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The Texas-based group Los Aztex is led by accordion whiz Joel Guzman and singer/songwriter Sarah Fox. They perform locally and on the national stage. They have three Grammy nominations as well as two Grammy wins in 2004 and 2005. They are celebrating their new release, “Christmas Miracles,” and held their CD release party on Dec. 18 with special guests, including Joe Ely, Max Rios, Jake Andrews and more on the festive night. Proceeds from the event will go to the organization Hungry for Music out of Washington, DC.
The new release features many of the songs composed by Sarah Fox “with the exception of other songs intertwined,” as stated by the singer/songwriter. “Christmas Miracles was 5 years in the making. It is very special,” she added in a recent statement.
Guzman and Fox were part of the biggest collection of Texas musicians who appeared on the Christmas movie “Angels Sing” that was released a few years ago. The film is highly recommended with many great stars.
It was during that time that Fox began writing songs for a studio project. Her vision morphed into a Christmas production after casting some of her favorite vocalists and musicians, many of whom have collaborated with Guzman and Fox throughout the years at live concerts and on studio recordings. Altogether, the unique sounds of over 35 nationally recognized artists and close friends have come together complementing each other with an amazing grace.
Guzman Fox Records present the long-awaited “Christmas Miracles,” a labor of love that combines original works and three traditional classics. The songs are “Christmas Miracles” and “Christmas Baby,” sung by David Hidalgo and Sarah Fox; “Amor en la Navidad” and “When Angels Sing,” sung by Delbert McClinton and Sarah Fox; “The Christmas Guy” and “Merry Merry Christmas,” sung by Sarah Fox and Malford Milligan; “Hallelujah,” “Los Peces en el Rio,” “Conjunto Sleighride” and “Amazing Grace” sung by Sarah Fox, Carolyn Wonderland, Delbert McClinton, Ram Herrera, Jay Perez and Nakia.
For more information about the band, visit losaztex.com or their Facebook page.
Austin-based band Los Coast announced on their Facebook page that they will be teaming up with New West Records in 2018 for upcoming album releases. Los Coast is the brainchild of Trey Privott and John Courtney and is completed by Megan Hartman on bass, Damien Llanes on drumkit, and Nat Wright on keys. They describe their music as “a punchy, psych-tinged, lyrical variety of rock and soul.” They were named one of Austin’s Best New Acts and Best Residencies by the Austin Chronicle. Learn more about them on the Facebook page.
The 37th Annual Tejano Conjunto Festival will be held May 16-20 at the historic Guadalupe Theater and Rosedale Park in San Antonio. Visual artists and graphic designers are invited to create an entry for the festival poster contest. The winning entry will be used as the primary marketing image for the festival and will appear on promotional materials. There are multiple categories and prizes. The full contest guidelines are available online, including the entry fee, theme and specifications at www.guadalupeculturalarts.org. Deadline is January 26 by 5 p.m.
The Skylark Lounge has extended the Monday night residency of Nakia and the Blues Grifters into January. Show starts at 8 p.m. with no cover, but cash for tips are appreciated. “We’re so grateful to Mary and Johnny for giving us a place to show off these tunes and let us do our thang and of course to the folks who’ve been showing up each week dancing and getting down with us,” Nakia shares.
Young Mia Garcia has announced the release of her album, “La Reina Del Mundo.” “First of all we thank God, our family, fans and supporters for being by our side these past 2 years,” she states. The album is now available on CD Baby. A few days prior to the release, the single “Borriquito Como Tu” was released from her freshman album, which was arranged and produced by Grammy Award winning producer James Galvez with featured artist David L. Garza. This song is on all digital media outlets.
The weekly Sunday Tardeadas that have been hosted by Rancho Alegre Radio through 2017 have been changed to the first Sunday of the month. Conjunto Cats from Seguin will kick off the series on Jan. 7 at the One-2-One Bar, 1509 South Lamar. For more information, visit ranchoalegreradio.org.
On Wednesday, Dec. 20, the music industry lost a very talented saxophone player and friend to many around the country. Fred Soto, member of the legendary band Latin Breed, based out of San Antonio, and Big Band Tejano from Austin will be missed for his talent, humor and deep friendships established for decades with members of the music industry. The Austin Latino Music Association recognized Fred Soto with the “Idolos del Barrio” award for his extensive career in music. He was inducted into the Tejano Roots Hall Of Fame Museum most recently and is only two of multiple awards and recognition bestowed on the talented artist.
Recommended Shows – To Do Música January
Bidi Bidi Banda, the Austin-based Selena tribute band, returns to the stage this month with a 21+ show that features Boca Abajo as their special guest. Doors 8:30 p.m., show 9:30 p.m.- 2 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 27 at One-2-One Bar. $10 cover.
A-Town GetDown takes their funky dance party for two sets of funk at the ABGB. Band Members are Casey Byars, Jordan Caulfield, Quincy Cooper, Damon Garcia, Greg Goldsmith, John Voss. Friday, Jan. 26 with first set at 9:15 p.m. and second set at 10:30 p.m. This is a free show. 1305 W. Oltorf
The Alejandro Escovedo Band’s Think About the Link Tour is presented by Prevent Cancer Foundation, performing “A Man Under the Influence” in its entirety with special guests. Alejandro Escovedo headlines the 12-city tour, with his annual tradition of starting out a new year with an ACL Live concert. Alejandro will perform his 2001 album “A Man Under the Influence” in its entirety, and play a second set with many special guests. Chris Stamey, the North Carolina luminary who produced that album, will serve as musical director. The band will include noted pedal steel and electric guitarist Eric Heywood, guitarist Mitch Easter, plus drummer Hector Munoz, bassist Mike Luzecky, violinist Warren Hood, cellist Brian Standefer and Tosca String Quartet viola player Ames Asbell, along with backing singers, a percussion section and other special guests. The show is in some aspects an outgrowth of a concert Escovedo performed in North Carolina last month as part of the 20th-anniversary celebration for the Yep Roc record label.
Saturday, Jan. 13. Doors at 6:30 p.m., show at 8 p.m. ACL Live, 310 W Willie Nelson Blvd. Tickets ranging between $28 – $42 are available at ticketfly.com.