[11/26] Preview: AJ Castillo, David Farias & Art Tigerina at Tejano Ranch


Austin-based Tejano musician AJ Castillo. Courtesy photo.

Tonight, it’s a pre-Thanksgiving party at Tejano Ranch! Fans can prepare for tomorrow’s feast with a triple-header featuring the red-hot accordions of veteran David Farias and Austin’s own AJ Castillo, along with frontman extraordinaire Art Tigerina at the north Austin Tejano hot spot.

He may seem young, but AJ has been around the music scene his entire life, growing up in a musical family along with his talented brother, Sergio. Many consider AJ to be part of the future of Tejano, because of his innovative interpretation of classics as well as some originals, throwing in influences and techniques from other genres, including jazz and hip-hop. His high-energy stage show only adds to his appeal with a younger crowd. AJ’s newest CD, Sin Limites, is available now and happens to feature tonight’s co-headliner David Farias on the single, “Dame Tu Amor.”

The Farias name should be familiar to Tejano fans as the supergroup, La Tropa F. Accordion master David Farias is also known for his work (and Grammy win for Best Tejano Album) with Max Baca and Los Texmaniacs, along with a successful solo career and 2012 reunion with brothers Joe and Juan as Los Hermanos Farias. Their album, Back on Track, was nominated for a Latin Grammy for Best Tejano Album and featured the hardcore conjunto the brothers started out playing over three decades ago.

Also joining them onstage will be Art Tigerina, formerly of Grupo Vida. The Grammy-nominated sax player and vocalist masterfully works the stage and will bring his passionate performance to the already explosive lineup tonight.

Long story short: A great way to start of a Tejano Thanksgiving! Three fantastic, captivating performers…what more could you ask for?

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 all night long. 18+ are welcome. Visit the event page on Facebook 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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