Brown Sound News, June —
August 13, 2020

Brown Sound News, June

By Liz Lopez

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Kiko Villamizar live at an NPR Tiny Desk Contest showcase in Austin, TX.

Brown Sound News is TODO Austin’s monthly take on what’s happening in Austin Latin music and what to know this month.

The South Austin Moonlighters announced the unveiling of their new video for “I’ll Be Coming Home” from their album, “Ghost Of A Small Town,” directed by AJ Vallejo. Video is available on YouTube. They’re playing a show on Saturday, June 10 at Baker Street Pub & Grill, 3003 South Lamar, 9 p.m. No cover.


“Live at the MACC” with Mauricio Callejas is the 3rd installment of the series showcasing the artist in residence. Callejas will be celebrating the 15th anniversary of the release of “Cosas de la Calle,” his first solo CD from 2002 originally recorded in El Salvador on guitar and vocals only. This edition of “Live at the MACC” will recreate the 12 songs from this album with a five piece band of talented local musicians. The concert will be recorded live. Doors open at 7 p.m. and will close once the show starts. General Admission tickets with limited seating are $10 at the door. Saturday, June 10, 7 – 9 p.m. at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River St.


Mark your calendars for Saturday, July 22! Patricia Vonne and band will be rocking with the “King of TexMex” Joe King Carrasco and special guest Rick Del Castillo. They’ll perform their co-written song, “Lil’ Lobo,” which she states “has been bringing the house down in Europe w/everyone howling like wolves!” Sam’s Burger Joint, 330 East Grayson St., San Antonio. Tickets on sale now at


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Samba Bamba launched the video of the first Samba Bamba recorded song, “Roda Aberta,” now available on YouTube. With seasoned, talented musicians and a vibrant set list tailored for your dancing feet, their show has the spirit of the Rodas de Samba in Brazil, a community getting together to sing and play samba while having a good time. Mixing new and classic Brazilian Sambas, some original compositions and other jewels, their music transmits a good vibe feeling and an overwhelming joy sensation.


The WEPA (ATX Cumbia Roots Fest) is not your average cumbia festival. This will be a yearly festival to showcase international and local acts playing cumbia and its roots. The accordion in modern cumbia is imitating the gaitas flutes. The teachers of the teachers of the tradition, Trapiche de Colomboy, will travel from the Colombian savanna in Sahagún, Córdoba. Trapiche are one of the most respected bands in the tradition. They have won virtually every category in all the National Cumbia and Gaita Festivals and are the first place winners in this year’s Cerete National Cumbia Festival in the  Professional Ensemble category. Also performing are Kiko Villamizar, La Frenetika, Wache, Parranderos de la Kumbia.

To kick off the day, Trapiche and Kiko Villamizar will team up to do an extensive and interactive workshop where they will teach individuals how to make and play the instruments, as it is traditional that a player learns to make their own. They will also speak about the history of the tradition and the resistance to colonization organized by their maestros and founders.

Saturday, June 24th from 4 – 10 p.m. at Kenny Dorham’s Backyard, 1106 E 11th St.


“Plaza Para Todos” is an opportunity to immerse yourself in culture with an evening with entertainment from local musicians and performing artists, children’s activities, classic Latino games, and food from across Latin America. Local artists interested in performing, contact Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River St. Sunday, June 25 from 6 – 8 p.m.


Beto and the Fairlanes is being inducted into the South Texas Music Walk of Fame!  The induction will be held  Saturday, June 3 at noon at the Water Street Market Patio, 309 N Water Street in Corpus Christi, Texas. The induction ceremony kicks off the annual Water Street Market Music and Art Festival. Later that evening the band will play at Rockit’s Whiskey Bar.  Fellow 2017 inductees include Chris Perez, the Texas Jazz Festival, Wanda Gregory, Andrew Moore and Al Dean and the Allstars.  Previous inductees include Freddie Fender, Selena, Alejandro Escovedo, Terri Hendrix and Kris Kristofferson.

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