In cities across Canada, local live music venues are struggling and in some cases closing. There is also a movement of singer-songwriters with politically-active lyrics, paralleling similar developments in Latin America and Portugal The singer and composer Eliseo Parra (b 1949) has recorded traditional folk music from the Basque country and Castile as well as his own compositions inspired from the musical styles of Spain and abroad.
This week is a very exciting music week for my girlfriend and I. For Christmas, she bought us both tickets to see the Cold War Kids at Stubb’s Amphitheater and just this past week, she bought tickets for the Austin Music People launch party at the Austin City Limits Live venue.
In future blogcasts (see there, sounds catchy) I plan on covering not only the bands that contribute to the growing San Antonio music scene, but also the clubs, promoters, artists, and lifestyles that are helping our burgeoning scene grow and quickly gain a foothold as the new center of music in Texas.
My very favorite musical set of the evening came from Kenny Kens & the Brown Bottle Boys It took a wagon load of moxie to play a large venue, opening for a wildly popular local act’s CD release party, and make the choice to play 100% original music with a fairly new band.
In all of the lessons that I teach, I encourage all students to learn at least one piece a year in a style that they might not otherwise wish to play: students that are studying jazz music must learn to play a piece of classical music and vice versa.