[4/5] Preview: David Olivarez and Ruben Ramos and the Mexican Revolution at Tejano Ranch

On April 5, it’s another Totally Tejano Friday at Tejano Ranch with Houston Tejano artist David Olivarez, along with Austin legends Ruben Ramos and the Mexican Revolution.

Olivarez has been around the Tejano scene for quite some time, rising to fame in the 1990s as part of the group Xs before pursuing a solo career. Known for hits like the thumping, accordion-heavy “El SoƱador” and the smooth cumbia, “Luna,” his style is definitely in the same vein as other classic Tejano favorites like Ram Herrera, David Lee Garza y Los Musicales, and Emilio Navaira. Recently signed with Freddie Records, David’s latest album, Back to Basics, is available in stores now.

Also taking the stage is the always amazing Ruben Ramos and the Mexican Revolution. With a career spanning over five decades, two Grammy Awards, and countless albums and collaborations, the handsome, charismatic, silver-haired Ramos is known for his soulful voice and suave persona. Backing him up is the big sound of the world-class Mexican Revolution, known for its funky accordion and hot brass section. Back in the 1980s, Ramos scored a hit with “El Gato Negro,” which quickly became his nickname among fans and musicians alike. He is also known for frequent collaborations with other artists, especially for his work with fellow legends Roberto Pulido and Little Joe as Los Tres Amigos. With other hits like “Canal Seco,” “Voy Navegando,” and “Tierras Planas Del West,” his music is a mainstay on Tejano playlists everywhere.

Long story short: Another great example of wider variety of performers coming to the ATX. Tejano as lifelong fans know it to be…strong accordion, big brass, and plenty of dancing.

Tejano Ranch is located at 7601 North Lamar, just south of Highway 183 in north Austin. The doors open at 8 p.m. The cover charge is $15, but the first 100 people in the door get in for $12. The proceeds benefit the Austin Tejano Music Coalition. 18+ are welcome. The Facebook event is here.

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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