Brown Sound News
After a three-month hiatus, Latin at Heart returns to the stage at Austin’s iconic music venue, the Saxon Pub, on August 6 at 8 p.m. with a set featuring a new dance song. Bandmembers are Billy Wilson, guitar and lead vocals, Sefo, lead guitar, Stephen Zirkel, bass and vocals, Jeff Botta, drums and vocals, Jeff Bryant, keys and Bridgid Bibbens, violin. Reserved tables available at www.latinatheart.com
Save the Date for Esquina Tango’s annual “fantastic” fundraiser marking a 10 year anniversary celebration which promises that “this year it’s going to be bigger and better than ever!” The event helps raise funds to keep Esquina Tango growing and thriving. Saturday, Sept. 24 from 6 p.m.-midnight.
Texas native Tim Gonzalez has been nominated for Best Live Blues Performer by the Nashville Music Industry Awards. On his Facebook page he stated, “What a honor in the class of artists! Hope family, fans and friends can vote.” The link for more information about the awards is www.nimadigital.com and about this artist, www.timgonzalez.net.
Rafael Castano-Garcia, also known musically as Yanuis, signed with Warbucks Music Group recently and will be headlining performances in August and September. His new single released in July, “Eres Tu,” from the new album, “Dedicado a Ti,” is available via digital download. It’s described as “fun, energetic, romantic Caribbean music, Hip Hop, Reggaeton.” For more see www.warbucksmusicgroup.com
Congratulations to Ruben Garza, premier bajo player and conjunto vocalist, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award, along with the late Gilberto Perez (and five other artists) at the 18th Annual Conjunto of the Year Awards Show hosted by the South Texas Conjunto Association (STCA) last month. To see the full list of winners and learn more about this group, visit the STCA Facebook page and their website www.conjunto.org
Gary Hobbs has released a new CD titled “Recuerdos.” A CD signed by Hobbs can be ordered through Hobbs Mgmt (visit his official Facebook page). On August 5, he will be performing in Waco with the legendary Austin based Ruben Ramos band.
Sara Hickman, Suzanna Choffel and other special guests will join Gina Chavez and her full band for a benefit concert for Ninas Arriba scholarship fund on Saturday, Aug. 13 at Stateside at the Paramount. Doors are at 6 p.m. with show at 7 p.m.
Graham Reynolds has been working on the “Marfa Triptych: Pancho Villa From a Safe Distance” project with a premiere set due this November. The project is set to roll out each week. A free show will be offered every Monday at Dive Bar, 1703 Guadalupe St., in August with three sets, starting at 8 p.m. Special Guests: 8/1 Paul Sanchez; 8/8 Ephraim Owens, Pat Harris; 8/15 Liz Cass, Alexis Ebbets Buffum and Henna Chou; 8/22 Adrian Quesada; 8/29 Paul Sanchez, Liz Cass and Adrian Quesada.
The Live Music Capital Foundation is a community-based organization presenting a 17-piece orchestra, and is host of a show with a night of passionate harmonies from Trio Los Vigilantes, as well as high-energy dancing with Isaac Peña’s Mambo Orchestra. Performing classic pieces are featured Austin singers: Juan Diaz, Luis Angel Ibáñez, Alexander “Mayito” Martinez, Daniel Nelson, Leticia Rodriguez, and Juliana Sheffield. La Frenetika will wrap up the night, Saturday, Aug. 6, 8 p.m. at One-2-One Bar.
Cecilia and the Broken Hearts and Conjunto Los Pinkys will perform Friday, Aug. 12 at Cactus Café. $10 all ages/family friendly, doors 8 p.m. Tickets at cactuscafe.org. Conjunto Los Pinkys have been performing around the U.S. and in the Lone Star State since 1992. They are 2015 members of the Austin Music Hall of Fame. The group features longtime veteran of Austin’s conjunto music scene and an Austin Latino Music Association Idolos del Barrio Award recipient, Isidro Samilpa, award-winning Chencho Flores and Vicente Alonzo. Cecilia and the Broken Hearts is a collective of Austin musicians that have come together with a vision of creating a unique style and blend of music which encompasses Afro, Chicano and Futurism genres. In their short time together, they have quickly made an impact on the Austin music scene specifically with their video entry to the NPR Music Tiny Desk Contest 2016.
DJ Vanessa “La Bestia” will be spinning all night long on Thursday, Aug. 18 starting at 9 p.m. while Frontera Bugalú takes the stage at 10:30 p.m. and Kiko Villavmizar at midnight at Flamingo Cantina. Cover: $7 Frontera Bugalú: “Masters of the Border Sound” is a musical project founded by accordionist and composer Kiko Rodriguez. Originally established to cover songs by border composers from Texas, it eventually became its own creative project with the release of its debut album in 2011. Kiko Villamizar was born in Miami to Colombian parents and was taken to the Andean city of Medellin, Colombia when he was small and raised there. He learned Latin American folk music through the oral tradition of his family and then went back to Miami to study jazz after high school. Then he began traveling the Americas collecting melodies and beats that he has formed into his own unique mix. A fusion of afro-colombiano with reggae, and other Latin world beats thrown in. His culture, agriculture, and life stories are put into his songs as he celebrates life and Mother Earth while lamenting the violence and inequality he has seen both in Medellin and in the U.S.
Friday, Aug. 19, Atash and Macaxeira Funk team up with Korama Streaming Ancient Strings (Kora and Oud Duo) and DJ Jah Karma will be spinning in between sets. Korama Streaming Ancient Strings (8:30 p.m.), Atash (10 p.m.) and Macaxeira Funk 12 a.m. Doors 7 p.m., cover $10. Sahara Lounge.
The Art Tijerina band will be performing on Aug. 19 at Tropicana Bar & Grill. Visit the venue and artist Facebook pages for details and updates at (512) 297-2326.