Carrie Rodriguez, a singer-songwriter from Austin, Texas, finds beauty in the cross-pollination of diverse traditions. A passionate performer, she effortlessly melds fiery fiddle playing, electrifying vocals and a fresh interpretation of new and classic songs with an “Ameri-Chicana” attitude. Her newest project found her switching roles from performer to composer/lyricist of an original musical. ¡Americano!, which ended its 27-show debut at The Phoenix Theatre Company at the end of February of 2020 with 10 consecutive sellout performances, follows the true story and journey of Tony Valdovinos, born in Colima, Mexico and brought to the U.S. when he was two years old. The musical casts a profoundly human light on what it means to be a DREAMer. An album of 9 selections from the musical (aptly titled ¡Americano! The Musical) was released in January ‘20. Produced by the musical’s arranger Sergio Mendoza, the album features his band Orkesta Mendoza, Carrie on vocals and strings, and guest vocalists Joey Burns (Calexico), Brian Lopez, and Carlos Arzate.
Nicknamed "Little Miss Dynamite" for her many talents, Shelly Lares is one of the most enduring artists on the Tejano music scene over the last 38 years and a member of The Tejano Roots Hall of Fame. She has a large and devoted following due to her powerfully resonant singing voice and charismatic stage presence. Lares writes or co-writes all of her own songs and is also a talented guitarist and percussionists. She's been nominated and won several categories for the Tejano Music Awards, Pura Vida Awards, Cyber Awards, My Tejano Awards and many others. Lares recorded her first record at age 10 with The Hot Tamales band (Orquestra) which is where she was introduced to Tejano Music. Lares stayed with them for four years recording five 45 records before branching out on her own and signed with Manny Guerra. She recorded for Manny Music between 1989 and 1995. Her fifth album, the 1994 date Quiero Ser Tu Amante, proved a breakthrough and landed inside the Top 40 of the Latin Albums charts. Her biggest hit "Soy tu amor" whom she cowrote with JJ Reyes (her keyboardist, cowriter and arranger) was THE MOST latin played song of 1994. After leaving Manny she signed to Sony, and her self-titled 1996 album peaked at 35 on the Top Latin Albums chart and its single, "Siempre Lo Esperare", inside the Top 30 was recognized by BMI that same year. It reached number 18 on the Regional Mexican Songs chart. Through the rest of the decade, she released two more albums, Aqui Me Encuentro (1997) and Donde Hay Fuego (1998). She continued to tour and perform regionally as well as writing for other artists. Issued in 2004, Sigue Mi Camino netted her the first of three straight double victories from the Tejano Music Awards as Female Vocalist and Female Entertainer of the Year; the last coincided with her 2007 album Reflejo. Lares continued to record, issuing Mirando Adelante in 2010, her final cd with Tejas. In 2012 she started her own record label Shellshock Records 3 which allowed her full control of recordings, manufacturing, distribution and sales. Renacer in 2012 was the first off her label and did well on the digital charts and continued to rack up sales years after the initial release. Her 2013 album, De Mi Corazon, was nominated for a Latin Grammy in the best Tejano Album category. Lares issued her own single, "Trato y Trato," in August of 2015 the first single off of Obra de amor which has had significant success in sales and won Single of the year for "Devuelveme el Corazon" at the Tejano Music Awards. Shelly continues to tour, produce her music as well as artists like Anjelique and Crystal Torres, new females in the industry. She has done numerous collaborations throughout her career which artists such as Little Joe, Ruben Ramos, Jay Perez, Negami, Pression, Avizo, Stevie D and many others. One of her most successful collaborations has been with Elida Reyna and Stefani Montiel as LAS TRES DIVAS. They toured the United States, Japan, Guam and Korea and received a Grammy Nomination as well as a Latin Grammy nomination for their cd "Las tres divas". Shelly is back in the studio working on her upcoming cd and plans to one day sign artists to her label Shellshock Records 3.
Sunbuzzed is Lo Ramirez on guitar and lead vocals, Cari Elizondo on lead guitar, Daniel Serrano on keys, and Ellie Alonzo on drums. Largely due to their eclectic tastes in music, Sunbuzzed creates a fresh, genre blending mold of psychedelia that is raw, heavy, and at times intensely dark but always catchy. Quickly becoming one of the most coveted acts in Texas, a live Sunbuzzed performance is full of range, and impossible to listen to without moving - a fully loaded psychedelic experience in itself. Their music and imagery are especially influenced by Tejano culture, occultism, astrology, and other esotericism. Initially formed as a side project among four longtime friends, Sunbuzzed started playing house shows around North Texas in 2015. In November 2017, Sunbuzzed released their self-titled EP on Heavy Baby Records. Just a few months later in March of 2018, they shared a sold out stage with Dead Meadow in Dallas, TX. The close of 2018 saw Sunbuzzed join the ranks of psych heavy hitters Holy Wave, Golden Dawn Arkestra, and Mystic Braves at Austin's annual Saturnalia Festival, after which the band announced plans for their full length album with Triptych Records, to be released in Spring 2020.
Born in Miami to Colombian parents was taken to Colombia as a child and raised on a coffee farm where he learned Colombian folk music through oral tradition with his family. He studied jazz in Miami, then began traveling, collecting melodies and rhythms that make for a genuine world class fusion of Colombian rhythms. Kiko’s first album, “La Remolacha” was released in March of 2015 on Peligrosa Records. It is a beautiful collage of Latin American and Caribbean rhythms . The softmore release “Aguas Frías” (also on Peligrosa), transports you to the Colombian Andes and Caribbean with traditional Afro-Colombian drums and the Indigenous Colombian “gaita” flutes meshed with a full psychedelically electric ensemble. This 8 piece carries the traditions of their ancestors while staying relevant in any modern setting. 20 years of trajectory, two world tours later, and a third on the way, from Viena or Bogotá, to Berkeley or New York , Kiko’s stories are always received with standing ovations and hip shaking workouts.