AMERICAN INDIANS IN TEXAS AT THE SPANISH COLONIAL MISSION - PLAZA BLESSING
EMCEES - ALFREDO LOMELI AND MARYCARMEN LOPEZ
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Main Plaza Conservancy is now accepting art entries for the 4th Annual Latino Music Festival "Official Poster" contest. DEADLINE is Monday, August 15, 2011 at 5:00 pm CT.
The selected design will be the recognizable feature of the festival by appearing on the "official" poster, program cover and other festival memorabilia.
A boldness and cutting edge; that continues to evolve genuine Latino diversity with an American Latino identity rich in culture and heritage.
The festival is Saturday, November 12, 2011 at Main Plaza. The line-up to be announced at a later date.
Winner will receive a $500 honorarium, national exposure as the Official artist for the 4th Annual Latino Music Festival Commemorative Poster, 2 All Access passes to the festival and other recognitions.
Main Plaza Conservancy, a nonprofit dedicated to providing San Antonio and its visitors with the historical and cultural Heart of the City, presents Main Plaza’s 3rd Annual Latino Music Festival (3LMF) on Saturday, November 6, 2010 from noon – midnight at Main Plaza (115 North Main Avenue) – in the heart of downtown San Antonio. 3LMF is free and open to the public. Food and beverages (beer, wine, sodas & aguas frescas) will be on sale throughout the event; outside alcohol is not allowed.
The aim of 3LMF is to create an event showcasing the diversity of music within the American Latino identity. We have broadened the definition of “Latino music” to include many musical genres in our festival: Chicano Roots, Conjunto, Latin Funk, Latin World, and iPad-infused performance, thus creating the onda for3LMF: a bit cerebral, techno forward & bilingual with American roots.
3LMF also includes PLAZA ESPECTÁCULO, intimate plaza-level performances during music breaks located throughout the Plaza featuring dance, fire, and magic plus EL CORAZÓN DE MEMORIA, Main Plaza’s 3rd Annual Dia de los Muertos Altarby David Zamora Casas that will remain on display through November 7, 2010.
Nortec Collective Presents: BOSTICH & FUSSIBLE
While GRAMMY-nominated ‘Tijuana Sound Machine’ was a trip around the city, ‘Bulevar 2000’ follows the car leaving Tijuana on one of its most notorious streets. In fact, the car from ‘Tijuana Sound Machine’ passed by this place and several of its police check-point recordings were included on the previous album.
“Bulevar 2000 is one of the newest and most important avenues in the urban development of Tijuana,” says Ramon Amezcua (Bostich). “It provides the route out of the city. But it is also one of Tijuana’s most dangerous avenues, plagued with assaults and accidents due to a lack of vigilance. Hence it is a very symbolic name for everyone in Tijuana.”
As ‘Tijuana Sound Machine’ found Bostich + Fussible collaborating directly with Regional Mexican musicians in the studio, the group’s current standard live setup now features their backing band as well. In the past year, they’ve played major U.S. stages like Bonnaroo, Outside Lands and Central Park SummerStage as well as around the globe from Sweden and Germany to Australia. Following their performance at Treasure Island Music Festival in San Francisco, SF Weekly said that, “The highlight was the Nortec Collective: Bostich + Fussible… the best dance music of all time. It's sexy, suave and has real instruments.”
Bostich + Fussible have always been early adopters of the most cutting-edge new performance gadgets, such as their incorporation of the Yamaha Tenori-On into the group’s live shows for years before indie rockers and electronica groups took them on. Now the duo uses their new iPads as an integral part of their space station-like set. “We’ve designed a customized interface for the iPad that helps wirelessly control all our computers and synthesizers which are mounted into our live show’s control panel,” Fussible says.
After a decade of devastation on the Tijuana nightlife, a new independent scene has resurfaced in their city downtown.
“Tijuana is finally reaching a new era,” Fussible says. “The Centro Cultural has opened a special hall where we can organize productive workshops. While 6th Street used to only have a couple cantinas and abandoned businesses, those spaces have now been converted into great bars which are being supported by independent promoters with good taste in music. This is giving a real space to local musicians and DJs to expose their work and develop a scene.”
Despite the escalated violence in Tijuana, Nortec still proves to be a positive and proud representation of the city to the rest of the world. The group’s commitment to their city is unwavering.
“Tijuana is the city that helped us discover electronic music across the globe in the early 80s. At the beginning of the Nortec movement, it was what helped develop this project, considering Tijuana is the point of inspiration – its people, its spaces, its social problems and its multiculturalism,” Fussible says. “We are from Tijuana and if it’s more violent now, we have to adapt to it accordingly. If tomorrow it suddenly becomes the most safe city in the world, well then, we will still be here.”
Nortec Collective features four artists: Fussible (Pepe Mogt), Bostich (Ramón Amezcua), Clorofila (Jorge Verdín) and Hiperboreal (PG Beas). These musicians created and perform a style of music that they invented called Nortec - a fusion of Norteño (“from the North”) and Techno, documenting the collision between the style and culture of electronica and traditional Mexican music.
FLACO JIMENEZ Y SU CONJUNTO
The progressive genius of Grupo Fantasma, now in the tenth year of its long and intriguing musical journey, comes to life on El Existential. Known as the funkiest, finest, and hardest working Latin orchestra to come out of the United States in the last decade, the band has garnered critical acclaim worldwide for their adventurous albums, prudent songwriting and unprecedented live shows. “Grupo Fantasma is as tight as one would expect from a band that routinely backs up Prince” exclaimed LA Weekly and the Washington Post affirmed that “the ten members represent a new generation of latin music.” Their last effort, the Grammy nominated Sonidos Gold (2008), further trademarked the ensemble’s innovative sound and scored a cover feature in Pollstar Magazine, radio spots on NPR’s “Day to Day” and PRI’s “The World”, top ten status for several months on the CMJ radio charts and extensive press coverage throughout North America and Europe.
In so many ways their music is a bundle of contrasts and contradictions. It is art made on the hyphen, a hybrid Latin-American beast of many dancing legs, hearts and minds. Nostalgic sounds recombine and morph in novel ways, lyrics touch on subjects seldom broached in today’s commercial salsa or cumbia, traditions are revealed like forgotten treasure only to be refashioned into a New World gerrymander, a skill that seems unique to the resourceful children of Neo-Colonialism. Grupo Fantasma knits together the rural with the urban, melds Anglo, Afro, and Latino with expert carefree abandon.
LATINOLOGY FEAT. JOEL GUZMAN & SARAH FOX
Latinology features Sarah Fox on soulful lead vocals and Joel Guzman on keyboards and accordion. The Latin Soul ensemble is a more eclectic project, mixing tropical rhythms with soaring, Latin-rock guitar solos. Group members include bassist Glenn Fukunaga, guitarist extraordinaire A.C Benden, and Jimmy Way on drums.
Tortilla Factory’s music is a blend of American music and the old Mexican folkloric songs [Rancheras] that were given a unique Texas Chicano sound. Tony “Ham” Guerrero is considered one of the greatest trumpet players to emerge from the Texas Chicano sound. He is as fluid in jazz as he is playing his own unique Tejano trumpet style. He is also a singer and musical Director for Tortilla Factory. He and Bobby Butler are the two charter members that have recently been inducted in the Tejano Roots Hall of Fame in Alice, Texas. Tony “Ham” is also recognized as one of the Pioneers of West Texas Music at the West Texas Hall Of Fame in Fort Worth, Texas.
Thank you San Antonio for sharing this amazing day with us in the "heart" of our beautiful city.
Flaco Jimenez is a Plaza favorite and a recipient of the 2009 Corazon de San Antonio Cultural Award presented by Main Plaza Conservancy. He's pictured here jamming with bajo sexto player Max Baca.
Country Legend Johnny Rodriguez performs on Main Plaza!
Johnny Rodriguez accepts a City of San Antonio EMISSARY OF THE MUSES award from local celebrity Sonny Melendrez at Main Plaza's 2nd Annual Latino Music Festival.
Alejandro Escovedo rocked the Plaza! Escovedo was born in San Antonio and now lives in Austin. Main Plaza is a BIG fan!
David Zamora Casas was the 2009 LMF featured artist. He installed the Corazon de Memoria Dia de Los Muertos altar (pictured above) and also created the "official" poster art.
Tish Hinojosa traveled from her home in Germany to perform at 2LMF. She is originally from San Antonio. Gracias, Tish, for your heart-felt performance!
Octavio Solis (pictured above) was one of our featured writers; he performed a punk-inspired introduction for Alejandro Escovedo. Solis was in town working with AtticRep at Trinity University as part of the production of his play: Lydia.
Main Plaza's 2LMF featured a Food Market (pictured below). Our kiosk vendors (RLK pictured above) were also serving signature items.
MAIN PLAZA CONSERVANCY presents
The 2nd Annual San Antonio Latino Music Festival
Saturday, November 7
12:45-2:15 Bubba Hernandez y Los Super Vatos *Fiery Cumbia*
2:15-2:45pm Plaza Espectáculo featuring David Zamora Casas (2LMF Featured Artist)
2:45-4pm The Krayolas with The West Side Horns *Tex-Mex Rocanról*
4-4:30pm Plaza Espectáculo featuring El Conjunto de Foxy y Chucho
4:30-5:30pm Flaco Jimenez y Su Conjunto *Puro Conjunto*
5:30-6pm Plaza Espectáculo featuring Barbara Renaud Gonzalez
6-7:15pm Tish Hinojosa *Roots Fusion*
7:15-7:45pm Plaza Espectáculo featuring Brothers of the Flame (fire spinners)
7:45-8:45pm Johnny Rodriguez *Country Music Legend*
8:45-9:15pm Plaza Espectáculo featuring Octavio Solis (playwright presented by AtticRep and Trinity University)
9:15-10:30pm Alejandro Escovedo *Texas Rocker*
10:30-11pm Plaza Espectáculo featuring Shimarella (Hoop Dancer)
11pm-12am Girl in a Coma *Cutting-edge Rock*
~Imagine Main Plaza filled to capacity with familia: Abuela just danced to Flaco’s rendition of “Hey baby, que paso?” as her granddaughter anxiously awaits Girl in a Coma – her rocking role models now carrying the torch of San Antonio music nation-wide. Tia is “Riding my Thumb to Mexico” –two-stepping to Johnny Rodriguez while across the Plaza, little ones are mesmerized by the magic of Alberto The Great. Night falls with fire spinners and aerial performers while Flaco and Johnny are having a Lone Star beer back-stage and catching up. The Krayolas with The Westside Hornsare performing their critically acclaimed nuevo-tradition corrido and Tish Hinojosa and Alejandro Escovedo are listening from the wings.
This is the 2nd Annual San Antonio Latino Music Festival – an event where San Antonio and its welcome visitors experience family and cultura – a free event that invites an intergenerational audience to celebrate San Antonio roots under our beautiful Texas sky.
This is downtown San Antonio. This is Main Plaza.
We have broadened the definition of “Latino music” to include many musical genres in our festival: Chicano blues, Conjunto, punk-rock, roots, country, rock, and fusions of all.
Intimate plaza-level performances during music breaks located throughout the Plaza featuring dance, fire, and magic.
EL CORAZÓN DE MEMORIA
Main Plaza’s Dia de los Muertos Altarby David Zamora Casas will remain on display through November 8, 2009.
Blue Star Brewing Company on Main Plaza Riverview Towers
Primera Partners RLK Italian Ices on Main Plaza
Mexican Manhattan Paseo del Rio Association
ISS Grounds Control Drury Plaza Hotel
Bud's Embroidery Outlet Gerard Electric, Inc.
Atascosa Mud Krazy Kat Music
Fiesta Festival Rentals Sonny Melendrez
Alphagraphics Frost Bank
Cain Fence Company
SPECIAL THANKS TO:
Mayor Castro MPC Board of Directors
MPC Maintenance Team Betty Maultsby
Jesse Flores Octavio Solis
Junior League of San Antonio Gloria Sanchez
AtticRep Trinity University
David Zamora Casas, winner of the poster art contest. For more information and to view the winning entry please visit "2LMF Artist" button above.
° Saturday, November 7, 2009 (12pm-12am)
° Free & open to the public
° Kick-Off Concert: Friday, November 6 at Casbeers-the Church (1150 South Alamo) with acoustic performances by Tish Hinojosa and Los TexManiacs with special appearances by Johnny Rodriguez and 2LMF performers. Tickets: pre-sale $12.50 at www.casbeers.com; $15.00 at the door.
° Event coincides with the San Antonio Veteran’s Day Parade; route begins at 12 p.m. and marches down Commerce Street, adjacent to Main Plaza.
T-SHIRTS AND PROGRAMS ARE STILL AVAILABLE THROUGH THE MPC OFFICE!!!
THE 1ST ANNUAL "SAN ANTONIO LATINO MUSIC FESTIVAL"
Special GRACIAS to participating artists and all who attended the 1st Annual San Antonio Latino Music Festival. It was a huge success. T-shirts & posters are still available through our office.
Backstage at the 1st Annual San Antonio Latino Music Festival
Sisters Morales with SPECIAL GUEST PERFORMER Augie Meyers
Joe Jama y Familia with Marisela Barrera
Hector Saldana of The Krayolas with Augie Meyers
Onstage at the 2008 San Antonio Latino Music Festival...
Augie Meyers with the Westside Horns---what a performance!
Alvaro Salas of the dynamic punk/conjunto group-Pinata Protest
Urban-15 performed with such energy...
...the audience joined in!
George Cisneros of Urban-15...thank you George & Kat!
Brothers of the Flame lighted the night at the Latino Music Festival.
Espana Viva featuring Randy Cordero on guitar shared the passion of Flamenco.
THE 1ST ANNUAL "SAN ANTONIO LATINO MUSIC FESTIVAL"
NOVEMBER 8, 2008
PRESENTED BY MAIN PLAZA CONSERVANCY
OFFICIAL SPONSOR - DRURY PLAZA HOTEL
LINE-UP OF EVENTS: SAN ANTONIO SOUND
Noon-12:45pm: Network for Young Artists: San Antonio based nonprofit training the next generation of performing artists
Noon-2pm **Veteran’s Day Parade**
1:30-3pm Conjunto Heritage Taller: San Antonio based nonprofit
featuring intergenerational conjunto performances
3-4pm: Plaza Espectáculo: Conjunto de Foxy & Chucho
Foxy Garcia and Chucho Perales, favorites on the Plaza Sundays, playing conjunto tradicional
4-5pm: Hot Sauce
Latin grooves with slick guitar and marimba – a favorite on the Plaza during our lunch-time music events
5-5:45pm: Plaza Espectáculo: España Viva featuring Randy Cordero
Dance and music capturing the passion of Spanish flamenco
6-6:45pm: Pinata Protest
Punk rock with strong conjunto influences
Bright big dance and drum line founded by George and Kat Cisneros
7:30-8:15pm: Plaza Espectáculo: La Carpa
Intimate variety performances located throughout the Plaza featuring S.T. Shimi (aerialist), DJ Plata (Eddie Hernandez), Brothers of the Flame y mas…
8:15-9:15pm: The Krayolas
Their new album “La Conquistadora” marks the return of the Tex-Mex Beatles
9:15-10:15pm Sisters Morales
Music that knows no boundaries
10:30-12am: The Westside Horns with Special Guest Augie Meyers
San Antonio Blues with Tex-Mex Rock & Roll!
Special Appearance by Joe Jama!
Legendary Westside Horns is a San Antonio group featuring Sauce Gonzalez, Urban Urbano, Mike Zeal, Jay Martinez, Spot Barnett, Louie Bustos, Al Gomez, and Little Roger Gonz
Bring your own chair, concessions available, alcohol will be sold by Blue Star Brewing Company. Plan to spend your weekend at Main Plaza with musicians bringing the best of the best "sounds" to San Antonio.
"OFFICIAL" PROGRAMS & T-SHIRTS WILL BE SOLD AT EVENT!!!