[12/26] Preview: Marcelo Gauna y Volante and Buena Compania at Blue Moon

Blue MoonTonight at the Blue Moon, Austin fans can get a good long look at Marcelo Gauna y Volante. The group is making a splash on the Conjunto scene here in Austin, and fans are in for a treat at the southside venue.

Marcelo Gauna (accordion, vocals) is a multi-faceted gem, spending decades in Conjunto, NorteƱo, Tejano, and even Rock n Roll groups. Coming from a talented musical family, recording as Los Hermanitos Gauna in the 1970s, Marcelo is a versatile musician who can play everything from accordion to bajo sexto to keyboards. He also played with Austin Tejano groups Yayo Castillo y Rumores and Alma Tejana (now known as the A-T Boyz). He also recorded and toured with Joe King Carrasco, a gig that took him all over the world. Most recently, he’s been gigging with Austin’s Calle Seis and Audi y Zentimiento.

Volante’s rhythm section includes three seasoned Austin veterans from various backgrounds, including Javier Cruz of Los Pinkys (bajo sexto), along with his brother on bass. Keeping time is the always awesome Oscar “Compa” Martinez, founder of online music site compadresmusic.com. The group is tight, professional, and truly a sight for sore ears.

Buena Compania is a 5-piece band made up of veteran musicians and plays a variety of different styles including Tejano, Country, Cumbias, and more. They’re not too heavy on the brass, with only alto and tenor sax being played by bandleader Gilbert Davila, and they do include a keyboard and electric guitar along with the rhythm section.

Long story short: A great way to keep the holiday going. And there’s no cover! Conjunto, Tejano, friends, fellowship, dancing, and happiness.

The Blue Moon is located at 2200 S IH 35 at the northeast corner of Oltorf and I-35, next to Best Western. There is no cover for this event and 21+ welcome. There is no cover and music should be starting around 8 p.m.

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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