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

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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.

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By Liz Lopez

Source: Isidoro Lopez, Marcelo Tafoya

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Ruben Ramos in Austin Tonight at Baby Acapulco

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Austin’s Grammy award winning Ruben Ramos and Mexican Revolution will be performing tonight from 9pm to midnight at Baby Acapulco Restaurant located on Hwy 290 and IH 35. This is an all ages show and no cover charge.

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Above: Ruben Ramos and the Mexican Revolution are performing at the Poteet Strawberry Festival in Poteet, Texas last month. [Photo Credit: Liz Lopez]

If you have not indulged in food and beverages from Baby Acapulco lately, there are a few items on the menu that are favorites, including the enchiladas that can be made with varied fillings and sauces. They are also known for their Fruity Ritas and the Purple Rita among an extensive bar menu. For details about the establishment, visit http://babyacapulco.com/

Liz Lopez

Source: Baby Acapulco,

Grammy Winner Ruben Ramos Celebrates Birthday with a Bash Tonight!

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Photo Credit: Liz Lopez, Liz’s Lenzwork – Ruben Ramos performs at the Texas Mist in Austin, Texas for a packed house in mid-January 2013. Great music and friends made the evening loads of fun! Fans from around Texas and out of state were in attendance.

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Photo Credit: Liz Lopez, Liz’s Lenzwork – Grammy winner Ruben Ramos makes a guest appearance in Round Rock with Calle Seis, who was performing at Primo’s downtown. If you missed this show, they are scheduled to return to the venue the last Thursday of this month.

Tonight, February 7th, Ruben Ramos will be joined by many musicians to help celebrate his birthday from 9pm to 2am at 1st Down and Stassney Bar and Grill, 730 W. Stassney Lane in Austin [512.587.8946]. The show is free and there is no doubt it will be a packed house.

According to the promotional poster I received, Ruben will be sharing the birthday celebration with award winning singer/songwriter, Beto Ramon.

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Photo Credit: Liz Lopez, Liz’s Lenzwork – Beto Ramon performs for a private party in Austin in 2012, where he played songs he has written for recording artists that had hits with the stunning lyrics and arrangements he creates.

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Austin Latino Music Messenger/Mensajero Musical Alert

Some of the biggest names in Tejano music will descend on Pflugerville’s Graham Central Station on Sunday, July 15th, to benefit one of Austin’s great Chicano music legends, Alfonso Ramos. Funds raised from the benefit will help cover the significant medical expenses the saxophonist and bandleader has incurred due to prolonged illness.

A gifted vocalist and saxophonist, the handsome, silver-haired Alfonso is known as “El Mero Leon de la Sierra” and, along with his brothers Ruben, Elijio, Joe and Roy, hit the Austin music scene as the Alfonso Ramos Orchestra in the late 1950s. The big band was one of the great “orquestas” to come out of Austin’s old east side, featuring a big brass section and playing cha chas, cumbias, boleros and rancheras. Alfonso’s contributions to Tejano music have been recognized by various organizations, including the Austin Latino Music Association, and he was inducted into the Tejano Music Awards Hall of Fame in 1998 and into the Tejano R.O.O.T.S. Hall of Fame in 2002.
The schedule of performers is a who’s who of Tejano superstars, including Grammy winners Little Joe y La Familia and Ruben Ramos and the Mexican Revolution. Other performers joining the event are:
  • Oscar De La Rosa of La Mafia
  • Los A-T Boyz
  • Cacy Savala
  • Jimmy Edward
  • Sunny Ozuna
  • Los Texmaniacs
  • Gilbert Alba and the Super City Band
  • Raulito Navaira
  • Hugo Guerrero
  • Latin Express
Not an ALMA Member? Join Now!If you are currently not a member of ALMA and enjoying the exclusive 50 percent discount at all ALMA shows, no worries! You can always join by mailing $25 to: ALMA, P.O. Box 6462, Austin, TX 78762.

Already a member or looking for other ways to give?

There are multiple ways to help ALMA continue in their efforts:

·      Businesses and Individuals:

o   Sponsor one, two or the entire season of ALMA’s music programs

o   Donate items for an ALMA silent auction

·      Musicians and Bands:

o   Participate in one or more of ALMA’s music benefits

·      Restaurants and Venues:

o   Host a Latino Music Night with a percentage of proceeds benefitting ALMA

To get more information on these opportunities or suggest ideas of your own, contact Raul Alvarez at almamail@msn.com or by phone at 512.785.0492.