Austin Tejano Music Coalition Hosts CANTA Vocal Competition; Open to the Public

WHO:                     Austin Tejano Music Coalition (ATMC)

WHAT:                   CANTA 2012, (2nd Annual “Tejano Idol Competition” Finals)

WHEN:                   Sunday, October 14th, 2012, 2 PM to 8 PM

WHERE:                 Graham Central Station, 1719 Grand Ave Parkway Pflugerville TX 

COVER:                  $5 

The Austin Tejano Music Coalition (ATMC) is host to “CANTA”- the 2nd Annual “Tejano Idol Competition” as a fundraiser for ATMC to support the organization’s goal to provide music scholarships. The singing contest, open to participants of any age across Texas, has been initiated to highlight Tejano music as a genre of music performed and heard in Austin, the “Live Music Capitol of the World” and other cities in the state.

The contest will showcase eighteen finalists on the web and at the final showcase on October 14, 2012, at Graham Central Station, 1719 Grand Ave Parkway Pflugerville, TX. The winners will receive a cash prize for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place and new this year, the Audience Award.

Kiana Mode, contestant, performing at an audition in July 2012-Photo by Liz Lopez, www.ELinksToday.com

To date, contestants from around Texas auditioned in person at one of the monthly audition sites hosted by ATMC or via CD/DVD. The filmed auditions are posted on the ATMC website www.atmc-tejanoidol.com and the public can comment and vote for their favorite contestant.

Devin Banda, contestant, performing at an audition in July 2012-Photo by Liz Lopez, www.ELinksToday.com

The ATMC CANTA committee will select the finalists who will perform at the final show this month. The music production will feature three celebrity judges from the music industry, including Shelly Lares, Raulito Navaira and Alfredo Guerrero (Tortilla Factory).

Rebekah Torres , contestant, performing at an audition in July 2012-Photo by Liz Lopez, www.ELinksToday.com

For more information about the contest, contact Aggie Sanchez, Chairwoman, 2012 “CANTA’ Tejano Idol Competition and ATMC board member at (512) 912-6925 and email with 2012 Tejano Idol in the subject line to info@austintejanomusic.org For more info go to www.atmc-tejanoidol.com

Beatriz Santa Ana , contestant, performing at an audition in July 2012-Photo by Liz Lopez, www.ELinksToday.com

-ATMC MISSION-

1. To support and expand the presence of a native Texas genre of music known as Tejano and its artistic contribution throughout the community of Austin and Central Texas.

2. To preserve the historical and cultural significance of Tejano music by creating an environment of respect, understanding and appreciation.

3. To promote the advancement of Tejano music and culture through unification, education, communication and public awareness.

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