To Do Música: The Chris Castaneda Project —
July 5, 2020

To Do Música: The Chris Castaneda Project

By Liz Lopez

Chris Castaneda

Brown Sound News

“Labor of Love Live,” a live sessions album, will soon be released by the Chris Castaneda Project. “Labor of Love” is the first live sessions album from CCP on Gold Man Records. The Chris Castaneda Project invites you to experience the live feel and sound of the latest album release recorded at Bong Island Sound Studio in Missouri City, Texas. The album is engineered and mixed by Roger Tauz and mastered by Omar Vallejo in Austin.

​The CCP consists of Chris Castaneda (Guitar/Vocals), Raul Hernandez (Bass/Vocals) and Bryce Kelley (Drums). “I think this album is a great snapshot of where The Project is now,” Castaneda states on his website. “We are always growing but we wanted to captured the real feel and dynamic of our live show as it is now and I think we have accomplished that. Now we just want to give it to the fans.”

As of this publication’s due date, the CD Release Party date and location is to be announced, but for more information, visit

Conjunto Los Pinkys will hold a video shoot this month. It will include classic hot rods, conjunto music, BBQ and you, if you wish to participate. The video is for their single “Mira Luisa” and will begin filming at 4 p.m. until sunset on Saturday, Feb. 10. They will then perform two sets from 6-9 p.m. with dancing in the parking lot. Weather permitting. Slow Pokes Brisket Shack 737 FM 1626, Manchaca, Texas. For more information, contact Bradley with Conjunto Los Pinkys via Facebook. If you can’t make it to the video shoot, Conjunto Los Pinkys will also be performing the “First Saturdays” from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. with no cover at Ciscos Restaurant and Bakery, 1511 E 6th St.

El Tule will celebrate the group’s 15th anniversary and release of the 5th album “Bailando” with their Edición Especial: “Colombia>Monterrey>Austin>Cumbia Connection.” Plan Sonidero will also be performing, along with DJ MegaBass “spinning everything from Celso to Crespo,” according to their Facebook post. Saturday, Feb. 10 with music starting at 10 p.m. Hotel Vegas, 1502 E 6th St.

Who’s ready for the Austin Rodeo? Mia Garcia will be part of the line-up on Sunday, Mar. 11. Her brand new album “La Reina Del Mundo” was officially recently released and is now available for digital download on CD Baby. For updates on her other performances, visit The KASE/KVET Stage is home to a daily schedule of live music concerts that everyone on the Fairgrounds can enjoy during the Fair and Rodeo. Also scheduled to perform the same date is Austin’s Bidi Bidi Banda, along with Seguin’s Conjunto Cats and La Tradizion. The schedule can be found at

Jess Lopez has an upcoming Austin show on Saturday, Feb. 3 before he leaves for a California tour of a few shows during February. Catch his shows for a great performance from the recent inductee into the Tejano ROOTS Hall of Fame last month. 6 – 8 p.m. at La Feria Restaurant, 6301 Parmer Lane. He returns for a Valentine’s Day show at Margarita’s Restaurant and Sports Bar in Liberty Hill, Texas. Read more about the artist and shows on his Facebook page.

Recommended Shows

Tex Edwards, with JJ Barrera joining in with this band, will be performing the first Thursdays (Feb. 1 and Mar. 1) from 7 – 9 p.m. at the Carousel Lounge, 1110 E 52nd St. Visit the venue and artists Facebook page for updates and more information.

End the week right with some Son Cubano from Cienfuegos as they return to perform at Tamale House East every Friday from 8 – 11 p.m. Visit their Facebook page for more details on this date and other performances around town.

OK Corral is honored to present two legends of Tejano music from Grammy award winners, Ruben Ramos and the Mexican Revolution and Sunny Ozuna and The Sunliners on Friday, Feb. 2 from 8 p.m. – 2 a.m. 629 W. Ben White Blvd.

Salsa music and dancing by 11 piece Timba band, Timberos del Norte, continues on Sundays at One-2-One Bar from 8:30-11:30 pm. Ladies Night-No Cover, Gentlemen $10 with free parking and DJ El Rio between sets. They also have had a residency every Tuesday from 8:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. with a $5 cover at Flamingo Cantina, 515 E 6th St. Parking downtown is free on Tuesday evenings. For more information visit Timberos del Norte Band Facebook page.

Son de Rey

Son de Rey will be performing from 10:15 – 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 17 at The Sahara Lounge. Cover $8. Free parking. African buffet and Zoumountchi (African Night) will follow their performance. 1413 Webberville Rd. Doors 9 p.m.

Wrap up Carnaval Season with performances by MeliSamba and live music by Samba Bamba, plus a mini class. They will have a costume contest with prizes, too. SambaBamba is a Samba and Pagode group formed in Austin. 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. MeliSamba was founded by Melissa Corpus in 2016. She is a professional Dancer, Teacher and Choreographer in Austin. $15 ticket and it is BYOB with food available for purchase from Boteco Food Truck. Saturday, Feb. 17 from 9 p.m. – 12 a.m. Esquina Tango Austin, 209 Pedernales St. For more details, email or call (512) 524-2772.

Ashley Borrero

Local artist Ashley Borrero is looking for a part-time guitarist for her Tejano Band Ashley & the Boys, a Tejano/Variety band. The job requires to be able to play Tejano, Pop/Rock, Country and R&B. For more info, respond to her add via Facebook at Ashley Borrero Music.


Valentine’s Day Concerts


Los Cupidos Perdidos – The Lost Cupids will offer a Valentine’s Day Concert as they perform Latin American boleros, waltzes and more. Javier Jara on vocals/guitar, Carlos Ufret on guitar and requinto, and guest musicians Isaac Peña and Juliana Sheffield on backup vocals, Christabel Lin and Camille Schiess on violins, Tarik Hassan on bass and Samuel López on percussion. Wednesday, Feb. 14 at 7:30 – 9 p.m. at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River St. Tickets available at Eventbrite.

Huerta Culture invites you to celebrate ValentineDance early with a free “crazy cumbia dance party” on Saturday, Feb. 10 from 9 p.m. to midnight. The band mixes cumbia, ska, reggae, hip-hop, blues, rock, and balkan influences to create a sound that has been dubbed “psichocumbia.” With 4 singers in the band, sometimes all switching verses throughout a song and singing in English, Spanish, and Quechua (an indigenous language of Bolivia), Huerta Culture keeps arrangements dynamic and eclectic. The phat bass and rhythmic keys are accompanied by a wizard trumpet. Some songs also feature the guacharaca and the Andean pan pipes. Huerta Culture’s 2014 full-length album “Homegrown” is available on CD Baby. Russian House of Austin, 307 E 5th St.

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