BROWN SOUND NEWS
Frank Gomez has joined Jess Lopez and friends to perform as Los Funky Monkeys in different Austin area venues. Hear them locally when they play the first Sunday of the month, January 6 at 4 p.m. at Texas Club, 4914 Burleson Rd. To follow them, locate Jess Lopez on Facebook.
“Amistad” CD Release by Wache. Wache draw inspiration from the Caribbean coast and Colombia’s musical richness that goes far beyond cumbia and vallenato. The regional variety of rhythms–porro, puya, gaita, merengue, chalupa, bullerengue, tambora–tells stories that are unknown even to many Colombians. Wache is a new musical group where the members explore and share these stories with you. wacheatx.com.
Jose “Sweet Tone” Ruiz’s Harp Jam and Single Release. “No Left Turn,” his first published single with Gold Man Records is sure to go right with listeners. This bold new sound takes you through a journey of bright Latin grooves pushing the chromatic harmonica’s limits. This Latin jazz original displays elegance with well-played tones from start to finish. Original music created by Jose “Sweet Tone” Ruiz. Musicians: Jose “Sweet Tone” Ruiz – Harmonica; Leland Isley – Guitar; Harlod McMillan – Bass; Bryce Powell – Keys; Daniel “Tiger” Anaya – Trumpet; Alex Salinas – Drums; Luis “The Batikum” Coutinho – Percussion; Produced by Woody Russell; Recorded, Mixed and Mastered at 512 Studios by Omar Vallejo. josesweettone.com.
Austin Music Foundation and KUTX are proud to present The NEXT, an artist showcase featuring the next and best in Austin music. The second year of AMF’s Artist Development Program is coming to a close and we’re ready to celebrate! The NEXT is a way to showcase these hardworking bands. Join in at Antone’s Nightclub on Friday, Jan. 18 for performances from all current program participants: Aaron Stephens, Alesia Lani, Kalu & the Electric Joint, Otis Wilkins, Shy Beast, Superfónicos and Western Youth.
General admission and VIP tickets are available! GA tickets start at $15, but will increase to $20 on January 1. VIP tickets are $75 and include a pre-show artist and industry happy hour plus drink tickets, commemorative AMF YETI tumbler, and a swag bag of assorted Austin music goodies.
About the Artists
Aaron Stephens – Aaron Stephens stormed into the Texas music scene with his debut album, “Hard Times, Straight Lines” in 2014 and has been building momentum ever since. His soulful, rich and versatile vocals evoke nostalgic soul legends. Stephens furthers his sound with funky rhythm and melodic lead guitar, weaved together with stirring, heartfelt lyrics addressing the times we live in, the loves we discover, and the power of soul. In 2018, he released his first self-produced full-length album, “Focus.”
Alesia Lani – Every so often we experience an artist who has an inherent star quality to them that makes them special, and Alesia Lani is one of those rare few. The past few years have seen Alesia really come into her own as an artist and performer, combining her distinctive, soulful voice with electrifying performances. Alesia Lani is on a mission to bring R&B music to the forefront of the Austin music scene, and there isn’t anything she’s willing to let get in her way.
Kalu and The Electric Joint – Kalu and the Electric Joint blend the powers of psychedelic soul music with the driving beat of rock and roll and the ancient rhythms of Africa. Born in Nigeria, Kalu relocated to Austin, where he put together a stellar ensemble of players who graciously fuel and follow his deep well of eclectic influences. The group’s new record, “Time Undone” is a sonic masterpiece of original tunes with a positive message and soul-stirring beats. Their music invokes a wide range of emotions while influencing with an uplifting message through masterful playing. This band comes to play and when they do, the dance floor never stays empty.
Otis Wilkins – Otis Wilkins is the moniker songwriter Taylor Wilkins uses when he’s not performing in his rock ‘n’ roll band, Otis the Destroyer. Otis Wilkins is a compelling expression of the spacious, dreamy side of Taylor Wilkins’ art. This year he released his “Strangest Place” EP. Mostly self-produced, the EP is a collection of songs that took root after Taylor was invited to travel abroad in the fall of 2017 as part of Project ATX6.
Shy Beast – Mariclaire Glaeser’s quirky musical persona has been turning heads in Austin for some time, and in 2017, she introduced Shy Beast and offered its complex and appealing music. The music showcases Glaeser’s immense vocal range and tones of diamond clarity. Her voice is feminine but also liberated and absolutely commanding of the songs. This fall, Shy Beast released their second EP, ‘Leave Me/Let Me.’ The band’s high energy live show is supported by equally compelling visual production, establishing their unique performance art style.
Superfónicos – Superfónicos is Colombian Funk. Better yet, it is Caríbe Soul…fed by the Indigenous and African roots of the band’s Colombian heritage, telegraphing a politics of peace and unity from the stage to your ears. This past year they performed at ACL Fest and KGSR’s Blues on the Green. Their latest EP, titled “Suelta,” is full of inspiring messages of positivity and love, encouraging listeners to “dance toward a place in your mind beyond struggle and strife.”
Western Youth – In 2018, Western Youth released their first album since 2013. The past five years were colored by life changes, unfulfilled dreams, honest and flawed relationships, and an uncertain world. The result of all this is an evolved but still defiant Western Youth – introspective and poetic, but full of piss and vinegar, a unique sound that staggers artfully between rock n’ roll, folk, Americana, and something, well, more grown up. This collaboration of accomplished songwriters and musicians is leading the alt-country charge of the 21st century.
FREE WEEK SHOWS
January 1, Marfa Crush returns to Stubb’s Indoors with Rival Waves as a part of Red River Cultural District’s Free Week 2019! RSVP to this event for updates. rivalwaves.com.
Austin Vida presents Tiarra Girls with Los Nahuatlatos, Hans Gruber and the Die Hards and HueRTa CuLTuRe at Stubb’s Indoors Friday, Jan. 4. tiarragirls.com.
Heard Presents: FREE WEEK AT EMPIRE ft. Tameca Jones, Shy Beast, Como Las Movies, and DRINT, Jan. 5 (Empire Garage). Doors at 8 p.m., DRINT at 8:45 p.m.; Como Las Movies at 9:45 p.m.; Shy Beast at 10:45; Tameca Jones at 11:45.
On Saturday, Jan. 12, get your cumbia fix at Flamingo Cantina with Casa De Calacas (from East L.A.) playing ‘Musica del Barrio’ plus locals, HueRTaCuLTuRe and Plan Sonidero!
9:30-10:30 HueRTaCuLTuRe; 11-12 Casa de Calacas; 12:30-1:30 Plan Sonidero.
Huerta Culture plays dance music for parties. The band mixes cumbia, blues, rock, balkan, a little ska, reggae, and hip-hop to create a sound that has been dubbed ‘psichocumbia’.
Casa de Calacas (from East L.A.) plays what they call ‘Musica del Barrio’, a mix of cumbia, reggae, ska, mariachi-esque rock, and hip-hop inspired merengue. casadecalacas.com.
Plan Sonidero plays sonidera, an authentic type of cumbia based on percussion, bass, keys, and accordion.
Salsa Nights return to the Speakeasy , every Wednesday from 8 p.m. with Salero! Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Cha cha and more. Free Cuban Style Salsa Classes by Calle Son from 8:30 pm. $5 admission after 9 p.m.
Sahara Lounge is back on Cuban dance beats for its first show of 2019, Saturday, Jan. 12. Show 8 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. With Rey Arteaga on vocals and conga; Jose Galeano on timbales; Gordie Johnson on bass; Russell Scanlon on guitar; Raúl Vallejo on trombone; and Oliver Steck on cornet. 1413 Webberville Rd.