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The City Needs Your Input on Long-Term Plan for Latino Arts Facility

The City of Houston is developing a long-term plan for the city-owned facility in the East End Cultural District (formerly operated by Talento Bilingue de Houston, or TBH). The vision is to build on the history of the facility as a home for Latino arts and realize a dynamic and welcoming cultural center serving residents, visitors, and local artists.

To that end we need your help. Please take the following survey (OFFERED IN ENGLISH AND SPANISH BELOW) to let us know more about your experience and your needs.

English survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MJLK8NF
Spanish survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TDPGDSK

40th Annual Festival Chicano Set To Launch on Thursday

Thursday night is the first night of the 40th Festival Chicano at Miller Outdoor Theater. Beginning at 7PM, thousands of folks seated and on the hill will enjoy the music of Grupo Fuerte, Los Desperadoz, and Jaime De Anda (JDA).

Festival Chicano is a weekend filled with music, culture, and community enjoyed by thousands every fall. Earlier this week, Mayor Sylvester Turner and City Council approved a resolution honoring the festival.

It’s safe to say that creating Festival Chicano wasn’t an easy feat, according to festival founder and director Daniel Bustamante. In an interview with Tony Diaz at KPFTs Nuestra Palabra show, Bustamante tells us that he had to fight his way into Miller Outdoor Theater.

Festival Chicano first started with a concert held at Moody Park in the northside of Houston on Easter, 1977. After attracting over 10,000 spectators, the City of Houston was a bit upset because of crowd issues. The fact that there were limited facilities, parking and other issues didn’t sit well with the City. Bustamante offered the idea to use Miller Outdoor Theater.

The City and the MOT folks weren’t too keen on the idea. Maybe it was the thought of 10,000 Chicanos converging on a major facility, but the excuse to first deny the Festival was that the facility was for “fine arts.” Of course, it wasn’t like Bustamante lacked an infrastructure. With the support of Little Joe y La Familia and with the intent to empower a community through culture, there was little doubt that the event would be a success.

It took a few more years to finally get to the MOT. After the HPD murder of Joe Campos Torres and the pushback at Moody Park, the City may have become more receptive. With Little Joe’s support, the first official show at Miller was held on April 1980. 40 years later, the festival continues with capacity crowds and the very best music in Texas. Little Joe has played every year, except for one, and will get to celebrate his 79th birthday on Friday.

Friday features Little Joe, La .45, and Los Monarcas. The festival closes on Saturday with Elida Reyna y Avante, Los Garcia Brothers, and Tejano Highway 281.

THE MUSIC

Los Garcia Brothers, Los Monarcas, and Grupo Fuerte are considered hard-core conjunto bands, led by the acordeon and the bajo sexto. Fuerte and Monarcas are local favorites, while Los Garcia Brothers, dressed in zoot suits, travel from Eagle Pass.

Los Desperadoz are also a conjunto but with a more progressive slant to their music. They recently released a new album, so, I expect they will put on a good show. And speaking of good shows, Jaime De Anda, a showman and killer acordeonista in his own right, will showcase his new band, JDA. De Anda recently went solo after separating from the group he founded in Houston, Los Chamacos.

Of course, Little Joe (y La Familia) is a living legend who continues a heavy touring schedule showcasing an amazing horn and rhythm section. La .45 is led by a couple of former members of La Familia and also offer up a 5 piece horn section that plays original and old school favorites. Elida Reyna y Avante are also touring behind a new album. The powerful-voiced Reyna is sure to wow the crowd with her cumbias and rancheras, and a big sing-along is expected for Luna Llena. Finally, Tejano Highway 281 is an up-and-coming band from the Rio Grande Valley with a style that brings together conjunto, Tejano, and country. Expect to be impressed.

I expect to be there for at least two of the nights. I’ve got a DJ gig on Saturday, but I’ll probably play some of the music from the bands I’m missing. Check out Festival Chicano, wear your favorite candidate/political t-shirt, and take in nuestra cultura.

¡QUE VIVA DANIEL BUSTAMANTE!

¡Y QUE VIVA EL FESTIVAL CHICANO!

DC’s Top 10 of 2018

I haven’t had that busy a year on DC. No doubt, the state of politics concerns me when Republicans are still as nasty as they want to be, and Democrats, well, they only push back when a win is in sight, otherwise, they might lose a right-wing vote. Call for abolishing ICE or calling for Democrats to fight harder on, say, deportation and incarceration of brown folks, and they get skittish. Calls for “civility” are quite offensive when Democrats won’t fight and the policies offered by right-wingers are simply uncivil and not worthy of debate. If we want to win, increase turn-out, and make meaningful change it will take more than knocking on doors, but also promoting and defending a meaningful platform that fights for people, rather than one which rides a stripe down the middle of the road painted yellow on issues like immigration. At this point, 2020 is about trust and it must be earned.

Needless to say, I still had some posts that generated some good traffic, so, here are my Top 10 for 2018.

  1. The 2018 Dem Primary Stace Slate
  2. Beto’s South Texas Problem Isn’t A Problem
  3. Trump Planning Baby Jail for Houston
  4. Los Texmaniacs Cruzando Borders
  5. Runoffs, Victories, and Tear Jerkers
  6. RIP:  Jimmy Gonzalez
  7. HISD Tactics: Reminders of the Good Ol’ Days
  8. Lina Hidalgo Responds to Emmett’s State of the County
  9. Demsplaining the DACA Sell-Out
  10. LULAC Supports Trump’s Wall

I don’t know how active a blogger I’ll be since some folks take all the fun out of it by flinging insults at those of us who are called “far left,” while calling for “civility” with the most uncivil among us–Republicans and their apologists. But that doesn’t mean I’m done. There’s a lot to write about politics and Chicano culture and I’ll still be doing it, or else, the pendejos who get easily offended will take over. So, stay tuned. Year 14 of DosCentavos begins in a few days!

2016 Tejano Conjunto Fest Schedule

tcflogoMy FB friend, Juan Tejeda, the long-time organizer of the Tejano Conjunto Festival in San Antonio, posted the schedule for this year’s fest to be held May 11 – 15, 2016 at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center and at Rosedale Park. I know I’m making plans to be there for some of the festivities! Here you go:

Below is the complete schedule and musical line-up for the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center’s 35th Annual Tejano Conjunto Festival en San Antonio 2016 which will take place from May 11-15 at the historic Guadalupe Theater and Rosedale Park. Hope to see you in San Antonio for the landmark 35th Annual, and por favor spread the palabra and schedule to your familia and friends. Gracias.

Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center
35th Annual
Tejano Conjunto Festival en San Antonio 2016
Tentative Schedule

Wednesday, May 11/Guadalupe Theatre/10am-12noon/Free

Free Seniors Conjunto Dance
Bene Medina y el Conjunto Águila (San Antonio)

Thursday, May 12/Guadalupe Theatre/6-9:30pm/$25-$10*

San Antonio Premiere of Conjunto Blues

6-7pm Reception
7pm Conjunto Blues
Conjunto Blues is the newest theatrical/musical/multi-media performance piece by San Antonio-based musician and theater artist, Nicolás Valdez. Through live music, poetry, teatro and documentary video footage, Conjunto Blues explores the historical and social conditions that led to the creation and development of Conjunto as an original American musical ensemble and style of music, as well as an expression of cultural resistance and liberation.

8:15pm Live concert & dance with Los Nahuatlatos

Friday, May 13/Rosedale Park/5:30pm-12am/$15 per person**

5:30pm Opening Ceremonies/Poster Contest Exhibit & Awards

Hecho en Tejas: Puro Conjunto Pesado

6pm Acero (San Antonio)
7pm Santiago Garza y La Naturaleza (Jourdanton)
8pm Los Clavos del Wesso (San Antonio)
9pm The Hometown Boys (Lubbock)
10pm Los García Bros. (Eagle Pass)
11pm Jaime y Los Chamacos (Houston)

Saturday, May 14/Rosedale Park/12pm-12am/$15 per person**

Hecho en Tejas: Puro Conjunto Pesado

12noon Conjunto Student Showcase:
Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center
Conjunto Heritage Taller
Houston Accordion Performers
Southside High School Conjunto Cardenales
Los Fresnos High School Conjunto Halcón
Palmview High School Conjunto La Tradición
La Joya High School Conjunto Los Diamantes
Palo Alto College Conjunto Palo Alto
3pm Conteño (Brownsville)
4pm Conjunto Deltaboyz (Elsa)
5pm Los Nuevos Chachos de Jesse Gómez (Mission)
6pm Los Badd Boyz del Valle (Edcouch)
7pm Los Tremendos V (Corpus Christi)
8pm Lázaro Pérez y su Conjunto (Bishop)
9pm Los Monarcas de Pete y Mario Díaz (Houston)
10pm Los Fantasmas del Valle (Mercedes)
11pm Boni Mauricio y Los Máximos (Corpus Christi)

Sunday, May 15/Rosedale Park/1-10pm/$12 per person**

Hecho en Tejas: Puro Conjunto Pesado

1pm Conjunto Cats (Seguin)
2pm Conjunto Baraja de Oro (Dallas)
3pm Bernardo y sus Compadres (Laredo)
4pm Eva Ybarra y su Conjunto (San Antonio)
5pm Dwayne Verheyden (Montford, Netherlands)
6pm Los Texmaniacs de Max Baca (San Antonio)
7pm Flaco Jiménez y su Conjunto (San Antonio)
8pm Ricky Naranjo y Los Gamblers (Alice)
9pm Roberto Pulido y Los Clásicos (Edinburg)

Saturday, May 14/Guadalupe Theatre/10am-12noon/$45

Accordion Tuning, Maintenance & Repair Workshop
Tim Schofield, Hohner Accordion Repair and Parts Supervisor,
will teach you how to tune the reeds of your accordion and
maintain it in tip-top playing shape. Accordion tuning kits
will be available for purchase.

For workshop registration & info, call 210.271.3151.

* Conjunto Blues & Los Nahuatlatos Concert/Dance
$25 per person: Includes admission price, first-tier floor table seating, free reception with light food, two free drinks, and TCF program magazine. Tables of 4 available.
$20 per person: Includes admission price, second and third-tier table seating, free reception with light food, one free drink, and TCF program magazine. Tables of 8 available.
$10 per person: Includes admission price, fourth-tier single chair seating and TCF program magazine.

** 3-Day (Friday-Sunday) Rosedale All-Events Pass
$37 GCAC Members
$40 Non-Members

For tickets & info, 210.271.3151
www.guadalupeculturalarts.org

The Guadalupe Theater is located at 1301 Guadalupe St.
and Rosedale Park is at 340 Dartmouth in San Antonio, Texas.

‘Tis the Season for Buenos Diaz Buñuelos

bunueloI made a trip to Buenos Diaz on Tuesday to get my buñuelo fix.

What’s a buñuelo? Well, the easiest, yet falling short, way of describing it is that it is sort of a thin, deep-fried dough (not a tortilla!) that is then coated with a sugar/cinnamon mix soon after it gets out of the fryer. There are numerous recipes, different styles credited to different Latino nations, but I prefer the Mexican Buñuelo. These treats are very popular during the Christmas/New Year season.

buenosThe one pictured (and the 29 others I purchased today) was team-made by Celia Diaz (aka The Buñuelo Lady) and her son Jose Manuel Diaz (who is a FODC-Friend of DosCentavos) and sold out of their storefront at 6319 Lyons in Denver Harbor. All I can say is that they’re pretty perfect, especially during this holiday season.

stacebunAs one of my college classmates was telling me, it’s easy to find buñuelos that are as thick as flour tortillas, but the best are those that are thin and crispy, yet don’t break apart easily. The Buenos Diaz buñuelos are just like this. And no, I did not eat a bag of them by myself, but it was tempting.

Most will eat them with a mug or two of Abuelita chocolate, some with a more daring taste (me) will eat them with glass of Cab Sauv or Shiraz. The bottom line is that you must eat the Buenos Diaz ones or you’re getting the burnt edge of the tortilla. So, take a drive over to Denver Harbor and get yourself a few bags of buñuelos.

It was great visiting with Jose Manuel and Celia. DosCentavos enjoys supporting small businesses and no matter what corner of the county you live in, the trip will be worth it.

Tell them DosCentavos sent you.

(No buñuelos were broken during the creation of this post, but one was eaten.)

Event Update: OCT 26 ~ Latina American Women in Music

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Latina-American Women In Music (“L.A.W.I.M.”) is sponsored by organizations, companies and concerned individuals that desire to see a change. Many community leaders, organizations and entertainment icons have committed their support for “L.A.W.I.M.” and offer their extraordinary talent and resources to this cause. Their enthusiasm and influential participation in the community has inspired many to achieve higher goals and we are honored that they have committed and pledged their time to participate! In joining us in these charitable causes your affiliation and presence includes you as a part of making a difference and change in our world. A donation will be presented to the Houston Area Women’s Center to assist them in helping the abused and battered and we will continue to reach out to our communities where the help is much needed and be of support of future events for various causes. “L.A.W.I.M.” has committed to continue the fight for human rights! Your sponsorship and participation will have a real effect on lives in our communities. Please join us so will have a lasting impact in our world! We are thanking you in advance for your support and contribution. For further information, please feel free to contact us! (702)234-9606 or (832)546-9414

La Mafia’s New Album Set To Drop June 3

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Houston supergroup, La Mafia, is set to drop its first full-length production in six years on June 3rd.  Announced on their Facebook page, the new album is titled, Amor y Sexo.

Oscar de la Rosa and the band have been around for over 30 years. Dubbed, “the pride of the Northside,” La Mafia was one of the first Tejano bands to break into Mexico and the rest of the Americas. Recently, they have continued a busy touring schedule across the U.S.

Personal story:  The first time I caught La Mafia was around 1983 at the Crystal Ballroom in Crystal City–I was 12. The opening band was fronted by a talented 12-year old vocalist named Selena Quintanilla.

Fans may pre-order the new music on iTunes starting on May 5.

Expect a review right here on DosCentavos.net!

DC Review: SIGGNO En Vivo

Tex-Mex showband and Latin Grammy winners Siggno just released their long-awaited live album, “En Vivo.” Recorded in multiple cities, including Houston and Laredo, Jesse Turner and his tight-knit band give us a good live recording–as good as their live shows, which are really good. Kudos to Freddie Records for some great post-production work.

siggnoFans who love them will miss the light and pyro show they sometimes bring with them, but what listeners will definitely not miss is the power-drumming of Joey Jimenez and the rock-n-bajo of Richard Rosales. And what listeners definitely get is a drive through Siggno’s 14-year career, with recent hits like Mi Mundo Se Acabo and Yo Quisiera Detenerte and earlier hits like Pero Hablama and Estupida. Other hits, like Mejor Dimelo, and Ya No Me Importa will definitely keep hard-core fans happy. The album even has a tear-jerker part in which band leader Turner dedicates Mama to his mom.

What many fans were awaiting was the release of four new tracks. Getting much airplay and YouTube hits is En La Basura. Enamorados, Tonto Corazon, and Duele definitely have the potential to be fan favorites.

All-in-all, it’s a great collector’s item and cruising partner for those sunny Sundays.

 

 

 

DC Reviews ~ Flaco Jimenez and Max Baca – Legends and Legacies

The good folks at Smithsonian Folkways Recordings continue to invest in nuestra cultura, and that’s a good thing. Accordion King Flaco Jimenez, and Bajo Sexto Master Max Baca have collaborated on a very special production, Legends and Legacies.

SFW40569No doubt, there is a back story to this production as some of these are classic songs once recorded by Flaco’s dad, Santiago Jimenez, Sr. 70 years into his career, Flaco is among the legends of Tex-Mex, much like his father. For Baca, it is an opportunity to take his place as part of a legacy in the Tex-Mex genre having grown up as a part of Flaco’s musical family–even calling him a father figure in his life. And for listeners, we get the opportunity to enjoy some hard-core Tex-Mex conjunto music with some amazing button-acordeon from the legend and some of the most dexterous bajo sexto shredding from Baca.

A few songs are recorded in “fire-side” style–bajo, acordeon, and upright bass, such as the classic Margarita, Margarita, Me Voy Lejos, Mi Primer Amor, Los Amores de Jose, Jardin de las Flores, Morena Morenita, and a favorite, Beer-Drinking Polka.

When you add some drums to the mix, you get some powerful polkas rancheras, like Cada Vez Que Cae La Tarde, El Pesudo, Borradita Diente de Oro (The DC favorite), El Parrandero, the funny Brincando Cercas, and the even funnier La Viejita. La Nueva Zenaida and Ay Te Guacho Cucaracho will definitely be crowd favorites.

Cumbia lovers get the tried and true, La Mucura. The closer is another favorite, Fiesta Alegre.

And yes, in case you weren’t counting, that’s seventeen (17) tracks, which makes this production a lot more awesome than most. Seldom do we get this many classic tracks which are given the musical respect they deserve. Baca’s bajo sexto complements Flaco’s acordeon, and vice-versa. More than anything, it seems this duo is trying to school us on from where it is our music has come because it’s always good to come home to our roots. And to take from the liner notes”:

A common goal of Flaco and Max is to gain respect for their musical legacy beyond their Texas Mexican community while making the point that the roots traditions of all people deserve that same respect. “There’s a space for all kinds of  music,” Flaco says, emphasizing that he respects other musics and the people who carry them on in the space where “les nace” (they are born). He is pleased that his efforts have led people of other cultures to play his music: “There are Japanese, Italian conjuntos. In Paris, too. They play well because they emulate the roots that we have here in San Antonio.”

Rounding out the studio line-up are Flaco’s son, David on the drums, and Texmaniac, Oscar Garcia on the bass.

 

NPR had a great report on the new production last week. Give it a listen. It’s good for those who need to be schooled on Tex-Mex conjunto music.

The new music is available at Itunes and directly from Smithsonian Folkways.

Line-Up for 33rd Tejano Conjunto Fest is Announced

My FB friend, Juan Tejeda, posted the tentative schedule today. As always, it is full schedule of activities, education, and entertainment. Among the “huge” names are The Texas Tornados, who perform for the very first time at the Fest. Also, accordion genius Joel Guzman and Sarah Fox, Los Texmaniacs, and Dwayne Verheyden–and that’s just the first night! Check out the schedule, attend all the activities, and enjoy! (Poster is from 2010)

GUADALUPE CULTURAL ARTS CENTER
33rd ANNUAL
TEJANO CONJUNTO FESTIVAL EN SAN ANTONIO 2014
TENTATIVE SCHEDULE

Wednesday, May 14/Guadalupe Theater/10am-12pm/Free for Seniors

“Free Seniors Conjunto Dance”

10am-12pm Eva Ybarra y su Conjunto

Friday, May 16/Rosedale Park/6pm-12am/$15

“Conjunto Crossover”

6-6:30pm Opening Ceremonies/Poster Contest Awards
6:30-7:15pm The Texas Sweethearts (Weslaco)
7:30-8pm Miguel A. Pérez del Conjunto San Antonio (Spain)
8-8:40pm Dwayne Verheyden (Montford, Netherlands)
8:40-9:30pm Los Texmaniacs de Max Baca (San Antonio)
9:45-10:40pm Joel Guzmán Sarah Fox y Conjuntazzo (Austin)
11-12pm The Texas Tornados (Austin/San Antonio)

Saturday, May 17/Rosedale Park/12pm-12am/$15

“Puro Conjunto Pesado: Hecho en Tejas”

Conjunto Student Showcase
12-2pm Conjunto Juan Seguín/Teatro de Artes de Juan Seguín *
Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center * Conjunto Heritage
Taller * Estrellas de Acordeón/Houston Accordion
Performers * La Joya Independent School District *
Conjunto Palo Alto/Palo Alto College

Austin Conjunto Showcase
2-2:50pm Conjunto Los Pinkys featuring Isidro Samilpa
& Chencho Flores (Austin)
3-3:50pm Susan Torres y Conjunto Clemencia (Austin)
Special Presentation by Lala Garza
4-4:50pm Johnny Degollado y su Conjunto (Austin)
5-5:50pm The Conjunto Kings de Flavio Longoria (San Antonio)
6-6:50pm Conjunto Los Leones de Alberto Solís (Laredo)
7-7:50pm La Naturaleza de Santiago Garza (San Antonio)
8-8:50pm Lázaro Pérez y su Conjunto (Kingsville)
9-9:50pm Los Monarcas de Pete y Mario Díaz (Houston)
10-10:55pm Los García Bros. (Eagle Pass)
11-12pm Los Dos Gilbertos (Edinburg)

Sunday, May 18/Rosedale Park/1-10pm/$15

“Puro Conjunto Pesado: Hecho en Tejas”

1-1:50pm Fruty Villarreal y Los Mavericks (La Feria)
2-2:50pm Conjunto Senzzible (Houston)
3-3:50pm Da Krazy Pimps (Eagle Pass)
4-4:50pm Randy García y Conjunto Estrella (Corpus Christi)
5-5:50pm Tejano Boys (Harlingen)
Special Presentation by Peter Anzaldúa (Brownsville)
6-6:50pm Conjunto Romo (Kyle)
7-7:50pm Bernardo y sus Compadres (Baytown/Laredo)
8-8:50pm Los Fantasmas del Valle (Mercedes)
9-10pm Boni Mauricio y Los Máximos (Corpus Christi)

WORKSHOPS

Saturday, May 17/Guadalupe Theatre/9-10:30am/$45

“Accordion Tuning, Maintenance & Repair Workshop”

Tim Schofield, Hohner Accordion Repair and Parts Supervisor,
will teach you how to tune the reeds of your accordion and
maintain it in tip-top playing shape. Accordion tuning kits
will be available for purchase.

Saturday, May 17/Guadalupe Theatre/10:30am-12:30pm/$45 each

“Button Accordion & Bajo Sexto Workshops”

Master Button Accordion and Bajo Sexto maestros, and Grammy
Award-winning recording artists, Joel Guzmán and Max Baca, will
conduct this concurrent two-hour workshop. Basic accordion and
bajo sexto playing techniques and chords/scales will be explored,
along with the accompaniment of different conjunto rhythms. The
two separate workshops will come together at the end for an
impromptu performance and conjunto jam.

For workshops registration, call 210.271.3151.

* 3-Day Rosedale All-Events Pass
$35 GCAC Members
$40 Non-Members
For info, 210.271.3151
www.guadalupeculturalarts.org