Texas Wranglers Perform Tonight for CWV in Austin

TX Wranglers CWV public dance 8.23.2013

There is plenty of live music to choose from in the Capital City, but in case someone is looking for some Conjunto, mixed in with a bit of Country music and Tejano tunes, here is a last minute offering by the Catholic War Veteran’s Ladies Auxiliary, 4913 S. Congress in Austin [78745].

It is a dance open to the public, but the ticket price has not been provided. If interested, call 512.440.1533 for price and showtime.

For more information on Los Texas Wranglers, visit their website http://iconjunto.com/

Liz Lopez





The World’s End in Theaters Starting this Evening in Austin

When I first saw writer/director Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg’s comedies, Shaun of the Dead (2004) and Hot Fuzz (2007), both starring Pegg and Nick Frost, I never dreamed of having the opportunity to meet the filmmakers and actors for the third installment of Wright’s trilogy, The World’s End. It happened recently and it is a most memorable interview opportunity!

The Worlds End poster on Santikos [139713h1]

Wright, Pegg and Frost were in Austin for the press tour of the highly anticipated film, as well as participants in the grand opening week signature programming events of the Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline earlier this summer.

Alamo Drafthouse LakelinePhoto from the Q&A [L-R] Tim League, with Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost – Photo Credit: Jack Plunkett

I was not the only one excited about Wright’s film that reteams him with his Spaced/Shaun of the Dead/Hot Fuzz collaborators, Frost and Pegg. Alamo Drafthouse and Badass Digest’s new monthly magazine, BIRTH. MOVIES. DEATH. is also so excited about The World’s End, the whole second issue is centered around it. In The World’s End, a group of friends attempt to visit twelve pubs in their former hometown in one night, while a strange and mysterious invasion occurs around them.

BMD_Issue2_August2013_COVER-1Alamo Drafthouse and Badass Digest’s BIRTH. MOVIES. DEATH. August magazine cover  

The Wright films are known as the Blood and Ice Cream trilogy (also known as the Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy because each film features a double scoop of blood and ice cream. Specifically, there is a different flavor of Cornetto – a tasty frozen treat famous in the UK (the equivalent of our Good Humor King Cone) – that represents the theme of each film (red-strawberry for zombie gore, blue original for police action and mint choc-chip for alien invasion).

The writing is great, the ensemble performances are hilarious with the fabulous cast and the music is an added treat to add to the scenes of five childhood friends reuniting 20 years after they left high school. Wright discussed the process of selection of music as a filmmaker, stating there was “a long playlist early on,” in order to determine what song lyrics would work. I do not have a copy of the soundtrack, but would love one based on the music I heard during the film.

Of course, the drinking feat is not conceived by any of the friends who have gone on to live the lives they have shaped for themselves and away from each other. Nope, the epic event is planned by 40-year-old Gary King (Pegg); the one who remains in a time warp of his youth. Although the gents agree to meet for this drinking marathon, they all discover so much more about each other and the world as it is evolving all around them, while they struggle to reach The World’s End pub.

Alamo Drafthouse Lakeline

Photo from the Q&A [L-R] Simon Pegg and Nick Frost – Photo Credit: Jack Plunkett

During the interview with the actors, I posed a question about challenges they faced in the production and if there was at least one that stood out the most. Pegg quickly responded, “I broke my hand,” adding this happened despite the physical training he had received for the fight scenes. Frost then added that he was “lucky” and did not sustain any injuries. He explained that he had done a dance film for seven months and had only one week in between starting work for this film, so the dancing was helpful. “It was like a dream to do this; but people don’t realize there are 14 to 15 hour days and we have to be fit.”

The World’s End is worth the wait and now is the time to get to the theater to view it. The World’s End opens nationwide on Friday, August 23rd. In Austin, screenings are available tonight in a few theaters, so check your local listings.

Liz Lopez

Rating B+

Source: Focus Features, Alamo Drafthouse


Music Benefit Scheduled for the late Armando ‘Kido’ Alba

Several members of the music industry in Texas have come together to host a benefit dance for a recently deceased musician, Armando ‘Kido’ Alba. www.legacy.com/obituaries/statesman/obituary

Alba fundraiser full poster

The benefit is to be held on Thursday, August 22nd, at the Austin Moose Lodge #1735, beginning at 8pm. The Moose Lodge is located at 2103 E.M. Franklin Ave, in northeast Austin off Manor Rd where the former Mueller Airport entrance used to be.

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Ruben Ramos performing at the Poteet Festival in April 2013 – Photo Credit: Liz Lopez

Featured musical artists include Augustin Ramirez, Ruben Ramos, Joe Bravo, Gilbert Alba, Johnny Degollado, Los Texas Wranglers, West Side Horns (San Antonio) and others.

The event is open to the public for a $10 cover charge. The proceeds from the benefit are to assist the family with Mr. Alba’s medical and/or funeral costs.

Kido_Alba [comm fundraiser]-page-001This article (above) is about Armando ‘Kido’ Alba, written by fellow musician, Jesse Hernandez, was provided in a press release by Marcelo Tafoya, Austin based music historian who recently had some of his archives stolen.

For more information on the event, contact Austin Latino Music Association board member,  Isidoro Lopez, at 512.563.3697.


By Liz Lopez

Source: Isidoro Lopez, Marcelo Tafoya

TONIGHT Women in Latin Music Showcase to be held at the Moose Lodge


The Women in Latin Music showcase is hosted by the Austin Latino Music Association (ALMA) and returns for the 4th annual celebration on August 2nd, 2013 at the Moose Lodge #1735, 2103 E. M. Franklin Avenue, Austin, Texas 78723. The showcase features diverse musical genres and artists by Austin based artists.

ALMA is proud to present gifted music artists that write and perform lovely and powerful music. Featured artists include:

Lauren Silva [58]

Austin-based R&B, soul and pop singer-songwriter Lauren Silva has an original single, Hurt, that was nominated in 2012 for Best Pop Song in the Hollywood Music in Media Awards.

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Recording artist Leticia Rodriguez will perform from her debut album, La Americana and is from a family of musicians, including her aunt, Eva Garza.

Miranda Gil [website]

Pop singer songwriter, Miranda Gil, created her debut EP, Take It or Leave It

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Luz V. Zamora, a vocalist with wide variety of styles of music, is lead vocalist for a local rock band and won the Youthcast Choice Award 2013 and scholarship from the Austin School for the Performing and Visual Arts.

Among the special guests invited to perform are female contestants from around Texas that are auditioning for the 2013 Austin Tejano Music Coalition’s CANTA vocal competition, performing music from this genre that has been around for decades and is continued by some very young artists this year.


Sarah Lara is a 2012 CANTA contest Top 5 winner scheduled to perform among other contestants, including last year’s contest winner, Anani Rhames.

Live music performances begin at 7pm with the Austin Tejano Music Coalition’s vocal competition contestants, followed by the featured performers until midnight. For ticket price and advance purchase, please call 512.799.0815 and visit the ALMA Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/49636672931/

Liz Lopez


Ramon Ayala to Perform in Austin July 3rd

The pre 4th July Bash is this Wednesday at Tejano Ranch with Ramon Ayala. Doors open at 8 p.m. with $15 cover before 10 p.m. $20 Cover after 10 p.m.


Photo credit: Liz Lopez, Liz’s Lenzwork of Ramon Ayala performing in mid-May on the South steps of the Capital in Austin, Texas

PARTY with your friends at Tejano Ranch on Wednesday night, July 3rd.


For more information check out www.tejanoranchaustin.com.

Liz Lopez

Source: Tejano Ranch


SXSW Now Accepting Conference Programming Proposals for 2014

South by Southwest (SXSW) Conferences and Festivals are now accepting programming proposals for the 2014 event with the launch of the popular PanelPicker. The PanelPicker interface is an online tool that allows the SXSW community to have a significant voice in programming Music, Film, Interactive and EDU conference activities through an open proposal and voting process.

SXSW 2014 takes place March 3 – 16, 2014 in Austin, Texas.

PanelPicker is a two-step online system. Step One encourages the community to submit proposals for daytime conference programming at SXSW at http://panelpicker.sxsw.com  beginning Monday, July 1, 2013 through Friday, July 26, 2013. Step Two allows the community to browse all of these ideas and rate which of these proposals they think are the best fit for the March events. Community voting begins Monday, August 19, 2013 and will continue through Friday, September 6, 2013. Votes from the community, along with feedback from SXSW Advisory Boards and the SXSW staff, will help determine programming for the 2014 event. Additional information including categories, presentation formats, and the user-generated tags feature built in to PanelPicker can be found at http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/faq. The first round of confirmed programming for all three conferences will be released on Monday, October 14, 2013.

“The PanelPicker interface is a natural extension of the creative intermingling that takes place during the festival itself,” says Roland Swenson, SXSW’s Managing Director. “We are excited that we can provide a forum for new ideas to debut and flourish year-round.”

SXSW Interactive (March 7 – 11, 2014) is seeking advanced-level ideas that focus on creativity and innovation across the various new media industries. We will also continue our trend of increasing the number of solo, dual and instructional workshop programming that we accept, in lieu of panel sessions. SXSW Interactive is positioned at the forefront of creativity, so the more inventive the idea, the better. SXSW Interactive celebrates diversity in all its forms, which means diversity of opinions (as well as genders, ethnicities, etc.)

SXSW Music (March 11 – 16, 2014) is interested in the future of the music industry: insight on innovations, trends, well-researched predictions, and thoughtful advice and guidance to further careers. Attendees want to know about expanding the market for musical performance and recordings on an individual and collective level. The best ideas are based on speakers’ direct experience, and showcase their specialties. Proposals for specifically-focused ideas or solo/dual presentation are welcome. For more specific tips, please access our blog post at: http://sxsw.com/music/news/tips-music-panelpicker-2013-opens-july1st

SXSW Film (March 7 – 15, 2014) is interested in developments in storytelling, creativity, distribution and audience building for films in the digital age. Hands-on workshop ideas as well as ideas that shed light on the less well-known, yet highly creative corners of the film industry are also welcome. Entries for the Digital Domain program which addresses new directions in narrative and non-fiction storytelling in web-based environments are also encouraged.

SXSWedu (March 3 – 6, 2014) seeks creative programming content to inform and inspire its diverse community of education innovators. Sessions with multiple voices provide more diversity than solo presentations, though a variety of formats are permitted and encouraged. Fresh ideas, creatively presented, that contribute to more effective learning are welcomed by SXSWedu’s engaged participants.

SXSW offers a unique convergence of original music, independent films, emerging technologies and innovations in education. Fostering creative and professional growth alike, SXSW is a launching pad for new creative content. For more information, visit http://www.sxsw.com.

SXSW 2014 is sponsored by Miller Lite, Monster Energy, Esurance, Chevrolet, AT&T and The Austin Chronicle.


Source: SXSW

Win Tickets to La Mafia Concert in Las Vegas

Win tickets to La Mafia in Las Vegas
La Mafia Vegas 7.6.2013
Win 2 tickets to the La Mafia concert in Las Vegas and also meet the band on July 6th at Sams Town Hotel & Casino. Complete the following in the most creative manner and get the most LIKESs. The contest ends July 3rd at 12noon Central time.
“I love to ________________to La Mafia music any chance i get.”
Tell your friends to like your comment in order to be in Las Vegas July 6th!
Source: La Mafia