Austin Samba presents Texas! A Horse Opera
Austin Samba, Austin’s internationally-renowned traditional Rio-style samba school presents Texas! A Horse Opera for one night only. A unique and electrifying fusion of classic Texana and Brazilian Carnaval, a talented company of 50 performers from Austin Samba along with special musical guests will bring a whirlwind of sizzling rhythms, beautiful choreography, color, and joy to the Stateside Theater stage.
The show is a wild, musical ride through Texas culture in the tradition of classic western “horse operas,” which are clichéd western shows that often feature musical numbers. From classic numbers such as “Rawhide” and “Happy Trails to You” to energetic, powerful tributes to Texas artists will include Selena, Willie Nelson, Lightnin' Hopkins, Mance Libscomb, Freddie King, Stevie Ray Vaughn, ZZ Top, Asleep at the Wheel and Bob Wills. Infused into the mix are the heart-pounding beats of traditional Brazilian drums, dazzling costumes and stunning, intricate dance numbers.
There will also be a performance by longtime country favorites, Haybale, with Earl Poole Ball, legendary pianist for Johnny Cash, and Redd Volkaert, former guitarist for Merle Haggard. Other special guest artists include Stefanie Bergara of Bidi Bidi Banda, skillfully blending cumbia and Tejano with funk and pop and singing a tribute to Selena. Alex Marrero of the Latin psych-funk collective, Brown Sabbath will also take the stage with a rousing Bob Wills tribute along with a soulful Texas blues tribute. Gina Chavez will join Austin Samba to sing the grand finale.