(article) Texas Folklife Announces Spring Fed Records Album Release with Belen Escobedo and Felipe Perez



Sheree Scarborough

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Texas Folklife’s House Concert Series: Roots Music in an Intimate Setting



Austin, Texas – May 1, 2018 –Texas Folklife will host a special Spring Fed Records double album release party featuring San Antonio artists Belen Escobedo y Panfilo’s Güera and Felipe Pérez y Sus Polkeros on Wednesday, May 16, from 7:00-9:00 p.m. as part of its popular House Concert series.


Belen Escobedo plays rare and beautiful fiddle tunes in the South Texas Tejano (Texas-Mexican) tradition. Growing up on the south side of San Antonio and working as a professional fiddler since she was a teenager, Escobedo has preserved a unique style of fiddling that has all but disappeared from the Texas borderlands. She has a vast and unique repertoire, including tunes she learned from her grandfather’s whistling. Escobedo performs at festivals, concerts, dances, and other events as the leader of two groups: Belen y Tocayo and Panfilo’s Güera. Both groups feature Escobedo on fiddle accompanied by bajo sexto (12 string bass) and tololoche (a borderlands upright bass). Belen Escobedo has twice been a featured fiddler at the Festival of Texas Fiddling, and in 2017 she was awarded the prestigious Texas Master Fiddler Award.  


Legendary conjunto accordionist Felipe Pérez has been playing music professionally since the 1950s. Pérez plays in a driving and old school style, and has composed a huge body of his own polkas, redovas, schottisches, huapangos, and waltzes. He has recorded numerous albums, and at the age of 77 has just finished a new album of original compositions for Spring Fed Records. Pérez started playing at ten years old in 1950, leading his own conjunto in the rough and tumble cantinas of Corpus Christi such as the 1-2-3 Club and El Rey De La Polka Club. He learned to play accordion from the great Juan Lopez, a Corpus Christi conjunto master known as “El Rey de la Redova.” In addition, Pérez is also an accomplished bajo sexto player, and he played with Lopez for many years. Pérez recorded with his group Los Sargentos in the 1950s for labels such as Bohemia, with singers such as Isidro Lopez and Sofia Rodriguez. He recorded several albums for Joey International as Felipe Pérez y Sus Polkeros, and has since brought his music to audiences throughout Texas and across the country. The new Felipe Pérez y Sus Polkeros Spring Fed Records album features Felipe on accordion, Virginio Castillo on bajo sexto, and Ramon Gutierrez on tololoche.

Texas Folklife’s House Concert series is an intimate experience. The event is free for members (members contact Texas Folklife for access code) and $10 for non-members. A limited number of tickets are available at:

To become a member or renew your membership, go to: http://texasfolklife.org/info/membership. Proceeds will benefit the artists and Texas Folklife’s statewide public programs. Beer and wine will be available for a donation.


Parking is available in Texas Folklife's gravel driveway, on the street immediately in front of the building, and Asterra Properties (located next door). Overflow parking is available at Recycled Reads (5335 Burnet Rd). Please use spaces in the back or on the south side of the Recycled Reads building.


“Please join us for this very special event,” said Texas Folklife Executive Director Charlie Lockwood. “Belen Escobedo and Felipe Pérez are master musicians. This is a wonderful opportunity to hear the very best in conjunto and South Texas Tejano fiddle music, and to purchase these new albums and support the work of the artists and our friends at Spring Fed Records.”


This event is made possible in part by the board and members of Texas Folklife, and by grants from the Texas Commission on the Arts with an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art, and the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.  Additional support provided by The Festival of Texas Fiddling, Spring Fed Records and the Center for Popular Music at Middle Tennessee State University.   



Texas Folklife

Texas Folklife is a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to presenting and preserving the diverse cultures and living heritage of the Lone Star State. Since 1984, Texas Folklife has honored the cultural traditions passed down within communities, explored their importance in contemporary society, and celebrated them by providing accessible and joyful arts experiences.


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