Monday, May 9, 2011

Austin Vida and Bemba Entertainment Showcase May 13, 2011

AustinVida and Bemba Entertainment present their third installment of Latin Alternative Music Series at Momo's on May 13, 2011. The last two showcases brought together the best talent in Austin, Texas and this showcase will prove to be even more spectacular. Momo's is the ideal venue for this fantastic collections of bands. The sound system is superb and the overall ambiance just makes it more festive. Don't just take my word, come and see for yourself.

Venue: Momo's located at 618 W. 6th Street, Austin, Texas 78701

Date: Friday May 13, 2011

Cover Charge: $8 (18 years and up) Doors open at 10:00 PM

Musical Line-up and times:

Making Movies at 10:30 PM
Master Blaster Sound System at 11: 45 PM
Cilantro Boombox at 12:45 AM

Added Bonus: Pachanga Latino Music Festival 2011 tickets will be give away.

Here's a sample of the three bands in action. If you think they're great on video, they're even more specular live.




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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Austin Vida and Bemba Entertainment Showcase April 8, 2011

Austin Vida and Bemba Entertainment are combining forces again to bring you another "kick ass" event for the Spring season on April 8, 2011 at Flamingo Cantina in Austin, Texas.

Austin Vida by itself has produced several successful showcases featuring exceptional Latin and Latino member bands at Stubb's, The Parish, Ruta Maya and Mi Casa Cantina as well several Listening Parties in association with Nacional Records and Fania Records.

Bemba Entertainment also has a long track record of exceptional showcases in Austin. Bemba Entertainment currently books world music bands for KUT 90.5fm World Music Night every Tuesday at Momo's and has produced several theme based showcases. For example, recent Soul Legends Series, tributes to Isley Brothers, Nina Simone, Rick James and Teena Marie, Bill Withers plus World Beat cruises and music on Lady Bird Lake.

This showcase will feature a local band from Austin, a regional Texas band and a touring band from Kansas City, Missouri. The local Austin, Texas band is Este Vato, a hybrid band which features a DJ, an MC, a horn section and specializes in Latin Fusion, Cumbia and Rock. The regional band from Corpus Christi, Texas is Master Blaster Sound System, a band which includes samples, loops and dance beats mixed by member DJ Dus. Master Blaster also includes talented members from La Conquista and Charanga Cake. The band creates unique music they call "Cumbia Krunk." The touring band is Making Movies, no stranger to Austin, a collective of exceptionally talented musicians which perform Indie music in English and Spanish with a definite Latin flair.

Venue: Flamingo Cantina located at 515 East 6th Street in Austin, Texas

Date: April 8, 2011

Cover Charge: $8 (18 years+) Doors Open at 9:00 PM

Musical Line-up and Times:

Este Vato at 10:00 PM
Making Movies at 11:15 PM
Master Blaster Sound System at 12:30 AM

This special showcase is the best entertainment in Austin on April 8th and features the best musical talent around. The fact that all the bands perform Latin music and have Latinos in the bands is purely coincidental.

Este Vato

Making Movies

Master Blaster Sound System

To keep up with everything "Latin" in Austin, Texas check out Austin Vida's Event's Calender.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

ESTE VATO!!! New Song and Sound

Este Vato, those "Bad Asses of Latin Fusion in Austin, Texas debuted a new song to their ever growing play list and added a horn section to the band.

Este Vato always strives for new and original songs, one of the things that I like about the band. They debuted "Palabra" last week at Trophy's Bar and Grill in Austin, Texas on February 5, 2011. They stayed true to their sound by remaining bilingual, maintaining the Latin Fusion sound , using an MC and DJ and most of all staying "edgy." Este Vato is not your run of the mill Latin band. They want to be and are different from other bands, Latin or not. They also strive to improve and expand their sound. The addition of a horn section does just that. They added a trombone and a trumpet player which gives the band a larger sound, more depth and more versatility. I like it all and look forward to more developments.

The band members are:

Rocky Reyna: Bass/Backing Vocals
Oscar Reyna: Lead Guitar/Backing Vocals
Ricardo Lara: Vocal/Acoustic Guitar
Feliciano "Chano" Lopez: Vocals/Percussion
Rey Treviño: Turntables/Samples
Frank "FAAR" Ramirez: Drums/Percussion
David Martinez: Trumpet
Roy Pulido: Trombone

Check out the videos of the Trophy's performance:

Stay in touch with Este Vato and to catch their performances, check the links below:, Este Vato Facebook, Este Vato Twitter,
Este Vato Bandcamp, Este Vato Myspace,
Este Vato YouTube Channel

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Saturday, January 29, 2011

"Between the Sheets - An Isley Brother Tribute" A Smash Hit

Bemba Entertainment's first show of the monthly Soul Legend series took place at Momo's on Friday January 21, 2011. It was a Smash Hit! Brandon Badillo, founder of Bemba Entertainment, chose the Isley Brothers as the first Soul Legend tribute and assembled the unique Bemba Family Soul Band for the series. After hearing the band, Brandon made the right choice in creating the band for the tribute and more so in the selection of the exceptional musicians . The band had the right sound and the right orchestral mix that created the "feel" of an oldies soul band.

Brandon had vintage record giveaways, a special dance performance by Ballet Afrique and also paid tribute to the late, great Teena Marie.

It was a great night for music, dance and fun. The atmosphere was electric, the house was packed and Momo's is always a gracious host. After the show, one thing I found humorous was that the crowd didn't want to leave. They still wanted more, I guess the euphoria from "Between The Sheets" hadn't worn off.

Dan Dyer and Sonia Moore with special guest Sharee Smith did a great job in re-creating the Isley Brothers tunes. Check out the videos of their performances.

The next in the Soul Legend series is "Wild Is The Wind - A Tribute to Nina Simone" on February 19, 2011 at King-Seabrook Chapel located in the Huston-Tillotson University campus, 900 Chicon Street in Austin, Texas.

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Austin Vida: The Only Latin Free Week Showcase

Free Week, January 1-9, 2011, in Austin, Texas is over. Of all the Free Week shows that I went to, the Austin Vida showcase at Stubb's Bar-B-Q was the best show of all week. I say that because it was the only, and possibly first, show which featured a variety of exceptional bands made up of Latinos. This is the third year I've attended Free Week shows and I truly hope that the over whelming success of this Latin showcase will set the stage for future Latin showcases during Free Week and on an everyday basis. I also have to say that the success of Austin Vida's show was attributed to the selection of the bands for the showcase. The bands came from local, regional and international talent, plus they also had their own distinct sound and charisma.

Even though I call this show a "Latin" showcase, all the bands performed mainly in English including Sour Soul which is from Mexico. Latinos like all types of music. We play rock, funk, punk and alternative music in English but because of our heritage, in many cases we add a different flavor to the music we play.

Check out the live performances of the four bands that performed at Stubb's and I think you'll agree that these bands really rocked.

Sour Soul from Mexico City
plays Indie/Psychedelic/Rock

The Young Maths from McAllen, Texas
plays Garage/Idie/Punk

Hydra Melody from San Antonio, Texas
plays Experimental/Progressive/Rock

Vinyl Dharma from Austin, Texas
plays Indie/Rock/Electronic

More showcases are being planned in the future so stay up to date at Austin Vida or Austin Vida Facebook page.

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

"Between The Sheets - An Isley Brothers Tribute"

Bemba Entertainment, known for creating unique and fun themed events, is initiating a monthly series dedicated to paying tribute to Soul Music Legends. The first of the series will be "Between The Sheets - An Isley Brothers Tribute" on Friday January 21, 2011 at Momo's in Austin, Texas.

Brandon Badillo, founder of Bemba Entertainment, has assembled a special collection of talented and soulful musicians for this series and event. The band is called Bemba Family Soul Band and Sonia Moore will front this ensemble. Sonia "Saja"Moore, a veteran singer, started singing at age 6 and at 16 was a featured singer in MC Hammer's "2 Legit 2 Quit" album. This will be the second band Brandon has assembled for a show. He put together the Bemba Beat Arkestra for his "Birthday Felabration for Fela Kuti the Creator of Afrobeat" on October 15, 2010 at Red 7. Personally, I've been to numerous Bemba Entertainment events and I thought the Birthday Felabration was the best event ever because of the Bemba Beat Arkestra and the other bands in the line-up. I expect Brandon will do even better with this Isley Brothers Tribute.

The Isley Brothers have been around for a long while, since the 1950's. They combined gospel, R&B, soul, funk, disco for a unique and soulful sound. Some of the more notable songs they've released are "Twist and Shout" in 1962, "This Old Heart of Mine" in 1966 and "It's Your Thing" in 1969, just to name a few songs. The Isley Brothers have influenced all genres of music and musicians and as a result, in 1992 were inducted to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. It is fitting that we pay tribute to such soul legends to keep the legend alive and perhaps introduce the Isley Brothers to a new generation of music lovers.

Event Details: "Between The Sheets - An Isley Brothers Tribute"

Date: Friday January 21, 2011
Time: 10:00 PM - 2:00 AM (Doors Open at 9:30 PM)

Venue: Momo's located 618 West Sixth Street Austin, Texas 78701

Cover Charge: $10.00

Musical Line-up: Bemba Family Soul Band along with DJ Aquaman
Featured Guest: Dan Dyer and Trey Seals

The second show in the series is definitely in the works. Keep up to date with Bemba Entertainment for all shows in the series because they promises good music, good entertainment and fun for your hard earned money.

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Saturday, January 15, 2011

Movie "from Prada to nada" Due Out January 28, 2011

When I saw the trailer, it caught my attention and thought it would be a funny, light hearted movie to see. I like the actors, the premise and it stars Latinas and is directed by a Latino, Angel Gracia. It would be nice to start the new year with a good laugh.

It's a whimsical fish-out-of-water story of two spoiled sisters: Nora (Camilla Belle), a law student, and Mary (Alexa Vega), an undergrad party girl, living with their father in a luxurious mansion in Beverly Hills. Mary has become so "90210" she refuses to admit she is of Mexican descent. When dad suddenly passes away, their posh lives are turned upside down. They discover they have been left penniless and are forced to move into their estranged aunt Aurelia's (Adriana Barraza) modest but lively home in the Latino-centric Boyle Heights neighborhood of East LA. They are terrified to leave their world of privilege; neither Nora nor Mary speak Spanish or have ever had to take on actual responsibility. The girls gradually adapt to their new environment; their BMW and Prius are traded for the public bus and a used car. As they embrace the culture that for so long they refused to accept, they both discover romance, the true meaning of family, and they learn that the life of PRADA actually means NADA without love, family and community. (Source: Movie Insider).

from Prada to nada is due in movie theaters on January 28, 2011.

Sountrack From Prada to Nada

1. California Gurls - 'Katy Brand
2. Cielito Lindo - Mariachi Sol De Mexico de Jose Hernandez
3. Las Golondrinas - Mariachi Chapala
4. Sad Song - Au Revoir Simone
5. Boom - MC Magico and Alex Wilson
6. Así Yo Nací - Rey El Vikingo
7. Cielito Lindo - Marta Gomez
8. Help Me - Latin Bitman
9. El Barrio Esta Caliente - Rey El Vikingo
10. MLB on Fox Theme - Phil Garrod, Reed Hays and Scott Schreer
11. Fuego - Inno
12. In The Stars - Jess Penner
13. Pachangueando - Pacha Massive
14. Beat Of My Own Song - Meme
15. En Un Papel 1 - Paulino Vargas
16. Cielito Lindo - Alexa Vega and Camilla Belle
17. El Mago Cardona - Xocoyotzin Herrera
18. Don't Let Go - Pacha Massive
19. Coloradito - Pavel Cal
20. Traigo de mi Pueblo - Pavel Cal
21. Juanito - Pavel Cal
22. Jamas - Pavel Cal
23. Katie's Rainbow - The Geoff Aymar Quartet
24. Te Necesito - Shakira
25. The Bottom - Tara Holloway
26. Need 2 B Loved - Debi Nova
27. Divertimento No. 17 D-Maj. K. 334-Allegro - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
28. Adagio Und Allegro Op 70 Ii Allegro - Robert Schumann
29. Para Continuar - Sara

(Source: StarDustTrailer)