Brown Sound News is TODO Austin’s take on what’s happening in Austin Latin music.
KOOP Radio 91.7, Austin’s community radio station, will be losing established DJ Vanessa Burden soon to pursue other personal projects. “KOOP gave me the opportunity to grow and learn so much in the last 5 years I’ve been on the FM,” she stated on a Facebook post. For more information, contact her via her Facebook page and for radio station volunteer opportunities, visit koop.org.
The Rancho Alegre Conjunto Festival, which started in 2012, returns after a brief absence and this year it will be held at the legendary Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater on May 5 and 7. The Rancho Alegre Conjunto Festival hosts a fresh take on Conjunto, a traditional accordion-driven Texas music form. In the prior years of this festival, over 40 different groups, many of whom had never played in Austin, performed in the “Live Music Capital of the World.” The festival will be held on Friday, May 5, starting at 4 p.m. and returns on Sunday, May 7 set to begin at 2 p.m. Among the large line up, the TexManiacs will perform on Sunday, May 7 and it’s free and family-friendly. Stubb’s Austin, 801 Red River St. For up to date information, visit ranchoalegreradio.org.
Steve Rat Silvas announced via his Facebook page that he is in the final stages of producing and recording a project for “Powered By Faith,” a music ministry. The project was started a year ago and will begin mixing and mastering at Hacienda. For more information on this project and updates, contact Steve Rat Silvas via his Facebook page.
The Austin Tejano Music Coalition has started the live filmed auditions for the 2017 Tejano Idol vocal competition. To view the varied cities that the organization has planned to conduct the auditions and the dates, visit atmc-tejanoidol.com.
The Old Town Street Festival is a fun festival held each spring in downtown Leander’s charming Old Town District. The streets of Old Town Leander fill with local and national artisans offering handcrafted creations. Family-friendly activities and musical acts are offered, featuring One Ton Country (Friday, May 19 at 6 p.m.) and Rick Trevino (Saturday, May 20 at 6:15 p.m.). It is suggested to take your own chair. Old Town Leander, 100 N Brushy St and more information available at oldtownstreetfestival.com.
Las Cafeteras will preview their new record, “Tastes Like L.A.,” released April 14, where you can enjoy a short set of son jarocho, hip hop, social justice inspiration y más. Las Cafeteras fuse Afro-Mexican (son jarocho), hip hop, folk, Native American and more genres. Monday, May 1 7-9 p.m. Santa Cruz Center for Culture, 1805 E 7th St. For more information about the band and the new release, visit lascafeteras.bandcamp.com.