Brown Sound News is TODO Austin’s monthly take on what’s happening in Austin Latin music and what to know this month.
Patricia Vonne performed in Germany at the Hamburg Harley Days among other shows in Europe this past month. Coming up is the Madrid Film Fest International July 11-15. Her animation homage to the Spanish poet Federico Garcia Lorca, “Huerta de San Vicentem” will screen at this festival. Back home in San Antonio, she will be at Sam’s Burger Joint with Joe King Carrasco and special guest Rick Del Castillo on July 22 and in Austin at the One-2-One Bar with Rosie Flores and The Damn Torpedoes Tom Petty Tribute Band July 29. Last summer she performed at the Buddy Holly Center in Lubbock and has announced a return engagement August 3 for their summer music series. For complete details visit www.patriciavonne.com.
Mia Garcia, a young vocalist who attends elementary school in Austin, has been singing publicly since she was five years old and developing a career of singing and playing guitar. Garcia has some indie recordings (original music and covers) from a variety of genres and videos on YouTube that have garnered much attention, earning her performances at several festival and music showcases, including the Crossroads Events annual Mexican American Experience music showcase last March. Garcia released a new single, “Boom Boom Boom,” in late June which is now available in all major digital stores. She will be filming a music video this month and invites young participants to join her. In the meantime, you can catch her upcoming performance on July 4 in her hometown at the Pan Am Summer Hillside Concert Series at 6:30 p.m. For details on the video, music and performances, visit Facebook/Mia Music or call 512–799-0115.
Rancho Alegre Radio is introducing a new weekly Tardeada series, presented in conjunction with Austin Vida, with the first installment featuring an intimate performance by Grammy Award winner David Farias like you don’t usually see him – puro bajo sexto y acordeon! Sunday, July 2, 6-8 p.m., $7 and free parking at One-2-One Bar, holdmyticket.com/tickets/285826. Also, congratulations to Rancho Alegre Radio for their recent win of the WeWork Creator Award and a generous grant to continue their work. For more information, visit www.ranchoalegreradio.org.
Regional artist Devin Banda recently released her CD, “Unstoppable,” and many of her songs are garnering airplay across the nation. She has two shows this month in Austin; first with the incredible talent of AJ Castillo and band at the OK Corral on July 7 (629 W Ben White Blvd.) and as the closing act at the Pan Am Rec Summer Hillside Concert Series on July 25.
Leonard Davila, who started the Street People band in the 1970s and regrouped in 2013 approximately, has been performing at different venues and festivals and released the “Rejuvenation” CD in 2015. After a break since then, Street People has changed some band members and are performing again. They’re working on another CD and will be performing at the Pan American Hillside Summer Concert Series on July 18.
Dr. Clay Shorkey, founder of the Texas Music Museum and president of the board, will be retiring from his work at the University of Texas at Austin after a long career. He is a major supporter of the museum and thus after retirement, he will make modifications. This will impact the exhibit space available. For people who have not been to the museum, please make plans to visit it and enjoy the gallery space that currently holds the “Tejano Music – Spotlight on Austin” featuring many facts about over forty artists from the historical East Austin scene before the major changes we have seen to the city in recent years. The current exhibit is “Rock, Pop and Soul” music of Texas – a microcosm of the history of these three musical genres, and important contributions made to the colorful kaleidoscope of the broad range of Texas music. Many of the Texas artists who began careers in previous decades continue to shape the sound of music into the 21st century. The exhibit is presented in the Main Gallery and Hall Gallery, and consists of displays which include artists’ biographies, photographs and recordings. There is no fee to visit the museum and take a self-guided tour Monday–Friday at 1009 E. 11th St. Austin www.texasmusicmuseum.org.
The South Austin Music Society presents the 2nd Annual 4th of July Showcase benefiting the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians (HAAM), celebrating its 10th year helping local musicians gain access to affordable health care. There will be live music, art vendors, pizza, fried chicken and Tiff’s Treats; plus a raffle with over 50 prizes. All ages show and tickets are $5 at door ($10 for minors) Doors: 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 4 at Barracuda Austin 611 E 7th St.