In 2014, Donley received the National Endowment for the Arts’ lifetime achievement award for folk and traditional arts. He was among 13 master artists across the country to receive the honor. Donley, a Mexican-American singer, multi-instrumentalist, arranger and composer, is often called the “Godfather of Tejano music” because he helped shape a new Tejano sound by incorporating rock and electric guitars into Mexican American music. He later helped elevate the trío romántico musical style.
Lydia Street House Concerts hosts singer/songwriters and Latin music shows at a decommissioned train depot. Space is limited to 40 people, so guests are encouraged to make reservations. Guest who reserve a spot are encouraged to bring a dish to share and offer a $10 donation for the artist.
You can now also catch Donley every first Sunday of the month at afternoon shows called Tardeadas at the Moose Lodge (2103 E M Franklin Ave.) starting at 4 p.m. For more details, visit Donley’s Facebook page.