The Sahara Lounge
"...Two albums dropping in a month's time while their respective bands tour simultaneously might knot up many a veteran musician, but a performer as naturally cooperative as Adrian Quesada doesn't turn away opportunity easily. That's how he found himself in this predicament – at the heart of a half-dozen groups...."
"...Ocote Soul Sounds & Adrian QuesadaThe Alchemist Manifesto (ESL Music)..."
"...“Nobody told me about the coming of the strange days,” Ian Moore sings over strutting, beat-heavy, psychedelic soul on his forthcoming single produced by Brownout’s Adrian Quesada and Bay Area hip-hop producer Jim Greer...."
"...Wondering what the latest incarnation of Grupo Fantasma will look like now that founding guitarist Adrian Quesada has announced he’s left the brassy Latin big band? Aesthetically, at least, you can get your first take on Thursday...."
"..."We'd never actually interacted with him, and we only knew, like, three of his songs," laughs Adrian Quesada, Grupo's guitarist, producer, and de facto leader. "Needless to say, we were really nervous."..."
"...The locals’ heartland honky-tonk was handsomely realized by capital city dynamo Adrian Quesada (Brownout, Echocentrics, Spanish Gold, ex-Grupo Fantasma) at his Level One Sound recording studio. Since opening the facility early last year, Quesada’s made one request to the bands he’s working with: Cook up a spontaneous cover for his forthcoming Live at Level One compilation...."
"...The works they made were shown in their home districts over the latter half of 2015, but for the first 10 days of April they're being shown together in the McKean-Eilers Building, 323 Congress. Although it removes the art from the area that inspired it, "Drawing Lines: Explorations of Place" allows visitors from all over Austin to experience in one location the range of its creative representatives – chef Sonya Coté, hip-hop poet/theatre artist Zell Miller III, musician/composer Adrian Quesada of Grupo Fantasma/Brownout/Spanish Gold, video/film documentarian Deb Esquenazi, muralist Josef Kristofoletti, et al..."
"...The truth DJCG speaks of can be found on Third Root's third and latest album, 2017's Libertad, a study in dissonant flows, unabashed consciousness, and jazz-funk revivalism from distinguished producer Adrian Quesada. The rappers, along with a host of like-minded conspirators, breathe holy fire into Quesada's bottom-heavy live kinetics..."
"...One of the few Austin projects worthy of the term "supergroup," Glorietta possesses considerable intrigue. Coming into Pickathon, the band – led by Matthew Logan Vasquez and featuring Ramirez, Adrian Quesada, Wild Child's Kelsey Wilson, Noah Gundersen, Jason Robert Blum, Brendan Bond, and Judson Johnson – had only played four shows..."
"...In other words, the Blue Noise Band's raison d'être has everything to do with being unabashed "music nerds" who aren't afraid of rolling in the mud in the name of ha-ha funny entertainment. Isn't that what being multi-purpose is all about? Saxophonist David Lobel, guitarist Adrian Quesada, bassist Tom Benton, and drummer Jeremy Bruch are part of a loose-knit contingent of eclectic Austin acts like the Golden Arm Trio and Brown Whörnet who artfully hover between genres in a manner that taunts any sort of concrete classification...."
"...Stopschinski, Baldwin, and Golden Hornet Project co-founder Graham Reynolds engaged an eclectic team of composers, including Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw (part of the choral ensemble Roomful of Teeth), Glenn Kotchke (Wilco), Adrian Quesada (Grupo Fantasma, Brownout, Spanish Gold), Todd Reynolds, and DJ Spooky, among others. Reynolds and Stopschinski took on their share of sections, too...."
"...I was skeptical of Adrian Quesada’s latest project, Spanish Gold – on disc. The songs didn’t quite seem there..."
"...Guitarist and bandleader for the evening, Adrian Quesada plays for chanteuse Jazz Mills..."
"...Ocote Soul Sounds & Adrian QuesadaCoconut Rock (ESL Music)..."
"..."We haven't ever treated Brownout like a real band; it's always been a side project," explains guitarist and leader of both acts Adrian Quesada. "Compared to the last few years, Grupo's going to take it easy, which still means 100 shows, but we're going to focus a little bit more on Brownout."..."
"...The mystical grooves concocted by Ocote Soul Sounds, a collaborative effort between NYC- and Austin-based Antibalas founder Martín Perna and guitarist Adrian Quesada of locals Grupo Fantasma and Brownout, recall a Latin-tinged peyote pilgrimage through the Mexican desert, an instrumental interpretation of Carlos Castaneda's The Teachings of Don Juan. "Mysterious Latin funk," clarifies Perna..."
"...Recorded during a half-dozen sessions in Austin, Nashville, and Louisville, Spanish Gold's borderland bow, South of Nowhere, blurs the boundaries of band and genre. The collaborative project from former Hacienda singer Dante Schwebel, My Morning Jacket drummer Patrick Hallahan, and Brownout and former Grupo Fantasma guitarist Adrian Quesada was spearheaded by Schwebel and built around his songs inspired by Laredo, a hometown he shares in common with Quesada..."
"...Grupo Fantasma finally returns to Austin after a successful West Coast tour and a European vacation, during which they recorded a BBC Radio session and opened for Prince at the O2 Arena. "It was ridiculous," recalls guitarist Adrian Quesada..."
"...The band -- bassist Greg Gonzalez, skinbeaters Jeremy Bruch, Johnny Lopez, and Jose Galeano, lead vocalist Brian Ramos, horn players Joseph Serrato, Dave Wolfe, and Dave Lobel, and guitarists Beto Martinez and Adrian Quesada -- come from all over, but half hail from Laredo. Lest one think Grupo Fantasma is merely another Latin hip-hop tribute outfit, this grupo grande has as many influences as there are beads at Mardi Gras: War, the Police, Fela Kuti, Mark Rubin, Tito Puente, dancehall, Aniceto Molina, and Charles Mingus, to name a few..."
"...AMIA show producer Celeste Quesada..."