To Do Música - September —
April 25, 2017

To Do Música – September

By Liz Lopez

todo musica september
AJ Castillo

Mayor Steve Adler and The City of Austin proclaimed Sept 1st as AJ Castillo Day in Austin. The City of Austin showcases and supports local artists who are creative musicians with a talent that extends to virtually every genre. AJ is an Austin native and a graduate of The University of Texas at San Antonio. Born into a musical family, he was introduced to the accordion by his grandfather. He started playing the accordion at the age of 10 and began his professional music career at 13. Today, this young talented musician is reaching Latin music fans all over the world and is being recognized by professionals in the Latin music industry (as evidenced by his Hohner, Inc. USA endorsement). AJ Castillo is known for his unique accordion sound and style, his energetic live performances, and his extraordinary custom accordions. In late 2008, he stepped to the front of the stage and introduced a fresh new sound that expands the boundaries of accordion music. From the release of his debut album  in 2009, to his “Sin Límites” album in 2014 that debuted on Billboard at #15 on the Latin Pop Albums chart, up to his most recent release in 2016, AJ is becoming a well-known accordionist, singer, songwriter, performer and producer. His website lists many out-of-town shows in September, but on Oct. 1, he is scheduled to perform in Austin at the San Jose Catholic Church Annual Jamaica. ajcastillo.com.

Congratulations to Austin’s Mariachi Relampago as they are celebrating their 25th anniversary. They will be celebrating with Noche de Mariachi, featuring Mariachi Suroeste, Mariachi Internacional, Ballet Folklorico and a guest vocalist on Saturday, Sep. 17, 6-11 p.m. at H&H Ballroom, 4404 Brandt Rd. For more information, visit the Mariachi Relampago Facebook page.

Atash (photo by Sandy Carson)
Atash (photo by Sandy Carson)

Six-time Austin Music Award winner for Best World Music Atash is currently striving toward releasing a new album in 2017. They have a two-month residency on Wednesday nights in September and October, starting on Sep. 7, 10-11:30 p.m. at Strange Brew (Lounge Side 5330 Manchaca Rd.).

The eight annual Centroamericanto Fest, a Central American music festival, will be held on Saturday, Sep. 3rd at 6 p.m. at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center’s Auditorium with many activities. The event begins with a Business Fair and Central American food vendors, followed by the concert at 7 p.m. The event features Sara Curruchich (Guatemala), Chejo Enriquez (Guatemala), MisterMeli (Nicaragua), Jeana & Juan Carlos Ureña (Costa Rica), Michael Romero (Austin), Teresita Ramos and Mauricio Callejas (El Salvador, but Austin-based) and PianoSur (Austin). There will be a meet and greet with the artists, as well as a film screening the evening before. cacfest.com.

The Texas Music Museum will hold the sixth annual International Music Festival on Sep. 10 and 11 at the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center, 1165 Angelina with music starting at 12:30 p.m. each day until 6 p.m. The festival will feature award winning Atash, Los Bohemios Perdidos, Indrajit Banerjee & Sri Gourisankar, among the many scheduled to perform. $10 donation. For more information, visit the Texas Music Museum Facebook page.

Esquina Tango will celebrate its 10-year anniversary with Ritmo Sin Fin on Sep. 24. The party starts at 8 p.m. and includes two drink tickets, both indoor and outdoor dance floors with DJ Manolo Black from Peligrosa, DJ Dan Singh and DJ John Turci-Escobar; belly dancers, a special event cocktail, a Food Truck and more. General Admission tickets are $20 and will increase at the door. Sponsors will also receive a ticket to the VIP evening from 5:45-8 p.m. with  performances by Monica & Gustavo, ATX Fusion Dance Co., wine and tapas style food from Takoba and Buenos Aires Café, as well as live music by Malayunta. EsquinaTangoAustin.com

 

Recommended Shows

Our Lady of Guadalupe Church is hosting its day-long annual Jamaica, or church festival, on Saturday, Sep. 3 starting at 11:30 a.m. with the national anthem, followed by diverse entertainment, including Ballet Folklorico, as well as live music. Austin-based Big Band Tejano will open the event at 5:30 p.m., followed by Conjunto Baraja de Oro at 7 p.m. and Las Fenix at 8:30 p.m. Las Fenix were a Top Five nominee for the 2015 Tejano Music Award for Album of the Year – Norteño Category and remain the only female musicians to have been nominated as of 2016. Don’t let that fool you as the five Mexican American Rodriguez sisters sing a great variety of genres. 1206 E. 9th St. olgaustin.org.

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Santa Julia Church will host their annual Jamaica on Sunday, Sep. 4 with fun and entertainment for the whole family including food booths, games and live music by Augustine Ramirez, Joe Bravo and young vocalist Mia Gonzales, among others. All day from 12-11 p.m. at 3010 Lyons Rd. stajulia.org.

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Celebrate Labor Day Weekend Sunday Funday on Sep. 4 with music by Bachaco, Huerta Culture and the Contrabandits at Flamingo Cantina, 515 E 6th St. To purchase $5 tickets and for more information, visit Bachaco’s Facebook Page.

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KUTX presents Grupo Fantasma Reunion de la Familia, Friday, Sep. 9 at 7 p.m. at the Historic Scoot Inn, 1308 E 4th St. General admission tickets are $20 and available at ticketweb.com.

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Chris Castaneda Project will be performing at 10 p.m. on Sep. 10 at Maggie Mae’s, 323 E. 6th St. with no cover. For more information on this and other shows, visit the Chris Castaneda Project Facebook page.

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Former radio DJ will be the host to “Frijolito’s Birthday Party” on Sep. 10 with Yayo Castillo y Rumores, at the Austin Moose Lodge, 2103 E M Franklin. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

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The “16 de Septiembre” party will be with Los 4 Vatos Locos, Los Garcia Brothers and DJ Old School at Tropicana Bar and Grill, 1141 Airport Blvd. Tickets are $12 before 8 p.m. and $15 after.  Visit the venue Facebook page for more details.

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Son de Rey
Son de Rey

Son de Rey and Huerta Culture are on the same bill as Casa de Calacas from East Los Angeles on Saturday, Sep. 24 at Flamingo Cantina, 515 E 6th St. Visit their Facebook pages for more information.

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St. Michael’s Catholic Church is holding their annual “Fiesta 2016” on Sep. 24 (6 p.m-midnight) and September 25 (1-9 p.m.) with family friendly events and live music, including Fantacia, Ruben Ramos and the Mexican Revolution the first night, followed by Tropa F and Jaime y Los Chamacos the second evening. 80 South Old Spanish Trail, Uhland, TX. More information at 512.398.7475.

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The Buda Area Chamber of Commerce presents the 3rd Annual Fajita Fiesta, a free event that offers something for all ages. Fiesta goers will experience the blending of foods, music and cultures. They will also rediscover Texas through sights, sounds and their taste buds! Sep. 23-24, from 5-10 p.m. at Buda City Park, 204 San Antonio St. More information at 512.295.9999 or info@budachamber.com.

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Squeezebox Mania celebrates its 10th anniversary, an event that Sarah Fox and Joel Guzman have been organizing and funding since 2006. Over the years, they have gained support from close friends and small business owners and have collaborated with other small nonprofits. The event will be on Saturday, Oct. 8 at Threadgill’s, 301 W Riverside Dr. squeezeboxmania.com.

 

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