heaven this weekend as the 2008 International Accordion Festival unfolds at La Villita.

GuzmanJoel3_accordions.jpgEach year the IAF feature almost two dozen artists, some from around the world, performing on multiple stages. There is a wide variety of music, from Creole and conjunto to tango and Serbian tunes, but the common instrument is the accordion.

The lineup is impressive and includes such groups as Conjunto Ritmos Santeños de Osvaldo Ayala, Curtis Poullard & Creole Zydeco Band, Jeremías Martín & Group, Charles Thibodeaux and the Austin Cajun Aces, Mexican Roots Trio, Kal, and Vrazels' Polka Band.

In addition. other groups include 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. The performances are all at La Villita and admission is free Saturday through Sunday.

For a complete schedule and more details visit www.internationalaccordionfestival.org.


 

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By RAMIRO BURR

It's always a risk when a new group tries a new approach but Los Famosos Del Norte accordionist Enrique "Kike" Carvajal says their fans were ready for something new like their debut CD "La Leyenda De Emiliano Carranza, El Más Temido."

FamososDelNorteimage001 300.JPG"We think the crowds at our shows have been waiting for something new," said Carvajal in a recent interview. "Sometimes music fans get tired of the same old, same old."

So what is Los Famosos new approach?

A CD concept that chronicles the life of Emilio Carranza, a notorious drug runner whose Robin Hood-styled adventures endeared him to many followers. The CD, released on the new label Rize High, features 10 songs, all relate the various chapters in Carranza's life.

Song titles such as "Quien Dijo que es Pecado" and "Llego a Trunfar."

While all-corrido albums are not new, it is indeed tare for a new group to record an entire album around one corridor legend, without the standard 1-2 covers.

The radical approach is beginning to work.

The first single "Quiero Ahogar Mis Penas," has begun climbing regional charts along the Southwest.

According to Carvajal, Carranza was a notable figure who also came from his own Mexican home state, Sonora.

FamososDelNortre102008323.JPG"Carranza was from the small town of Magdalena, and his father was killed by the drug traffickers who killed his father," he said.

The single "Quiero Ahogar Mis Penas," is a typical corrido, moderate-paced and fueled by the steady accordion and bajo sexto tandem. Also adding allure is the vocal harmonies of singers Juan Carlos Alvarez and Leon Vargas. Rounding out the group is Eduardo "Lalo" Torres on drums.

Los Famosos are on the latest groups to emerge in the norteno corridor field. Corridos are storysongs that tell stories of famous heroes and villains, from the Mexican Revolution earlier times to modern-day drug-runners and cartel bosses.

All the songs of what the group calls "Corri-discos," were written by Carvajal and songwriters Byron Brizuela and Cecilia Brizuela.

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"We were drawn to this guy because of his life, his 'Scarface'-style rise to power," Carvajal said.

The corridos in the album details Carranza emergence as a major figure both in Mexico and in the United States.

"In the end, Carranza goes back to his hometown and het gets rid of all the drug gangs," Carvajal said.

"What was so satisfying was when we first went to radio stations and they are playing the corridor single," he said. "We were getting calls from listeners saying  how they liked the sound and the lyrics. I thought that was a really good sign."

Los Famosos' signature sound is traditional acoustic norteno, folk-based with direct lyrics.

Not surprisingly, the band's major influences include hardcore norteno artists such as Ramon Ayala, Carlos y José, and Cornelio Reyna.

The Los Angeles-based band is currently on a West Coast tour. More details at: www.losfamososdelnorte.com and www.myspace.com/losfamososdelnorte

 

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Accordions galore, plaza parties and more fests make up the musical choices for the week and beyond.

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International Accordion Festival Featuring Conjunto Ritmos Santeños de Osvaldo Ayala , Curtis Poullard & 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

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.

Final Cut Top notch group brings it on. 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  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 

POP 300 pop-081007.JPGParty on the Plaza New season of popular concert series kicked off Oct. 7. Coming up: Oct. 14: La Tropa F, Vida, Stefani. 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

Los Padrinos Acoustic conjunto foursome take the stage Friday night at VFW 76,10 Tenth St,. Also St. James Church Festival 5-7p.m.  Sunday Oct. 12th  907 W. Theo

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

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

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. 11. $10. (210) 223-3151

Ford Kinky 3 2008.JPG Autmus Fest Featuring Night Ranger, Kinky, Little Joe y La Familia, Nothing More, Jr Castillo, Kristal Blue, Warryor, Kristin Mari. Saturday, Oct. 11. TAMIU, Laredo.

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

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

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

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

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Grupo Fantasma Solid fusion band takes the stage at Josabi'. Oct. 10. grupofantasma.com
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Joe Jama benefit Oct. 12, noon-6 p.m. at Bar on Broadway. There will be BBQ plates for sale at $6. Bands to perform, according to Joe Jama, are Five Star Band, The Show, Final Cut,Ernie Garbay, Jo Jo & Company. Send contributions to: Woodforest National Bank (at Super Wal-Marts) LibertyBandBobby EsquivelOctoberfest2008Postcard342.JPG Acct: Lilly Elizondo c/o Joe Perales.

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Tardeada de Música Romántica Features José Rubén De León and pianist Jon Esquivel performing Mexican and Cuban boleros  Also performing George Prado, acoustic bass, and Arturo Yglesias, drums. Repertoire includes Armando Manzanero's "Somos Novios," Osvaldo Farrés' "Quizás, quizás, quizás," and Consuelo Velásquez' "Bésame mucho." Proceeds go to rebuidling efforts at OLLU. 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11. Thiry Auditorium, OLLU. $10. (210) 431-3932

DeLeonJoseRubenDeLeon.jpgBlue 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.

House of Jazz Festival presented by San Antonio Housing Authority featuring Planet Soul, Spot Barnett, Jimmy Spacek, Artie V Y Grupo Sauve, Los Kaballeroz, Henry Brun. SAHA parkgrounds. Free.11 a.m.-7p.m. Oct. 25.
 
Danny Acosta y QVO Band plays mix of oldies, funk, R&B. Sundays. Club Movida, 306  E. Mitchell. (210) 534-4477. Owner Rick Robles runs a tight ship. Club Movida. Also Grupo Maravia, Saturday 306  E. Mitchell. (210) 534-4477
 
Rocky Hernandez & OBG Band Plays oldies, funk, R&B and more.BYOB. No cover. Birthday party for Chinitas. Jings, 4935 Eisenhaur Rd. 9 p.m. Oct. 10. (210) 520-5759
  

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, Miroslava, vocals/ percussion; Bert Ybarra, guitars; Abraham Humpries, bass; and Andy Bernal drums. Band plays Panchitos at the Quarry (281) Saturday, Oct. 18  oscarcruzandescape.com

Roger Velasquez & Latin Legends Top group shines with its repertoire and virtuosity. Thursdays, Bar On Broadway. Also Luckey Road Saloon, 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. George Rivas Band, 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.

La Tropa F Teams up with Fama in dual CD release party. Friday, Graham Central Station, Fredericksberg at Loop 410. Also La Fiebre reunion, Oct. 17; Los Palominos, Oct. 24; Los Desperadoz, Oct. 31.

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. 25 (Halloween party), King Williies, 943 S. Alamo St.

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.

Los Tigres del Norte Venerable norteño outfit back on the road in the U.S. for some 16 dates. Los Tigres set to play Laredo Entertainment Center, Nov. 1, McAllen's Dodge Arena, Nov. 2.

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

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. (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.

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 

AMAShowcase_2008_logo_best 344.JPG Creative expo and cocktail reception at 5:30 p.m. followed by banquet at 7 p.m. Coronado Ballroom, El Tropicano Hotel, 110 Lexington Ave. Thursday, Nov. 6. $25-$45. www.sa-ama.orgRSVP@sa-ama.org

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, Club celebrates 4 year aniversray Saturday, Oct. 11 (210)

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YOU ARE MY #1 MUSIC REPORTER!

 

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Yes, it has been a while but the Kinky boys are back in the groove. Mexican rock/pop group Kinky is back on the touring circuit, promoting their new CD "Barracuda."
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Kinky's new short tour includes stops in Houston and Laredo, but no SA dates.
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Tour schedule listed below.

Meantime, here is my review of one of their finest CDs, their "Atlas" CD:

"This daring quintet broke from Monterrey, Mexico on the scene in 2002 with their self-described "electro-Latin organic fusion" and turned a lot of heads at the 2002 SXSW festival in Austin, Texas.

"The aptly named group continues their worldbeat party mix of funk, rock, electronica, trance, psychedelic pop, dance and more on their sophomore album. 

"Choice cuts include "Airport Feelings," with its instantly infectious vibe and the trip-hop flavored "My God is So Quiet" which would fit in nicely in industrial house dance clubs. 

"With its start-stop dynamics, tempo shifts, and spirited jams, the 12-track album has a definite "live" feel. The only instrumental, "Do U Like It," is an intense rock-jazz workout that bounces leads between percussions, guitars and keyboards. 

"But Kinky can also slow the party down, such as on the reflective tunes like "Minotauro" and "Semillas de Menta," whose hooky melodies and echoey vocal harmonies evoke nostalgic chamber-pop brilliance."


Kinky is a band to watch and a group to keep up with. More details:

www.kinkymusic.com; www.myspace.com/kinky; www.myspace.com/vesperpublicrelations

Kinky tour schedule (subject to change)

October

9  Nokia Theatre Times Square  New York, NY

11 Autumn Music Festival Laredo, TX

14 Fiestas Del Sol &nbs p;  Mexicali, Baja California

17 Plaza De Toros Querétaro, Querétaro México

30 Volka Chicago, IL

31 Warehouse Live Houston, TX

November

8  Parque Fundidora Monterrey, Nuevo León, México

15 Nokia Theatre L.A. Live&nbsp ; Los Angeles, CA


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Thrilling music and captivating dances fueled the Hispanic Heritage Society's "Con Alma Hispana" concert presentation on Sept. 28.

Held at Thiry Auditorium at Our Lady of the Lake University, the concert featured performances by pop singer Franco, Voces De San Antonio, Nataly Peña, and Emanuel Zapata.

Also performing were David Strauss, Kevin Evans, flamenco dance group España Viva, and Hispanic Folklore Dancers Studio Mexicapan.

The Hispanic Heritage Society is one of San Antonio's most important cultural groups.The organization presents several major events a year, including the annual HHS awards which recognize important Latino performers who have contributed a lifetime of influential works.

The fans,a mixed bunch that included college students, graying grandparents, and a few families, enjoyed the presentation.

(Photos by Rick Cuellar/El Mundo Entertainment)

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The opening segment featured Nataly Pena and Rosalinda Rizzo was well as the folkloric dancers.

Organized by music director Cristina Ortega, the song and dance performances were

HHScah52.jpgshowcased 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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The chuch fall fest season is in full swing. We got five fests just today - Sunday alone. Plus more on the horizon.

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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

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

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.

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

 

DesperadozA 1 2008.JPGAlso at Market Square is the Taste of San Antonio Expo with 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-9 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4-5. SA Restaurant Association 210-734-7663 or sara@sarametro.com. www.tasteofsanantonio.com

And coming up:

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

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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

Coming up:
Liberacion reunites Virgil Canales and Juan Tavares

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. 

Colaobaandpic8.JPGFans can check out tropical/cumbias and more when Colaó takes the stage 8 p.m. Saturday at El Jarro de Arturo Mexican restaurant, 13421 San Pedro (Hwy 281N @ Bitters). Tickets are $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  

Elsewhere, there's plenty of laughs Saturday night at the Sam Houston Club at Fort Sam Houston. The  Latin Comedy Night will showcase comedians Andy Kern, Felipe Esparza and Cleto Esparza which will be followed with by Latin Night Mix After Party with DJ Papote.

Comedy Cleto Esparza 2.jpgAnd we're in the middleof church festivals including festivals at St.Jude Church Festival, Immaculate Heart of Mary Church Festival, St.Geogre Fest, St. John's Fall Fest, etc.

For church details check out:
Concerts Calendar 9/30: Colao, comedy, Latin Legends

Also, check out Artie V y Grupo Suave playing Friday- tonight at Cadillac Bar, 212 S. Flores.

Fans of oldies will love the 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 at Plaza Guadalupe, 1300 Guadalupe from 5p.m. -midnight Saturday, $10.

For conjunto check out Los Badd Boys & Los Tremendos Alacranes where teams hookup for solid grouping. 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4. Cuahtemoc Hall, 1100 Patton St., San Marcos
 

More details: Concerts Calendar 9/30: Colao, comedy, Latin Legends


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Coming up;
Weekender: Fall fests, comedy, Caloa

 

Yes, Ike has been a bad, bad boy for the last month. Hurricane Ike that is.GrammyLogolga_mark_v1_rgb1.jpg

Besides the Party on the Plaza series, Hurricane Ike has also affected the pre-Grammy concert schedule.

Below is the latest schedule update from the Grammy concert series folks. Check back for updates. For tickets" www.toyotacentertix.com

Meanwhile, make note that the 2008 Latin Grammys are scheduled Nov. 13 at the Toyota Center.
 
Also:

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

MUSIC IN THE PARKS CONCERT SERIES
Live music from Houston's hottest local Latin groups.

Oct 9, 2008
Hermann Square (901 Bagby)
click here for map
5pm - 7pm
Entrance is FREE!

Genre - Salsa

5pm - 5:45pm - Live performance by Karina Nistal

KarinaNistal.jpg5:45pm - 6:00pm - Presentation/DJ Music

6:00pm - 6:45pm - Live performance by Salmerum

6:45pm - 7:00 pm - Thank you 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 es Español

4pm - 4:30pm - DJ music

4:30pm - 5:30pm - Live performance by Grupo Locales

5:30pm - 5:45pm - Presentation/DJ Music

5:45pm - 6:45 pm - Live performance by 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 19, 2008


Energia_CD_cvr2 300.JPGMoody Park (3725 Fulton)
click here for map
4pm - 7pm
Entrance is FREE!

Genre - Mexican Regional/Conjunto/Norteño

4pm - 4:30pm - DJ music
ZentenoNorma22.jpg4:30pm - 5:30pm - Live performance by Grupo Energia

5:30pm - 5:45pm - Presentation/DJ music

5:45pm - 6:45 pm - Live performance by Grupo Alazzan

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 by Norma Zenteno

5:30pm - 5:45pm - Presentation/DJ music

5:45pm - 6:45 pm - Live performance by Avizo

6:45pm - 7:00pm - Thank yous and DJ music

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HOUSTON ES MUSICA FESTIVAL
November 2, 2008 at Reliant Park

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

Details: www.houstonesmusica.com

 

Coming up:
Houston's pre-Grammy concert sked updated
Weeknder: Fall fests, comedy, Colao

Weeks after Hurricane Ike forced a delay in the start of the 2008 Party on the Plaza concert seires, concert officials have announced a new launch that will benefit hurricane victims.

  POP 300 pop-081007.JPGPrevious News: Hurricane Ike delays Houston's POP concert series

According to concert series spokesman Michael Kobus, the 2008 Party on the Plaza season will kick off with a hurricane benefit concert featuring top stars Javier Galvan y Grupo Fama, Eddie Gonzalez y Grupo Natural and Latin GRAMMY nominee, Stefani Montiel, on Tuesday, Oct. 7.

According to a prepared news release, Party on the Plaza, one of the largest outdoor concert series of its kind, was forced to cut short its season as Hurricane Ike made its way towards the Gulf Coast.  Nearly three weeks since Hurricane Ike made landfall, Party on the Plaza returns to Jones Plaza--in the heart of Houston's famous downtown theater district--for another season of live Latin music and with hopes of helping people in the area trying to move forward with their lives. 

With its new season about to kick-off, long-time music promoter Michael Kobus, will turn Party on the Plaza into a Hurricane Ike Relief Fund Drive/Concert. A portion of the proceeds collected from the sale price of each Party on the Plaza ticket will go to the American Red Cross' Disaster Relief Fund, a fund that enables the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, counseling and other assistance to victims of disasters.POP Crowd 2008.jpg

"It is my goal to raise $10,000 through four concert performance set for October 7th, 14th, 21st & 22nd," Kobus stated in a phone interview. "There are so many families in Houston who still need help. When I decided to choose an organization to donate these proceeds to, I thought of the American Red Cross. They are the first to respond in times of disasters and I knew that every dollar we raised would help so many families."

"The Red Cross truly appreciates the support from Party on the Plaza fans.  With so many people affected by not only this hurricane but by other disasters everyday, it's great to have the community come out to continue to support the Red Cross and come to the aid of those in need," commented Jennifer Lubrani, spokesperson for the American Red Cross.

Party on the Plaza's Tuesday night series will feature Tejano music super stars for only a $5 cover, and $4 of each ticket sold will go to the American Red Cross. To help Party on the Plaza music fans that have been affected directly by Hurricane Ike, there will be free admission from 5 to 7 p.m. only.

Also, new to this season's concert series is Party on the Plaza's sponsorship with SCION. This year, SCION will display several of their models on the concert grounds. Continuing sponsors include Southwest Airlines and LatinoAccess.com.

For more info please visit www.partyontheplaza.info or www.latinoaccess.com. Details can also be heard on Puro Tejano 980 AM and 105.3 FM.

About the Party on the Plaza

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, Party on the Plaza features today's top performers in Latin music every Tuesday and Wednesday night in the spring, summer and fall. Party on the Plaza 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. For more info, please contact MFC Network by calling 832-324-8074 or sending mail to P.O. Box 1595, Pasadena, TX 77595.

About the American Red Cross

All American Red Cross disaster assistance is free, made possible by voluntary donations of time and money from the American people. You can help the victims of thousands of disasters across the country each year, disasters like the Hurricanes of 2008, by making a financial gift to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, which enables the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, counseling and other assistance to victims of disaster. The American Red Cross honors donor intent. If you wish to designate your donation to a specific disaster please do so at the time of your donation. Call 1-800-REDCROSS or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish). Contributions to the Disaster Relief Fund may be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013. Internet users can make a secure online contribution by visiting www.redcross.org.

More news:
POP 2008: showcasing top stars in downtown Houston

Related stories, photos:

Feliciano, Carr, Gilberto among 2008 Latin Grammy Special Awards recipients
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
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

 

 


Coming up:
Liberacion reunites Virgil Canales and Juan Tavares

Latin pop singer Bakan has been a busy artist in recent weeks.

 

Bakan_foto7 308.JPGHe's been on the road promoting his latest single "Diselo" and he just finished filming a new music video for that single. (Check youtube.com)

His stops included the massive Carnival Calle Ocho Festival in Miami and the 2008 Billboard Latin Music Awards.

Bakan was recently in San Antonio making arrangements to participate in the upcoming Univiision Premios a La Musica.

Bakan's latest CD is titled "Sexy" and it was released in 2007. The CD fuses various styles including pop ballads,soul and R&B.

Bakan_foto8 348.JPGMore details: www.myspace.com/bakanmusic,  www.myspace.com/bakanonline , www.myspace.com/bakan1  www.bakanmusic.com 

 

Related stories, photos:
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
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

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