Texan, musical, free and almost

Completely free today, courtesy of the Texas Book Festival, at the music tent at 11th and Colorado in front of the Capitol grounds, are almost too many attractions to mention, beginning with the Mariachi Rebeldes del Sur of Travis High at 10 am, and going straight through with one attraction after another, including Kinky Friedman at 2 and Johnny Degollado y su conjunto at 3.

One day only, and that’s today, at Mexic-Arte, just $6 for adults and $2 for kids under 12, hear Los Skarnales, the Gustavo Rodriguez Band, Mary Welch y Los Curanderos, and the fabulous Joe “King” Carrasco. There’s no time given for the music, but it probably begins following the parade’s arrival back at the museum, most likely around 7 pm this evening. (Sign up for this costumed parade over at Plaza Saltillo before it sets off at 6 pm.) The parade is in costume and all are invited to participate. And don’t forget the Chihuahua costume contest. With games and food from Curra’s and La Paletera and more music than listed, this is a wonderful event for children of all ages. A dollar of each admission goes to the food bank.

With even more from its cornucopia of free Texas music, tomorrow the Book Festival offers Austin’s diva of piano and song, Margaret Wright, at noon, followed immediately by the Soul Stirrers, the Eggmen, the Texas Eastside Kings, and Freddie Steady.

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