To Do Música - Big Squeeze Accordion Program —
July 2, 2020

To Do Música – Big Squeeze Accordion Program

By Liz Lopez

Cecilia Zabala
Cafe con Letras presents Cecilia Zabala, this month at the Blackerby Recital Hall

Austin’s Brown Sound News

Texas Folklife’s Big Squeeze Accordion Program is conducting auditions across Texas, searching for the top youth accordionists in Texas. All genres of accordion music are welcome, among them Conjunto, Zydeco, Cajun, Polka and more. Accordionists who cannot attend an in person audition can submit an audition video by March 23 at 11:59 p.m. Finalists will be announced in April and will perform at the Big Squeeze Finals at the Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin on April 21. For more information, visit

Haydn Vitera
Haydn Vitera

Haydn Vitera announced the release of a music video for the song “Breath” shot and directed by Gibby Designs (Gilbert A. Villaseñor Jr.). “This one goes out to all of you who find yourselves feeling lost and alone this Valentine’s Day…whether you are recently single or have otherwise lost someone you cared for deeply. It’s about the other side of love…the pain of memories and the darkness that tries to consume you…and about finding the strength to keep living your life.” To read the lyrics and view the video, visit his Facebook and Instagram pages.

ATX Celebrates International Women’s Day 2018 with a night of world music and movement and community building on Thursday, March 8. Renowned world music performers and band leaders Julie Slim, Leti Garza, Paula Maya, and Rakefet Laviolette have teamed up with Rattletree School of Marimba to host Austin’s IWD celebration with featured performances by Mafaro Marimba (7:25-8:10), Slim (8:40-9:25), Garza (9:55-10:40) and Maya (11:00-11:45). Speakers announced to date include Olga Campos and Cristina Tzinzún, with more speakers and vendors to be announced. Local women’s wellness expert Dr. Deb Kern will emcee. RSVP on Facebook.  Doors 6 p.m. The lineup includes Chulita Vinyl spinning an opening set and later in the evening. Advance tickets are $10 ($5 for children) and $15 at the door. The show is open to all ages and all genders. Rattletree School of Marimba, 2401 Thornton Rd. Unit 3.

Austin-based Maria y Cien Grados will be headed to the Tejano Music Awards to perform Saturday, March 17 from 12:45 p.m. -1:15 p.m. at the B-Net stage, then will have a meet and greet/ autograph session from 2-3 p.m. This is a free event for all ages with over 200 bands scheduled to perform from March 15-18 at Market Square in San Antonio.

The 5th annual South By East Side (SXES) free event returns on Saturday, March 10. Featured bands are the Castaneda Project, Jennifer B and the Groove, Oscar Ornelas, Hayden Vitera, among others. Doors open at 3 p.m. at Kickbutt Cofffee, 5775 Airport Blvd. Sponsored by Rockstar Magazine, KOOP 91.7 and others. For more information, call (512) 897-7823.

patricia vonne
Patricia Vonne

Patricia Vonne is offering the pre-order of her seventh studio album, “Top of the Mountain,” produced by Rick Del Castillo and Michael Ramos. The release includes co-writes with Alejandro Escovedo, Joe King Carrasco, Willie Nile, and Steven Medina Hufsteter from the Cruzados. Guest artists include David Grissom on guitar, Johnny Reno on saxophone, Scott Plunkett (from Chris Isaak’s band) on piano, Grammy award winners Joe Reyes on guitar and Max Baca of Los TexManiacs on bajo sexto.

Through PledgeMusic you can choose from a list of exclusives tickets and merchandise. For example, you can purchase two Meet and Greet VIP tickets to the Austin CD release party on May 26th at the Continental Club.

Adrian Quesada received the Best Producer Award (as voted by the public) at the Austin Music Industry Awards on February 25. The following is an excerpt of the thanks he posted on his Facebook page: “My sincerest thanks to all who voted and in general to those who support and play my jams. Thanks to the Austin Chronicle for continuing to recognize local talent and my wife Celeste Quesada for her wisdom, patience (hall of fame patience), and inspiration. The industry awards were a blast last night, Kevin Curtin and Mike Weibe were killin it as was the best band that doesn’t exist, the Berkshire hounds (Jim Campo and Spencer Garland, et al). Thanks to Corey Baum Wins for introducing my wife…I mean, me, and letting me produce your awesome record. The Austin Music community is special, having received congratulatory notes from a few other producer nominees this morning reaffirms how much I love this city. Congrats to chris burns, Chris John Smith, Bryan Ray and Good Dannys for kicking ass as well and congrats to all the other winners.”


Recommended Shows

Brazilian keyboardist, singer-songwriter Paula Maya will be performing a collection of songs, both in English and Portuguese, every first Thursday of the month only at the Milonga Room, 1201 E 6th St. 9 p.m. to midnight. Reservations are highly encouraged!

The 80Hproject provided a list of their Austin shows for March (with more to be posted), including Sunday, March 11, 6 – 8 p.m. at One-2-One Bar, 1509 S Lamar Blvd, Ste 600. They also listed performances at the 2018 RedGorilla Music Festival, March 14 – 16 at various locations. For up to date details on their shows, visit

The 10th edition of the Brasil Daytime Showcase takes place on Saturday, March 17 at the Sahara Lounge. This is the spot for you to check out the Brazilian artists coming to town for the SXSW Music Festival, performing alongside Austin-based musicians under one roof. This is one of the most vibrant showcases for the fans of Worldbeat and Brazilian music and has become a must-go daytime event.

The 2018 lineup announced to date includes Silibrina (Sao Paulo, BR – jazz), Tita Lima (Sao Paulo/LA pop), Frederico7 (Austin/Sao Paulo soul/funk), Muntchako ( Brasilia Afrobeat/Latin jazz), Ley Line (Austin, Folk), Tio Chico (Piaui/Austin MPB/Carambo rock), Luneta Magica (Amazonas, Rock/pop) and Paula Maya (Austin/Rio mpb/jazz). More artists TBA and no wristbands needed. 2-8 p.m. $7 at the door.  Free parking in the lot next to the building with overflow parking at the Webberville Baptist Church next-door. Street parking is also available. 1413 Webberville Road.

Flamingo Cantina is the place to be on Tuesdays for the 11-piece Timberos del Norte, Austin’s ambassadors of timba, mix elements of salsa, American funk, R&B, and Afro-Cuban folkloric music. DJ La Bestia (Vanessa Burden) spins the music break. Doors open 9 p.m. Music at 9:30 p.m. until 12:30 a.m. No cover charge for ladies, $5 for gentlemen. Parking is free downtown on Tuesday evenings. For more information, visit

Cafe con Letras presents the guitarist, composer and singer/

song writer Cecilia Zabala from Argentina, visiting us for the second time. Cecilia has combined the interpretation and creation of music, with the guitar and her voice, mixing sensitivity, expression, technique and intuition. In her musical language, different styles are crossed, such as Argentine folklore, jazz and Brazilian music. Twenty years touring the world with international tours in Europe, North America and Latin America, this concert is not to be missed. Sunday, March 18 at 7:30 – 10:30 p.m. at The Blackerby Recital Hall, 1111 West Anderson Lane. For more information, visit Cultura en Austin (Alianza Cultural Latinoamericana) on Facebook.

The Texas Whiskey Festival is an event for people who love whiskey and those that make it. A menagerie of Texas distilleries will host the inaugural celebration as an opportunity for whiskey enthusiasts to meet the distillers and master blenders that make Texas whiskey among the best of the best. Music by 8-time Grammy winners Asleep at the Wheel on March 31, 7 – 10:30 p.m. at the Bullock State History Museum.

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