Category Archives: DC-Radio

DC-Voice ~ Joaquin Martinez, Democrat for SD-6

DosCentavos.net attended the Power of the Community Rally in support of SD-6 candidate Joaquin Martinez. Martinez, a Democrat and community activist, has been running a grassroots campaign powered by volunteers and shoe-leather. I took an interest in this campaign because he was saying something different, plus he was attracting young voters who are seldom targeted in local campaigns. A crowd of over 125 was in attendance at Talento Bilingue Houston for this event. Here’s his stump speech from the evening.

Update:  I just noticed that some mobile apps may not be seeing the link to the Soundcloud file, so, here’s the link where you may connect.

{There’s an error in the embedding that I’m checking out, but click on the link  to directly access the recording.}

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Gregg Barrios Interviews James Franco

Yes, my friend Gregg Barrios, the playwright, interviewed THAT James Franco. Apparently, Franco just published a book of poetry. Gregg explains it best.

YOU KNOW WHO James Franco is. He is a household name, an award-winning actor, the sexiest person on the planet. But that was then. The 34-year-old Franco has been turning a new page in his life, walking down roads not previously taken as a teacher, a poet, and a writer.

His collection of short fiction, Palo Alto (2010), was praised by writers as diverse as Amy Hempel and Gary Shteyngart. Now he has published his first chapbook of poetry, as well:Strongest of the Litter (2012). The award-winning poet Frank Bidart (who advised Franco on the arrangement of the poems) calls Litter “a superb, touching debut.”

Go read the interview at the Los Angeles Review of Books. And congrats to Gregg on a major coup of an interview!

DC Reviews ~ Michael Guerra Band

Some may know accordion ace Michael Guerra from his days with Los Texmaniacs, Ruben Ramos, Rick Trevino, the Tex-Mex Experience, or his session appearances with Los Lobos, the Texas Tornados, Los Lonely Boys, or others. His recent work with Raul Malo and, now, The Mavericks, are what caught my attention in recent years. The guy is just plain good, as he’s been playing accordion since his mid-teens. Beyond that, he can play several other instruments, truly making his stage presence known.

Guerra and his band just released their debut and self-titled CD. Guerra has produced a style all his own, yet, one cannot help but notice the various influences, be it conjunto, rock, blues, mariachi, or country. It’s all in this eclectic production which fuses into something better than most attempts at “latin fusion.” This one has a special vibe to it.

Kicking off with Voodoo Lady, one notices the rock influences, with Robert Ybarra’s haunting guitar blending with Guerra’s accordion. One may think Los Lonely Boys, thus making the tune quite Texican, but it’s all Guerra and his band. The country tune, My Love’s Too Big (To Fail) caught my attention with the title (I’m in politics, sue me!). In this tune, one immediately notices Guerra’s San Anto influence.

The Los Lobos’ musical influence pops out with La Prietita Loca, with its cumbia rhythm. Of course, the hook, “La Prietita baila muy suave…pero cuando se junta con las chicas se pone muy loca,” is quite catchy. Dreams Gone Blue has a country-mariachi-trio feel to it with some excellent lyrics–and it sounds like it could have been picked up off the cutting-room floor of a Raul Malo CD and given its own flavor.

Let’s Try seems to have a style all its own with a slow rock groove, and is a good introducer to The Who’s Mama’s Got a Squeezebox. The Who could have used a Michael Guerra back then, who really shows off his technique on this tune, as done Ybarra on the guitar solo. On the next tune, Guerra returns to a country-esque/mariachi style with Break Away. The old-style music with modern lyrics make this a favorite.

Guerra does not forget the music that put him on the map–conjunto. And Que Viva Mi San Antonio provides a nice tune with quite the visual of partying in San Anto. Showing his partiality to trio/mariachi stylings, Guerra belts out the classic La Barca backed up by his acordeon, guitars and requinto, showing off his vocal abilities.

The bluesy-rock tune You Set Me Free shows off Ybarra’s guitar again, while telling the story of being set free by a woman who seems to have made the wrong choice.  Ain’t it always the way?

Guerra’s biggest influence and the reason for his music career is his dad Elias. Mike began toiling on various instruments before picking up the instrument that set the path for his career–the acordeon. That said, Mike brings in his dad for the final tune, Dame Un Nuevo Corazon, a gospel song with an acordeon-heavy bolero feel.

It is safe to say that this production is a venture through Guerra’s various influences, yet, it is his signature accordion which sets it apart. This is a great first full production for Guerra. Of course, he’ll have a hard time touring to support it since he’s working hard with The Mavericks at the moment. No doubt, he is going through some career-building experiences.

Tejano Music Awards Tonight in S.A.

Tonight, the Illusions Theatre at the Alamodome will be the place at which to be.  The 32nd Annual Tejano Music Awards returns to the ‘dome to recognize the achievements of musicians in the Tejano music-genre.

And the nominees are…click on the link to find out.

While musicians and bands will be honored for productions created over the last year, the tradition of looking to the past to reach toward the future continues. Lifetime Achievement Awards will be presented to Tejano legends, Johnny Canales, Mingo Saldivar, and Houston’s own, Elsa Garcia.

Along with the awards, it will be a music-filled night. According to the Texas Talent Musicians Association:

The 32nd Annual Tejano Music Awards will begin with a star-studded Red Carpet reception that will play host to hundreds of fans, media and artists to include Grupo Siggno , Ruido Anejo, Ernie Salgado, Jesse Borrego, Elsa Garcia, Johnny Canales to name a few and performers. Some of Tejano music’s greatest bands and artists will be performing between the Awards presentations with many of them up for awards. Those scheduled to perform include:  Emilio Navaira, Ruben Ramos and the Texas Revolution, Jimmy Gonzalez y Grupo Mazz, Jay Perez, Stefani Montiel, David Lee Garza y Los Musicales, Gary Hobbs, Hometown Boys, Los Hermanos Farias, Michael Salgado, Ricardo Castillon y La Diferenzia, Shelly Lares, Mario Flores, Sunny Sauceda, and Avizo with Chris Q, Jerry Lopez and Al Muniz.  The Awards show will also carry performances by new and upcoming artists such as Ricky Valenz and Juaquin Cura as well as Tracy Perez, Jessica Sanchez and other surprise performances guaranteed to delight event attendees.  This year, the Tejano Music Awards will include a special twist to the event with performances by the all girl rock band, Girl in a Coma and a performance by Erick y Grupo Massore.

The magic begins at the red carpet at 4:30, with the show beginning at 6pm.

DosCentavos will be following some of the Twitter and Facebook action regarding the TMAs, so all you musicos who are on the social media, please keep us posted!

Tejano Music Awards Fan Fair in SA is Coming Up!

While SXSW will be going strong in Austin, Tejano Music has a festival of its own coming up in the Tejano Music Capital of Texas–San Antonio. March 16 thru 18, Market Square will be filled with Tejano bands, Tejano music lovers, and a lot of fun–the Tejano Music Awards Fan Fair.

This year’s lineup includes more than 130 bands on multiple stages and full performance schedules that run from noon to night.  An estimated 85,000 fans will travel from Texas and beyond for the Fan Fair experience that includes autograph sessions and access to the artists. Like the fans, many performers hail from around the country, too, including Arizona, Michigan, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Colorado and Illinois. In addition to music, the family-friendly Fan Fair offers an array of food and beverage booths and the historic Market Square’s shops and restaurants.

A few years ago, I was making a presentation to a group of students in downtown San Antonio and fell upon the Fan Fair (after the speech, of course) and had a blast. Nonstop entertainment!

And it looks like the entertainment is something special:

TMA Fan Fair performers represent the present and future of Tejano music and here are some acts to catch:

·         Familiar favorites: Raulito Navaira, Michael Salgado, Shelly Lares, Stefani Montiel, Patsy Torres, Gary Hobbs, Hometown Boys, Grupo Siggno and Los Texmaniacs, David Olivarez, Grupo Rodeo, Avizzo,  Jimmy Gonzalez y Super Grupo Mazz, Grupo Carlos y Los Cachorros, Los Garcia Brothers, Da Krazy Pimpz
·         Promising Newcomers: Vocalists Ricky Valenz of Michigan and Audi y Zentimiento of Colorado,   Jessica Baeza of Cailfornia, Kristi Lee of  Washington , LariZa from San Antonio
·         Soloists with New Sounds:  Marqell, former lead vocalist for David Lee Garza y Los Musicales, and Cacy Savala, who sang with Jimmy Gonzalez y Grupo Mazz, embark as solo acts
·       The Next Generation: While they’re young, these performers have years of experience and include Veronica y Avance, Juaquin Cura, K1, Tania Marie, Marisa and Jenne Celine Madrid, Ilyssa Saenz, Monica Castro, Las Fenix, DVA Kidz, Natajja, AT Boyz, La Fuerza
I also hear my Facebook camarada, the legendary Johnny Hernandez will be there, but he will also be here in Houston on the 16th at Doneraki’s performing with L-Jazz. I’m hoping to get an interview out of him, too.
All of this is a celebration and precursor to the Tejano Music Awards which will be held in San Antonio later this fall. So, put this big weekend on your calendars. It’s going to be huge!

Run-Off Candidate Series on Tuesday

Tune in to UCTCRadio.com on Tuesday, 11/29 at 10AM, for This Week With Sylvia Garcia. This week features the City of Houston Run-Off Candidate Series featuring At-Large 2 and At-Large 5.

Of course, facing off in At-Large 2 are former State Representative Kristi Thibaut and businessman Andrew Burks; while At-Large 5 features 2-term incumbent Jolanda Jones and former SBOE member Jack Christie.

Hosting, as always, is The Commish, Sylvia Garcia, and I’m proud to be co-hosting as we ask candidates the questions to which voters need answers.

Tune in at 10AM on UCTCRadio.com. You may also download the Live365 app for your phone and search for UCTCRadio.