“Una Noche Romantica,” presented by Texas Folklife and featuring world-acclaimed Mexican trio Los Tres Reyes and Austin legend Manuel “Cowboy” Donley, will be held this Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14. Donley will be opening the concert for Los Tres Reyes.
With a musical career of over 60 years, Tejano music legend Manuel “Cowboy” Donley, whose career began in Austin’s 6th Street and East Austin, has earned him the title of Godfather of the “Brown Sound” as well as a spot in the Tejano Hall of Fame in 1997. In the 1940s, he was heavily influenced by trio music leading him to a unique and sophisticated technique in layering musical arrangements and has since tutored many musicians.
Los Tres Reyes, or The Three Kings, is composed of Gilberto Puente, Raúl Puente, and Bebo Cárdenas. Throughout their career, they have produced at total of 19 albums. They gained a lot of international prestige in the 1950s and ‘60s and are the only surviving trio from the Golden Age of Mexican cinema and the romantic music that served as its backdrop. In the early 1990s, Los Tres Reyes regrouped with trio veteran Johnny Albino as the lead vocal and most recently Bebo Cárdenas.
The Valentine’s Day concert, “Una Noche Romantica,” presented by Texas Folklife will be held at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center (MACC) on Thursday, Feb. 14. Doors will be opening at 7 p.m. with a reception that includes chocolate, wine, and hors d’oeuvres. The concert begins at 8 p.m. General admission tickets cost $50 and $35 for Texas Folklife members. Tickets can be purchased at lostresreyes.brownpapertickets.com. For more information, visit texasfolklife.org or the Facebook event page here.