To Do Música - Creative Ambassadors Program announced —
August 11, 2020

To Do Música – Creative Ambassadors Program announced

Paula Maya


The City’s 2019 Creative Ambassadors Program selected artists were announced. The 2019 music ambassadors are Kydd Jones, Montopolis, Greg Gonzalez (from Grupo Fantasma) and Atlas Maior. Creative Ambassadors will represent Austin through projects and performances that showcase the variety and caliber of Austin’s creative community. The artists will also meet with arts administrators or leaders of key cultural institutions in their destination cities to share information on Austin’s arts and explore possibilities for collaboration or creative exchange.

Paula Maya performs during “1st Thursdays Bossa Nova”  on Feb. 7. The award winning Brazilian keyboardist, singer, songwriter will perform a collection of the greatest bossa nova songs, both in English and Portuguese from 9 p.m. to midnight at the Milonga Room, 1201 E. 6th St. On Feb. 8, Paula will be performing at the Serie Project, Inc. Speaker Series, featuring artist Liliana Wilson as the invited artist. Event begins at 6:30 p.m. and Paula takes the stage at 7:30. 901 Vargas Rd. Austin Facebook/Serie Project Inc.

Pilar Andujar is back from Spain and in Austin as part of a tour of the U.S. on behalf of her debut album, “Andro,” which has been released internationally as La Gypsy from Spain. She has performed with Atash as a vocalist/flamenco dancer. Her show in Austin is a special double bill as La Gypsy (8:30 p.m.) and Atash (10:15 p.m.) at One2One Bar, 1509 S Lamar Blvd, Ste 600.

Rosie Flores will release a new album “Simple Case of the Blues” on Feb. 15! Visit her website to pre-order and listen to a preview.

Ady Hernandez has announced on his Facebook page this week that he has written “another song I wrote for my Pops and I to rock on together”  and it should be done by March. Visit his social media pages for updates.

Frederico7 will have an album launch party for his debut album, “Exótico Americano” that is set for release on Feb. 23. The album is an amalgamation of Frederico’s diverse background and experiences living in Brazil, Mexico, and Argentina before setting his roots in Austin. “Exotico Americano” fuses Afro-Brazilian rhythms with American Funk, Soul, Dub and Psychedelia. The launch party will include special guests 9 p.m. – Maracatú Texas; 9.30 p.m. – Manolo Black; 10 p.m. – Cilantro Boombox; 11.15 p.m. – Frederico7; 12.30 p.m. – Kiko Villamizar and Manolo Black in between sets. Saturday, Febr. 23 at Empire Control Room, 606 E. 7th St.

SEFO (Jose Barragan) released a new single, “Truth or Consequences” and is available in all the digital stores and streaming services. On Facebook, he listed Tom Brechtlein on drums, Ivan Barrera on bass, Carlos Sainz as the sound engineer and Deuce Wanier who created the video. “Thank you all for your help. Of course, I couldn’t have made it without you guys. Your talent is overwhelming and I´m honored to have you as my friends.”

Mia Garcia recently released “Te Quiero” (AIM Records) with a lyric video that is available on Digital platforms. She will be performing at the 2nd Annual Brave Fest, a community celebration of love, diversity, inclusion, and multi-culturalism. Mia performs from 4:15-4:50 p.m. at this family-friendly event on Feb. 10, 2-8 p.m. All ticket proceeds and event sponsorships will be used for BRAVE Communities’ 2019 events and programs, including scholarships for students to go on educational and cultural trips to Montgomery, Selma, and Birmingham, AL.

Austin-based Cinco Doce released a song/video, featuring Monica Saldivar, the Austin Tejano Music Coalition’s 2015 Tejano Idol winner. The lead single is a bilingual cumbia remake of two hip hop songs, “Me and My Girlfriend,” the 1996 hit song from Tupac, and “Bonnie & Clyde 03” from Jay-Z featuring Beyonce, released in 2002. The single is available on all digital music platforms and the video on YouTube. Appearances and shows will be planned for later this year, according to states released to the online outlet, Tejano Nation. Read more about Cinco Doce and Monica Saldivar on Facebook.

Atlas Maior released a new single, “Chamber of Mirrors,” the first release from the forthcoming album “Riptide” to be released Spring 2019. Featured guest violinist is Roberto Riggio (Atash, Fairuz, Youssou N’Dour) on this one, joining Joshua Thomson – alto saxophone; Gary Calhoun James – double bass; Charlie Lockwood – oud; Ted Camat – drums. Available on digital platforms.

Central Texas vocalists can try out for the chance to perform the National Anthem at an upcoming Round Rock Express game. Auditions will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 4 for individuals and groups to perform during the team’s 20th anniversary season. Those who are unable to attend open auditions can submit video recordings via email to and check the Round Rock Express website for updates and more details.

The “Love Your Neighbor in Central East Austin” event will feature a performance by Ex Romantika at the Benefit & Silent Auction for Blackshear Bridge, Sunday, Feb. 10, 4-7 p.m. at Tamale House East, 1707 E. 6th St. 78702. Buy your ticket for $10-100 or donate at the door.

The Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation is host to a fundraiser for scholarship endowments. Dance to the music by the Tamayo – Borrero Orquesta. This is a great opportunity to hear Austin’s fine musicians, Jorge Tamayo and Felipe “El Tiburon” Borrero at this gala on Saturday, Feb. 9 at the Omni Hotel Southpark.



A tribute to the Cumbia made popular in El Salvador during the decades of the 70s, 80s and 90s, “Especial de Cumbia Salvadoreña,” will be the Mauricio Callejas band from 8:30 – 9:30 p.m.; Patois (Reggae) at 10 p.m.; Maracatu TX (Brazilian percussion ensemble) and the Sahara Allstars (psychodelic afrobeat) follow. Free dinner buffet. Saturday, Feb. 2. Doors at 8 p.m., Cover $10 at the door. Sahara Lounge 1413 Webberville Rd. Visit

“Weekly Roda de Choro” invites the public to take your instruments and charts to join them at their weekly Sunday afternoon show from 3:30  – 5 p.m. Play tunes like Andre do Sapato novo, Benzingo, carinhoso, noites cariocas, cochichando, doce de coco, santa morena and more… Boteco Food Truck, 1209 E. 6th Street. Visit their Facebook page for details–Roda de Choro de Austin TX.

Enjoy the Cuban dance beats with Rey Arteaga on vocals and congas, Jose Galeano on timbales, Gordie Johnson on bass, Russell Scanlon on guitar, Raul Vallejo on trombone, and Carmelo Torres on bongó. Dance class is at 7:30 p.m., with DJ Trems between sets, and post-show. Friday, Feb. 8 -Doors 9:30 p.m. and show 10 p.m. – 12:40 a.m. Admission $10. For details, visit

The Oscar Ornelas full band show in Austin will be February 9th at The Skylark Lounge.

Austin’s La Frenetika will be performing a family free show with no admission at Central Market, 4001 N. Lamar, Austin on Saturday, February 16, from 6 – 9 p.m.

J.R. Gomez Y Los Conjunto Bandits’s  upcoming shows will be at Cactus Nights in Round Rock on February 2; Billy Bob’s in Ft. Worth on Feb. 9, and the San Antonio Rodeo Budlight Cantina Stage on Feb. 23. Visit the band’s Facebook stage for details.

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Merideth is a music writer who has covered bands from her hometown in Colorado to London to Bangkok to Shanghai and finally back to Austin. Led Zeppelin changed her life. So did Dolly Parton. You can read her music reviews at

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