Tejano Idol competition - To Do Música —
August 6, 2020

Tejano Idol competition – To Do Música

By Liz Lopez


The next opportunity to participate in the filmed auditions for the ninth annual Tejano Idol competition, hosted by the Austin Tejano Music Coalition, will be held at the Cadillac Bar, 202 Flores in San Antonio, after the first one was held in Austin last month. If you cannot travel to the audition, you can submit your entry otherwise. There will be cash prizes for first, second and third place, as well as recording opportunities with Freddy Records and Hacienda Records. Details at austintejanomusic@yahoo.com.

After their recent tour in Italy, Las Valentinas, featuring Vanessa Del Fierro, Patricia Vonne and Rick Del Castillo will be performing locally on Saturday, May 25 from 7:30 p.m. at The Townsend, 718 Congress Avenue #100. Visit the Facebook page for Las Valentinas, as well as Patricia Vonne’s page for more details.

Superfónicos and KUTX invite you to a night of Cumbia and community to celebrate the release of the new single “Cumbéalo.” The special musical celebration highlights the roots of Cumbia from Africa to Texas. Special guest musicians from Africa, Colombia, Mexico and Texas will be joining the band during the evening. Seven-inch vinyl copies of the single will be available for purchase as well as t-shirts and CD’s of the band’s EP “Suelta.” Saturday, May 11 at 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River St. General Admission tickets $15. Sales end May 11 at 5:30 p.m.

Salsa Nights return every Wednesday with the Salero Band playing Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Cha Cha and more. Free Cuban Style Salsa Classes by Calle Son from 8:30 p.m. $5 admission after 9 p.m. May has 5 Wednesdays to enjoy! Speakeasy, 412 Congress Ave. Visit Salero Salsa Facebook page for this and more.


CIENFUEGOS upcoming shows: Friday, May 17 at Central Market N. Lamar, 4001 N. Lamar Blvd. Saturday, May 25 at Central Market WESTGATE, 4477 S. Lamar Blvd. Every Wednesday with La Moña Loca at One2one Bar, 1509 S Lamar Blvd. www.one2onebar.com.

Mark your calendars now for the Soul of South Austin Festival (SOSAFest). The party will start early at 5 p.m. and go all night with eleven bands on two alternating stages – one inside and one outside. Only $15 at the door. Ex Romantika to close the show. Saturday, May 18, 5 p.m. – 2 a.m. C-Boy’s Heart & Soul, 2008 S Congress Ave. More info at sosafest.com.

Money Chicha will be performing with a special guest, musical pioneer Jose Luis Carballo, Austin-based Colombian-American guitarist and composer Kiko Villamizar and his band. Carballo is one of the most influential Chicha guitarists in Peru. He grew up in a poor neighborhood of Lima, surrounded by new migrants from the Andes and started playing guitar at a young age. He played traditional and tropical music and later studied classical guitar. Starting in 1973, he played lead guitar for Angel Anibal’s group Los Hijos del Sol, whose hit “Cariñito” was one of the earliest successful attempt at fusing Andean music and cumbia. He also led his own band La Mermelada. In the late 70′s, Jose Carballo went on to form La Nueva Crema (named after the band Cream) with back-up singer Chacalon and they became the most beloved and most successful chicha band in Peru. Chacalon died in 1994. Carballo now lives in Los Angeles where he still plays with this band La Mermelada. This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department. Saturday, May 11, from 10 p.m. – 1:30 a.m. at The Continental Club on South Congress.

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