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popolio exists under the umbrella organization of Mandrake Arts & Media.  popolio is the latest addition to Mandrake Arts & Media.  Before popolio, Mandrake Arts & Media consisted of  Mandrake FM (which is currently being re-worked) and Mandrake Society Radio.

In conjunction with popolio’s One Year Anniversary Mixer in Austin on Friday September 18, 2009, (see the flyer here and read the press release here), we are celebrating Mandrake Society’s Radio’s 5th Season with an event in Dallas the very next evening, Saturday, September 19, 2009

Part of the idea with the Dallas event is to have it occur in the midst of the Pride festivities in D-Town.  Here are the details for Dallas’ event.

We will have live music at both events.  Austin-based Phil Dutra will be representing in the ATX while NYC artist Tim Dillinger will hold it down in D-Town.  Check Phil’s MySpace Page here and Tim’s here.

All are welcome to both events or to one or the other.  I will be at both.  Hope to see you somewhere.

freddie beat
popolio creator/editor

J. Dub
Mandrake Arts & Media founder
Mandrake Society Radio creator/editor
popolio co-editor


Click on the flyer to go to the Official popolio.com MySpace Page.


Contact:  Freddie Rodriguez

August 10, 2009

popolio.com hosts One Year Anniversary Mixer
An evening of celebration and networking
with live music, appetizers, and wine


AUSTIN, TX  popolio.com, which sits under the umbrella organization of Dallas-based Mandrake Arts & Media that started with MandrakeSocietyRadio.com, announces its One Year Anniversary Mixer.  The Austin-based pop music blog, popolio.com, which debuted on September 15, 2008, features a hodgepodge of local, regional, national, and international content.  The free event takes place on Friday, September 18, 2009, at Phara’s Mediterranean Cuisine at 111 East N. Loop from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM. The venue is BYOB and, therefore, only those 21 years of age and/or older may attend.  In conjunction, Mandrake Society Radio will be celebrating its Four Year Anniversary the next day in Dallas.  More details will be provided as they become available.

Special Guest, local power pop musician, Phil Dutra, will perform a short acoustic set. Though an open event, guests are asked to RSVP for a headcount.  Appetizers, wine, and cake will be provided.  Guests may order dinner on their own.  A limited amount of goodie boxes including the CDs of Featured popolio.com Artists and other items will be gifted to first attendees.

The evening is set to be an intimate, low-key, informal networking event not only for popolio.com fans but for all Austin-area blog and music enthusiasts and creators.  Background music will set the tone, but conversation will take the forefront.  Mostly, guests are asked to help celebrate popolio.com’s one year existence and anticipate its second year.

popolio.com kicked off last year presenting itself as an online music magazine more than a blog. The blog set itself apart from other pop blogs by dedicating itself to original entertainment content and not gossip and operating on the underground, independent, and mainstream levels.  Creating its own definition for “pop music, ” popolio.com embraces multiple genres such as Latin, R&B, and hip hop as well as pop.  Its features include online and podcast artist interviews, show pictures, streamed songs, music reviews, and music video countdowns highlighting Austin- and Texas-based content.

SXSW, ¡Pachanga! Latino Music Festival, and, more recently, Premios Texas 2009 Artists have been featured on popolio.com pop quiz interviews. These artists include Austin and Texas artists David Garza, Vallejo, Maneja Beto, Los Bad Apples, and Bobby Pulido.  On the national level, Grammy Winner Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes’ posthumous release, Eye Legacy, was featured with a podcast interview with her brother, Ron Lopes, and a MY TOP 10:  Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes Video Countdown.  Maryland-based SXSW Artist and 2009 Grammy Nominee Wayna’s Higher Ground featured with pop quiz and podcast interviews with the artist.  Canadian Jennie Laws and London-based Welsh artist, Bright Light Bright Light (formerly SXSW Artist Rod Thomas) have also been featured.

Singer-Songwriter Phil Dutra was the first artist to be interviewed for the popolio podcast feature at popolio.com on September 24, 2008, at https://popolio.wordpress.com/2008/09/24/interview-with-phil-dutra/.  According to his MySpace Page and Official Site, “Phil sounds like the love child of REM and Barenaked Ladies on a hit of XTC.”  His song “Let Me Be Your Superman” from his latest EP release, Right Behind the Rain, was chosen “Track of the Day” at the influential web site GarageBand.com and “She Walks Away,” another song from the same set, won the National Michael Lloyd Song Contest at the TAXI Road Rally held in Hollywood, California.

For more information or to ask questions please contact Freddie Rodriguez at popolio.com@gmail.com or 512.945.1376.

About Mandrake Arts & Media
Consists of blogs MandrakeSocietyRadio.com and popolio.com.

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A bulletin from Phil Dutra on MySpace:

Hey All,

I just finished a new song called “No One Comes Around.”
I’m selling it at my website for 99 cents with all the proceeds going to  The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children.

Please check it out at www.phildutra.com and please purchase the song for a very good cause.

Also, you can help a great deal by forwarding this blog or posting a bulletin or sending an email about it to your friends.

Thanks for all your help and Happy Holidays!


Saturday, September 13, 2008
1:30 PM

To Whom It May Concern:

Well, I sit here attempting to write this letter for the second time.  I’ve been putting it off.  It’s the weekend of Hurricane Ike in Texas and I’m in Austin.   popolio kicks off on Monday, September 15, 2008, and, though the hurricane puts things into perspective and my heart goes out to those involved, I’m still excited about popolio.  I think things like hurricanes, unexpected occurrences, and Acts of God (or whatever you personally attribute them to) are reasons to pursue your goals, live your lives, and ignite your passions even harder, deeper, and brighter.

I have laundry going in the washers downstairs from my apartment and the last track of Erykah Badu’s New Amerykah just finished.  I hit “Honey” again because it’s my favorite track.  This is my first Letter from the Editor and I don’t really know what to say.  I don’t know what I want to communicate or how I want to come across.

I know I love music.  I love music and the entertainment/art fields, in general.  Some people separate entertainment and art and I realize a lot of times there are fine differences, but I think a lot of things become intertwined.  For the most part, we call them music artists, not entertainers (though I don’t have a problem with entertainers, either), no matter at what level or of what genre.  Most would admit entertainment is part of the job.  Others would say it’s not a job, it’s a passion.  At the end of the day, it’s music, and it moves us.

Who doesn’t love music?  Movies you can watch anywhere, but you need translation.   People don’t mind listening to music in other languages without translation.  All kinds of people love to dance to salsa, there are hip hop heads in Japan who rock the gear and know all the rap lyrics, and pop stars travel the world and have their songs recited back to them on their tours.  Do all salseros speak Spanish or all Japanese hip hoppers English?  No.  Music is the true universal language that makes the world go round.  What I love about music is that it can make you shake your ass at the same time that it can truly inspire change in the world.

pause…I need to go put my laundry in the dryers…back…Now I’m putting in Janet’s Discipline.

So, what is popoliopopolio is a music blog that will feature pop music and artists in Austin, Dallas, Texas, and more.  I hesitate to use the word “pop” because I think it gets a bad rap.  I’m using pop in the most general sense of the word.  I’m thinking more along the lines of pop culture, though it is strictly a music entertainment site.  

I want to cover local and regional up-and-coming and established artists.  Give them an opportunity for a little shine.  Doesn’t mean I won’t be covering more mainstream acts as well.  Most of what I listen to is more Top 40 R&B and pop.   Growing up, I developed an affinity for black and urban music and culture — especially the R&B/hip hop and new Jack and Jill swing of the 1990s.  Doesn’t mean I’m not open to stuff I haven’t listened to before.  That’s the magic of pop — it can draw on so many genres and styles and any song could become a pop hit if it connects with the masses.  It’s just a classification and I like what I like — just like all of you.

I’m excited to be working on popolio with J.W. Richard, who’s based in Dallas.  He brings many years of podcasting experience and know-how, through his own Mandrake Arts & Media.   Check out his websites at:  http://www.mandrakesocietyradio.com and http://mandrakefm.com.  They’re a little different than what we’ll be offering on popolio, but variety is the spice of life.   I’m new to both the worlds of blogging and podcasting.  I’m thinking of popolio more as an online music magazine than an actual blog.  It will be exciting to see where this journey takes us and what popolio becomes.

Let me tell you about myself.  I am of Panamanian descent, born in Panama and raised in El Paso, Texas.  I grew up Northeast El Paso to be exact.  I started my Bachelors at UTEP (University of Texas at El Paso for those of you who don’t know) and transferred to UT-Austin (you all should know) and earned a BS in Radio-TV-Film with aspirations of directing music videos, which I haven’t done yet.  I went back to EP for two-and-a-half years and returned to Austin to earn an MA in Advertising from UT again. 

Though I haven’t gotten to use either of my degrees in my real-day-job-life, I pursue interests like these in my fantasy-after hours/own time-life.   I’m left-handed, my favorite group of all-time is TLC, I love super hero comics, and in a former life I founded and ran a poetry organization that hosted open mics and slams in my hometown.

September is the kick-off of popolio and our new features.  Look for a pop quiz and popolio podcast interview with Austin artists, Cheryl Hill and Phil Dutra, respectively.  Check out MY TOP 10, a daily countdown by yours truly.  We’ll bring you a snapshot of new releases on Tuesdays.   There will be music and show reviews.   J. Dub and I hope to bring you our regular music conversations on Richard & Rodriguez podcasts.

This is just the beginning.  There will be a lot more.  I hope you check it out, come again, and stick around.  Welcome to popolio

2:54 PM

Freddie Rodriguez aka freddie beat
popolio editor