Los Gavilanes

Los Gavilanes de La Cumbia

Los Gavilanes de la Cumbia es una familia de musicos organizados por el Sr. Claudio Guzman. El lleva mas de 20 anos en su carrera de ser musico y ahora a lado de su familia entregan en el escenario toda la energia y el sabor unico de la Cumbia Colombiana.

En el ano 2004 se lanzo el primer material de Los Gavilanes de la Cumbia, CD titulado “Llegaron Los Gavilanes” que se escucho en la radio y en clubs por toda la nacion. Ahora en el 2007 se lanza lo mas nuevo de Los Gavilanes de la Cumbia, CD titulado “A Bailar…El Ritmo de Gavilanes”. Este es un disco con mucho ritmo y energia, ademas contiene el gran exito y sencillo “La Pollera Colora” con la participacion de un grande de la cumbia “La Pura Sabrosura” Fito Olivares.

Los Gavilanes de la Cumbia an tenido el privilegio de compartir los esenarios con grandes musicos como “El Tigere Sabanero” Aniceto Molina, “El Rebelde del Accordion” Celso Pina, Chicos de Barrio, La Sonora Carrusel, El Binomio de Oro, Los Inquietos del Vallenato, Ramon Ayala y muchos mas. Y ahora con orgullo y placer se presentan a todo el mundo El Ritmo Y El Sabor, Los Gavilanes de la Cumbia.

Joe Posada

Joe Posada

Joe Posada, one of Tejano music’s most celebrated saxophonists, is also recognized as a timeless vocalist and a well-versed lyricist. As an accomplished composer, Posada has managed to successfully fuse the sounds of Jazz and Tejano by creating a melodic flow found intriguing by a wide range of music lovers.

Citing John Coltrane, Michael Brecker and Grover Washington as significant influences, Posada’s ability to integrate Jazz chord progressions and scatting into the polka beat has enabled Tejano music to advance to the multi-genre blend always claimed, but rarely achieved, by Tejano’s most loyal supporters.

A six-time Tejano Award and four-timeTejano Academy Award winner, native San Antonian, Posada, was born in 1954, the same year orchestra leader, Isidro Lopez integrated accordions with his ensemble in Alice, TX, a historic event in the birth of what is now called Tejano music. Raised in the predominantly Hispanic West Side San Antonio, he began his saxophone studies at age 12.

Though his parents were not musicians, Posada’s mother was determined to encourage her son’s study of music, a clever ploy to deter a young Joe from spending time with potentially negative influences.

Once he made a name for himself by way of talent shows and neighborhood groups, Posada was able to progress and gain notoriety playing with local groups Rudy Tee and the Reno-Bops and Zapata. In 1973, during what author, Ramiro Burr calls Tejano’s Golden Age, Posada graduated to the Royal Jesters, a premier Onda Chicana act of the moment.

In addition to playing sax, Posada contributed his talents assisting with musical arrangements. This growth has Posada credited with remaining on the progressive side of Tejano, emphasizing a preference of wind instruments to accordion.

Posada came into his own as a composer on the 1993’s Breakaway, for which he composed all tracks. Widening his range for his listeners, he recorded a salsa track, a sax instrumental and the Jazz-Soul title track. It was Posada’s 1994 release, “Canción Para Mi Padre,” (Song For My Father) that found him unifying Jazz and Polka seamlessly, a creative endeavor magnifying his talents and setting him aside from the conventional cookie-cutter bands.

“Con Un Cachito,” “Ya No,” and “Caen Por Caen” are nationwide hits and the recently released “Amor Y Fuego,” collection of 12 original tracks continues to be recognized by the public as one of Posada’s more recent musical accomplishments with receiving a 2006 Latin Grammy nomination. 2005 was also an energizing year for Posada with his induction into the Tejano Roots Hall of Fame and his Grammy nomination for his compilation, “Then and Now.”

Posada’s musical plate is always overflowing with delectable treats that have the public wanting more. Currently, Posada is touring and performing in an effort to promote his latest CD, “Despacito,” which has also won a 2007 Latin Grammy nomination. Just for kicks, Mr. Posada has also released, in 2007, “Jazzano” an all-Jazz CD. In addition to playing various San Antonio venues, there are the many local conventions, Jazz clubs and festivals, a wide variety of hosts welcoming of the versatility and unique Latino brew that defines Joe Posada as an unequalled musical success.

From the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame and the Houston Astrodome to Rocco’s in Belaire, California and Las Vegas, Nevada, Posada’s efforts continue to quench those thirsty souls who seemingly are never quite satiated with the all too common drones escaping radio airwaves and unmatched by Posada’s passion for music. Being a seasoned musician, Posada continues as one of the more sought out modern-day músicos whose expertise illuminates even the bigger stages.

Sunny Sauceda

Sunny Sauceda

2-Time Grammy Award Winner, Sunny Sauceda is making the publicity rounds promoting an exciting solo CD, which is being released to great fanfare on the prestigious Tejas Records label.

The Texas music scene is buzzing with the news that, Sunny and Grupo Vida parted ways after completing their recording commitment and seven year relationship with Tejas Records. Sunny took the opportunity to re-sign a multi-record solo deal with Tejas. He immediately got into the studio to record and at the same time formed a top notch, high-energy group to carry his accordion based live show and recording career to new levels.

Tony T. Samarripa, of KXTQ in Lubbock, TX, one of Texas’ top program directors, say’s “It’s exciting to watch because he’s young and has time still to become the best accordionist we’ve ever had.” Tejano hit-maker and long time friend, Eddie Gonzalez, “It’s the best thing that could have happened. Now he’ll have the creative freedom he needs.”

Sunny Sauceda is considered to be one of the best accordion players in the world and the list of the accomplishments that led up to this new solo career is long and impressive. Sunny performed across the country as part of the record breaking “Fly” tour with the Dixie Chicks. He has appeared in ad campaigns for the Miller Brewing Co., which were viewed by millions. He has received “Best Accordionist” recognition from both the T.T.M.A and T.E.M.A. He has one of the top endorsement relationships with Hohner and has traveled internationally to do clinics and endorsement performances. And, in 2005, Sunny received a Grammy Award for Best Tejano Album.

Due to his history of success in all his past musical projects Texas music fans, radio programmers, and live venue operators anticipate great things from this newest chapter in Sunny’s life. The reason is that he has such a large fan base. Over the past 10 years, hundreds of thousands have been spellbound by Sunny’s incredible stage performances, which were the main force behind Grupo Vida’s many well deserved “Show band of the Year” honors. Millions have enjoyed his innovative and influential accordion style on hit records and those devoted longtime fans are eager to continue on with Sunny into the future of innovative progressive Tex-Music music.

The hot new solo CD entitled simply “Sunny,” is going to be another potential mega-hit because fans and the media all over the world have become hooked on the pure excitement that is the pride of Texas entertainment; Sunny Sauceda.

Mariachi Los Galleros – San Antonio, TX

Mariachi Los Galleros

In South Texas, where Mariachis are the heart and soul of celebrations and festivities, the elite choice is Mariachi Los Galleros de San Antonio. Unrivaled in skill and talent, the acclaimed musicians of Mariachi Los Galleros boast more than twenty years experience, performing in venues through out the US, Mexico and abroad.

Most recently, Mariachi Los Galleros received the distinguished honor of accompanying renowned tenor, Placido Domingo and performing at Jenna Bush’s wedding ceremony and reception. Mariachi Los Galleros was also selected to represent the City of San Antonio in a national advertisement campaign, making appearances on Fox and Friends and NBC’s Today show, among other morning shows.

Outfitted in their elegant Traje de Charro, Mariachi Los Galleros is sure to invigorate and complement your special event. From intimate romantic serenades to festive grand galas, the rich authentic sound of Mariachi Los Galleros is the optimum choice. Quality, Experience and Excellence – Mariachi Los Galleros, Simplemente Lo Mejor.

Los Texas Wranglers

Los Texas Wranglers

Sonny Trujillo (Accordion) Sonny has been in the Tejano/Conjunto music scene for over 40 years. This gentleman is truly one of Austin’s finest and most sought after, musician and a great person to be around. His talent has brought out the best in our conjunto. Sonny is known throughout the U.S. as one of the best accordionist. He is respected as a true icon to the Tejano and Conjuntos in Texas and beyond. He has recorded for many groups. Ruben Ramos has often called on Sonny for many recordings. It is my great honor to have him onboard. Just recently Sonny recorded his 1st original polka and we all voted to name it “Sonny Boy Polka”.

Tim Torres (Sax and vocals) Tim is a true class act. Tim is Austin’s favorite gem, an Austin legend, and a well-known “Big Band” leader. Tim lights up a crowd with his many styles of music. He brings to our conjunto many styles such as Swing, Danzon, Country, and those killer Boleros. It’s a great pleasure and an honor to perform with Tim. With his over 40 years experience in the music business Tim still has that Midas touch. When Tim was 18 he played with the Nash Hernandez Orchestra along side my grandfather Manuel “POPS’ Limon. Tim will always have a special place in our hearts! Thanks Mr. Tim…

Amador Salazar (Bass and vocals) Amador grew up in Edinburg, Texas. He is Austin’s best kept secret-his singing is second to none. Amador brings a classy style of singing and has great stage showmanship. His personality is the same both on and off stage. Amador has been the backbone of the conjunto and I thank him for keeping faith in our project. When Amador smiles at you when he’s singing you feel that sincere warmth, he has that charm and seductive stage presences that I’ve only seen in likes of Elvis, Julio Iglesias, Selena, and George Strait. I hope one day he gets the recognition he deserves.

Marcelo Sanchez (Guitar and vocals) Marcelo, from Alice, Texas, has a true love for music. Marcelo brings that little thing that groups go for years looking for and never find it “Class”. I wasn’t looking for a guitar player for our conjunto, but when I heard him play and sing I had to make room in our Conjunto and rewrite parts to accommodate our newest member. His true Chicano feels for la onda and his love for the old standards (Ol’School) is what put our conjunto over the top. When you hear Marcelo play his guitar you’ll feel like you are in Chicago or New Orleans. He brings that good’ol sound down to Earth. Just “puro bad” es este carnal. Thanks Marcelo for finding us.

Julian L. Fernandez (Drums) I’m a true Austinite by way of Chicago. My job is music director, arranger, composer and business manager. With all the great talent in our Conjunto I am pleased to present our music to the world. It is an honor to have these great musicians. I often get compliments on our performances and selections. I come from a musical family that extends 4 generations. I often run into folks that know my family and the groups we used to play for. I thank you for your continued support and for making Los Texas Wranglers your choice. Our goal is to keep conjunto alive and educate the younger generation on the music our forefathers brought forth to us. “Keeping it Conjunto!”

“Keeping it Conjunto!”

I formed Los Texas Wranglers in October 1999. This is a project that I’m proud of. I wanted a Conjunto that Austin could be proud of and afford to hire. With the backing of great friends, families and local businesses it has been lots of fun. We’re climbing the mountain and so far have overcome the obstacles in our path. I have great musicians and we all have our own history in la onda with some of the great and famous Tejano stars. With that much experience in our Conjunto it has made this project very interesting. We have played in Chicago (3 times within the year) and in Richland and Kennewick, Washington in June 2004. I have been working hard at making this Conjunto known. Not everyone knows us, but the ones that do, keep our Conjunto going and that keeps making us a larger fan base. Los Texas Wranglers main focus is the audience and showing the younger generation how much fun conjunto music can be. National and international businesses have taken a chance with our project and helped us spread conjunto music to their distributors and outlets. With the help Brown Distributing (Bud and Bud-Light), we have performed for grocery store grand openings, played for fiestas, distinguished celebrities and politicians. With the help Wrangler Hats we’ve played for grand openings of new western wear stores in Chicago, Washington State, Austin, Dallas, Garland, San Antonio and Del Rio. It is a great feeling when you have the confidence and trust of companies like these. Recently, Crumrine Gold and Silversmiths in Reno, Nevada have endorsed us and are now another one of our international companies that we have the honor of being onboard. Wrangler Hats provides our cowboy hats, along with other products. Also, cowboy hats to give at our events, like to the best female cumbia dancer or the highest jumping male huapango dancer. We always have fun with our audience. Los Texas Wranglers and Puro Conjunto Records released “Llegaron Los Texas Wranglers” CD it has 14 songs of which 6 are original compositions of Los Texas Wranglers. Our style and image is a clean-cut western cowboy (caballero) type. Our own release “Texas Tradition” CD which has opened our market even more, with songs like; Yellow Rose of Texas, San Antonio Rose, Tennessee Waltz, Cielito Lindo, Ranch Grande and much more traditional Texas songs and original Conjunto songs. Fans have come to appreciate the good old boy Texas sound. We have had success in our selections of music; it’s been keeping us busy. Thank you very much for taking time and giving me this opportunity to introduce Los Texas Wranglers and myself.

Thank you, and “Keep it Conjunto”

Siempre Amigos

Julian Limon Fernandez

La Conquista

La Conquista

La Conquista

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Walter Suhr and Mango Punch

Pearland Summer Concert

Walter Suhr and Mango Punch!

Winner of  Best Latin Pop band in the Houston Press Music Awards three years in a row (2005, 2006 and now 2007), Mango Punch! lives up to that distinction.  The band was formed by Walter Suhr, an award-winning songwriter, with the purpose of  integrating diverse cultures and age-groups through music.

Mango Punch! has performed in prominent concerts and events, like the world-renowned Super Bowl XXXVIII, along with Willie Nelson, Toby Keith, Aerosmith and Beyoncé.

As a songwriter, Walter Suhr has won a number of awards including: 2006 Carnavalero de Oro in Tenerife, Spain; 2005 John Lennon Songwriting Contest and 2005 Festival de las Islas Canarias; First place latin category 9th annual Billboard Song Contest.

Mango Punch!  has performed in Texas, Illinois, Lousiana, and Michigan for many years captivating a multicultural audience with versatility and talent. Their concerts in Mexico, including Guadalajara’s Fiestas de Octubre, have been done to capacity crowds.

Mango Punch! has shared the stage with a number of international artists including: Elvis Crespo, Kumbia Kings, Son by Four, Alvaro Torres and others.  Mango Punch! was also chosen to perform at an intimate private gathering for latin superstar Luis Miguel.

Their TV performances include shows on all major Networks, including ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, Telemundo, Univisión, Galavisión and Televisa. The video of their song “Qué me pongo” was made famous internationally through heavy rotation on HTV, MTVs and VH Uno.

Walter Suhr’s  songs have also been featured in albums by other artists including Martita Roca and Málin. Most recently his song ‘Nothing, nothing’, was chosen as the theme song for the movie ‘Love for Rent’. His work creating Spanish versions of English songs is highly valued. He has collaborated with Karen Taylor-Good, a Grammy-nominated songwriter, in the Spanish version of her book On Angel’s Wings. He’s written commercial jingles for radio ads and political campaigns including the national Christmas campaign for Wal-Mart “Navidad en Familia” for which he won an ADDY award.

Discography

Mango Punch! has recorded 4 CDs of original music.

“Mango Punch!”, self-titled debut album.

“Pop/Rock”, contains the song ‘Valemos la pena’ which won first place in the latin category of the ninth annual Billboard Song Contest.

¿Qué me pongo? contains the song “Big dreams, grandes sueños” which won first place (Carnavalero de Oro) in the “Certamen Internacional de la Canción del Carnaval” in Tenerife, Spain.

Desayuno de amor, contains the song “Que se lleve el viento mi dolor” which won Finalist in the “2005 John Lennon Songwriting Contest” and Honorary Mention in the “2005 Festival Internacional de las Islas Canarias” and “Nothing, nothing” from the movie “Love for Rent”.