V-Day Austin Español is having auditions for Los Monólogos de la Vagina this Saturday, Oct. 4 at 1515 Grove Blvd from 2-5 p.m. Join them in their 9th season of bringing Eve Ensler’a Los Monólogos de la Vagina to Austin!! No experience necessary, but you do have to have the ganas to work in a team and raise awareness about violence against women and girls. Bring your friend, your sisters, la comadre and join the cause! See you there! All proceeds will be donated to SafePlace, the local non profit that helps survivors of violence.
Today Austin’s Latino music community will once again come together to help those in need. Flood Aid, an all-day music event to be held at Fiesta Gardens, is the inaugural fundraising event for the Austin Relief Alliance, a newly-formed non-profit organization aimed at providing disaster relief to Austin residents. The proceeds from the event will benefit those area residents hit hardest by the Halloween floods that ravaged parts of southeast Austin.
Fiesta Gardens is located at 1900 E Jesse E. Segovia Street, at the intersection with Chicon Street, on the banks of Lady Bird Lake in East Austin. Admission is $5 per person, and all ages are welcome. For more information, visit austinreliefalliance.org
Tonight local efforts to raise funds for those affected by the Austin Halloween floods will continue with a benefit concert at The Parish. Performers include an eclectic showcase of Latino talent ranging from indie to salsa. Performers include Ricky Zuela, The Dirty Heat, Lil T, The Sun Machine, Migrant Kids and La Vida Buena.
The 2013 Halloween floods resulted in the destruction of homes and property of over 1500 Austinites, hundreds of families displaced, and the official declaration of a state of disaster by Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell.
“When you think about the number of Austinites affected by the flooding, most of them born, raised and living their entire lives here, it’s hard to watch the news and do nothing,“ said Austin rapper Lil T. “Performing at this show is the right thing to do, it’s going to bring much needed support back to a community that so desperately needs it.”
The Parish is located at 214 E. 6th Street. Doors open at 8 p.m. All ages welcome. $7 cover. Proceeds from the show will benefit United Way for Greater Austin; those funds will be turned over to affected members the Dove Springs and affected communities specifically. For more information, or to make a direct donation, please visit the Facebook event page here.
Sunday, Oct. 20, friends, family, and Austin’s Tejano community will come together for an all-star show to benefit the family of Francyne Garza at the Texas Club Bar and Grill in southeast Austin.
Before her death in early September, Francyne Garza played bass for Los Fantasticos, a family band originally from San Marcos that has performed together all over central Texas for over a decade. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Garza family.
While the lineup may be subject to change, the groups scheduled to perform are:
The Texas Club Bar and Grill is located on Burleson Road just south of Ben White Boulevard/Highway 71 in southeast Austin. Barbecue plates will be sold for $6.00 starting at 11:30 a.m., with delivery available for large orders. The dance starts at 7 p.m., 21+ are welcome, and the cover charge is $5. For more information call 512-586-3453.
Tonight Austin’s Tejano community will honor another one of their own that left them too soon. Friends and family will come together for a benefit for Armando “Kido” Alba, in another all-star show, this time at the Austin Moose Lodge on the east side.
Alba was a well-respected and talented drummer, recognized by the Austin Latino Music Association for his contributions to Tejano music in Austin. After starting his career with Dave Gutierrez y Su Orquesta, Alba performed and recorded with such legends like Sunny Ozuna, Little Joe y La Familia, Roy Montelongo, Alfonso Ramos, Manuel Donley, Yayo Castillo y Rumores, and more. Augustin Ramirez and Joe Bravo, with whom Alba also played, are scheduled to perform at the benefit as well.
Long story short: A great lineup, including the legendary West Side Horns all the way from San Antonio, celebrating the life of a good friend and musical brother. Well worth the cover and donation.
While the lineup may be subject to change, here is the lineup of scheduled performers:
The Moose Lodge is located at 2103 E.M. Franklin Avenue, north of MLK and east of Airport Boulevard in East Austin. Tickets are $10 at the door. All ages are welcome. Music starts at 8 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 4 at The White Horse, Conjunto fans and groups will come together to benefit Chencho Flores of Conjunto Los Pinkys. The veteran accordionist, who has been playing on East 6th Street since 1947, is recovering from surgery and needs financial assistance to cover his medical bills.
Scheduled to appear are legendary and up-and-coming groups from as far away as Dallas. The lineup may change, but here’s who is currently slated to perform:
3p.m-3:45p.m Johnny Degollado y su Conjunto
4p.m.-4:45p.m. Conjunto Aztlan
5p.m.-5:45p.m. Los Morales Boyz
6p.m.-6:45p.m. The Bronze Band
7p.m.-8p.m. Conjunto Los Pinkys with Ramz Guerrero and more!!
There will also be a BBQ plate sale and silent auction, and sliding-scale donation at the door.
Long story short: A great event filled with down-home, authentic Conjunto music for an Austin legend at one of the hottest live music venues in town. It starts and ends early, too.
The White Horse is located at 500 Comal in East Austin, a few blocks east of I-35. Sliding-scale donation at the door. 21+ are welcome. Visit the Facebook event page here.
Sunday, July 28, the Austin Tejano community will come together to help out one of their own at Blue Moon Bar & Grill in South Austin. Wild Bill Perkins, Trumpet player for the legendary Ruben Ramos and the Mexican Revolution and Calle Seis, is recovering from some serious health issues and needs financial assistance.
The all-day event will include a chicken and sausage plate sale from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and live music from 6 p.m. to midnight.
Among the Tejano heavyweights and other local musicians who are scheduled to perform are Ruben Ramos, Joe Bravo, Ricardo Castillon of La Diferenzia, Art Tijerina of Grupo Vida, Hugo Guerrero, Raphael Rodriguez of Los A-T Boyz, Devin Bands, Clay Campania, Chris Casteneda, Angel y Vimana, La Distancia, Braulio and Marc Sustaita, Calle Seis, and many more.
The Blue Moon Bar and Grill is located at 2200 S IH 35 at the northeast corner of Oltorf and I-35, next to Best Western. Food will be sold from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at $6 per plate. Donations will be accepted at the door. 21+ welcome. View the Facebook event here.
On Sunday, Dec. 16 at Graham Central Station in Pflugerville, a blockbuster lineup of Tejano performers will come together to support families in crisis this holiday season. Proceeds from the event will benefit Celebration of Love.
Since 2003, Celebration of Love has served families in central Texas by providing food and resources to help them overcome their struggles and get back on their feet. The organization’s initiatives include programs especially intended for military families, including Soldiers of America, Operation Pray Me Home, the Reaching Out Center food pantry, Welcome Home Soldier, and a Toys for Tots collaboration with the United States Marine Corps.
The schedule of performers is a who’s who of legendary and Grammy-winning Tejano superstars, along with up and coming groups. While the lineup may be subject to change without notice, bands currently scheduled to perform are:
Little Joe y La Familia
Ricardo Castillon y La Diferenzia
Grupo X (former members of La Mafia and Xcelencia)
Mike Torres III and the Grooveland Chicano Band
Gilbert Alba y Super City
Long story short: Talk about getting the most bang for your buck! $10 per person is a steal for Little Joe, let alone for an entire show of this caliber. Tejano performers are known for their willingness to do benefits and serve their communities. This is just another example of that spirit in action. And it will be a phenomenal show.
Graham Central Station is located at 1719 Grand Avenue Parkway, just east of I-35 in Pflugerville. The event begins at 3 p.m., and the party is expected to last until 11 p.m. The cover charge is $10 per person, 18+ are welcome. View the Facebook event here.