Remember Eduardo Fajardo?  His band was The Executive Lifepopolio was at their debut show back in January which featured guest musician Arthur Yoria.  See the popolio pic-olios for that show here, here, and here.   They also did a pop quiz for us in April here.

Well, alas, The Executive Life is no more.  But, don’t shed too many a tear, Señor Fajardo has teamed up with Señor Yoria and these two Colombianos are now Monoceja.  They have a show next Wednesday right here in downtown ATX’s Beso Cantina.  Click the flyer to go to the so fresh, so clean Monocejo MySpace Page.  

MNCO flyer



We’ve featured local Latin rocker VITERA (né Haydn Vitera) a couple of times here at popolio.  I reviewed one of his acoustic sets at the Austin version of the Santana chain Maria Maria Restaurant here and featured him in a show pic-olio, too, here.  Now, the debut album is about to drop and you can get a little glimpse into this performer’s mind before checking out his new CD.

April 10, 2009

Name:   VITERA
Genre:   Latin Rock Alternativo
Latest Release:  Debut CD Spring 2009
Release Date:   Spring 2009

This, That, or the Other
1. Underground OR Mainstream? Somewhere in between

2. Maintain Artistic Integrity and Vision OR Make a lot of Money? (or both)??? BOTH.  I look at artists such as (in no particular order) Tom Petty, Lenny Kravitz, Dave Matthews, John Mayer, Charlie Daniels, Asleep at the Wheel, Led Zeppelin, Juanes….the list goes on and on.  It IS possible to rake it in and not be a cheeseball!!!

3. Studio or Stage? Stage for sure….but I love watching a tune come together in the studio…especially when you collaborate and everyone puts in a piece of their own musical soul.

4. Spirituality OR Hedonism? I must say I’ve been living on the side of the latter lately…jajaja!

5. Make Love, Have Sex, OR %$*!? Depends on the girl…and how many cocktails we’ve had 😉

Fill in the Blank
6. Music is my reason to get up in the morning….late morning…ok ok early afternoon sometimes.
7. I’m musically inspired by all things ROCK!!! (beautiful women included).
8. My favorite old school joint is “Still of the Night” by Whitesnake.
9. If I was a super hero I’d be Batman…because Bruce Wayne knows how to roll!!!
10. Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll should change to CHANGE????

Short Answer
11. I make music because:  I’d die if I didn’t…seriously…physically stop living.
12. I want my fans to:  Leave the show inspired…and sweaty!
13. If I could share one thing about myself it would be:  I’m still a little kid on the inside.
14. Wild Card!  How much longer is this quiz!!!…JK Freddie..luv ya man!
15. I want my musical legacy to be:  VITERA:  rocked in Spanish, rocked in English, brought people together….6-string ROCK VIOLIN in hand!!!

Enjoy “Que Ciega” and let it tide you over until the debut release hits.  Even I wasn’t privy to an album cover image or album title for this pop quiz.  So, we’ll be finding out together.  Until then, check out his MySpace Page for more 411.

VITERA’s favorite old school joint!

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. 
Maria Maria napkin at my table.

Profile Shot.


Representing Méjico.


Workin' it.


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



So, the second act of The Executive Life show was special guest, Arthur Yoria.  Actually, Jeder got to play a little longer as we awaited his arrival.   And we, in the audience, didn’t mind as we were enjoying her sweet melodies.  

I saw him make his entrance and didn’t realize who he was.  Don’t get me wrong he made his presence known with his shaved head and clean-shaven face and what seemed to be a maroon vinyl trench jacket.  I definitely noticed him and I dug his coat.  I just didn’t know that he was THE Arthur Yoria. 

I knew of him because co-editor JW Richard had posted about him before.  But, he looked different than the pic J. Dub used on that post.  And, yes, J. Dub was doing his R&B thing back in the day in Houston as part of a duo known as Tru Sol and, apparently, shared some stages with Arthur.  You can check out Tru Sol’s stuff and, perhaps, buy thier CD here.  Not sure we have any popolio completists out there…yet…but, there you go. 😉

Anyway, I liked Arthur’s set, too.  I didn’t know he did the audio thing.  Not sure how to explain it.  You kind of have to see it.  It’s like pre-recording in the moment and playing it back and then intertwining live performance with the recorded vocals and/or sounds.  Interacting with yourself.  The host asked us if we’d ever seen something like that.  Jeder said she had.  I hadn’t.  Still, Arthur was doing his thing.  Jeder gave him props, too.

Kind of hard to pin down a genre for Arthur Yoria.  I’m not sure what I would call what he did and sounded like.  I can say I liked what I saw and heard.  His MySpace Page  describes him as Ghettotech/Southern Rock/Melodramatic Popular Song.  Check out his Official Site, too, while you’re at it.


Sound Check.


The show goes on.


Doin' his techno-daddy thing!


Anotha' one!


Using La Jeder's acoustic guitar; he couldn't find his.


Exit Close-Up (as the photographer please forgive me the red eye).


When:  Next Thursday, January 22, 2009
Where:  Maria Maria Restaurant 
415 Colorado (Downtown Austin)
Time:  7PM to 10PM

Haydn Vitera, who plays as VITERA as both a solo artist and with a band, was recommended to me by Millissa Salinas as a possible feature for popolio.  So, props to her for the connect. 

I went to check him out at what seems to be a somewhat regular gig at Maria Maria Restaurant here in Austin last Thursday,  January 8, 2009.  Not sure if it’s every other Thursday;  I’ll follow-up on this and report back.

For those of you who don’t know — these are Santana’s chain of Mexican food restaurants.  One opened in Austin some months ago.  I believe Haydn played at the opening as well, which Ms. Salinas attended.  The official site defines the cuisine as “nuevo Mexicano” and describes it as:

a regional exploration of Mexican dishes presented with a modern flair.

I had the duck taco appetizer and a tangerine mojito (that was a little strong) while I listened to Haydn’s acoustic set.  I had never had duck tacos before.  They were good.  But, I’m here to talk about  the music not the food.  The ambiance and setting were nice; the Mezo-contemporary murals/artwork that grace Santana’s CD covers were plastered all over the walls. 


Okay, okay — the music.  Back to the music.  But, it all kind of works together, though, doesn’t it?  A small little  black square stage against the wall held up Haydn and his compadre-in-arms as they played their guitars in the non-reservation area next to the bar.  

As they played a flat-screen TV floated above them against the wall as well.  This was the sports-barsy-TV-veiwing-area.  Collections of little black square ottoman like seating and tables at their centers huddled around a circular center-piece facing the stage and TV. 

Some football game or other was on.  I believe they played for some of it, so people could watch the game above their heads and just listen to their music if they wanted to.  Neither  musicians nor audience members/restaurant attendees seemed to mind this.  After each song their was enough engagement in the form of clapping, whistling, and hooting and hollering that I think more people were listening and watching the performers than were not.  But, it wasn’t just polite applause.  These folks were digging the musical entertainment.  

Though, after one break they did wait for a part of the game to finish as to not offend the Maria Maria denizens.  I thought that was nice of them as they did have the gig booked from 7PM to 10PM.  I figured it was their prerogative to play.  Just my opinion.

They played a nice mix of Spanish and English and standards and original material.  And, yes, Santana’s “Maria Maria” was included in the set list.   Are they required to play it every week?  That, I don’t know. 

Remember, this was a stripped down acoustic set.  So, if you want to enjoy some nice music with dinner, drinks, and, perhaps, some game-watching catch VITERA next Thursday, January 22, 2009, at Maria Maria Restaurant at 415 Colorado Street (Downtown) from 7pm to 10pm.  And, yes, it was nice music.  That, I do know.

NOTE:   He does play shows with a more rocked out band.  Go to his MySpace Page to find out more  about what Vitera has coined his “Rock AlterLatino.”

INTERESTING FACThv3:  Yes, he plays the violin and/or fiddle.

When:  Next Thursday, January 22, 2009
Where:  Maria Maria Restaurant 
415 Colorado (Downtown Austin)
Time:  7PM to 10PM

elayhdI just met this musician last night and just heard about this show, so I apologize for the so, so late notice. 

Her name is Jeder and  she’s the opening act for The Executive Life’s first official show here in Austin.  She didn’t make the poster, but she is definitely kicking things off.

Also on the bill is Houston artist, Arthur Yoria (who popolio co-editor, JW Richard, previously blogged about here) and The Morakestra.

Check the flyer for more 411.  I think I’m gonna’ go.  See you at the Hideout.

Check out their MySpace Pages:

The Executive Life          Jeder          The Morakestra          Arthur Yoria