International musician, actress, producer and animator, Patricia Vonne, shook and rattled Austin’s Continental Club Saturday night with her bilingual blend of Texas border rock and theatrical stage prowess. Through her vibrant musical style, the San Antonio bandolera honors her rich cultural heritage by fusing traditional Anglo rock with the centuries-old Latino flavor of Flamenco, Conjunto and Tejano culminating in a delicious, celebratory musical menudo.
The statuesque Tejana kicked off her set Saturday with speedy rocker “The Cat’s in the Doghouse” before leading into her inspirational “Top of The Mountain.” It wasn’t long before Vonne broke out her signature instrument, the castanets, for the romantic Spanish ballad and Once Upon A Time in Mexico favorite, “Traeme Paz.” Vonne cranked up the theatrics with the riff-rippin’ and high-kickin’ “City is Alive” before seducing the crowd with the Flamenco dance of “Fuente Vaqueros.” She celebrated the independent spirit of women with “Viva Bandolera,” the title track from her recent Spanish compilation album and hit fan-favorite classics “Rattle My Cage”, “Severina” and the Tarantino-esque, Stratocaster surfing “Mexicali de Chispa” before riding out with Hell on wheels in “Rebel Bride” from her highly acclaimed Guitars and Castanets.
Vonne’s entire set at the Continental Club was absolutely fantastico. She is currently hard at work recording her seventh studio album with producers Rick Del Castillo and Michael Ramos. The album is due out in Spring 2018 and will feature co-writes with Alejandro Escovedo, Joe King Carrasco & Willie Nile, among others.
Patricia Vonne at the Continental Club
Photos by: Mindi Westhoff of Time and Place Photography