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The Zen of Revolution
Career sideman Michael Ramos steps out with 'Charanga Cakewalk'
Music Story  August 18, 2006, by Dave Marsh
"...Yet on the long bus journeys and overnight hotel stays that take up far too great a percentage of a road musician's life, Ramos uses Pro Tools to transform all the music he's played and has grown up with into a unique synthesis that blows apart preconceptions. Ramos has released two albums as Charanga Cakewalk, which is what he calls the result..."

Charanga Cakewalk
Record review
Music Review  May 12, 2006, by Belinda Acosta
"...Charanga Cakewalk..."

Wednesday Picks
Music Story  March 7, 2008
"...The good news: This spring heralds the release of a split double album, Dual Hawks (Misra), with one side Centro-matic, the other its alter ego, South San Gabriel. – Melanie Haupt Charanga Cakewalk..."

Soy Quien Soy
Gina Chavez comes into her own
Music Story  April 4, 2014, by Nina Hernandez
"...Known for his work with the BoDeans, Patty Griffin, John Mellencamp, and Paul Simon, plus his own musical universe, Charanga Cakewalk (revisit "The Zen of Revolution," Aug. 18, 2006), Ramos was the perfect choice to guide Chavez into the first stages of musical maturity..."

One, Two, Tres, Cuatro
The other music Halls of Fame have had their say – time to focus locally on the Austin Texas Music Hall of Fame
Music Column  December 30, 2011, by Margaret Moser
"...His résumé includes stints with the Rembrandts, the BoDeans, John Mellencamp, Paul Simon, Los Lonely Boys, and Patty Griffin. Ramos has been working his Latin chill-out project Charanga Cakewalk since the mid 2000s (see "The Zen of Revolution," Aug..."

Charanga Cakewalk
Music Review  November 18, 2011, by Raoul Hernandez
"...Charanga CakewalkEl Brown Recluse (Cosmica)..."

American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music
To fully enjoy this exhibit, bring a kid and watch him become ignited by the music
Arts Review  March 19, 2010, by Belinda Acosta
"...While five major production centers for Latino music are highlighted (New York City, Los Angeles, San Antonio, San Francisco, and Miami), the traveling version also highlights the musical contributions of the Latino community in its host cities. So, alongside San Antonio's Steve Jordan, New York's Tito Puente, and L.A.'s Cesar Rosas and David Hidalgo (of Los Lobos), Austin music lovers will note mentions of Ruben Ramos, Charanga Cakewalk, and Maneja Beto, along with recent events like Austin's 3-year-old Pachanga Fest and the Sound Is Brown/Latino Music Month, which all occur in May...."

Off the Record
A fond send-off for D-Madness, stuffing the piñata for the second annual Pachanga Latino Music Festival, Hayes Carll helps rebuild the Crystal Beach, and roaming the Flatladers' Hills and Valleys
Music Column  May 29, 2009, by Austin Powell
"...Vallejo may not be performing at the second annual Pachanga Latino Music Festival at Fiesta Gardens on Saturday, but that doesn't mean that organizer Alex Vallejo has the day off. At the Niños Rock Pachanga stage, which boasts an arts & crafts area and a photo booth from Annie Ray, Vallejo leads a drum tutorial at 1:30pm as part of a daylong series of demo sessions, featuring Charanga Cakewalk's Jake Owens (guitar), Bobby Garza of Maneja Beto (keyboard), and David Garza (songwriting)..."

Wednesday Picks & Sleepers
Handicapping SXSW 09 Wednesday night showcasers
Music Story  March 20, 2009
"...The duo's 4AD debut, In Ear Park, mines a timeless wonderment that, like bootlegs of Brian Wilson's Smile, thickens with every listen. – Austin Powell Charanga Cakewalk..."

Texas Top 10s
Local Top 10s of 2006
Music Story  January 5, 2007
"...3) Charanga Cakewalk, Chicano Zen (Artemis)..."

Inside La Cumbia Lounge
Music Story  August 18, 2006, by Belinda Acosta
"...Few "civilians" have seen the inside of La Cumbia Lounge, Michael Ramos' Lake Austin studio and the incubator for his two spectacular Charanga Cakewalk albums. The way Ramos fearlessly bends music traditions, one might expect La Cumbia Lounge to resemble a mad scientist's lab – a cross between a wacky Mexican restaurant and an itinerant musician's landfill...."

SXSW Picks & Sleepers
Music Story  March 17, 2006
"...Some might say that the death of retro New Wave dance-pop sits just across the horizon, but this fourpiece is lapping out of the buzz bowl with 2005 debut The Back Room (Kitchenware) and sinking their well-shined heels into the gritty, urban pavement. – Darcie Stevens CHARANGA CAKEWALK11pm, Copa The ivory tickler behind John Mellencamp, the BoDeans, Paul Simon, the Rembrandts, and Patty Griffin, Austin's Mexican-American multi-instrumentalist Michael Ramos finally gets his muse on with Charanga Cakewalk, beautifully realized in 2004's Loteria de la Cumbia Lounge (Triloka Records), urban grooves based on the ultimately danceable cumbia clave..."

Cumbia de la Pachanga!
Nine hours at Fiesta Garden's Latino Music Festival on Saturday turns into a rock en Español empanada
DAILY Music  June 2, 2009, by Raoul Hernandez
"...Pachanga All Stars materialized as Vallejo with special guests, notably Guanajuato, Mexico, native fiddler Haydn Vitera, and at the finale, Los Bad Apples’ Anita Benner, with the Santana-loving sponsors (“Jingo”) dedicating their “Sweet Maria” to Steamboat captain Danny Crooks, who’d earlier taken credit for nurturing the local Latin rock scene in the mid-1990s by giving initial Sixth Street gigs to Vallejo, Del Castillo, Charanga Cakewalk’s Michael Ramos, and Los Lonely Boys. Give gracias at Threadgill’s Steamboat reunion Sunday, June 14...."

Event Menu
A guide to Austin-area foodie events – smackdowns, socials, and more
Food Column  January 15, 2010, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Tasting samples will be distributed to the crowd, and the contest winner will be determined by a panel of local judges and popular vote from the crowd via text message. A concert from Charanga Cakewalk will follow..."

El Tule
Music Review  August 20, 2015, by Raoul Hernandez
"...What Charanga Cakewalk mago Michael Ramos did for Gina Chavez's Album of the Year this spring (honored) and last (released) should happen to El Tule. Austin's other Latin big band alongside Grupo Fantasma, these wily eight meet those Grammy-winners halfway between their brass blast and offshoot Brownout's six-string slash..."

Gina Chavez
Music Review  February 14, 2014, by Nina Hernandez
"...Working with $20,000 in Kickstarter funds, Chavez melds perfectly pop opener "Save Me" with reggae ("Siete-D") and hypnotic, bilingual cumbias ("Miles de Millas," "Gotta Get"). Enlisting veteran local studio genius Michael Ramos (Patty Griffin; his Charanga Cakewalk) results in a flawlessly bilingual balance between South American, Mexican, and American influences..."

Food Events
Putting booze in a sno-cone? Fine by us.
Food Column  May 4, 2012, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Second between Guadalupe and San Antonio will be closed for this festive, family-friendly event attracting thousands of people. Enjoy live music from Bombasta, La Guerrilla, Mariachi Tamazula, Charanga Cakewalk, and Este Vato plus recorded music from Ocote Soul Sounds and Deejay Honecomb..."

April Showers
Turning expectations into gratitude, part 47
DAILY Music  April 17, 2012, by Margaret Moser
"...Sebastian supplied hand percussion with James McMurtry – and somewhere there’s a halo for McMurtry, who so freely gives his talent to the right cause – at the show, which included Michael Ramos and his band Charanga Cakewalk, Johnny Goudie, Afrofreque, and Bustamoovalators. The benefit's over, obviously, but Brian’s page is open to donation...."

SXSW Saturday Picks & Sleepers
Saturday blurbs rally!
Music Story  March 16, 2012
"...With the crisscrossing, sample-smothering Outmind just under a year old, expect a whole batch of new tricks from the kid. – Luke Winkie Charanga Cakewalk..."

Top 10s
Music Story  January 6, 2012, by Raoul Hernandez
"...8) Charanga Cakewalk, El Brown Recluse (Cosmica)..."

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