A full year after UNESCO voted to designate the San Antonio Missions as a World Heritage Site, the Mission Pachanga Local Music Festival plans to host its first ever event honoring the history of the missions alongside San Antonio's contemporary music culture.
Here's a rundown of the diverse group of local band that take the stage this Saturday (more festival details here):
1:30-3:00pm Little Henry & His Tribute Band w/Rudy Tee
Little Henry Lee is the nickname of San Antonio musician and keyboardist Henry Padilla, who has been making music in the Alamo City dating back to his time leading Little Henry & the Laveers in the early sixties. He also played the keys in the classic lineup of the Sunliners led by Sunny Ozuna. Rudy Tee Gonzales has his own impressive resume of releases throughout the sixties, and together the duo's band will be exploring Chicano soul, rock and roll, and rhythm and blues of the fabled west side sound they helped pioneer.
Doc Watkins One of San Antonio's most hardworking jazz musicians, Doc Watkins is a gifted pianist, organist, and bandleader. Attendees may see one of several forms of his groups playing this weekend ranging from the Hammond Organ Trio to an 18-piece big band he directs. His latest album, The Outlaw, features Watkins working with his trio in an exciting collection of compositions ranging from jazz to country.
Black Market Club
Greg G At the age of 22, Greg Griffin (aka: Greg G) was voted San Antonio’s "Top Hip Hop Artist," and soon after found himself co-writing songs with Grammy-award winner Toni Braxton and performing with the legendary Texas rapper Bun B. Additionally, he has released five mixtapes, multiple solo albums, produced hundreds of local songs, and with tracks like "Real Ish," created radio anthems for the local hip-hop community.
Combining American folk with contemporary indie pop, Fishermen are a six-piece band that tug at the heartstrings with soulful, spiritual, socially-aware, and politically driven messages underlying their music.
This five-piece alternative/Latin group creates unique mixtures of sound from a variety of influence ranging from ethnic dance, hip-hop, EDM, punk, and more. Femina-X welds synths, samples, and drum machines around live instrumentation and vocals by Daniela Riojas'. The result is a moving, textured mix that brings the audience into the world of each song.
Volcán An 11-piece band armed with a full brass section, an extensive percussion unit, accordions, dazzling guitars, and a tremendous amount of passion, Volcán rallies around their shared vision of exploring, putting their stamp on, and expanding upon traditional San Antonio and Latin sounds.
Nina Diaz Originally part of the Girl In A Coma trio, Nina Diaz's solo work evolved out of a series of songs written during a time of great personal evolution. Realizing they didn’t quite fit Girl In a Coma sound, Diaz started to explore her own songs on her own time between albums. And with that, Nina’s solo career came to life. Her new album, The Beat Is Dead, is set to debut on October 16.
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