Laboratorio - To Do Música —
August 12, 2020

Laboratorio – To Do Música

By Liz Lopez


Culturally blended music for a culturally blended world, Laboratorio is a series hosted by Carrie Rodriguez featuring an all-star cast of Austin musicians collaborating with a different special guest for each unique performance. This month’s guest is Tejano legend Ruben Ramos “El Gato Negro,” a vocalist and bandleader who has several Grammy nominations and a win with his band Ruben Ramos and the Mexican Revolution. He is also a member of the all-star group, Los Super Seven, whose self titled album earned them a Grammy for Best Mexican American Performance. For this show, Roscoe Beck is on bass, Michael Ramos on keys/accordion/vocals, Alex Marrero on vocals/drums, David Pulkingham on guitars/vocals, and Carrie on violin, tenor guitar, and vocals. This Laboratorio will be held on Wednesday, Mar. 6, from 8:30 – 10:30 p.m. at the Cactus Café, 2247 Guadalupe Street.

Lone Star Tejano Foundation will host a tent at Rodeo Austin BBQ again this year, which includes an exciting musical lineup on Friday, Mar. 8 and Saturday, Mar. 9. Friday evening will feature David Marez opening the show, followed by AJ Castillo and his band. Saturday evening will feature Shelly Lares, then the five-time Grammy award winner Little Joe y La Familia take the stage. This night of Tejano music, barbeque, and fun with the theme “Creating Dreams Through Education” helps to raise money for local students participating in Rodeo Austin. All proceeds go to local students in the form of scholarships to further their education. If you are interested in seating in the VIP area and becoming a donor, contact Adam Gonzales at 512.554.8368. Donations are accepted at the tent and the shows each night are from 8 p.m. to midnight. Rodeo Fairgrounds admission fees are applicable.

The Rodeo Austin Cowboy Breakfast is a free super-sized Texas breakfast that kicks off the Fair and Rodeo where pancakes, authentic chuck wagon biscuits, doughnuts, brisket tacos and more can be enjoyed. The Cowboy Breakfast is fun for all ages, featuring western-themed entertainment, live music, world-renowned trick roper, a longhorn and two-stepping lessons. Friday, Mar. 8 from 6 – 8 a.m. at the Long Center, 701 W Riverside Dr. Among the performers during the rodeo is Mia Garcia and band on Sunday, Mar. 17 from 4 – 5:30 p.m. Rodeo Austin, 9100 Decker Lake Road.

Join Cecilia + the Broken Hearts, Tiarra Girls and Leti Garza y La Banda at Austin’s Second Annual ATX Celebrates International Women’s Day 2019 for an evening of celebration. Deep Texan-rooted and award-winning power house bands will bring up front and solid rock, cumbia, salsa, son, pop and more. Friday, Mar. 8 with doors at 8 p.m. and show at 8:30 – 11 p.m. General Admission is $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Cactus Café.

Cecilia + the Broken Hearts are an Afro-Chicano Futurism band formed in Austin. They have been featured on NPR’s Alt-Latino and in 2016 performed at the Cactus Cafe as part of the NPR Tiny Desk Contest Tour. Their musical focus is based on traditional Latin rhythms that are layered underneath melodic three part harmonies, and complemented by driving guitars, accordion, flute and synth. From Rumba to Cumbia to Conjunto, Cecilia + the Broken Hearts is working to push the boundaries of Latin music and create a perfect amalgamation.

Tiarra Girls is the fierce sisterhood of Tiffany, Tori, and Sophia Baltierra. Three-time Austin Music Award winners and Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders alumni, the power trio delivers an eclectic sound and anthemic lyrics celebrating a message of unity and empowerment both in English and in Spanish. They are archived in the Austin History Center as the Youngest Latina Band in Austin Texas.

Leti Garza is an award-winning international entertainer from Austin who sings Latin music with a world sensibility. Her multilingual album, “El Unico Para Mi,” made Texas Music Magazine’s top ten favorite albums of 2017. The song, “Frio en el Alma,” was also a listed favorite in 2017 by NPR’s Alt/Latino program. Leti has received a Distinguished Music Award by the Texas Music Museum, as well as recognition by the Austin History Center for her contributions to Texas Music. Leti promotes inclusion and the power of diversity, and will perform with La Banda, her Austin band, for this event.

The Blanton Block Party helps to kick off spring and is a free community festival, a fusion of live music and world-class art, outdoor family art activities, local food, and tours throughout the day. There are scheduled music performances (with a variety of spoken-word performances and poetry readings in between live music sets): 11 a.m., Jeff Plankenhorn; 12:30 p.m., SaulPaul; 1:30 p.m., Mariachi Los Gallos; 2 p.m., Money Chicha; 3:30 p.m., The Texas KGB; 5 p.m., Good Field; 6:30 p.m., Shy Beast; 8 p.m., Donovan Keith Music; and 9:30 p.m., Riders Against the Storm (RAS). Saturday, Mar. 30, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. at The Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.


Latin American Cultural Showcase 2019 will feature Los Parranderos De La Kumbia, Roleros Cosmicos, Eiti Leda Project, Cale and  Nemegata  and guests, as well as Volcán (San Antonio) and Monophonicos and La Matilda (Colombia). No cover/badge. Mar 11 -17 from noon – 1 a.m. 1211 E 6th St.

Stephanie Urbina Jones

Latinapooloza will be held on Wednesday, Mar. 8 at the Continental Club, with a great showcase that starts at noon with Myrna Cabello; Tish Hinojosa (1 p.m.); Stephanie Urbina Jones (2 p.m.); Tiarra Girls (3 p.m.); Patricia Vonne (4 p.m.) and Mariachi Coronelas (5 p.m.). 1315 S. Congress Ave. Complimentary admission and no badges required.

Money Chicha and Superfonicos will be performing on Saturday, Mar. 23 from 10 p.m. – 1 a.m. at The Continental Club, 1315 S Congress Ave.

Oscar Ornelas will have a performance on Saturday, Mar. 9 from 8 – 9:30 p.m. at The Skylark Lounge, 2039 Airport Blvd. He will be gone on tour to Spain much of the month, but check his website for details and updates.

Jess Lopez will be performing every second Friday of the month from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. at Los Vaqueros Café, 804 W. Center St. in Kyle. Save the date for Mar. 8 and Apr. 12 for now! You can also catch his performances with The Funky Monkeys (along with Frank Gomez and others) via his Facebook page.

The T. Tex Edwards Group (with Eric Hisaw and Dan Hoekstra on guitars, JJ Barrera on bass, and Shawn Peters on drums) appear the first Thursday of each month at the Carousel Lounge, 1110 E 52nd St. Save the date for Thursday, Mar. 7 from 7 – 9 p.m.


Lost Records (record label from San Antonio) will host a music collective showcase on Friday, Mar. 8 and includes Austin artists Los Nahualatos (7:15 – 8 p.m.) and Los Kurados (11:15 p.m. – midnight). The showcase begins at 4:45 p.m. and it is a free show. Flamingo Cantina, 515 E 6th St.

Chris Castaneda

The Chris Castaneda Project will be performing at the St. Patty’s Day Bash at The Railhouse in Kyle  at 1 p.m. (Mar. 17) as well as the following venues and dates: Shakespeare’s Austin, 8 p.m. (Mar. 1 and 22); Speakeasy 9:30 p.m. (Mar. 7); Friends Bar – Austin 11 p.m. (Mar. 9, 16, 21 and 28); Slow Pokes Brisket Shack 6 p.m. (Mar. 14); BACK 9 BAR 7 p.m. (Mar. 17); The Blind Pig Pub 8 p.m. (Mar. 29); and Moontower Saloon 8 p.m. (Mar. 30).

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