[7/6] Preview: Augustin Ramirez and Freddie Martinez at Texas Club Bar and Grill

Saturday July 6, Texas Club Bar and Grill welcomes two legends to the stage. Lockhart’s own Augustin Ramirez will be joined onstage by Corpus Christi native and longtime friend and fellow Tejano superstar Freddie Martinez for what should be an unforgettable evening of classic Tejano at the south Austin Club.

Since beginning his career in the 1960s, Ramirez has been prolific, recording scores of solo albums and collaborating with other legendary performers. Known to most as “El Guti,” Augustin’s classic sound features intricate guitar melodies supplied by the man himself, accentuated by big strong horns, and on occasion, accordion. Some of his greatest hits include “El Barco Chiquito,” “La Postera,” “El Parrandero,” “Tres Ramitas,” “Sangre de Indio,” and many more. His most recent album, Volume 7, was released earlier this year.

Freddie Martinez is one of the most influential men in Tejano music history, seeing the business both as a performer and as a record company executive. The former trumpet player and bandleader was one of the most popular orquesta performers of the 1960s and 70s, with his signature sound characterized by a dominant trumpet and unique vocal style. Among his catalog of hits are “Te Traigo Estas Flores,” “Botoncito De Cariño,” “Mi Arbol y Yo,” and many more. His company, Freddie Records, has recorded many of the top artists in Conjunto and Tejano music, from Tony De La Rosa to Ramon Ayala to Siggno and Elida Reyna.

Recently, Freddie and El Guti joined “Los Leyendas,” a supergroup with longtime friends and orquesta legends Carlos Guzman, Sunny Ozuna, Joe Bravo, and the late Carlos Miranda. The album from that project, The Dream Team, is available online and in record stores.

Long story short: Tejano music fans, especially those who love brass and orquesta, should GO. A show like this will likely never happen again. It’s well worth the cover charge, but I recommend you get there early. In fact, there will be an autograph and photo session from 5:30 to 7 p.m. for the hardcore fans.

The Texas Club Bar and Grill is located on Burleson Road just south of Ben White Boulevard in southeast Austin. The cover is $15 before 9 p.m. and $20 after 9 p.m., and 21+ are welcome. For more information call (512) 541-7621.

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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