Tonight Tejano Ranch welcomes superstar Michael Salgado to the stage, along with conjunto powerhouse David Farias y Los Hermanos Farias. Fans will get a taste of Ramon Ayala-inspired, Norteño-flavored Tejano, along with some heavy-duty conjunto, courtesy of both San Antonio groups.
Probably best known for his 1995 hit, “Cruz de Madera,” Salgado’s music appeals to Tejano and Norteño fans alike, much like one of his idols, Ramón Ayala. In fact, the raspy-voiced southpaw accordionist even pays homage to Ayala on his album, Homenaje A Mis Idolos, released last year. Lately, Salgado has tried his hand at Country music, recording “Honky Tonks and Cantinas” for his Grammy-nominated 2011 album, No Vengo A Ver Si Puedo…Si Por Que Puedo Vengo. He continues this trend with the single, “Buscando Amor,” released last fall, a Spanish-language cover of the Johnny Lee classic “Lookin’ For Love,” and rearranged as a cumbia.
Los Hermanos Farias (LHF) include brothers David, Joe, and Juan Farias, who have reunited to play the hardcore conjunto they started out playing decades ago. The Farias name should be familiar to Tejano fans as the supergroup, La Tropa F. David Farias is also known for his work (and Grammy win for Best Tejano Album) with Max Baca and Los Texmaniacs, along with his solo career as well. In 2012, upon reuniting, LHF released a new album, Back on Track, which was nominated for a Latin Grammy for Best Tejano Album.
Long story short: Accordion shoot-out with a little something for everyone.
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 $12 before 9 p.m, and $15 cover after 9 p.m. 18+ are welcome. The Facebook event is here.