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3:47 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Bobby Mack Showcases His Blues Roots In Fredericksburg

Bobby Mack.
Lars Ericcson

The Pioneer Museum's Roots Music Concert Series continues in Fredericksburg. I spoke to one of the musicians, Bobby Mack.

Mack is playing his brand of music, or as he puts it, “Texas blues guitar.”

Mack is a native Texan, raised in Fort Worth, but he got to Austin right about the time of the early 70s music explosion.

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Arts & Culture
4:22 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

'Nouveau' Flamenco Master Ottmar Liebert Coming To The Aztec Theatre

Ottmar Liebert
Greg Gorman

He’s a German who, after a trip to the far east, somehow ended up as a flamenco guitar player. He’s Ottmar Liebert, and if you haven’t heard his music, you ought to.

Liebert’s road to success has been a winding one. One that started when he was just 19 and on a train.

“In Moscow I went on the Trans Siberian Train to then the East Coast of the then Soviet Union," he said. "From there I took a boat to Japan, and then continued there to Taiwan, Honk Kong, Thailand.”

On that year-long journey he realized music held a special power.

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Arts & Culture
4:11 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Balcones Heights Jazz Festival Starts July 11 At Wonderland Mall

Steve Oliver.
Kaye Runner

The Balcones Heights Jazz Festival will soon kick off.

“The Balcones Heights Jazz Festival runs this year for four consecutive Friday nights: July 11, 18, 25, and August 1," said Balcones Heights Director of Community Initiatives Lorenzo Nastasi.

“The venue is really remarkable -- at Wonderland of the Americas around that wonderful reflecting pool, the amphitheater setting, the grassy hillside.”  

And then there’s the music. It's all Jazz, but jazz features a lot of iterations.

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Arts & Culture
12:43 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Bravo: A Musical Gift From Parks & Rec. At Arneson River Theatre

Bravo at the Arneson River Theater
Credit Fred Gonzales

There’s a city of San Antonio summer program that’s providing song and dance to downtown. Bravo is its name, and Parks and Recreation's Lyn Kinton explains what it is:

“Bravo is an evening of song and dance that is offered down at the Arneson Theatre. It’s going to be going on Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout July, starting on July 9,” Kinton said.

The music is provided by "Take Note," the band of young musicians the city assembles every year.

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Arts & Culture
4:37 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

A 'Small Town Saturday Night' Best Bet In Fredericksburg

Hal Ketchum
David Bourke

Fredericksburg’s Pioneer Museum hosts another concert on Saturday night. It's Hal Ketchum, and you've  probably heard his biggest hit, "Small Town Saturday Night." That one song propelled Ketchum to instant stardom, but he got a late start on the whole showbiz thing.

“I was a 38-year-old cabinetmaker," he said. "To have a number one country record--I don’t think it had been done on that level before.”

The singer-songwriter has been plying his trade quite successfully, with 15 top ten hits since then. As he explained, he somehow finds time to work with wood, too.

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KPAC Blog
12:20 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

SA Choral Society Gears Up For European Swing With Mission Concepcion Performance

San Antonio Choral Society reahearses for their Europe trip.
Jennifer Seighman

The San Antonio Choral Society is performing Thursday night at a special place. And it’s only the first in a run of special places coming up soon. That place is Mission Concepción.

“A lot of our music is a capella, so just being able to sing in a space that was basically built for music, and it's very similar to the churches and cathedrals we’ll be in in Europe,” said San Antonio Choral Society's Jennifer Seighman.

The show is Thursday at 7 p.m. and is free. After the Mission Concepción performance they are off to Europe.

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KPAC Blog
3:38 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Cactus Pear Music Festival Turns 18

Stephanie Sant'Ambrogio.
Credit courtesy of the artist

A musical tradition was created 18 years ago here in San Antonio called the Cactus Pear Music Festival and it was created by a former concertmaster of the San Antonio Symphony, Stephanie Sant'Ambrogio.

“I knew I wanted to start a chamber music festival because there was nothing going on, classical music speaking, during the summer months," said Sant'Ambrogio.

So she devised the idea of the festival, but was short a name for it, a name that ended up being created in the most San Antonio of ways. Sant'Ambrogio picks up the story from there:

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Arts & Culture
12:43 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Modern Jazz Rising Star Jose James Makes First Texas Appearance In San Antonio

A musician coming to San Antonio this weekend is creating quite a buzz.  He’s José James, and his sound is not the usual thing. He describes it this way: “Jazz, soul, R&B, singer/songwriter, indie rock, you know. We take you on a musical journey."

The Minneapolis transplant to New York is deep in a tour now, and as it turns out, his San Antonio gig will be his first time to the Lone Star state.

“I’ve never been to Texas so I’m super excited," James said. "I’m not sure what to expect except great food and I heard a killer audience, so I’m ready.”

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Arts & Culture
4:23 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Urban 15 Holding Poetry, Music Benefit For Eduardo Garza, Who Lost His Home In A Fire

Urban-15 is hosting a big event on Sunday and the layout of talent coming to perform is quite impressive. Urban 15’s George Cisneros details it:

"George and Aaron Prado, we have Ken Slavin, Bett Butler, Juan Tejeda is coming in, Bryce Milligan, Carmen Tafolla, Sheila Black, Laughing Gravy, which is the improvisational jazz group that’s working out of the High Wire Arts Center," he said.

Those performers and many more are coming, including Urban-15's drummers. The name of the event is Up From the Ashes. The reason behind the name?

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Arts & Culture
1:17 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Patriotic Concert Honors Veterans At Cave Without A Name

Tom Masinter & Rebecca Trinidad
Sandra Trevino

It’s a Fourth of July celebration that’s not actually happening on the fourth. And it’s not a fireworks show, but a patriotic musical review. 

"(It's) our theatrical stage show Proud to Be American," said Tom Masinter, who runs the Allegro Stage Company, which is putting on the show.

"We’re going to be doing a lot of American music to celebrate," he said. "We’ll be doing Frank Sinatra songs and Judy Garland songs. And we’ll be doing a lot of 50s rock 'n' roll, good ol’ rock 'n'roll. We’re even going to do some patriotic songs because it’s good to be a Texan."

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