BROWN SOUND NEWS
Oscar Ornelas is a multi- instrumentalist from San Angelo, Texas who calls Austin home since 2014. With Oscar’s roots in gospel, blues, R&B, and jazz, the mix of his growling, soulful voice resonates with his upcoming album, “Some Gospel.” This new 10-song album will also be available on June 14 on all online streaming services. The Oscar Ornelas Album Release party will also feature Nané, as well as Ms. Mack and the Daddies on Thursday, June 13 at the all -ages show. Tickets are $10 – $13. Doors 8 p.m. Mohawk, 912 Red River St. Ornelas will be leaving on tour for Europe this summer, but will also be performing as The Big O Trio on Sunday, June 16, at 2 p.m. at Craft Pride (61 Rainey St.) and Saturday, June 29, from 3 – 6 p.m. at Oskar Blues Brewery Austin (10420 Metric Blvd.). www.oscarornelas.com
The WEPA Cumbia Roots Festival brings the past, present, and future of this longstanding music. Cumbia has roots in the Caribbean region of Colombia. From the tradish gaita sound of Son de la Provincia, to the future sounds of Nemegata, the range of what is done yearly is vast.
Schedule is as follows:
1 p.m. – Orión (DJ sets between bands) – Founding member of Peligrosa, a collective of DJs, producers, and visual artists re-energizing the sights and sounds of Latin America.
2 p.m. – Nemegata – Influenced by cumbia, bullerengue, gaita music, Colombian Andean songs, Southern Mali’s wassoulou music, Sahara’s desert blues, as well as 60’s and 70’s delirious psychedelia from Africa and South America, Nemegata is a power trio currently stretching its roots in Austin.
3:15 p.m. – Fabuloso Sexteto Caracha
4:30 p.m.: Son de la Provincia – from Carmen de Bolívar, Colombia
5:25pm – Rueda de Bullerengue y Gaita – Join in an interactive jam session where all of the groups of the day will get together and jam in the middle of the crowd. Call and Response for everyone to give and take.
6 p.m. – Kiko Villamizar – He studied jazz in Miami, then began traveling, collecting melodies and rhythms that make for a genuine world-class fusion of Colombian rhythms.
9 p.m. – La Banda de Nayo – Winner of the prestigious Congo de Oro Award twice at Carnaval de Barranquilla, Nayib Feres leads this incredible ensemble.
Tickets by Eventbrite – early bird sales end on June 8th at 4pm. Saturday, June 15 1 – 10 p.m. at Kenny Dorham’s Backyard, 1106 E 11th St. www.wepafestival.com
The Latino Moonlight Serenades continue this summer. Lesly Reynaga is set to perform on Friday, June 14. Dancing on the musician’s barge is permitted while floating towards a quiet area on the lake to enjoy music by local musicians. Participants allowed to take their own food and non-alcoholic drinks. The cost is $15 per person for kayaks and canoes, and $12 per person for SUPs. Advanced reservations must be made by credit card using the PayPal option to ensure the boat of your choice. Walk-ups are welcome and will be provided available boats on a first-come, first-served basis. Check-in for participants is at 6:15 p.m. and launch is promptly at 7p.m. Other dates/musical artists include Hora Once (Tango) on July 12 and Atash on August 16. Texas Rowing Center, 1541 W Cesar Chavez St. www.texasrowingcenter.com
Check out Los A-T Boyz Saturday, June 1 from 9:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. No cover. Borrachos Bar & Grill, 1300 Gattis School Road, Round Rock.