Sunday, March 21, 2010

¡Ba! Se acabó: SXSW 2010

While it was an adventure and many sights to be seen with all the creative types running around this week in downtown Austin, SXSW 2010 has come to an end.

This year, more music venues spilled over to the East side, the east side of I-35 that is. That's where I had the pleasure of enjoying Ruben Ramos and the Mexican Revolution and Little Joe y la Familia on Thursday evening. A little late for the vid, but what the hey.

The promoters for the Latino/Tejano showcase, todoaustin.com, were "expecting about 100 people to show up." Yeah right. What were they thinking? There were a few hundred people in atttendance at the new outdoor venue called Kenny Dorham's Backyard on E. 11th in the new "Cultural Arts District." Since they were running only one concession stand for drinks, they ran out of beer! Imagine that! But, where there's a will there's a way, and the 24 packs arrived quickly, phew.

El Gato Negro was professional as always, with his suited up horn section and rico suave singing and dancing. Great entertainer. Little Joe had a great set, as well. Another great showman. He seemed to have the 60 minute gig down pat with the swells and quells in the right places. Both acts started out with some old timey songs in English. It sure gets the audience worked up in anticipation for the good ol' Tejano songs. It was a fantastic show, and the sound was incredible. Nop notch audio support. Fue "una buena borrachera," just like Little Joe belted out.

To be continued...

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