BROWN SOUND NEWS
Oscar Ornelas is a blues and jazz musician who has been performing music for almost 25 years. I spoke to the multi-instrumentalist and vocalist while at a show at The Skylark Lounge (where he plays solo shows and with his five-piece band). His debut EP, “Fine World,” primarily showcases his passion for piano and vocals. Formerly from San Angelo, he said he is preparing to release some new music soon, as well as spend some time in Spain to perform next summer. Catch him at these upcoming shows: Oscar Ornelas Blue Band Revival at the Austin Blues Society End of Year Party, with special guests, Thursday, Dec. 27, 8 p.m. at The Skylark Lounge. Ornelas will also perform at the New Years Day Brunch, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019, 12–6 p.m. at Craft Pride. For more information and other dates, visit his Facebook page and www.oscarornelas.com.
Wache will have their “Amistad” CD Release Party, including Bamako Airlines and DJ Tropidelico. Dance to music from the Caribbean coast of Colombian and Afro-Pop music. Friday Dec. 7, at Flamingo Cantina. Cover $10 and doors 9 p.m.
Frederico7’s first upcoming solo album early next year, “Exotico Americano,” fuses Afro-Brazilian beats with American Funk, Soul, Dub and other psychedelic sounds. Pan-American rocker, born and raised in Brazil; Frederico also lived in Mexico and Argentina prior to setting roots in Austin. Their upcoming show will be Saturday, Dec. 15, 6:30 p.m. at Central Market. No cover.
The first annual J. R. Gomez Toy Drive and concert will feature some diverse artists performing: Ted Hall & The jazz/Blues Band/Christmas Music; Jess Lopez & The Brown Sound; Los AT Boyz; Vanessa Del Fierro; Boca Abajo; Tristan Ramos; J.R. Gomez Y Los Conjunto Bandits; The Conjunto Cats. Proceeds will benefit SAFE Austin (Stop Abuse for Everyone). One unwrapped toy or $5 minimum donation. Friday, Dec. 7, 9:30 p.m. at Spider House Ballroom.
Austin-based 11-year-old Mia Garcia had a nomination for and subsequently won in the Best New Female Artist category at the Tejano Music Awards this past month. At month’s end, she released her latest single, “El Color de Tus Ojos.” The single is a cover of the song by Banda MS. It is a Tejano cumbia fused with light brass as an homage to the Banda original. Her debut album is La Reina Del Mundo. For more information, visit miamusictx.com and her social media pages.
The Austin Tejano Music Coalition is host to their 7th Annual Toy Drive/Dance that benefits the Travis County Sheriff’s Office Brown Santa. This nonprofit organization provides gifts and food to those in need during the holiday season! $10 and an unwrapped toy will be the cover to hear George Mercado, Daniel Lopez band and end with Marcos Orozco. Sunday Dec. 2, 2-8 p.m. OK Corral. Also benefiting Brown Santa is the “December Beers & Gears” hosted by Speed City Broadcasting. Wednesday, Dec.19 from 6–9 p.m.at Celis Brewery. For more information on Brown Santa, (512) 247-2682.
The Ven Baila Music Series presents two groups, Sunny Sauceda y Todo Eso and J.R. Gomez y Conjunto Bandits with on Sat, Jan. 26, 7 p.m. at 3TEN at ACL Live. Tickets $18 and day of show $22. DJ – Chris “Tejanoman” Tristan performs as well with Tejano dance lessons from 7:30-8:05 p.m. Sauceda’s career started as a childhood star in San Antonio, recording his first CD as a young boy at the age of five. During a lifetime spent with music, first with his family, then with successful groups and now as a solo artist, fans around the world have enjoyed Sauceda’s songwriting, recordings and performances. As the front man for Grupo Vida, his stage presence has influenced a decade of up and coming performers. He is the recipient of two Grammy awards, among other honors.
Based out of Austin, and originally from Plainview, J.R. Gomez began his career playing with local bands at a young age. He has performed with popular bands in the Tejano industry such as La Fiebre, Xcellencia and Jay Perez and The Band (off and on for 15 years). He also joined Grupo Mazz where he earned his two Grammy awards. J.R. has become known for his entertaining shows and energetic stage presence. Producer/bass player A.B. Quintanilla invited J.R. to start as a backup singer and within a year he became lead vocalist with A.B. and The Kumbia King All Starz. Although he has played with many Tejano bands, J.R. has always loved Conjunto music. Now with his new Conjunto band, Los Conjunto Bandits, J.R. is currently in the studio with Producer and Bajo Sexto Master Max Baca from Los Texmaniacs. Be on the lookout for the latest single, “Fallaste Corazon.”
The Chris Castaneda Project will be performing Saturday, Dec. 8 at The Alcove Cantina, 9 p.m. and for Jelly’s 6th Annual Christmas Jam benefiting the Sims Foundation (among other artists) on Thursday, Dec. 13, 7 p.m. at One-2-One Bar.
Jonas Alvarez Band shows for Dec. are at Gueros, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec 15; Cafe Mueller, 12 p.m., Sunday, Dec 16; and Central Market North, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec 29.
Conjunto Los Pinkys and special guests, Los Hermanos Cruz and Vicente Alonzo, will perform during the Pre-New Year Eve’s Bash 3-6pm. David Beck’s Tejano Weekend follows at 6:30pm. Sunday, Dec 30, Sam’s Town Point 2115 Allred Dr. Conjunto Los Pinkys also perform the first Saturday of the month for Brunch, 11am-2pm at Cisco’s Restaurant Bakery, 1511 E 6th St.
Vallejo, featuring vocalist and lead guitarist AJ Vallejo, twin brother Alex Vallejo on drums and younger sibling Omar Vallejo on bass – along with high school friend Bruce Castleberry on guitar and percussionist Alex Geismar, performs Thursday, Dec. 13, 6 p.m. at The Saxon Pub.
Since 2001, Glovertango has performed the passionate and captivating traditional music of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Drawing on arrangements from the Golden Age of Tango, the group combines faithful renditions of early 20th century tangos, milongas, and waltzes with original compositions in the classic style. Glover Johns Gill leads the group on accordion and bandoneón, with Justin Sherburn on piano and Chris Maresh on bass. The Tosca String Quartet completes the ensemble, and the result is a tango orchestra. Tango class at 9 p.m. followed by the band and a Tango DJ until 1 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. Tickets: $15 or $12 with Esquina Tango membership or full-time university student.
Hora Once is a project of collaborative efforts that began when local Austin harp-guitarist Adam Carney and accordionist Mike Maddux teamed up with sensational vocalist Ana Maria Barajas of Colombia. Drawing from a vast pool of influences from North to South America, the group creates music with influences of Tango, Brazilian Choro, and Andean folk music. Ana Maria Barajas is a multilingual classically trained vocalist, Adam Carney performs on his 7-string guitar and his custom made 14-string harp guitar, and Mike Maddux performs on his accordion and custom made bandoneon. Thursday, Dec. 13, 9 p.m., $5 at Esquina Tango.