Music

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Los Nahuatlatos (nä wät lâ tōs) is a group with deep roots to their Xicano-Indigenous heritage, whose mission is to “create original, inspiring and innovative music on a conscious level that people of all ages and backgrounds can enjoy.” They describe their sound as “Xicano roots fusion,” because their music is a combination of different traditional Latino styles.

 

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Demitasse is a two-piece softly sung acoustic group comprised of Erik Sanden and Joe Reyes, both from the art-rock band Buttercup. Equipped with high falsetto harmonies and acoustic driven melodies, the duo sounds like the happier version of Elliott Smith or the heartbroken version of The Beach Boys.


Paul Flahive | Texas Public Radio

San Antonio’s music industry generates an estimated $930 million in economic impact, according to a city study that came out last year.

UTSA professor Stan Renard saw that report, which drew data from music venues, bars, music education organizations and nonprofits, and said something was missing.

The song “Life in the West” became popular in the 1840s. The lyrics, written by American poet George Pope Morris, evoke the call of the fertile promised land and celebrates the freedom of living so close to nature. 

On this episode of Texas Matters, we'll discuss popular songs of the American West with Peabody-winning music scholar  Michael Lasser.


A brand new orchestra is being built from the ground up here in San Antonio. 

"The South Texas Symphonic Orchestra is a brand new full orchestra, made up of community members, retirees, teachers, volunteers who want to play music at a very high artistic level.  Their reward is playing for the love of music," Ronnie Sanders says.

As the founder and artistic director, Sanders has the background you'd expect for this kind of venture.

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