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Arts & Culture
3:41 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Freddie Steady Five Shaking It Up At Fredericksburg Roots Music Series

Pioneer Museum's Roots Music Concert Series is coming to a close, but not before one more night of music. I spoke to Freddie Steady Krc. That isn't a misspelling.

“It (his last name) is a Czech name and I’ve been over to the Czech Republic to record a record back in the 1990s," Krc said. "And it’s an unusual name there as well.”

I noted that he just had a shortage of vowels.

“I know!” he laughed.

Krc is playing Saturday night at the Pioneer Museum in Fredericksburg. I asked him to tell me what people could expect.

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Arts & Culture
4:17 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Nina Diaz Debuts New Band At The Tobin's New River Walk Plaza

Nina Diaz and her band
Daniela Riojas

The Tobin Center’s River Walk Plaza will be opening with a bang. If you know Girl in a Coma, you know Nina Diaz. I spoke to her Friday afternoon.

“I’m excited to play. It’s coming up very, very soon,” she said.

Diaz is the 26-year-old lead singer/songwriter for Girl in A Coma, which despite its success is taking a little vacation currently. Diaz speaks of it carefully, and respectfully.

“It’s still a process, but we’re all mature women,” she said.

Her self-titled new band makes its electric San Antonio debut at the Tobin’s outside River Walk venue.

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KPAC Blog
9:48 am
Thu August 21, 2014

The Austin Baroque Orchestra's Water-Inspired Show In San Antonio

Austin Baroque Orchestra.
Justin Cole Photography

The Austin Baroque Orchestra comes to San Antonio two or three times a year. I spoke to their artistic director to find out what sets them apart; mostly it’s the instruments they use to make the music they play. Like this one: a theorbo.

"Theorbo: it’s a really large lute with really large bass strings on it,” said Billy Traylor.

“It usually sticks up a good three or four feet above the head of the person playing it. It’s a very long-necked instrument.”

Some of instruments are unfamiliar, but the music they make doesn’t sound so different.

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KPAC Blog
2:51 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Do You Have What It Takes To Be A San Antonio Mastersinger?

Credit San Antonio Mastersingers

It’s not "The Voice" or "American Idol," but there are some vocal tryouts coming soon. No, you can’t expect to be dissed by tattoo’d rock stars, but you just might get to travel internationally if you pass the audition.

“We are looking for all kinds of singers, all kinds of voice parts," said Chancey Blackburn, the vice-chair of the San Antonio Mastersingers. "The chorus is made up of singers who have been masters of music performance, all the way to singers like me, with no formal training.”

I asked her what someone who is thinking of coming to try out can expect.

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Arts & Culture
2:07 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Spanish Harlem Orchestra Coming To The Aztec

Arts San Antonio is bringing in a big act to the newly re-opened Aztec Theatre. It’s the Spanish Harlem Orchestra. I asked their piano-playing band-leader, Oscar Hernandez, to describe their music.

“I guess it’s salsa music that’s based in New York City, steeped in the tradition of what salsa music was before it became salsa music back in the 50s, 60s and 70s," he said. "Spanish Harlem Orchestra is one of the finest music ensembles of any band, of any kind of music that you’ll hear anywhere in the world.”

He’s not just making big claims, either. These guys have the chops.

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Arts & Culture
3:58 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Guitar Legend Monte Montgomery San Antonio Bound

Monte Montgomery in Holland.
Credit Jens Christensen

A legendary guitar player is coming to San Antonio this weekend. He was named one of the 50 top players of all time by "Guitar Player" Magazine. Oddly, you may not know him.  

Monte Montgomery lives in Austin now, but the former San Antonian has traveled the world on the strings of his guitar. He tells the story of how he figured out early on that guitar was his future:

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Arts & Culture
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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