Saturday, Nov. 29, the Texas Club Bar and Grill welcomes Audi y Zentimiento. It will be the Austin debut for the Killeen-based group, and they’ll share the bill with Austin’s own Grupo Remedio at the southeast Austin Tejano club.
Unless they’ve been to Fan Fair in San Antonio, this may be the very first opportunity for many Austin fans to see Audi Castillon Portales, who recently relocated to Killeen from Fort Collins, Colorado. The Tejano music industry is hard enough, but trying to succeed from a non-Tejano stronghold outside of Texas is especially difficult. By making quality music, establishing a fan base through social media, and making the pilgrimage to San Antonio whenever possible, Audi’s hard work has paid off with Tejano Music Award nominations and all-star collaborations with the likes of Max Baca, Gabriel Zavala, Rebecca Valadez, Ram Herrera, and Rick Fuentes (Ruben Ramos and the Mexican Revolution).
Since moving to Killeen, Audi has rebuilt her band, featuring the squeezebox wizardry of Austin’s own marvelous (and massively underappreciated in my opinion) Marcelo Gauna, and served as a celebrity judge in the Austin Tejano Music Coalition’s 2014 Tejano Idol competition last month. Her debut album, Donde Andaras, was released in 2011 and has released several singles from her upcoming album, Este Amor Puro.
Long story short: Of course, I always recommend that Tejano fans go to a show I preview. Especially when the cover charge includes an entire night of live Tejano music from two incredibly talented bands and is less than a Jumbo Jack with Cheese combo! Seriously…GO.
The Texas Club Bar and Grill is located on Burleson Road just south of Ben White Boulevard in southeast Austin. The cover charge is $5 all night long, and the doors open at 7 p.m. 21+ are welcome. For more information call (512) 502-4197.