Indie Music

Live From SugarHill's May episode celebrates Cinco de Mayo and features rock en español band Los Skarnales and world-class accordionist John Ramirez.

The hour-long program includes a short set by two guests and candid interviews with Rosa Guerrero (KTRU's Mutant Hardcore show) and award-winning producer Dan Workman.

Our community guest and 'audience of one' is Joey Guerra, music critic for the Houston Chronicle, one of the country's largest newspapers and the largest daily in Texas. He does artist interviews, reviews concerts and also blogs regularly at and at, a new entertainment/lifestyle website.

Seventeen year-old accordion player John Ramirez is the first performer. Ramirez is as amazing to watch as he is to listen to. He is the winner of 2008's "The Big Squeeze" accordion competition, a multi-state competition for nonprofessional players under the age of 25. The event, sponsored by Texas Folklife, was recently the subject of a documentary by director Hector Galán. The documentary aired on PBS May 8th.

Los Skarnales is one of Houston's foremost rock en Español acts. The seven-piece rock band mixes in the genres of danzon, cumbia, reggae, ska and cantina music with a punk rock attitude. The band formed in 1993 and has opened for international stars like The Specials and King Chango. The band also traveled to Mexico for a series of gigs that culminated in a performance on the nationally televised variety show Desvelados.

Live From SugarHill Studios is a collaborative effort of Zenfilm, and SugarHill Recording Studios that began in December 2008. The program has been downloaded thousands of times since its inaugural broadcast.

Live from SugarHill Studios is produced by Gina Miller. Engineered by John Griffin and Chris Longwood. Uplink and webcast services by Troy Burwell of Video production and podcasting services provided by Zenfilm. Still photography this week provided by Everett Taasevigen.

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