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Originally posted July 22, 2009

August 5, 2009 UPDATE:  So, there was no winner for the first set of trivia questions (see below).  Had 2 people come really close, but they couldn’t get Number 1 correct.  Vallejo and Vallejo Brothers are in the question, so it is not the answer.  I’m looking for another name altogether for their cover band.

And, admittedly, I’m no mathmatician.  Originally, the first pop quiz was going to post 1 week earlier.  In doing my calendar math, I still thought I had five weeks ’til the event, but it’s only four. You’ll still get 5 pop quizzes, though.  The last 2 will just post the same day or on one day and then the next.  That would be next week for those who are good at math!  Since, it goes down next Thursday.  I’m so excited.

Anyway, I’m just going to extend the first trivia contest and, hopefully, I can get a winner.  I’m also throwing in another 3 trivia questions for 2 more FREE TICKETS.  Hopefully, folks will find these questions easier.  And, those 2 of you that came really close, can go for these, instead.

So, both contests will continue, and I need the answers by noon next Wednesday, August 12, 2009, for both set of questions.  The same person cannot win both sets of tickets.  First to get me the answers for either wins.

The second set of questions are:

1. In what year were the Premios Texas Awards presented for the very first time?

2. Premios Texas 2009 will be televised nationally on what network?

3. Which Premios Texas 2009 Nominee’s last three Spanish-language albums have all consecutively peaked at the #1 spot on Billboard’s Top Latin Album chart?

Remember, email the answers with your full name and a phone number to popolio[dot]com[at]gmail[dot]com.  Check out the pop quizzes and good luck!
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I’m excited to announce our third official giveaway and promotion for Univision’s fifth annual Premios Texas 2009 that take place LIVE on Thursday, August 13, 2009, at the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Center for Performing Arts at 6PM.  This is THE Latin music awards show in Texas that takes place right here in the ATX.  It will air on Univision stations throughout Texas with a “Best Of” Show scheduled for Saturday, August 22, 2009

Expect performances and/or appearances by local favorites, Vallejo, as well as Latin pop star,  Olga Tañón, and Panamanian reggaetonero, Makano, to name a few.   A lot going on, so bare with me on this wordy post.

So, tickets are FREE all around, but they want REAL FANS to attend. So, though the tickets are free, you have to work for them.  You can’t just pick them up at the corner 7-11.  You have to really want them. 

There will even be a RED CARPET. It’s seems to be shaping up to be quite an event.  Before I announce the ways to win tickets from popolio, let me run down all the other ways you can get yourself to the red carpet and to the show.

To win tickets:

  • Go to premiostexas.com, click on the “Gana Boletos Gratis” banner, and submit your answer and contact info via email to the question, “Why do I want to go to Premios Texas?”
  • Watch Univision 62  — Despierta Austin Saturdays at 10AM
  • Watch Noticias Univision 62 everyday at 5PM and 10PM
  •  Tune in and listen to Hitz FM 107.7
  •  Tune in and listen to La Que Buena 104.3 
  • Send your ballot (apparently, there’s a ballot) to ¡ahora sí

No children will be allowed at the orchestra levels, semi-formal attire is required.

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Now, on to the popolio contest.

CONTEST*:  I’m going to give away 2 FREE TICKETS to Premios Texas 2009 to the first person who emails me the correct answers to the following 3 trivia questions.  You get 2 weeks to do your research and get me the right answers. But, remember, first correct person wins.  The questions are:

1. The Vallejo brothers also occasionally perform as an ’80s rock cover band here in Austin.  What is the name of their ’80s cover band?

2. Premios Nominee, Reyli Barba, was the lead singer of what Latin pop rock band in the early ’90s?

3. Which Premios Nominee holds the record as the artist that has won the most Premios Los Nuestros Awards, with a total of 24?

Email the answers with your full name and a phone number to popolio[dot]com[at]gmail[dot]com by noon on  Wednesday, August 5, 2009.

Then, that same day, we’ll announce the winner of this first contest and we’ll ask 3 new trivia questions to give away 2 more FREE tickets.  Same person cannot win twice.

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pop quizzes:  popolio will feature 5 weekly Premios Texas Artist popolio pop quizzes as a  major countdown to the award show.  Check back later today to see who the first artist will be and tune in EVERY WEDNESDAY to see who the rest are.  Read their answers, listen to their singles, and watch their favorite old school videos. 

Get revved up because this is pretty exciting stuff.  popolio is revved and will be at the show.  Can’t wait to see you there.

*GIVEAWAY DISCLAIMER:  Further details regarding pick-up and/or delivery of prize(s), claim deadlines, etc. will be provided to winners.  NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  Open to residents of Austin and nearby municipalities.  Employees of Univision, Premios Texas 2009, and popolio.com and their respective affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising, promotion and internet agencies and their immediate family members and/or those living in the same household of each are not eligible.

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I attended the ¡Pachanga! Latino Music Festival last month and took pics of the three acts we featured in pop quizzes as a mini-countdown to the event.  This Charanga Cakewalk show pic-olio is 3 of 3.  (Part 2 David Garza here or scroll down for it and Part 1 Maneja Beto here or scroll down.)  Check out the Charanga Cakewalk popolio pop quiz here and enjoy this last pic-olio of the ¡Pachanga! series.

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I attended the ¡Pachanga! Latino Music Festival last month and took pics of the three acts we featured in pop quizzes as a mini-countdown to the event.  This David Garza show pic-olio is 2 of 3.  (Part 1 Maneja Beto here or scroll down for it.)  Charanga Cakewalk will follow Friday.  Check out the David Garza popolio pop quiz here, enjoy the pic-olio, and stay tuned for part 3.

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As a mini-countdown to the ¡Pachanga! Latino Music Festival THIS SATURDAY popolio is featuring 3 ¡Pachanga! Artists in  pop quizzes Wednesday through today.

Maneja Beto [Bobby Garza] pop quiz
David Garza pop quiz

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Last, but certainly not least, is Charanga Cakewalk.  This Austin-based artist ( Miguel Ramos) brews various distinct Latin rhythms (Tejano, merengue, and , prominently, cumbia), throws in a dash of lounge, and sprinkles in  some electronic beats to create a jambalaya of sound.  And that’s just for starters.  Yesterday’s pop quizzer, David Garza, has guested on his work.  His lyrical content adds to an experience that becomes somewhat of a sonic stream of consciousness. He plays the Plaza Stage at 8:15PM (at Fiesta Gardens).  Check the ¡Pachanga! Fest site here for more 411.

May 29, 2009

Name:   Charanga Cakewalk
Genre:   Latino
Latest Release:  Forthcoming Third Release (Self-Released)
Release Date:   TBD

This, That, or the Other
1. Underground OR Mainstream? Mainstream?
2. Maintain Artistic Integrity and Vision OR Make a lot of Money? (or both)???Maintain Artistic Integrity and Vision and make a good living.
3. Studio or Stage? Studio is my favorite.
4. Spirituality or Hedonism? Spirituality
5. Make Love, Have Sex, OR %$*!? Well…Fuck of course. 

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6. Music is my life.
7. I’m musically inspired by passion and emotion.
8. My favorite old school joint is “In the Midnight Hour” by Wilson Pickett.
9. If I was a super hero I’d be Underdog.
10. Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll should change to Bump and Grind.

Short Answer
11. I make music because:  There is nothing else.
12. I want my fans to:  Know I love them.
13. If I could share one thing about myself it would be:  I love sports.
14. Wild Card!  Editor’s Note:  N/A
15. I want my musical legacy to be:  That I always did my best. 

Listen to “Dirty Cumbia” from Charanga Cakewalk’s forthcoming third release.  Go to the MySpace Page for more. 
Charanga Cakewalk’s favorite old school joint!

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As a mini-countdown to the ¡Pachanga! Latino Music Festival THIS SATURDAY popolio is featuring 3 ¡Pachanga! Artists in  pop quizzes yesterday through tomorrow.

Maneja Beto [Bobby Garza] pop quiz

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Next up is David Garza.  This local rocker cut his performance teeth in Dallas’ Deep Ellum and has been through UT, to LA, and back to the ATX again.  Sometimes billed as DAHVEED, the indie singer-songwriter has shared the stage with the likes of Fiona Apple, Sleeper Car/Sparta/At The Drive In’s Jim Ward, and Clay Pendergrass (this multi-project-moving Dallasite provided our most creative pop quiz here).  He plays the Niños Rock ¡Pachanga! at 3:30PM and the main ¡Pachanga! Plaza Stage at 6:45PM (at Fiesta Gardens).  Check the ¡Pachanga! Fest site here for more 411.

May 28, 2009

Name:   David Garza
Genre:   David Garza
Forthcoming Release:  Dream Delay (Cosmica Recordz & Cassettes)
Release Date:  July 14, 2009

This, That, or the Other
1. Underground OR Mainstream? I’m so underground I can’t even find myself.
2. Maintain Artistic Integrity and Vision OR Make a lot of Money? (or both)??? Maintain art
3. Studio or Stage? Studio and Stage
4. Spirituality or Hedonism? Hedonism is Spirituality
5. Make Love, Have Sex, OR %$*!? Have & give love 

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6. Music is my oxygen.
7. I’m musically inspired by dancing humans.
8. My favorite old school joint is “El Vagabundo” by Los Panchos.
9. If I was a super hero I’d be my mama.
10. Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll should change to Sex, Drugs, and
Gigs.

Short Answer
11. I make music because:  I got skills.
12. I want my fans to:  Keep having kids.
13. If I could share one thing about myself it would be:  Backstage beer.
14. Wild Card!  Tucson tuff guys rule.
15. I want my musical legacy to be:  Decade of hits.
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Listen to “Dead French Dudes” from David Garza’s forthcoming release (previously digitally released), Dream Delay.  Find out more at the official site and MySpace Page.

David Garza favorite old school joint!

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On the heels of our first official popolio giveaway contests with Birds Barbershop (read more here), I’m excited to announce our second official giveaway and promotion for the ¡Pachanga! Latino Music Festival (that takes place THIS SATURDAY) in less than a week!  There are a few things going on, so read on.

CONTEST*:  First, I’m going to give away 2 FREE TICKETS to the festival to the first person who emails me the correct answer to the following trivia question.  You get 3 full days to do your research and get me the right answer.  The question is:

What Grammy-Nominated Artists performed at ¡Pachanga! Latino Music Festival last year? (Editor’s Note:  Looking for 2 bands here.)

Email the answer with your full name and a phone number to popolio[dot]com[at]gmail[dot]com by 8PM THIS FRIDAY, May 29, 2009.

PROMOTION:  Next, the kind folks at ¡Pachanga!  have set up a code for popolio visitors to purchase 2 tickets for the price of 1  online at Front Gate Tickets here

Click on ‘Purchase’ and enter GNO in the ENTER PRESALE CODE box at the bottom of the page.   24 hours only.  The code will expire tomorrow, May 26, 2009, at 8PM.

pop quizzes:  popolio will feature 3 ¡Pachanga! Artist popolio pop quizzes tomorrow through Friday as a mini-countdown to the festival on Saturday.  Check back to see who they will be, to listen to their singles, and to watch their favorite old school videos.  And, to read their answers, too, of course!

*GIVEAWAY DISCLAIMER:  Further details regarding pick-up and/or delivery of prize(s), claim deadlines, etc. will be provided to winners.  NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  Purchase will not improve chances of winning.  Open to residents of Austin and nearby municipalities.  Employees of ¡Pachanga! Latino Music Festival and popolio.com and their respective affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising, promotion and internet agencies and their immediate family members and/or those living in the same household of each are not eligible.

The second annual ¡Pachanga! Latino Music Festival (Austin’s only Latin-themed music, cultural arts, and food festival) closes out Austin’s Latino Music Month next Saturday, May 30, 2009, at Fiesta Gardens.

Click on each flyer to get to each official site.

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logo courtesy of austinlatinomusic.com

ALMA (Austin Latino Music Assocation) presents the fourth annual Latino Music Month in Austin.  For more information and a calender of shows and events for the month check out ALMA’s official site.  “The Sound is Brown.”  Go on and support and get down.

It’s taken me a little while to post these.  Haydn Vitera did his thing at Maria Maria Restaurant both times I went.  This is a more mellow acoustic show since it is entertainment at a restaurant during folks’ dinner hours.  Haydn does rock out as frontman of his band, VITERA.  Have yet to see one of those shows, but I would like to check one out in the not too distant future.  Seems Mr. Vitera has a bunch of upcoming shows lined up.   Check out the listings at his MySpace Page here and go see him live. 
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Maria Maria napkin at my table.
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Profile Shot.

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Representing Méjico.

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Workin' it.

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Doin' his thing. Dinner crowd is hard, y'all!

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BONUS Shot.

So, I left the headliners for last.  They are known as The Executive Life.  Lead by Eduardo Fajardo, they’re an indie post-punk rock outfit.  I could tell they were genre-based but there were 2 to 3 stand-outs songs.  That is, I’ve heard what they were doing before, but they do it well and had a couple of more-than-just-good/quality songs.

What was interesting was that the 3 acts were of different genres.  What was the connection?  A Latin connection — believe it or not.  Jeder is what I like to call American-Columbian.  Not really a concept in the world; just my own.  American girl raised in Latin country.  Inverse of me being Panamanian-American.  Her Spanish is beautiful.  Arthur Yoria is Columbian.  And, so is Eduardo Fajardo.  

Jeder and Arthur threw in some Spanish; The Executive Life did not.  But, it was still a Latin show to me by all rights because Fajardo is Latin.  It was nice to attend a music show by Latin folks that was genre-busting.  A nice turn on its ear of what Latin music can be. 

Don’t get me wrong.  I like salsa and merengue like the next person; I grew up with my dad playing those records (literally, records) in my house.  Loudly.  My point is that I’m not less proud to be Latino because I prefer pop/hip-hop/R&B.  We’re multidimensional and come in different shades as clichéd as it sounds.  But, I digress.

You’d think it’d be jarring — the different styles.  But, it wasn’t at all.  It flowed quite nicely.  Arthur’s funky vocal-guitar audio experiment was a nice connect between Jeder’s soulful Spanglish folk and The Executive Life’s melodic indie rock.  Jeder set it off right, Yoria kept it going, and The Executive Life brought it down.  I like all 3 styles of music and all 3 acts were good performers with good music, so it didn’t bother me. 

I heard some complaints about the sound not being the best; but the talent outshone the technical difficulities for me.  Besides, it wasn’t their fault.  And, it wasn’t so bad you wanted to get up, leave, and ask for your money back.  If I had to use my scale for reviewing singles, I’d give this show a “featured soloist” rating of 4 musical notes.

The Executive Life MySpace Page

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The band.

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G-Money, bass (no close-up).

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Waynie Danger, keys.

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Rapper Avery joined The Executive Life for a rock/hip hop number.

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Eduardo Fajardo, vocals/guitar and Travy Baby, drums with Nova.