John Leach

Best Power Couple

Celeste & Adrian Quesada

Power couples ground Austin music history throughout its proudly checkered past, from siblings (Bobbie and Willie Nelson) and live music capitalists (Liberty Lunch parents J-Net Ward and Mark Pratz) to superstars both international and local (Sandra Bullock and Bob Schnieder). Celeste and Adrian Quesada rate as an equally grand bandstand couple. She wields event planners Craftbox Agency; he strings the soul of half a dozen bands. She stages the Austin Film Society’s annual Texas Film Hall of Fame to Oscar-style heights; his axe grinds out smooth Latin rock in Spanish Gold and Sabbath-loving funk in Grupo Fantasma spin-off, Brownout. Who better than the guitarist, then, to lead a rock & roll orchestra for the clipboard-wielding producer’s HOF extravaganza (and unofficial SXSW kickoff)? Adrian: Peruvian cumbia preservationist for Money Chicha, desert psychedelia dropper in the Echocentrics, Afro roots grower via Ocote Soul Sounds. Celeste: readying yet another huge SXSW-centric awards ceremony to be named later? (We hear an ask is out!) Together, they corral two daughters, a home menagerie of chickens, parakeets, and Chihuahua, and a hectic career pace – all the while looking super fly. Mega-watt.

Celeste Quesada
Craftbox Agency

Adrian Quesada
Level One Studios

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