Enjoy an Austin-style Mexican Independence Day at events throughout the city. On Sept. 17, bring your lawn chair to Fiesta Gardens Park West and enjoy the free Hispanic Heritage Celebration. Ballet folklorico, mariachi and Tejano music performances begin at 12:30 p.m. and local Tejano group Los A-T Boyz will headline the festival at 8:30 p.m. Visit diezyseis.org for more information.
At the Texas State Capitol, Austinites can celebrate the “Fiesta del Grito de Independencia” with live music, ballet folklorico performances and a re-enactment of “El Grito” from 6-9:30 p.m. on Sept. 15. At 9 p.m. Consul General of Mexico Carlos González Gutiérrez will give the “grito,” which was the call for independence that Father Miguel Hidalgo gave in 1810. Due to Capitol renovations, the stage will be located between 11th and Colorado streets this year.
Keep an eye out for the annual ¡Viva Mexico! celebration at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center. González Gutiérrez will begin the festivities with welcoming remarks at 6 p.m. Live entertainment will include Mariachi Amor, Ballet Folklorico Mexikayotl and other musical guests. Visit austintexas.gov/esbmacc for updates.
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Living legend Flaco Jiménez will join Tex-Mex band Los Texmaniacs on Friday at the Bullock Texas State History Museum’s outdoor concert series “Music Under the Star.”
Grammy award winners Los Texmaniacs blend everything from conjunto roots music to Texas rock and R&B. At this special concert, they’ll feature Jiménez, who in 2014 received a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award. Jiménez’ career has spanned six decades and continues to record and perform. In 2013, when he performed at the Pachanga Latino Music Festival in Austin, he told the Statesman’s Spanish-language weekly ¡Ahora Sí! that “I don’t read or write notes; I just play by ear.”
The free, family-friendly shows at the museum’s Lone Star Plaza start at 6 p.m. and concertgoers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets to enjoy the performances. Food and beverages will be for sale and free parking will be available onsite after 5 p.m.
The “Music Under the Star” series wraps up on July 22 with performances by indie rockers Quiet Company and hip-hop duo Riders Against the Storm. Find out about more Austin weekend music picks here.
The first time I traveled to Oaxaca City about 10 years ago, I ended up folk dancing on a festival stage after the performers invited me and other audience members to join them. It was my introduction to Guelaguetza, a celebration and cultural exchange that honors the diversity of traditions within the various regions of the Mexican state of Oaxaca.
For the first time, Austin will have its own Guelaguetza festival presented by the local Mexican folkloric dance company, Oaxaca Arte en Movimiento (Oaxaca Art in Motion), as well as other community partners. The series of events throughout July includes a free textile exhibit and conference at 2 p.m. July 15 at the Benson Latin American Collection.
On July 16, maybe you’ll get your chance to dance on stage at the Guelaguetza Oaxaqueña event featuring folkloric dances from eight distinct regions of Oaxaca state. Check out the free event at 7 p.m. at the hillside amphitheater of the A.B. Cantu/Pan American Recreation Center.
A longtime East Austin summertime tradition returns with the kickoff of the Hillside Concert Series at the A.B. Cantu/Pan American Recreation Center from 7-9 p.m. July 5. Performers for the first showcase include New Generation, cumbia and ranchera band Maria y Cien Grados and rising Tejano and cumbia band Cañonazo.
Don’t miss the chance to check out this beloved neighborhood tradition, which brings together many families who often sit on blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy the annual shows. For more details, click here.
Scheduled lineup of performers:
July 5: New Generation, Maria y Cien Grados, Cañonazo
July 12: Los Texas Wranglers, Phoebe Marie, David Farias
July 19: Conjunto Cats, Jonny Martinez y Grupo Bravo, Buddy Lonesome, Veronique Medrano
Austin-based DJ collective Peligrosa celebrates its eighth anniversary this week, and the music mashers will perform at the Empire Control Room on Friday with a slew of friends who will no doubt energize the dance floor starting at 8 p.m.
The line-up includes Latin alternative rising stars such as Oakland-based Panamanian hip-hop duo, Los Rakas and New York-based Brazilian performer Zuzuka Poderosa. Other scheduled artists include DJ Playero, Que Bajo?!, Happy Colors, Kiko Villamizar, La Frenetika and Austin Samba.
Peligrosa, which launched in 2007, is comprised of a group of accomplished DJs who brought the popular Latino dance party movement to Austin. “On any given day, the Peligrosa sound can be any variety of different styles, from the most rudimentary traditional instrumental to a heavy club banging remix of a more well-known Celso Piña track, and this goes for each individual in the crew, so imagine six DJs together!” co-founder Orión García said in a 2012 Austin360 interview.
The free show, courtesy of Red Bull Music Academy, requires an RSVP at redbull.com/peligrosa8. You can also catch Peligrosa in Corpus Christi on Dec. 19 at the Aria Sky Terrace.
Don’t miss another uniquely Austin theater tradition — the Puerto Rican Folkloric Dance’s annual Sembrando Herencia production. “Mi Tierra Boricua,” written by the group’s executive and artistic director Ana María Tekina-eirú Maynard with help from community elders in Puerto Rico, brings oral history to the stage through music, dance and theater.
“Mi Tierra Boricua” tells the dramatic, adventurous tale of what happens when people of a mountain tobacco community leave in search of a better life. The production features the poetry of Puerto Rican poet Julia de Burgos and is written in English, Spanish and Taíno.
“Mi Tierra Boricua” runs Dec. 5-6 at the George Washington Carver Museum’s Boyd Vance Theatre. Opening night starts at 6:30 p.m.; Dec. 6 show is at 3 p.m. Advance tickets can be purchased online at casita.prfdance.org/sembrando2015 and are $15 for adults and $5 for children 3-12 years old. For more information, visit prfdance.org.
Among the Latino cultural art happenings this weekend are two unique theater and dance offerings. Both Teatro Vivo’s latest production “El Nogalar” and the Aztlan Dance Company’s “Itzpapalotl: Obsidian Butterfly” were among American-Statesman’s art critic Jeanne Claire van Ryzin’s weekend art picks.
“El Nogalar.” Teatro Vivo stages Tanya Saracho’s critically acclaimed modern bilingual adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s “The Cherry Orchard.” On a beautiful but fading ranch in northern Mexico, the upper-middle-class Galvan family struggles to hold on to their generations-old pecan orchards as well as their social status as both land in the crosshairs of the contemporary drug cartel violence. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. June 7 and 14, through June 20. Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River St. $14-$20. 512-474-6379, teatrovivoatx.wordpress.com. —Jeanne Claire van Ryzin
“Itzpapalotl: Obsidian Butterfly.” Aztlan Dance Company brings its fusion of contemporary dance and ballet folklorico flare to an original show about a young girl whose encounter with the magic Aztec butterfly goddess, Itzpapalotl, leads her on a journey that reveals the wonderful secrets of life. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. June 7. Santa Cruz Center for Culture, 1805 E. Seventh St. $12-$15. 512-762-7000, http://www.aztlandance.com. —Jeanne Claire van Ryzin