[4/12] Preview: Tardeada with Marcelo Gauna y Volante, Manuel Donley and more at the Moose

marcelo gaunaSunday, Apr. 12, the springtime tardeadas continue at the Moose. This Sunday will feature conjunto Marcelo Gauna y Volante, plus a special appearance by Manuel “Cowboy” Donley and more.

Marcelo Gauna (accordion, vocals) is a multi-faceted gem, spending decades in Conjunto, Norteño, 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 Chris Cruz on bass and Peter Ramirez on bajo sexto. 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.

Also making a special appearance will be Austin Orquesta Tejana icon Manuel “Cowboy” Donley, whose career will be celebrated on April 16th at The Wittliff Collections, Alkek Library in San Marcos. The show will continue with also include another squeezebox-driven conjunto as well.

Long story short: Another great Sunday at Austin’s favorite east side family dancehall that is absolutely perfect for tardeadas.

The Moose Lodge is located at 2103 E.M. Franklin Avenue, north of MLK and east of Airport Boulevard in East Austin. Cover is $5. All ages are welcome. Show starts at 3 p.m. For more information, call 512-926-0043.

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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