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[8/28] Preview: Big Band Tejano at Toro Negro Lounge

By Piper LeMoine Contributor
By Piper LeMoine

bbt_toronegro(AustinVida) – Tonight, Big Band Tejano  takes its big brass section and Texas-sized vocals to the friendly confines of Toro Negro Lounge.

Big Band Tejano is a horn-driven band in the tradition of the great orquestas of the 1960s and 70s, and features seasoned veteran players with impressive resumes, including bandleader Felipe Borrero. Fans of Alfonso Ramos y Su Orquesta, Nash Hernandez Orchestra, Augustin Ramirez, Tortilla Factory, Latin Breed, Joe Bravo, or Ruben Ramos and the Mexican Revolution (just to name a few) will enjoy the super sounds of this mega-talented group.

I interviewed Felipe and veteran sax player Fred Soto on my KOOP radio show back in May. I posted it on Soundcloud and it’s worth a listen if you love Tejano music history and also want to know more about the band. Felipe and Fred were fantastic guests who really know their stuff, and it was a lot of fun getting to know more about them.

Long story short: These guys really put a show with a sound that’s hard to replicate. Great voices, lots of sax and trumpets, and a truckload full of soul. Well worth the cover and the drive, especially if you love the horns of classic Tejano.

El Toro Negro is located at 615 West Slaughter Lane, at the southwest corner of Slaughter and South 1st. Show starts at 9 p.m., 21+ welcome. $5 cover. For more information, call 512-632-9949. Join the Facebook event here.

I manage all things technical, administrative, and creative at Austin's own Rancho Alegre, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting Conjunto music. Our projects include digitizing recordings, interviewing legendary and up-and-coming artists, maintaining and constructing a historical record of Tejano and Conjunto music, connecting artists with professional and business services, and presenting the annual Rancho Alegre Conjunto Festival and various events throughout the year. I am a Professional Member of the Recording Academy.

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