Luis Rodriguez, who is originally from the Coahuila-Texas border, plays the accordion at parties and special events with another band member not pictured here. This image was taken near Cristo Rey Catholic Church in East Austin, Texas on a Saturday noon. I noticed two quinceañera ceremonies taking place at the church the day I visited.
Cande Aguilar is a full-time artist from Brownsville, Texas whose art deals with contemporary national and regional issues. Mr. Aguilar draws inspiration from Brownsville as well as from Lego and Star Wars toys. The paintings are made using mixed media and they almost always feature vibrant colors. He has categorized the style as Barrio Pop, which is an interesting term that references Pop Art and Mexican culture.
Here’s what Cande says about Barrio Pop on his website:
#barrioPOP is an amalgamation sprung by characters, colors & street phenomena that is my life emerged in popular border town culture, expressed through multimedia such as painting, collage, photography, assemblage, digital collage, image transfer & music.
Check out more: http://candeart.com/home.html
I attended my first conjunto music festival on Sep 28, 2013 at the Simon Sauceda Auditorioum of Donna High School. The musicians who participated in the festival have ties to Donna, Texas. They include: The Mario Montes Romance Band, The Ayala Brothers, Pedro Yañez among others. I’m working to name each of the musicians in these images.