Posts Tagged ‘Los Texmaniacs’

Turntable is back!

Turntable RecordsTurntable Records is now to be found at 1903 South First, right there in the Golden Slipper shopping district.

Destiny brought me to this discovery. Because I was thrifty and took certain items to Golden Slipper for repair instead of replacing them, I saw Turntable sooner than might otherwise have been the case.

So I’m now the proud owner of the latest by A. J. Castillo (the one with that “Superman” song that plays all the time on Tejano 95.1-FM and won’t leave your brain once you’ve heard it), plus a Dos Gilbertos with “Por Una Mala Mujer” on it and a Texmaniacs production that all help make the collection more complete.

The affable owner is new in the location and is still setting up, so bring cash (or write a check if you have an honest face).

I didn’t buy soup from the Soup Peddler or cloth diapers from Austin Baby or have any current need for the services of Sharp’s Locksmith (family-owned and with a fine reputation for service, honesty, and integrity), but at least I did run a very important errand at Golden Slipper and find Turntable again. When I pick up my items from Golden Slipper, I hope to have a few minutes to explore this little corner, always changing, in its entiretly.

Overlap! but we all love our stax o’ wax

This is another of those years when South by Southwest (March 13-22) and whatever the rodeo’s calling itself this year (Star of Texas Fair & Rodeo, March 13-28) coincide in whole or in part.

When the rodeo used to be at the Coliseum and along the banks of the river, I used to see more of it than the cowboy breakfast and sometimes a parade. I still go out to enjoy the carnival rides and hear some music, but it’s just not so convenient at the new location. On Saturday, March 21, among those taking the outdoor stage will be Los Texmaniacs, who are up here nearly every week from San Antonio, and Los Texas Wranglers, hometown favorites.

It’s easy to tell that Austin attracts those who arrive early for these events and others. They’re already populating South Congress and downtown hotspots and there’s already guidance to our attractions available.

This past Sunday’s NYT travel section focused on places selling turntable fodder (“In Austin, Vinyl Is Still Vital,” byline Joel T. Weickgenant; additional NYT Austin links). I can think of at least three establishments omitted from the annotated list, but the included are Waterloo, End of an Ear, Sound On Sound, Antone’s, and Cheapo. I don’t care how much anybody offers: I’ll never part with my original Blue Horizon albums or my complete Charlie Parker Savoy sessions.

Tejano fest fabulous

don’t mess with Tejano musicThe dance floor was full and the faces were joyful at yesterday’s Primetime Tejano Music Fest. Today’s local paper reports that temperatures reached 101 and 102 in the shade at around 4 pm yesterday, but whatever heat there was came from the stage and otherwise nobody seemed to feel it. That’s what wonderful music does for the body and the spirit.

We arrived shortly after Los Gallos took the stage and left a little before the headline act, Ruben Ramos and the Texas Revolution, left it. Councilmember Mike Martinez was very much in evidence, along with Chris “Tejano Man” Tristan, Marcelo Tafoya (Tejano radio pioneer, community activist, iTejano radio, Texas Artist Music Museum, and much, much more), and the Austin Tejano Music Coalition. All the musical acts remained after their sets to hear everyone else: Los Gallos, Los Texas Wranglers (with special guest Augustin Ramirez), Gary Hobbs, Los Texmaniacs (with eternal crowd favorite David Farias singing and playing the acordeon as only he can), and Ruben Ramos and his group.

Among the presences were LULAC, voter registration, Fiestas Patrias, Recuerdos 107.7-FM (home of Sunday Tejano music from 6 to 10 pm), the IRS (now seeking to employ people who can proficiently speak, read, and write Spanish), and more.

A large crew from the Cotton Gin in Maxwell, Texas, was there operating one of the more elaborate outdoor cooking, grilling, and smoking outfits in existence. A couple of the guys noted our interest and offered fine free samples of chili and cornbread. The Cotton Gin will conduct a fajita-cooking contest on Labor Day weekend. We were mightily impressed by the aguas frescas from Fonda del Sol on Seventh Street. We didn’t try the coconut, watermelon, or cantaloupe versions, but the lime was intense with citrus and the pineapple was the very essence of perfectly ripe fruit.

I thought it was good market research that people were asked at the gate (it was five dollars, children gratis) where they heard about the event. The answer was usually “radio” but of course, as the day progressed, people were hearing via cellphone from their friends already at Fiesta Gardens. This was billed as “the first annual” program. Many are those who wish for many more.

Everybody was dancing

Los TexmaniacsThe entire known world had gone accordionistic. People were actually dancing in the aisles. The event at the MACC turned out to be indoors. The room has a good little stage, and the acoustics are excellent, surprisingly. According to a placard, the capacity allowed by the fire marshal for this hall is 210. All the seats were filled, and additional happy peoople sat on the floor or stood against the walls or took a spin on the impromptu dance floor. The young contestants were enjoyable to hear and Viva Seguin, as always, was a crowd-pleaser. Los Texmaniacs and those sitting in with them were very generous with their time and delighted all, from tiny babies to near-centenarians. Afterward, many followed them over to Guero’s on South Congress, where they held forth outdoors in the garden. This was a day of happy people, happy music, and happy feet, all gratis and here in Austin.

Going accordionistic

Or acordeonistica, with buttons, for a modest cover charge at Jovita’s on Saturday and for free at the MACC on Sunday. Cerronato, the factor other than the presence of accordions that these events have in common, will take the stage on about 4:30 on Saturday and at about 2:30 the next day.

At Jovita’s the event is Las Chicas del Barrio, a showcase for women in Latin music sponsored by the Austin Latino Music Association. The music starts at 2 or thereabouts and continues until it’s over. On the bill are Girl in a Coma, Bocastria, Frenetica, Cerronato, the Texana Dames (6:00), Eva Yabarra y Su Conjunto (7:30), Melinda Hernandez y Sister Sister, and the Gina Chavez Band, not necessarily in that order (call Jovita’s at 447-7825). Cover will be a mere $10, which will probably amount to about a dollar an hour for this great program.

Sunday at the MACC is brought to us gratis by Texas Folklife. We’ll hear great personal favorite Cerronato backing four future stars of the accordion who are semifinalists in the Big Squeeze, followed by another great personal favorite, Los Texmaniacs.

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