“Una Noche Romantica” Features Mexican Trio Los Tres Reyes and Austin Legend Manuel “Cowboy” Donley

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Texas Folklife will present Los Tres Reyes in a special Valentine’s Day concert at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center on Thursday, February 14th.  Doors open at 7:00 PM for a chocolate, wine and hors d’oeuvres reception followed by the concert at 8:00 PM.  General admission tickets are $50 and $35 for Texas Folklife members and are available at lostresreyes.brownpapertickets.com.

Gilberto Puente (75,) Raúl Puente (75,) and Bebo Cárdenas (54) make up Los Tres Reyes, which gained international acclaim in the 1950s and ‘60s.  They are called “el último de los grandes trios”—the last of the great trios—because they are the only surviving trio from the Golden Age of Mexican cinema and the romantic music that served as its backdrop.

A noche romantica in Austin would not be complete without its very own king of bolero, Mexican-American trailblazer and Tejano music legend Manuel “Cowboy” Donley.  Spanning a musical career of over 60 years, Donley, now 85 years of age, continues to perform with the passion of his early days in Austin’s 6th Street and East Side.  Heavily influenced by trio music in the 1940’s, Donley solidified the orquesta Tejana sound with his band, Las Estrellas, but in classic Austin style – blending Mexican rancheras with big band classics, rock and roll, and blues.  His tutoring of many musicians, his sophistication in layering musical arrangements, and his distinguished voice earned him the title of Godfather of the “Brown Sound” when he was inducted into the Tejano Hall of Fame in 1997.  Nowadays he’s known as one of the few musicians in town who can belt out boleros such as Sin Ti or El Reloj, classics which he recorded in his most recent album “The Brown Recluse Sessions: Manuel Cowboy Donley and his Trio Romantic-o.”  Mr. Donley is delighted to join the platform with friends and colleagues he admires, Los Tres Reyes, in a one-of-a-kind musical evening in Austin. [Source: Texas Folklife Resources press release]

For more information, www.texasfolklife.org

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