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Alamo Garage to Alacrán

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25 minutes

From 2411 Ann St to El Alacrán back to Our Lady of Guadalupe Church

Musician and Houston history aficionado Nick Gaitan takes us on a tour walking from Alamo Garage, a site of his own family history passed down through the stories of his parents, to El Barrio Del Alacrán, recounted from "Sig Byrd's Houston," JR Gonzales' "Bayou City History," and Kirk Farris of Frost Town Historic Site. Through the lens of Gaitan's love of looking at the city, listen in to hear about the Alamo Garage that his grandfather Fermin Trevino built, through St. Vincent's Cemetery where his mother played as a child, around Our Lady of Guadalupe Church full of many memories, past Guadalupe Plaza and the music history there, to Clayton Homes, El Barrio Del Alacrán/Schrimpf Field, Frost Town/James Bute Park, the McKee Street Bridge and trails around it.

Alamo Garage

Our Lady of Guadalupe Church and School

St. Vincent's Cemetery

Virgen de Guadalupe

Guadalupe Plaza under construction with future plans posted

Top - Nick’s Uncle George
Middle - Gaitan’s Father (Right) and all of his siblings.
Bottom - Gaitan’s Uncle George at Clayton homes

Alacrán historical marker beneath highway 59

Bayou towards downtown


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Nick Gaitan

Nick Gaitan's band "The Umbrella Man" is a Gulf Coast combo that incorporates many of the genres of music from the Texas- Louisiana region. From Country, Rockabilly, Swamp pop to Conjunto, This band will have dancing. The Umbrella Man's performances and song choices have been referred to as a "Gumbo" because of The bands entertaining shows laced with the sounds of Roberto Rodriguez' accordion or Bart Maloney's steel guitar. Gaitan has won the Houston Press Music Award for "Best Bassist" from 2004 - 2008. Gaitan has also played bass and toured with Country music legend, Billy Joe Shaver. Shaver recorded a song composed by Nick Gaitan titled "I've Found my Weakness in You" in 2008. Nick Gaitan won the Houston Press Music Award in the "Musician of the Year" category.
photo by John Powers