At eight years old, Mia debuted in December 2015 with her first recording, followed by a music video. Mia (Mia Music) has steadily released new music in the last year and a half, and last month she released the new single “Boom, Boom, Boom” with distribution to iTunes, Amazon and all popular digital retailers. “Boom, Boom, Boom” is produced by Raul Sanchez at The Music Ranch studio in San Antonio, Texas. Just one week after its release to radio stations, the song has been well received by Texas radio stations with airplay, as well as in other states. Her debut album is scheduled for release later this year. On July 16th the video for this single was created at Tumble Tech in Cedar Park by Ryan Bazan Films.
Subsequently, Mia’s recording of “Lost Boy” was released July 5 and is available on all digital platforms. She is a talented entertainer and has potential for success in the music industry in diverse genres. Aside from her involvement in music, she excels academically and in various sports activities.
During her performance at the Pan Am Recreation Center’s Hillside Concert Series on July 4, the announcement was made that Mia will receive a City of Austin proclamation on October 5 where she will perform at City Hall for the City Council members and the public present. For details and updates about her music, visit the facebook.com/miamusictx/.
For 35 years, the National Endowment for the Arts has presented National Heritage Fellowships to celebrate and honor master artists working in the folk and traditional arts. The NEA announced San Antonio-based Eva Ybarra, Conjunto accordionist and bandleader, as one of the nine 2017 National Heritage Fellowship recipients. Each recipient will receive $25,000 and will be honored in Washington, DC this September. “The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to honor these individuals for artistic mastery, as well as a commitment to sharing their traditions,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “Our nation is a richer, more vibrant place because of these artists and the art forms they practice.”
The NEA will celebrate the 2017 National Heritage Fellows at two events this fall in Washington, DC. The National Heritage Fellowships Awards Ceremony will take place at the Library of Congress on Thursday, Sep. 14 at 5:30 p.m. and the National Heritage Fellowships Concert will take place on Friday, Sep. 15 at 8:00 p.m. at George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium. The concert will also be webcast live at arts.gov.
Mauricio Callejas announced that he will be performing a show in Panama on August 11 at Sanborns Multiplaza, along with Ismael Torres (Argentina) and Johathan Méndez (Costa Rica).
On July 4, the legendary Manuel “Cowboy” Donley (born in 1927) took the stage alongside his daughter, Sylvia, to perform at the first of four Hillside Concert Series showcases for the 59th year. Mr. Donley is one of the many Austin musicians that have graced the stage over the decades of this historical event. Celebrating more than 70 years on stage, the 2014 NEA National Heritage Fellow has a weekly residence at Little Mexico Restaurant every Thursday from 7-9 p.m. For information on this and other performances, visit facebook.com/ManuelCowboyDonley/.
Rancho Alegre Radio hosts, Piper Lemoine and Frank Baldomero, continue to present their new weekly Sunday Tardeadas from 6 – 8 p.m. at One-2-One Bar, 1509 S Lamar Blvd. Ste 600. Sunday, Aug. 8 is Art Tigerina Unplugged; Sunday, Aug. 13 is Angel de Oro y los Champs; Sunday, Aug. 20 is the Roger Arocha y Su Conjunto (based out of San Antonio). The traditional Conjunto band has their new CD available online nationwide and in local San Antonio record shops. For more details on the shows, visit ranchoalegreradio.org.
Tejano Music Award winning music artist, Ram Herrera, was hospitalized in July with a severe medical condition and, for now, he will delay any performances for a number of months.
The Selena Tribute band, Bidi Bidi Banda, recently returned from touring, including a performance at the National Council of La Raza’s conference in Arizona. They continue performing locally and will be on the road again at the Shipping & Receiving Bar on Saturday, Aug. 5 at 9 p.m. 201 S Calhoun St., Fort Worth. Find ticket information at ticketfly.com.
Leonard Davila’s Street People band took a break last year and has regrouped for 2017. The band photo now includes Clemencia Zapata and Brad Taylor. The Street People Facebook page announced they are working on tunes for the “Los Callejeros” album. This last month, they have been performing. Visit their Facebook page for updates on music and shows.
Haydn Vitera announced he will be having an upcoming Metal/Mariachi project “El Cascabel.” Visit his Facebook page for updates on the release.
Austin-based guitarist Whiskey Jonez is an up and coming artist best known for his live performance and freestyle solo work over dynamic and high-energy instrumentals. Many of the instrumentals are also produced and spun live by his wife GiN Jonez aka DJ GiN. He was on the Eddie Arevalo’s Spotlite TV show this summer and is currently working on a new project with Mike Jones to be released in 2017. Also be on the lookout for his first solo project, “The Whiskey Jonez E.P.,” to be released in 2017. For updates visit whiskeyjonez.com.
Patricia Vonne’s animation film, “Huerta de San Vicente,” a homage to Spanish poet Federico García Lorca, won the Best Animation Award at the Madrid International Film Festival. She will be back in Texas for the double-bill concert with Alex Ruiz that is rescheduled for 9 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 11 at The Townsend, 718 Congress Avenue #100. Tickets: $15 advance, $20 Door. More information at thetownsendaustin.com.