The Rio Grande Valley music scene is constantly changing and evolving. Local artists and bands offer a wide variety of style from Americana, Tejano, Garage, Punk, Country, Blues and everything in between and beyond. Today’s musicians face new challenges as record labels are going belly up or dropping artists fast if they don’t bring in the numbers. Getting exposure is tough and you have to get in the mix of the new technology to get this exposure and build your fan base.
The Rio Grande Valley and Tex-Mex sound has influenced the Texas Music scene in a big way. The evolution of Tejano music has produced stars like Steve Jordan, “The Jimi Hendrix of the Accordian”. Flaco Jimenez has jammed and laid down tracks with bluesman Ry Cooder and The Rolling Stones and teamed up with Doug Sahm, Freddy Fender and Augie Meyers to form the Texas Tornados. David Byrne from the Talking Heads worked and recorded with Selena, “The Queen of Tex-Mex”, on her last album “Dreaming of You”.
Writers of the Rio Grande will be expanding this page with links to music related websites and posting the latest news from the Rio Grande Valley in our ongoing effort to create a platform for local artists to showcase their work.
Here are some links to get started:
McallenMusic.com A new website about what’s happening in the Mcallen Music Scene.
Brownsville Latin Jazz Festival is an annual event that takes over the city. The 14th Fest is schedule October 8th to the 10th, 2010.. 3days of the best music and dancing in the Rio Grande Valley.
Sun Fish Records This website continues to bring the avid listeners amazing artists and original music as well as supporting all the local musicians of the Rio Grande Valley!
The Rio Grande Valley NPR. Classical, Jazz, Blues and more. 88.1 and 88.9 FM. Interviews, special features, segments focusing on educators, writers, poets, musicians and performers in South Texas.
RGV Titan Radio is a local internet radio station to hear local valley music. To make things even better you might even hear your own music on this station. THAT’S RIGHT, An actual radio station that will play your band’s music.
Texas Music Office serves as thte clearinghouse for Texas music information and publicizes developments in the Texas music industry. Check out this page for a listing of radio stations in south Texas.
Radio Locator website is the most comprehensive radio station search engine on the web. Links to over 10,000 radio station web pages and over 2500 live streams from the US and around the world.
The Rio Grande Valley Music Festival is a non-profit (501c3) organization dedicated to three goals. First, to provide a venue for musicians of all levels of ability to perform in a professional setting. Second, provides an opportunity for Valley residents and visitors to enjoy good, live music for a very reasonable price. And third, to help support music education for young people. All proceeds over expenses are donated to local youth music programs.
Blues on the Hill in Harlingen In Harlingen, Texas 10 years ago, Tom Wilson & Jeff Lyssy, from Harlingen Parks and Recreation, approached Chris Maley of KMBH & KHID Public Radio’s “On The Roadside” Blues music program and collaborated to bring Harlingen a premier Blues concert series – Blues On The Hill. Blues On The Hill is an Outdoor Concert Series, held annually at McKelvey Park in Harlingen, TX Concerts for the series are scheduled in May, June and August each season.
South Padre Island Seafood & Music Festival are two days of music and seafood taste sensations! ‘Rock The Riviera Redfish Tournament’ is back on Saturday. Music takes place at the South Padre Island Convention Centre! Happens every first of October.
ME Television in Austin, Texas launched October 1, 2005 and offers audiences the same immediate access to the regional music scene and entertainment information that they currently enjoy for news and weather. The initial cable distribution partnership with Time Warner Cable allows expanded coverage beyond the city limits of Austin to 40 surrounding cites in Central Texas. This new website keeps up with the latest in Texas music and more.
NPR Music is a great website to listen to new music, podcasts, live concerts and studio sessions. Watch video sessions. Read interviews with musicians and music reviews. NPR covers the best new songs from rock, pop, folk, jazz, urban, world and classical music.
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