Beto himself is, in truth, one Robert Skiles, a native Texan from San Antonio who has degrees in music from the Universities of Texas and North Texas. Before forming Beto and the Fairlanes, Robert was, and still is, a prominent jazz pianist in Austin, Texas. On the classical, side he played piano for the Austin City Ballet and the University of Texas dance department. He has also written and conducted four major works for orchestra.

So we ask the obvious question: why Beto and the Fairlanes? In his own words, Robert explains, “ Beto was a result of my bilingual roots in San Antonio, a love of Jazz and classical music that came from my parents who were both accomplished artists, and a desire to write and perform highly energetic, improvised music that was both challenging to play and fun to dance to!
My vision was to combine in a unique way,what I love about Jazz and Latin music

And the name, 'Beto and the Fairlanes?' It was something I just thought up as a fun name for a typical south Texas street band. In time, the name and the music stuck and here we are! What are we doing now? Well, after so many years of playing concerts and recording, we still get together for the same reason we did when we started: …simply to have fun! Sure, we still have other projects in the works, but nowadays we have about one gig a month and it’s a family party: band and fans. And it’s fun. That’s what we’re all about!


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