San Anto Cultural Arts’ annual Huevos Rancheros Gala always has a strongly musical bent, with Chicano R&B ensemble Sexto Sol being a particular favorite in years past.
This year’s Huevos Rancheros will focus squarely on the impact of conjunto music on South Texas culture. King and Queen Huevos will be Conjunto Taller founder Rudy Lopez and accordion shredder Eva Ybarra.
Given this preoccupation with conjunto, it’s only natural that the fundraising gala will feature a live performance from Los Padrinos. The brainchild of longtime friends Juan Santillán Jr. (vocals, bajo sexto) and Martín Martínez (accordion), this quartet, since its formation in early 2005, has been one of the most dynamic examples of Tex-Mex’s new-traditionalism — a return to the genre’s raw, earthy roots, abetted by a youthful energy and rhythmic drive. When they play “Antonia, Antonia,” or “Los Milagritos,” they treat this timeworn style as if they just thought it up on the fly, and they’re liable to convince you of the same.
Los Padrinos can be heard at the Huevos Rancheros Gala from 9-11 a.m. Saturday, October 4, at Plaza Avenida Guadalupe. Suggested donation is $35.