BROWN SOUND NEWS
Austin-based artists are on the Tejano Music Awards Top 5 Nominees for the 38th annual Awards and Dance show this month. In the “Best New Artist – Female” category is Mia Garcia, an 11-year-old middle school student and the youngest TMA nominee in history. In the “Best New Artist – Male” category is Rick Fuentes (formerly with Ruben Ramos) and Stevie D Dominguez. Both Rick Fuentes & the Brown Express and Stevie D and The All Star Cast are also nominated in the “Best New Group” category. Also, formerly from the Austin area is Devin Banda who is nominated in the “Best New Artist – Female” and “Best New Group” categories. The show will be held on Saturday, Nov. 17 at the San Antonio Events Center, 8111 Meadow Leaf Dr. For updates, visit tejanomusicawards.com.
The Wittliff Collections at Texas State University has acquired one of the largest known collections of Tejano Music materials and memorabilia in existence from renowned musicologist and collector Ramón Hernández. Hernández has built his collection over 35 years while working as publicist, writer and photojournalist covering Tejano, orchestra, and conjunto music. Notable items include historic photographs, vintage concert posters, rare recordings, performance clothing, artifacts and instruments from true legends of the genre like Lydia Mendoza, Isidro López, “Little Joe” Hernández, Sunny Ozuna and Selena.
“Hernández is universally respected in the Tejano music community,” said Wittliff Collections director Dr. David Coleman. “We are honored that he has chosen The Wittliff to care for his life’s work.”
“This is a dream come true,” Hernández said. “It’s been an honor and privilage to work with The Wittliff Collections. The icing on the cake came when Bill Wittliff and David Coleman offered me a home for my collection. Now I know that my materials are in the best of hands, and they will serve as valuable research material for generations. I’m elated and thankful for this blessing.”
“This archive is vast,” said Texas music curator Hector Saldaña. “There are thousands of items dating back to the beginnings of the Tejano art form. Hernández was one of the first to see that Tejano music was not receiving broad historical recognition, and he decided to do something about it.”
Mr. Hernández’s archive is a major addition to the newly-formed Texas Music Collection at The Wittliff, a collection that already boasts archives from Willie Nelson, Jerry Jeff Walker, and Asleep at The Wheel.
“The Wittliff has always been about preserving the creative legacy of the Southwest,” said Coleman. “Tejano music is American music and is a large part of our region’s artistic legacy.”
The Wittliff Collections are located on the seventh floor of Texas State’s Albert B. Alkek Library in San Marcos, TX. Exhibition hours, directions, parking information are available at thewittliffcollections.txstate.edu.
BossBabes ATX and Chulita Vinyl Club present “Volume,” a collectively built library of zines, prints and vinyl records from the communities intersecting women artists and Texas music. Originated as a way to contribute to the preservation of regional women’s histories in Texas, “Volume” is a collectively-built library. Over the fall semester, vinyl, zines, books, and artist prints from the intersecting communities of women artists and Texas music will be collected. On the walls, you’ll find work by eight Texan visual artists, including Bodega Visual, Jasmine Brooks, Elizabeth Chiles, Anne-Lise Emig, Good Snake Experiential Design, Katy Horan, Whitney Devin ( all from Austin) and Ashley Thomas (Corpus Christi).
Beyond collecting prints, zines and vinyl, this evolving collection will recognize the power of choice and the reward of reciprocity. Through this collection of materials, they encourage a new generation to become their own agents of cultural awareness. They hope to openly share the tools, tracts, sounds and visions accessed from current and future ancestors with each other while building this library. To contribute to the “Volume” collection, drop off items at any upcoming #bossbabesATX (bossbabes.org/events) or #chulitavinylclubatx’s events through Nov. 15. Email the following to schedule a donation drop-off at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or send them to 4810 Oak Cliff Dr. Austin.
The “Volume” exhibition is hosted by The Center for the Study of the Southwest (CSSW) and the Center for Texas Music History (CTMH) at Texas State University through Dec. 7. 605 North Edward Gary Street San Marcos, TX.
The 8th Annual “Tejano Idol” created and hosted by the Austin Tejano Music Coalition held the music showcase and presented Carlos P. Garcia with the Tejano Idol award on Oct. 7. Garcia is from Laredo. For details and more information about the contest, contact Aggie Saldana Sanchez here.
AJ Castillo will be on the patio of The Long Branch Saloon on Sunday, Nov. 11, 9 p.m., with pre-sale tickets available for $25. Get your tickets early as this show will likely sell out. 107 W Main Ave., Round Rock. For more information, visit AJ Castillo’s Facebook page.
Dia de los Muertos at Central Market North is an Austin favorite for the family. The celebration will feature the Austin Samba School and Las Monas de San Antonio! Prepare for the show complete with puppets, drums and dozens of dancers. Attend in your own Day of the Dead face paint and costume and join in on the dancing and celebration. Two sets on Saturday, Nov. 3 from 6 – 9 p.m. No cover charge. 4001 North Lamar.
Join the Round Rock Ballet Folklorico, along with Williamson County Hispanic Heritage Committee, City of Round Rock, Round Rock Arts, and Univision for the seventh annual Dia de los Muertos procession and festival, from 2 – 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3 at Centennial Plaza, 301 West Bagdad. There will be activities for kids and art, craft and food vendors. Dress up in your finest character apparel. The procession/parade to Centennial Plaza begins at 5 p.m. at C.D. Fulkes Middle School. The procession will arrive at Centennial Plaza at 5:15 p.m. roundrocktexas.gov.
EsquinaTango presents Tango Night with live music by ProjecTango, a new orchestra in Austin. Enjoy a tango class (9 p.m.) and music (10 p.m.). ProjecTango assembles and invites Tango to take center stage. The group is created by Luis Angel Ibanez, originally from Mexico City and moved to Austin 26 years ago. In 1996, Ibanez immersed himself in music full time. He has a strong bond to Tango music since he was a young singer and his father asked him to sing Tango songs. ProjecTango will perform a beautiful selection of Tangos from the Golden Era, bringing this sublime art form more alive, for the delight of listeners, while also setting up the stage for passionate dancers, and for all Tango lovers. Members are Christina Steele (1st Violin); Rachel Horvitz (Cello); Isaac Pena (Musical Director); Ivan Garcia (2nd Violin); Mike Maux (bandoneon); Ollin Chaves (1st Violin); Ellen Piazza (2nd Violin); Daniel Durham (bass) and Luis A. Ibanez (voice).
Snacks provided, and take your own beverage. Saturday, Nov. 24 from 9 p.m.- 1 a.m. Tickets are $20 or $15 with Esquina Tango membership or full-time university student. EsquinaTango, 209 Pedernales St. For info visit esquinatangoaustin.com.
AJ Castillo, Devin Banda, JR Gomez and many other Texas acts take the stage in the “Fall Classic – Conjunto vs Cumbia” in Gulf Greyhound Park, 5302 Leopard St in Corpus Christi. Saturday, Nov. 3. For details, call 979-665-1923.