(AustinVida) – Sunday, November 8th, Austin’s Tejano community will come together to help one of their own: Paquito Rodriguez of Austin group Los A-T Boyz, is battling a rare form of cancer, and he’s getting a little help from friends, family and fans in a big way, with an all-day, all-ages, all-star event at the Austin Moose Lodge.
Los A-T Boyz have been around forever, first as Alma Tejana, and have always been among the first to volunteer and pitch in for benefits, jamaicas, or other events whenever they’re needed. Their Austin roots go even deeper, as their father and bajo sexto player Paco Rodriguez played with various legendary local orquestas before fronting his own group, Paco Rodriguez y Su Orquesta, several decades ago.
Starting at noon, fans will get Conjunto, Orquesta and Tejano from legends, veterans, and up-and-coming groups, all for a great cause. Here’s the schedule, which, of course, may be subject to change:
11:55 a.m.- Noon – Devin Banda
Noon – 12:55pm – Conjunto Puro Corazon (San Antonio)
1:05 – 2:00pm – Conjunto Los Pinkys
2:15 – 3:10pm – Los Texas Wranglers
3:20 – 4:00pm – Jaime Rodriguez y Remedio
4:10 – 4:50pm – Lo Nuestro
5:00 – 5:40pm – Wild Bill Perkins, Jonny Martinez, Nikki Lopez & Calle Seis
5:50 – 6:30pm – Cañonazo
6:40 – 7:20pm – Big Band Tejano
7:30 – 8:10pm – Art Tigerina Band
8:20 – 9:00pm – Street People
9:10 – 9:50pm – A-T Boyz All Star Jam
Long story short: With nearly a dozen different bands and several guest performers, it’s not an exaggeration to say that this is one of the biggest Tejano shows, if not THE biggest Tejano show, Austin has seen all year. It’s got everything: accordion, brass, keyboards, community, love, friendship, family-friendly, plenty of room to dance, tons of free parking, affordably-priced drinks, food, everything! And it’s all to benefit a great friend fighting for his life. Well worth the $15 cover.
For those who are unable to attend, there is also a GoFundMe account: http://www.gofundme.com/paquito.
The Austin Moose Lodge is located at 2103 E.M. Franklin Ave, just east of Airport Blvd off of MLK. Music starts at noon, doors open at 11:30 a.m. Cover is $15 per person. All ages welcome, kids under 12 years old are free. For more information, call 512-609-9208. Follow the Facebook event here to get updates and previews of the bands scheduled to perform.