Fiesta 06 is overPosted: May 2, 2006
We had a fun Fiesta San Antonio! Our first event was Piñatas del Barrio at the Plaza Guadalupe. It was fun, especially since the Spurs won their first playoff game in a blowout! Everything was going fine until, the lights fell on top of our drummer Ray! Luckily he saw them as they were falling and was able to get out of the way. Gracias a Dios! (read more about it in the SA Current Magazine www.sacurrent.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=16533403&BRD=2318&PAG=461&dept_id=484045&rfi=6)Ray has put Los Padrinos on the map!! Thanks brother! Anyway, everything is fine no major brain damage (I think, it is kind of hard to tell with Ray~lol) Anyways, the next gig was at the Cattleman Square for Tejano Explosion. That was an interesting gig because we ended up using our own PA (actually we hired someone, since we don't have a big PA system) As I think about it, it was kind of funny. Here we are on a tiny stage with a small PA (Compared to what Michael Salgado was running) We were placed in front of the Salgado MAMMOTH stage where he had about a zillion watts of power from his dozens of speakers! no'mbre he even took two of our stage platforms to elevate his drummer. Who does he think he is Michael Salgado?? (oh yeah, never mind). Needless to say our band got to know each other really well that night, we were so close together! El Señor Salgado was doing a sound check all the way into our performance time, we were only able to say "mic check one, two… and then the DJ announced us. (At least let us get to "three!") The way I look at it, we got some great publicity on KXTN, KEDA, the internet, etc. Our fans had a great time and we even got some connections for other gigs. So even though we were the chihuahuas amid the BIG DOGs, we did not disappoint our conjunto fans. And that is what counts anyway.
On Saturday we played at the VFW 76 for River Fest. We were the headliners! I want to apologize to the band before us, I thought they were called "Scavenger" so here I was thanking "Scavenger" for playing a great set, and it turns out they are called "Derringer"! So sorry I should have paid more attention! We had a great time. As I reflect on the performance I need to say that I was surprised that we were so well received. The crowd was a diverse group, and I thought maybe many would be disappointed that "Scave- I mean "Derringer" was not closing the show. We do not play rock and roll, or much country (only one song in English called "I wouldn't change a thing", but people really responded to our traditional sound! Gracias a Dios, it taught me that as long as you enjoy playing the music and play it with all your heart and soul, people of all types will respond. Now some may have been disappointed that we did not play "Mustang Sally", or "Margaritaville", but that's ok because the majority did not seem to mind – we were all in party mood! Viva Fiesta!Viva Conjunto!
PS we will be in Pocola Oklahoma at the casino for Cinco de Mayo that should be an experience as well, will keep you posted!