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Concerts Calendar 9/4: Labor Day, big shows
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September is here - finally. The heat is slowly letting up but the hot afternoons will stay with us through October. Meantime, Labor Day, Diez y Sies wil provide plenty of party fun while the church festival season is gearing up for a full ruin in October.

Big names on deck infclude Vicente Fernandez, Lady Gaga, Texas Tornados, George Jones, Los Lobos, Shakira, and others.

Hector Tricoche Salsa star headlines major family festival indoors and

outdoors at the Old San Juan nightclub. Also peforming, Mi Rumba Orchestra from Houston and DJ Papote. Family events includes food booths, arts & crafts. Starts 1 p.m. until midnight. Old San Juan, Austin Highway at 4429 Walzem

Maravia Smooth Tejano outfit really shines. Sept. 10. Cadillac Bar, 212 S. Flores. Also Cadillac Bar, 212 S. Flores. Also Sept. 17 La Fuerza; Sept. 24 Jesse D & Variety Mix

Sandy Valadez Benefit Featuring Rebecca Valadez and the Soto Band from Los Angeles and others. $5. All donations welcome. 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept 14. Cadillac Bar, 212 S. Flores St.

Frank Gomez Band Rock guitars, Tex-Mex grooves and more. Band performs in Austin shows: Nuevo Leon, Sept. 15; Baby Acapulco, Sept. 17; Hilton Hotel, Sept. 21; Baby Acapulco, Sept. 24; Ghost Room, Sept. 25.

Emilio Y Grupo Rio Show billed as "The Return of.” Angleton Fairgrounds, Saturday, Nov. 6. VIP Tickets $60/ GA $20 on sale Sept. 10.

Labor Day Weekend Celebration 3-Day family fest features Tejano, conjunto, rock and country groups including Grupo Avance, Grupo Maravia, Banger Broz, Mickey y Sus Carnales, Grooveland Chicano Band, Enmascarados, Los Bandoleros, del Valle, Tejano Highway, 281 (McAllen), Ram Herrera, Jamie y Los, Chamacos, Rhythm Kings, George Lomas & Tejano Mix,  Jorge Alejandro y La Paz, Willie Cantu &, Starlight Band, George Rivas, Ernie Garibay. Multiple stages, Market Square. Also arts, crafts and food booths. Free.

Gerardo Mejia y su Clica Group part of performers at Summer festival at Hebronville. Hebronville, Texas. Sept. 4.

Johnny Cruz & The Texas Chain Gang Crisp band unloads on stage. Baby O's Tejano Club, 2711 Storey Lane, Dallas. Sept. 4.

Diez y Seis Festivities A ton of activities, parties, festival.s make up the Diez y Seis celebration this month. We kick off with Sept. 4 - FOTOSEPTIEMBRE USA Exhibitions at the Instituto Cultural de México, 600 Hemisfair Park. Opening reception: Saturday, September 4, 4 - 8 p.m. Three exhibitions in the ICM Galleries. Josephine Sacabo, Oyeme Con Los Ojos; Josefina Niggli, Halfway Child; and Slanted Glances: Idiosyncratic Interpretations Of Independence And Revolution In Mexico, a curated exhibit of 12 photographers from Mexico, the United States, and Canada. Free. (210) 227-0123

David Lee Garza Old style Tejano group on stage. Grahams Central Station, Ferdericksburg Rd. Also Sept. 17, Los Desperadoz; Sept. 24, Eddie Gonzalez; Oct. 1, Bobby Pulido; Oct. 8, La Tropa F; Oct. 15, Michael Salgado; Oct. 22, Ruben Ramos; Oct. 29, Vida Hallween Bash

Eva Ybarra Fundraiser A star-studded line up of Austin musicians join to help a queen of Conjunto - Eva Ybarra of San Antonio. Features Joel Guzman and Sarah Fox, Bradley J. Williams (Los Pinkys, Polkasonics, Gulfcoast Playboys), Clemencia Zapata (Cerronato, Conjunto Aztlan), Bubba Hernandez, Susan Torres. Sunday, September 12. Jovita’s Restaurant, Austin. 6 p.m. Sept. 12. (210) 313-6850

Tejano Six Pack Featuring Jimmy Gonzalez Y Mazz, Los Desperadoz, Marcos Orozco, La Fuerza,
Bangers Bros, Northern Express. Floresviles convention Center, floresville. Saturday, Oct. 9. $15 in advance.

Patricia Mendoza Presents lecture, "Land, Identity And Image." Ms. Mendoza’s lecture focuses on historic social and cultural shifts, and how these affect, and are affected by, notions of land, identity and image. 5 p.m., Sept. 5. In English, Free. Instituto Cultural de México (ICM), 600 Hemisfair Park. (210) 227-0123

Conversation with Fernando & Gerardo Montiel-Klint. Conducted by David S. Rubin, the Brown Foundation Curator of Contemporary Art. Free. (210) 978-8100 SA Museum of Art Auditorium, 200 West Jones Avenue. Sept. 7

Ernie Awards Gala Avenida Guadalupe Association 16 de Septiembre 6 p.m. Reception, 7 p.m. Dinner Program Elegant dinner and Ernie Awards presentation to recognize outstanding service and commitment to the Avenida Guadalupe Neighborhood in the categories of Community, Commerce and Culture. Tickets at El Progreso Hall, 1306 Guadalupe. Sept. 9. (210) 223-3151.

Senior Kermes Celebration Big celebration for seniors registered at the City's Department of Community Initiatives senior nutrition centers. Also food, mariachi music and contests for regional costumes and table decorations. Free. 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Sept. 10. Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, Exhibit Hall D, 200 E. Market Street @ Bowie. (210) 207-7172

Lone Star Bash Massive gathering of top names including Bob Schneider, Band of Heathens, Hacienda, f Dale Watson, The Bluebonnets, Texas Tornados. 3-10 p.m. Free, but tickets required. Sept. 25. Register at Brewery Lone Star Brewery, 600 Lone Star Blvd.

Cactus Country Solid country group takes stage. Lonestar Saloon, Uvalde. Sept. 17. Also Oct. 8, Kevin Fowler; Oct. 2, Roger Creager; Nov. 12, Bart Crow Band; Nov. 6, La Mafia; Nov. 26, Randy Rogers Band.

Little Joe Y La Familia Tejano legend headlines major Labor Day weekend event. Sept. 4. Also  Jimmy Gonzalez y Mazz, Veronica y Avance.  Hallaballoos, Houston. $10 until 10 p.m. (713) 943-1400.

Narciso Martinez Conjunto festival Annual event features top groups. Oct. 22-24. Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts Center, Stenger St., San Benito, Tx.

Legendary Tribute Band Solid group led by Henry Parilla, and made up of former members of legendary Sunliner Band in continuing TGIF Friday series. At the elegant, SMOKE-FREE Pueblo Hall ballroom, 3315 Northwestern. Also Buffet starts at 7 p.m. $7 admission. Bookings/private parties, contact Mary Jane Parrilla.  (210) 520-7400

Rodrigo y Gabriela Mexican acoustic duo fuses traditional flamenco music with heavy metal and rock. Their sophomore album, "11:11," was released last September. $39-$49 Majestic Theatre, 224 E. Houston St., (210) 226-3333. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 4

Jonas Brothers Cool group brings it on. AT&T Center, East Houston Street at AT&T Center Parkway, (210) 444-5554. $37-$90 8 p.m. Sept. 10

Creed Monster '90s band back with new CD. Sept. 4. $17.50-$37.50. Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 2005 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands, Houston. (281) 363-3300.

John Mayer Singer/songwriter still packs them in. Sept. 5. $17.50-$37.50. Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 2005 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands, Houston. (281) 363-3300.

Dave Matthews Band Rock outfit is known for their improvisations and instrumental proficiency. Sept. 10. $17.50-$37.50. Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 2005 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands, Houston. (281) 363-3300.

Tom Petty Classic rocker joined on stage by other longtimers - ZZ Top. Sept. 24. $17.50-$37.50. Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 2005 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands, Houston. (281) 363-3300.

Vicente Fernandez Ranchera king is still riveting. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23. $45-$1,000 at 1510 Polk St., Houston. (713) 758-7200.

Fiestas Patrias Scholarship Presentations at 11am on the Mariachi Stage. Fun, free entertainment, music and delicious food. Annual LULAC Diez y Seis de Septiembre Celebration. Also folklorico dancing groups, mariachi music, and entertainment. Exhibit booths. 12 p.m.-11 p.m. Sept. 11 & 12. (Saturday) and 12 p.m.-10:30 p.m. (Sunday), Market Square, 514 W. Commerce

Kiss Classic rock band still kicking it. AT&T Center, East Houston Street at AT&T Center Parkway, (210) 444-5554. $37-$123 8 p.m. Sept. 19.

Mass at San Fernando Cathedral Special Mass for the San Antonio Diez y Seis Commission celebrating the Bicentennial of Mexico’s Independence from Spain. 8 a.m., Sept. 12. 115 Main Plaza

Fiestas Patrias Artistic Program and Official “El Grito” Ceremony. Fiestas Patrias presents Azucena La de Jalisco, Ballet Folklorico de la Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara, Mariachi Sangre Mexicana, and Tamara Rodriguez. “El Grito” 200th Anniversary of the Mexican Independence will be led by the Consul General of Mexico. Free. Municipal Auditorium, 100 Auditorium Circle.  Doors open at 6pm, Program begins at 6:30pm, Official Ceremony 8 p.m. (210) 227-0123. September 15

BRAVO! Folklorico! Dance In performance celebrating Diez y Seis and Hispanic Heritage Month. Celebrating 75 years of dance that began in 1934 by Berta Almaguer, the founder of the Parks and Recreation Department’s dance program. Also students of the program as well as FANDANGO pre-professional dance troupe. $5. 7:30 p.m., Sept. 16, 17 and 18. Dance Performances each night. Arneson River Theatre

Fiestas Patrias Civic Ceremony Civic ceremony of 200th Anniversary of the Mexican Independence will be led by the Consul General of Mexico. Free. 10 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 16.  Plaza México, Hemisfair Park

1910 - A Revolution Across Borders The Witte Museum’s exhibition commemorates the Centennial of the Mexican Revolution, the pivotal political conflict that shaped our understanding of Mexico as a nation, and the cultural history of South Texas. Witte Museum, 3801 Broadway. Thursday, Sept. 16. (210) 357-1910

16 de Septiembre Parade & Festival 29th Annual Avenida Guadalupe Association’sAll day free family celebration begins with Drill Team competition and Parade at 10am. Festival continues after parade with food booths and LIVE entertainment.  Free kid’s area, with games, face painting, rides, and moonwalk. 8 am-5 pm, Sept. 18. Plaza Guadalupe, S. Brazos and Guadalupe. or call (210) 223-3151.

Slayer Heavy metal party also features Megadeth and Anthrax. AT&T Center, East Houston Street at AT&T Center Parkway, (210) 444-5554. $8-$57 8 p.m. Sept. 25

Viva Mi Cultura Lecture demonstration featuring the Guadalupe Dance Company presenting traditional dances, costumes and music of Mexico. Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center. (210) 271-3151 ext. 225 to get free tickets. 3 p.m., Sept. 18. Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, 1300 Guadalupe St.

International Youth Basketball Tournament and Festival del los Ninos Family event features basketball tournament with youth ages 7 to 15, as well as a Health Fair and rides. Free food, free admission Activities for family outdfoorsd and indoors. Basketball team from local youth organizations from the community. 10 a.m, Sept. 19, SAISD Convocation Center, 110 Tuleta (Behind Alamo Stadium)

Sonus Quartet Concert A Journey through Mexican Classical and Contemporary Music Based in Querétaro, México, Sonus was founded in 1998 by Luis Obregon, Claudia Ramirez, Guillermo Villalobos and Valery Sekretov.  Sonus members come from great music schools in London, Russia, the United States and Mexico. The program will include Mexican music by composers Maria Grever, Juventino Rosas, Manuel Ponce, Belisario García, Salvador Morlet, Macedonio Alcala and Ruben Fuentes. 7 p.m., Sept 25. Mexican Cultural Institute Auditorium, 600 Hemisfair Park

RAZA ROCKS the Vote Voter Registration Drive also features Tropa F, Mariachi Los Azlanes, Northern Express, Final Cut Also games, food, silent auction, flea market, loteria, kids games. Mystic Knights Car Club. Rodriguez Park, 6098 Jerome Road., between E. Gena Rd & Jerome and Gena Rd. 1-9 p.m. Sept. 26. (210) 735-5550

Mariachi Festival and Fashion Show. Families can enjoy a free concert featuring middle and high school mariachi groups from local schools and a fashion show with regional costumes. 5 p.m,  Sept 25. Arneson River Theater

Kings of Leon New rock group scroed big with their first hit. Sept. 22. $17.50-$37.50. Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 2005 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands, Houston. (281) 363-3300.

Revolucion into the Third Century Erison Dancers will perform the world premiere of Erica Wilson-Perkins production of "Revolucion into the Third Century." Modern dance work examines the Mexican Revolution of 1910 with live music of Azul and costumes of Martin Sanchez. Also Parks and Recreation Department Alamotion and Fandango dance troupes. Free tickets (210) 207-6968. 7:30 p.m, October 14 & 15 Carver Community Cultural Center, 226 N. Hackberry

Edwin Colon Zayas Puero Rican cuatro artist in gala fundrasier for Estudio Cuatro.  7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2. 3530 Dove Park Lane. $100 per person. Catering by Giovanni's. Formal attire. Tickets at or (210) 391-4124

Youth Orchestras of San Antonio Also Juventud Sinfonica de Monterrey Concert With Juventud Sinfonica de Monterrey and Youth Orchestras of San Antonio present an extraordinary collaborative concert commemorating the Centennial of the Mexican Revolution. 7 p.m, Nov. 20 Municipal Auditorium, 100 Auditorium Circle (210) 737-0097

George Jones Country pioneer demonstrates why he is considered a legend. $40-$60. Nov. 19. Majestic Theatre, 224 E. Houston St., (210) 226-3333.

Trans-Siberian Orchestra Annual shindig features holiday music with some rock energy. AT&T Center, East Houston Street at AT&T Center Parkway, (210) 444-5554. 8 p.m. Dec. 4.

Friday Night Live Concert Series New music series at Wonderland of the Americas features variety. Series runs 7 p.m. Fridays through Sept. 24. Free admission. Wonderland of the Americas Amphitheater, 4522 Fredericksburg Road, (210) 785-3500. Schedule: Ronnie T. Band, Sept. 3; Los Kaballeroz, Johnny Martinez, Sept. 10; Los De La Cumbia, Super Sueño, Sept. 17; Raymond y Grupo Rayo, Shelly Lares, Sept. 24

Andrea Bocelli Italian romantic traditionalist mixes pop, Latin andmore. Dec. 8. $45-$1,000 at 1510 Polk St., Houston. (713) 758-7200.

Roger Waters Former Pink Floyd musician in showcase. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20. $45-$1,000 at 1510 Polk St., Houston. (713) 758-7200.

Gaslight Band Variety mix with classics thrown in. Tuesdays-Wednesdays. Gaslight club, McAllen Inn, 1401 S. 10th. (956) 572-8158 Also Tejano artists coming up.

Los Lobos L.A. Chicano band performs as part of the Guadalupe's 30th anniversary celebration. 8 p.m. $15 advance; $20 door. Sept. 25 Guadalupe Plaza, 1327 Guadalupe St., (210) 271-3151.

Shakira Colombian superstar brings her sensuos hips and Latin-tuinged rock on her latest CD "She Wolf." $9.50-$149.50. AT&T Center, East Houston


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