Two Days of Diverse Music Showcases Free to the Community
By Liz Lopez
Photo Credit: Liz Lopez, Liz’s Lenzwork – Calle 6, one of the featured performers at the Mexican American Experience two day concert, often has special guests step up to the stage during their shows. Last month, award winning Ruben Ramos joined Calle 6 on stage in Round Rock.
Crossroads Events successful two day music production, the Mexican American Experience, returns for a third year to the grounds of Austin’s Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center (MACC), offering a diverse range of musical talent on one stage on March 13th and March 14th 2013. It is open to the public and offered for free.
The event will showcase local and regional talent for the third continuous year. The music line – up includes award winning musical artists, as well as emerging talent that continues to create music grounded in sounds from the past, yet blends them with their own current music influence and experiences. “Being this is the Mexican American Experience, people may expect it to be Tejano music alone, but it is not. We emphasize that Tejanos perform a variety of music – that’s what we are about – and that is our Tejano – and American – culture,” stated Ross Gomez, Crossroads Events Chief Financial Officer.
For this year’s production, Leonard Davila, Chairman of Crossroads Events, described this year’s event as “having the same vibe; promoting the Mexican American culture and showing what our artists can do.” He further added, “We have been contacted by many music groups who want to be a part of the event, but already have bands committed.” On Wednesday, March 13th, the scheduled talent includes Mariachi Los Toros de Austin; Big Band Tejano (Austin); Yayo Castillo (Austin) and Joel Guzman/Sarah Fox (Austin). On Thursday, March 14th the musical artists are Mariachi Las Tejanitas (Austin), featuring Anani Rhames (San Antonio); Braulio y Fuzzion (Austin), Manuel “Cowboy” Donley with Trio Romantico (Austin); Calle Seis (Austin) and Joe Posada (San Antonio).
Music begins at 6 p.m. both days, with the grounds open to the public at 5pm for partaking of the open air event in the Zocalo area of the cultural center along Lady Bird Lake. Prior attendance records have been over 3,000 attendees per day and surpassed all attendance records for this out-door venue according to the City of Austin MACC staff. “As the years go by, we hope to make each production better, hope for growth and draw more people,” added Gomez.
The Mexican American Experience 2013 is co-sponsored by the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center (MACC), the City of Austin, Parks and Recreation Department and Crossroads Events. The cultural center is located on 600 River St. Austin, TX 78701. For more information and updates, visit www.mexicanamericanexperience.org and www.crossroadsevents.org or www.maccaustin.org