DosCentavos was at closing night of the Festival Chicano. Daniel Bustamante, the concert’s producer/promoter lined up some major sponsors, like Fiesta Stores, to help provide three days of free entertainment at Miller Outdoor Theater. Because of a business trip, DC only made it to the Saturday’s show featuring Joel Guzman/Sarah Fox, Roberto Pulido y Los Clasicos, and Little Joe y La Familia. Local singer Norma Centeno was the opener.
Joel Guzman and Sarah Fox
Guzman/Fox put on one heckuva show. Guzman with his magical accordion prowess and the Guzman/Fox vocal harmonies provided classics, such as Por El Amor A Mi Madre, Hechale Un Cinco al Piano, and Cumbia Con Salsa. The classics provided a great segue to new material, such as the cumbia Sangre Azteca, whose lyrics, “Esta tierra fue sembrada con el sudor y sangre azteca…” were very appropriate for the celetration. Another track earning some listeners is their newest, Rosa Negra, where Guzman shows off his accordionic (I just invented a word!) abilities.
Roberto Pulido y Los Clasicos lived up to the band name…Classic! A performance filled with Pulido classics, the crowd never stopped stomping their feet from their seats. Senorita Cantinera, Flecha Envenenada, La Tumba Sera El Final, and La Ronera reminded us of the late 70s, 80s, and 90s era of big-time Tejano performances. At the end, Pulido’s little brother, “Flaco” and the band gave us a few rock classics to set the night on fire.
Little Joe Belts Out Another Classic.
A staple of the Festival Chicano for 30 years has been the King of the Brown Sound, Little Joe y La Familia. Always a showman, Little Joe opened the show with a rousing rendition of “America,” which had the crowd of 10,000 on their feet and singing along. The sing-alongs didn’t end as LJ gave us classics, such as Prieta Linda, Ella, Redneck Mes’kin, Borrachera, and the Chicano National Anthem, Las Nubes. Joe even threw in some country classics, such as Good Hearted Woman and some Hank, Sr.
And yes, 10,000 folks were in attendance, under the pavilion and in the rain-soaked hill under umbrellas.
Little Joe also provided a few PSAs. On October 18th, Little Joe will be at Ikea on Katy Frwy. for an autograph session on behalf of the Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Little Joe has also taken on the fight against Diabetes and Child Obesity. Joe announced that after years of being “borderline,” he got the diagnosis that he is now a full-fledge diabetic. With that, Little Joe decided to not only fight it for his own health, but to raise money for the overall effort. Fresh from a major press conference in one of San Antonio’s barrios, Joe announced that he has pledged to raise over $100,000.
The concert also had some political overtones, as Bustamante reminded folks that Chicanos have rights for which to fight and that is done through our votes, which brought on plenty of cheers from the crowd. It was pretty obvious the crowd is in tune to the attacks on Latinos from the right-wing, and the crowd cheered loudly when the statement was made: “Tell all the gueritos…We didnt cross the border, the border crossed us!” Even Little Joe took on the health care debate and the lack of push from politicians and their insurance lobby-funders to provide added funding to the fight for preventive health care.
Festival Chicano has been around for 30 years, and we’ll make sure it’s around for another 30 y mas! Unfortunately, the politicians weren’t around last night.