To Do Música, December 2016 —
August 9, 2020

To Do Música, December 2016

By Liz Lopez

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Omar and the Howlers

To Do Música!

Jelly Ellington presents Jelly’s 4th Annual Christmas Jam, with all canned-food donations taken directly to Capital Area Food Bank of Central Texas. Featuring sets by Jelly, Michael Dillard Band, Candi & The Muthaload, Sundown Revelry, 80H Project, and special guests Chris Castaneda, Alex Geismer, Robert Wagner, Aric Garcia, Adrian Myers, Chip Vayenas, Kevin Flatt, Cody Tubbs, and more. Wednesday, Dec. 7 at One-2-One Bar. Doors open at 9:30 p.m. Showtime is 10 p.m. $7 cover (21+).

The Austin Tejano Music Coalition and KOKE Tejano Radio 1600 AM are host to their 5th Annual Christmas Toy Drive and Dance benefiting Brown Santa of Travis County, featuring Marcos Orozco and other entertainment. Dec. 4 at Dance Across Texas on E. Ben White. A $5 pre-sale ticket and a toy will get you in and children 13 and under enter at no charge. Cover charge will vary if no toy donation or no pre-sale tickets are purchased. Food will be sold onsite. For tickets or more info, please visit the Austin Tejano Music Coalition Facebook page.

After more than two decades as part of the Ruben Ramos band, Grammy Award-winning accordionist, arranger and producer, Rick Fuentes is forming the new Brown Express, a band his late father Ricardo “Richard” Fuentes led until 1983. Fuentes will lead the band, as well as serve as arranger and producer, vocalist and accordionist. Additional announcements are forthcoming and updates will be available via Rick Fuentes’ Facebook music page.

Joe King Carrasco

KOOP Radio 91.7 is celebrating their 22nd anniversary with a KOOP Blowout show. Three legends of Austin music take the stage–Omar and the Howlers, Pressure and Joe King Carrasco. Saturday, Dec. 17 at the Spider House Cafe and Ballroom. Tickets and details available at

Johnny Hernandez will perform in town on Dec. 7 and will have a Q&A session with the audience regarding his book, “The Cotton Picker–An Odyssey” and his life in general. Beyond Therapy will also perform at the event from 7-10 p.m. at the Onion Creek Ballroom, 9341 Old Lockhart Hwy. There is a limited amount of tickets available at 512-470-7166.


Recommended Shows

Yayo Castillo y Rumores and Alejandro El Leon will perform Friday, Dec. 2 at Tropicana Bar & Grill. Doors open 8 p.m. $10 cover. Visit the band and venue Facebook pages for details and updates.


Marcus Morales and The Bohemian Groove has upcoming shows, featuring Austin based drummer, Frank Ramirez, who performs with several bands with varied genres. Described as post-modern blues folk rock, the band performs Saturday, Dec. 10 in Austin at the Lone Star Court, 10901 Domain Dr.


OK Corral hosts a double-header with two of Tejano’s biggest names, David Lee Garza y Los Musicales and Gary Hobbs on Friday, Dec. 9. Doors open at 8 p.m. OK Corral, 629 W Ben White Blvd. Visit the venue Facebook page for details and updates.


Patricia Vonne will be celebrating her birthday with a show, accompanied by Robert LaRoche and Rick Del Castillo at The Backstage, 1302 S. 1st St. Saturday, Dec. 10 at 8 p.m. Tickets available at


Jess Lopez will be performing on Dec, 10, 9 p.m. – 1 a.m. at El New Goal Post, 1506 E Mesa Park Dr., Round Rock. Visit Jess Lopez’s Facebook music page for details and updates.


Peligrosa will be celebrating their nine-year anniversary, and Bidi Bidi Banda joins in. Friday, Dec. 16 at the Empire Control Room & Garage, 606 E. 7th St. Visit the venue Facebook page for more information.


Mariachi Azteca de Austin

Mariachi Azteca de Austin will be performing at the Trail of Lights on Wednesday, Dec. 21 from 8 – 8:30 p.m. at Zilker Park.


Enjoy a Christmas celebration of Chicano soul, Tejano, conjunto music and more with Big Band Tejano and Conjunto Los Pinkys. Sunday, Dec. 25 from 6 – 9:30 p.m. at Antone’s. $15 advance cover/ $20 at the door.


Big Band Tejano, led by Latin Grammy Winner / Ídolos del Barrio Award recipient Felipe Borrero brings to you the true sound of “Classic Tejano”. The instrumentation of Big Band Tejano features a five-piece horn section, two trumpets, trombone, alto and tenor sax. Vocals, piano, bass, guitar, drums and percussion positions complete the bands roster. Their collective expertise showcases an experience level of that will be sure to please any crowd at any venue.


Conjunto Los Pinkys’ Tex-Mex style dance music is known as conjunto music. Instrumentation features the button accordion and bajo sexto. Many international and regional musical styles are represented in conjunto music, including the influence of the Spanish, German, Polish and Czech, American popular music, Mexican-Norteño ranchera, Colombian cumbia, waltz, redova, shotis, huapango, bolero, mambo and country two-step.

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