[9/15] Preview: Fito Olivares at the State Capitol

Fito OlivaresMonday, Sept. 15,  will be another celebration of the Diez y Seis de Septiembre holiday at the Texas State Capitol building. This year, international stars Fito Olivares y La Pura Sabrosura will be headlining the event, held in honor of Mexico’s declaration of independence from Spain.

Fito and his group have been cranking out hits for decades, and have long been considered the kings of the cumbia. Although considered more of an international artist, Tejanos have always appreciated classics like “Juana La Cubana,” “La Gallina,” and “La Cobra.” While the saxophone is Fito’s primary instrument and has shaped his signature sound his entire career, he’s no slouch on accordion, which he played on “La Sabrosona.” Their latest release, Sabrosura Sin Fronteras, is available now.

Also scheduled to perform are Ballet Folklórico de Roy Lozano, the Texas State University Mariachi, and Barbara Padilla.

Long story short: Family-friendly, free, downtown, lots of flags and plenty of fantastic cumbias from one of the genre’s masters.

The Texas State Capitol is located at 11th and Congress, in the heart of downtown Austin. Parking will be difficult, so I advise public transportation if at all possible. The event starts at 5 p.m. and should end by 10 p.m. There will be no cover charge and all ages are welcome.

Piper LeMoine

Piper LeMoine manages all things technical, promotional, and creative at Austin's own Rancho Alegre Radio, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting Tejano and Conjunto music. She also co-hosts Rancho Alegre, playing Tejano and Conjunto music every Monday from 9-10 a.m. on KOOP 91.7 FM in Austin and online at koop.org.

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