Posts in category "music"

El Camino: Bristol, a border city

El Camino: Bristol, a border city
Bristol is not what you expect when you think of a border city. You walk down the town center, or State Street, and it separates Virginia from Tennessee. It’s known as the birthplace of country music. In 1927, Victor Peer, a record producer with the Victor Talking Machine Company, set up a temporary recording studio.... Read more »

Chicanísima Chicago Calendar - October 2013

Chicanísima Chicago Calendar - October 2013
Heading into fall there are plenty of Latino events happening around Chicago. Latino Fashion Week runs through Saturday. There are many events, including a sports and fashion show Friday night and a teen fashion show Saturday night. The Mexican Indie Music Soundcase will be held Saturday at the National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W.... Read more »

Celebrate female mariachis this Hispanic Heritage Month

Celebrate female mariachis this Hispanic Heritage Month
Mariachi Reyna de los Angeles performed recently in Millennium Park in Chicago. This all female mariachi band was founded in 1994 in El Monte, Calif. It is the first female mariachi band in the world, and was founded by Jose Hernandez, a board member of the Mariachi Heritage Society. They have three albums and have... Read more »
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Relive the Buena Vista Social Club

Relive the Buena Vista Social Club
I saw Compay Segundo perform in Guadalajara, Mexico, in 2002. He is one of the musical stars of the film “The Buena Vista Social Club” that will show as part of Millennium Park’s Summer Film Series in Chicago tonight at 7:30 p.m. On that night that I saw the man in concert, who was 95... Read more »

Chicanísima Cultural Calendar: April 2013

Chicanísima Cultural Calendar: April 2013
We’re still waiting for spring to arrive in Chicago, but there are plenty of reasons to get out of the house this month. Here is a selection of events that may interest Chicanísima readers. Chicago Latino Film Festival The film festival in its 29th year began April 11 and continues through April 25. There are... Read more »

New artist "Immi" highlights immigration

I came across a new Latino artist calling himself “Immi,” who promotes a message of cultural diversity and tolerance of immigrants. The 21-year-old immigrated from Argentina to New York when he was 14. The song and video is about following your dreams and never giving up. Here are some of the lyrics: I know people... Read more »
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Outernational says: "We are all illegals"

This is the name of a new album and video posted by the New York band Outernational. This message resonates just days after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the “papers please” provision of Arizona’s anti-immigration law. Nobody should have to carry their papers and this law and others like it will only lead to racial... Read more »

¡Que viva Lila Downs!

¡Que viva Lila Downs!
Lila Downs delivered a performance de coraz‪ó‬n, or from the heart, Saturday night at the Congress Theater in Chicago. Downs is on tour with her new album Pecados y Milagros or Sins and Miracles. A standout song from the album is “Pecadora.”  The song has notes of ska, klezmer and rap with lyrics in Spanish.... Read more »

Mariachi Love story continues

Mariachi Love story continues
When my mom turned 60, she met her true love. He’s was in the mariachi band we hired to play for her birthday party. Santa and Ruben have been together now 15 years. My mom just turned 75 on Sunday and Ruben is now 81. I wrote a story about their Mariachi Love  and recorded... Read more »
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Latin music ignored in the Grammy show

Latin music ignored in the Grammy show
The best Latin music performance of Grammy night was by Jennifer Lopez. How is that possible if she wasn’t even there? Lopez starred in a few commercials – one for female razors and another for stereo equipment that aired during the broadcast. But the sad point is that Latin music was not given a featured... Read more »