Posts Tagged ‘Fred Cantu’

Chuy’s parade: because kids need toys

Those who missed Chuy’s parade on Saturday deprived themselves of the sights and sounds of a happy occasion, complete with temperate weather, giant balloons, live music, good cheer, dancing and prancing, and the opportunity to donate toys to Blue Santa.

Among the delights were two pipe and drum groups, the Hill Country Plungettes, children on unicycles, the Austin Girls’ Choir, the airport float (a personalized plane with a face) decked out with wreaths and a Santa Claus hat, the Travis High School band and Rebelettes, the Veritas Academy drumline, Los Texas Wranglers, Miranda Gil, the Biscuit Brothers, Ruby Jane, the Hill Country Plungettes, the Summitt Lion & Dragon dance team, a contingent from the wonderful 36th Infantry Division marching band from Camp Mabry, and much, much more.

It’s not too late to donate toys or offer other assistance to Blue Santa; there are drop-off locations all over town.

See some videos and still images from the parade, and remind yourself not to miss that lovely informal fresh-air event next year.

Tejano station returns

KTXZ 1560-am radio has been broadcasting Tejano music since just after midnight on Saturday. I’ve heard no live d.j. yet. I have heard two commercials, one for a private outfit that confers undergraduate degrees and one for the fiestas patrias commemorating el diez y seis de septiembre at Fiesta Gardens, Saturday and Sunday, September 12 and 13.

The Encino Broadcasting site has not been enlightening. I had checked it and it was up as recently as 7 am this morning; at the moment it’s not even available. I’ve found what seems to be from a press release at the Austin Business Journal, in which eventual simultaneous broadcasting on 95.1-fm is promised.

KTXZ is located in West Lake Hills, and reception is good in most parts of town. It was Tejano in the past and at one time Fred Cantu was the station’s voice. In the 16 de septiembre announcements, the news is that Jimmy Gonzalez y Grupo Mazz, plus Los Texmaniacs with vocalist and accordionist supreme David Farias, will star on Friday. Saturday will feature a rotation of lesser-known groups, apparently mostly conjuntos. No firm schedule is up at the Web site, but I’ve heard that Los Texmaniacs will take the stage at 8:30 Friday night and that the gates open at noon on Saturday. The info hotline has been announced as 538-1351.

KTXZ, as much as I’ve heard so far, has been playing oldies, including lots of Texan favorite Intocable, very recently reviewed in the NYT. Chris “Tejano Man” Tristan, it would seem, is still a source for the latest news (Univision Radio Recuerdos 107.7, Sundays starting at 6 pm). And another is Isidoro Lopez on KOOP 91.7, Fiesta Musical, Fridays from 11 am to 1 pm.

Welcome back, KTXZ!

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