Music in a lower key, on a smaller scale

Austin’s local Fiestas Patrias committee, bringing all of Austin programs of music, dance, and other cultural events today and tomorrow in observance of Mexican Independence Day, once again has planned a full schedule for Fiesta Gardens. At this event for all ages, the evening headliners will be Tejano stars Emilio Navaira and Rio (tonight at 9 and again at 11) and Grupo Mazz with Jimmy Gonzalez (tomorrow evening at 9:30). I love it that so many of the attractions will play twice. We love Ricky Naranjo y los Gamblers and Carta Blanca (Jorge y Mague), but our great favorites are Los Dos Gilbertos, because we love so many of their song originals (especially “Por Una Mala Mujer“). At $6 for adult admission before 6 pm and $8 thereafter, this is a bargain event (a dollar of the admission price is to cover the City’s charge for use of the park). Children are usually admitted free. There will be a car show, food, and mariachi music (as well as beer). There’s a covered pavilion for the bandstand and dance floor, with bleacher seating (and people may bring their own folding chairs). The info hotline is 531-1351. There are other events marking El Diez y Seis, but this is the homegrown one with the longstanding history.

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