Quest with musical attractions

I’ll be a seeker at the Old Pecan Street Fall Festival this weekend, always on the lookout to replace some favorite yard art. The coveted object may or may not be found, but I know for sure that I will find some of the music that’s not so easy to hear live these days in Austin at all, let alone at absolutely no cost and in great variety.

The performance schedule is confusing and seems to change constantly. I’ve even e-mailed the festival people about my favorite, and the answer received was a bit different from the latest revision on the site. I never, ever miss an opportunity to hear La Tropa F live. The accordion and voice of David Farias are exceptional, and this band plays two of my four favorite happy songs with Spanish lyrics (Me Enamore and Juan Sabor; the others are No Tengo Dinero and El Coco Rayado). David has been in Austin more than once during the past year as one of the three Texmaniacs, but this is a rare chance to hear the entire big band (at 3 or 3:30, depending on the schedule version). Tejano stars Gary Hobbs (preceding La Tropa) and Jimmy Gonzalez and Grupo Mazz (following) are also scheduled for Sunday on Seventh Street and Neches.

The revivified on-line community sponsors the SoulCiti stage on Saturday from 8 to 10 pm at Sixth and San Jacinto, and I hope to catch some of this, too. Hear some samples of the attractions, which include Austin’s Les and the Funk Mob.

So I’ll be in search of a beer-can pinwheel or spinning aluminum can art in some form, because my old-logo Jolt Cola airplane with the spinning propeller and the tail that turns it into the wind is a little the worse for wear.

2 Comments so far

  1. ttrentham (unregistered) on September 28th, 2007 @ 5:57 pm

    It looks like there are a ton of street closures downtown this weekend. Unless you’re participating in one of the events (like Pecan Street), I’d stay the hell away this weekend.

  2. Rantor (unregistered) on September 28th, 2007 @ 6:57 pm

    But it’s easy to hop a bus or a ‘Dillo and there are plenty of “secret” parking spaces for those familiar with downtown. It does seem as though there are a lot of people in town already today (football?). All of close-in Austin is becoming just one giant amusement park. I want my Tropa F and I want to search for beer can / pop can art so I won’t be daunted. I once saw a complete clipper ship made from Budweiser cans.

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