Where to celebrate Diez y Seis in Austin

Dancers with the Ballet Folklorico Mari Cruz, including Silva Tidrick, right, and Lucia Fernandez, center, perform a dance from the Nayarit region of Mexico for the crowd under the outdoor stage Sunday afternoon September 15, 2013. Fiestas Patrias of Austin celebrated the 35th Annual Diez y Seis de Septiembre Fiesta at Fiesta Gardens Park in east Austin this weekend to commemorate Mexico's independence from Spain. The annual celebration featured dancing, music and traditional festival food and drink. RALPH BARRERA / AMERICAN-STATEmSMAN
Dancers with the Ballet Folklorico Mari Cruz, including Silva Tidrick, right, and Lucia Fernandez, center, perform a dance from the Nayarit region of Mexico for the crowd under the outdoor stage Sunday afternoon September 15, 2013. RALPH BARRERA / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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.

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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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Flaco Jiménez to perform with Los Texmaniacs at ‘Music Under the Star’ concert

Courtesy of The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum
Photos courtesy of The Bullock Texas State History Museum

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.”

Max Baca and Los Texmaniacs.
Max Baca and Los Texmaniacs.

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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.

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Oaxacan tradition comes to Austin

The "Flor de Pina" is one of the many highlights of the Guelaguetza, an annual harvest festival in Oaxaca, Mexico. Los Angeles Times photo by Gary Friedman.
The “Flor de Pina” is one of the many highlights of the Guelaguetza, an annual harvest festival in Oaxaca, Mexico. Los Angeles Times photo by Gary Friedman.

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.

Hillside concert series lineup at A.B. Cantu/Pan American Rec Center

Los Texas Wranglers are among the performers who will be featured at this summer's Hillside Concert Series.
Los Texas Wranglers are among the performers who will be featured at this summer’s Hillside Concert Series at the A.B. Cantu/Pan American Recreation Center. Photo contributed by Los Texas Wranglers

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.

Free live music will fill the amphitheater every Tuesday in July. Other featured performers include Los Texas Wranglers on July 12 and Tortilla Factory on July 26.

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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

July 26: Marcos Orosco, Tortilla Factory

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