November 2008 Archives

Boni Mauricio: CD, a new step 

Boni Mauricio is one of the Corpus Christi-based conjunto/Tejano groups that while not making major waves, has maintained a steady output.

Mauricio may sound like a new name for some but the accordionist has a long history, as a studio musician and also member of several groups such as Cthe Hometown Boys and Mingo Saldivar.

Our Corpus Christi correspondent Rene Cabrera had a close revealing interview with Mauricio in this report on his latest CD.

You might say that Boni Mauricio has paid his dues to conjunto.  Out of Corpus Christi, the accordionist has entertained fans as a member of such familiar names as Grupo Badd, Conjunto Madrigal, Hometown Boys and Mingo Saldivar.  

 

MORE: Boni Mauricio: CD, a new step

Concerts Calendar 11/25

Thanksgiving week arrives with many choices- including Latin alternative, Tejano, conjunto and more.

DLG, Marcos Orozco, Ramiro Herrera Big shindig for Thanksgiving Dance, Nov. 27. Graham Central Station. Also Jimmy Gonzalez y Mazz Nov. 28.

Julieta Venegas Mexican rocker back in town for a concert. Lila Cockrell Theater. Nov. 29. Tickets $35-$65 through Ticketmaster. Doors 7 p.m., no opening group. Raffle for an autographed Gibson Guitar by Julieta. Details...

 

Full listings: Concerts Calendar 11/25

 

Andrea Bocelli Arrives In San Antonio 

Andrea Bocelli is one of the most talented operatic pop tenors to have arrived on the scene in years. He's recorded classical, opera and pop music and sold more than 65 million albums worldwide.

Now he's performing in town Tuesday and Wednesday at the Municipal Auditorium. In this reprot, our correspondent Ramon Hernandez caught up with him at a news conference.

By Ramon Hernandez

Andrea Bocelli does not perform until tomorrow night and tickets for both Tuesday and Wednesday's performances at the Municipal Auditorium are sold out, but Bocelli does not rest on his laurels.

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(Photos courtesy Ramon Hernandez)

On Sunday night he rehearsed with the San Antonio Opera Chorus and San Antonio Master Singers. With two sold-out shows, he does not need the publicity, yet this afternoon, he held court with the press at the Grand Hyatt Hotel. That's how nice, humble and down-to-earth he remains in spite of his international stardom.

Entering the media-filled room wearing a blue pin-stripe coat, blue jeans and a navy blue silk tie, he was all smiles; and his smile reflected a kind gentle human being.

In reviewing many of his compact discs, one is note that he sings with lots of passion and he sings from the heart. With this in mind I asked if there is any one tune in which exhibits a little anger, or a hint of hate.

"There's already too much too much hate and negativity in the world, so why add to it," he answered. "I love women and I love to sing about love."

The immediate overall response from those in attendance was a rousing "Bravo, bravo."

Araceli Cardenas-Bon, who has seen Bocelli perform several times in Italy as a reporter for www.ROMEreports.com flew in the way in from Rome for the press conference and tomorrow's performance.

Her question for the 6-foot-2-inch tall operatic singer was how it felt to play a strong personality, such as Turiddu when expectations are so high in an opera as difficult as "Cavalleria Rusticana."

"I enjoy it because I love women. So I don't find it difficult to sing this role because I'm so passionate about love," Bocelli answered with a flattering smile.

 

"Cavalleria Rusticana" is set in a small Sicilian village where a young soldier, Turiddu (Bocelli), returns to his hometown and seduces Santuzza (Verónica Villarroel), a peasant girl and leaves her pregnant. Then he moves on and falls in love, or at least in lust, with Lola.

Santuzza finds out, and in a weak moment tells Lola's husband Alfio (Marcello Guzzo) of the sordid affair.

To say anymore would spoil the plot, but the music remains some of the most famous in all of opera.

Villarroel, who is from Chile and Guzzo, from Uraguay, were also present for the media gathering along with San Antonio Opera conductor Maestro Eugene Kohn.

A perfectionist at his craft, tonight the entire cast and orchestra will hold a dress rehearsal to ensure a knockout performance. And while the show has been sold out for month, limited tickets for both nights are expected to be released today.

So it's not too late to obtain tickets at www.ticketmaster.com, www.saopera.com or by calling (210) 225-5972.

Incidentally, just so opera lovers are forewarned, the show will open with an orchestral show of opera overtures before the 50-year-old opera superstar takes the stage in a one-act semi-staged production of "Cavalleria Rusticana."

 

PT TV Awards:: Kadillacs, Elida, RamosTexMex Kadillacs

Ruben Ramos, Little Joe, Elida and the Tex-Mex Kadillacs were among the big winners Sunday at the PrimetimeTV Awards held in Austin.

According to officials, other winners includied Michael Salgado and the TexManiacs. The awards

ceremonies, which were held at the H&H Ballroom in Austin, included a proclamation presentation by Austin City Councilman Mike Martinez to Sunny Ozuna. noting his work as a pioneer and his 50th anniversary in theTejano music industry.

Jerry Avila, awards organizer and producer..

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PT TV Awards:: Kadillacs, Elida, Ramos

 

Royal Palace releases November schedule

 

Conjunto fans have more to celebrate as the new schedule for the Royal Palace Ballroom has been released.

As the ballroom owners explain: "Greetings from Royal Palace Ballroom!

"Our conjunto dances continue during the daytime.  Don't forget,

our dances are from 2 till 4 pm on Mondays-Thursdays, and 1-5 pm on Sundays.  And they all benefit Senior-Citizen associated organizations so your support is ....

 

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Royal Palace releases November schedule

Weekender: salsa, Tex-mex, more
Weekend is here and the choices include old-style conjunto,Tex-Mex and salsa.

A new salsa club continues its' live music with a familiar name- Escape. Keyboardist Oscar Cruz leads his band Escape Saturday at the Old San Juan, 4429 Walzem at Austin Highway.

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Mexican pop singer Luis Miguel says life and a new baby has brought him a new maturity.

LusiMiguel 211008_Luismi_03 300.jpgThe singer, also known as LuisMi and 'El Sol,' explained in this Univision.com/Notimex wire service report, 'La madurez de "El Sol" that he is enjoying a new phase in his life where he sees things in a much more relaxed way.

In the interview with an Argentinean TV station, he confessed that "se encuentra más "maduro", por lo que actualmente es más consciente de lo que significa su popularidad y disfruta más del cariño de la gente que lo ha seguido durante su trayectoria artística."

In other words, he appreciates, more than ever, all the constant love and adoration of his fans.

Now 38, the singer added, "Me siento más realizado, veo las cosas con más calma, valoro el cariño de la gente. Creo que estoy madurando de forma positiva y eso es bonito, me da gusto estar con el público que ha crecido conmigo."

His latest CD is and tour, "Cómplices 2008" had him in Texas last week.

His biggest hits include "Tengo todo excepto a ti" "Fría como el viento," "Amante del amor," and "Dormir contigo." Over his career the singer has sold more than 60 million albums and won numerous Grammys.

Speaking of the Grammys, the 2008 Latin Grammys were recenelty held Nov. 13 in Houston's Toyota Center.

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For those who didn't get enough of the 2008 Latin Grammy last week, guess what? 

There's more, yes more, concert and interview highlights to check out in "Pepsi Musica," a two-hour special.

The special is scheduled to air 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 21  on the mun2 network.

The video countdown show will feature footage form performances and interviews from Houston, where the Latin Grammys took place.

Latin Grammy winners included Flex,  Juanes, Julieta Venegas, Tego Calderon, Alexis y Fido and many more.

According to mun2 officials, "The show also includes an exclusive all-access VIP pass to the Pepsi Blue Carpet Bash after party.  

 

Hosted by Cuban-American hip hop artist Pitbull, the event features special performances by Frankie J, Paula De Anda, Baby Bash and more."

For clips on Pepsi Musica, visit holamun2.com/pepsimusica. 

 

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We got mariachi, Tex-Mex, rock, and more scheduled in the next few days of November. The fall season is rushing by so take advantage of absolutely magical nights with the big moons outside.

MariachiLasAltenas 310.JPGMariachi Las Altenas Talented mariachi all-female troupe presents CD release party for new CD, "Sentimiento de Mujer." The Venue, 800 Lexington Ave. Wednesday, Nov. 19. (210).340-0128. Free.

Ricardo Castillon y La Diferenzia Cool group made a name for themselves in the late '90s. Friday, Nov..21. Graham Central Station. Also DLG, Marcos Orozco, Ramiro Herrera, Thanksgiving Dance, Nov. 27; Jimmy Gonzalez y Mazz Nov. 28.

PrimeTime Tejano Awards PT presents 18 year anniversary celebration & awards featuring Sunny Ozuna, JR & Starlites, Max Baca $ TexManiacs, Michelle and special guests. Awards include male, female vocalist, entertainer, showband, conjunto and more. 7-11:45 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23, H&H Ballroom, 4404 Brandt Road, Austin. (512) 845-3136

VenegasJulieta2008-JULIETAVENEGAS-untitled.JPGJulieta Venegas Mexican rocker back in town for a concert. Lila Cockrell Theater. Nov. 29. Tickets $35-$65 throgh Ticketmaster. Doors 7 p.m., no opening group. Raffle for an autographed Gibson Guitar by Julieta. Details: Tr-entertainment@hotmail.com or register the night of the concert. Listen to 95X to win their a pair of tickets and to Offical After Party at La Bikina Dance Bar, 3000 N. St Marys St.

Los Desperadoz Solid Tex-Mex band swings through town. Nov. 28. Cool Arrows. Also Los Dos Gilbertos, Nov. 22; Stampede, Nov. 29.

Los Tovares Veteran group on stage. Fri., Nov. 21. Gil's Tejano Bar & Grill, 1228 E. Durango. (210) 534-4141. Also Sat. Nov. 22., Cattlemans Square Tavern, 904 W. Houston. .

Jack Ingram Interesting artist mixes cumbias and more. Sat. Nov. 21. Lonestar Saloon, Uvalde. Also Nov. 20 DJ Night; Nov. 26 Grupo Massore; Nov. 27 Thanksgiving Day Party; Nov. 28, Bellamy Brothers; Nov. 29, Solido; Dec. 13, La Mafia. 

Rene Devia Smooth sounds of Latin American harpist 6-9 Thursdays, Los Cucos. Also 6-9 Saturdays, Cachito de Mexico

Roger Velasquez & Latin Legends Top group shines with its repertoire and virtuosity. Thursdays, Bar On Broadway. 11/20, 12/4, 12/11, 12/18. Crazy J's, 126 Gembler Rd, 11/15, 12/20. Luckey Road Saloon, 1780 Luckey Rd., Friday, 11/28; George's Place, Saturday, 11/29.

Rocky Hernandez & OBG Band Veteran outfit celebrates Rocky's birthday with a big party. Arturos Sports Bar, 3310 S. Zarzamora. (210) 923-0177. 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov.13. Also DJ Bongo Bob, Canela Band, OBG Band, The Sequence, Bene Medina y Conjunto Aguila, Pete Cardenas, Sandy Sanchez, Los Cachies de Casimiro Castro, Rudy Tee, Sonny Ace, Gilbert Rodriguez. $5. Also raffle tickets.

Jorge Alejandro y La Paz Versatile singer/songwriter wrapping up new CD due for release late fall. Tuesdays, Hot Tin Roof, IH 10/Callaghan.
 
Artie V y Grupo Suave Pre-Thanksgiving party. Wednesday, Nov. 26 Frio Saloon.

Danny Acosta y QVO Band plays mix of oldies, funk, R&B. Sundays. Club Movida, 306  E. Mitchell. (210) 534-4477. Owner Rick Robles runs a tight ship.

Daniel Monserrat Singer plays Fridays/ Wednesdays. La Marginal, 2447 Nacogdoches Rd, (210) 804-2242 

Tejano Christmas Gala featuring Roger Velasquez & Latin Legends. Tamale dinner, 7 p.m.; dance 9 p.m.; Midnight Menudo. BYOB, set-ups. $12.50/ $20. Dec. 12. Pueblo Hall. (210) 473-5744
 
Los Homies y Los Padrinos/ Joe Gonzales"El Gambler Versatile groups mix it up. 8:30 p.m. Nov. 29. Tejano Country Ballroom, 16300 Hwy 123, San Marcos. Also Dec. 6, Da Krayz Pimpz Y Boni Mauricio y Los Maximos.
 
Los Enmascarados Conjunto outfit takes stage. 9 p.m. Saturday. Dec 20. Abraxus Tavern, 16241 Hwy 123 N. San Marcos. Presented Slick Entertainment & R D Productions

Rocky y OBG Band Christmas Drive Concert.With Max Baca & TexManiacs, Genaro Aguilar w/Los Tovares, 5-Star Band. Also special guests Sunny Ozuna, Sonny Ace, Gilbert Rodriguez, Rudy T, Little John. $7-$10 plus unwrapped gift. Blanco Ballroom, 3817 Blancord. Thursday, Dec. 4.
 

The George Rivas Band Solid group led by Rivas brings it on. 9 p.m. Friday, Wednesday. George's Place, 5214 Blanco Rd. (210) 340-1275. Joe Jama & 100 Proof, SaturdayQ-VO Band,9 p.m. Sunday.

Oscar Rodriguez Virtuoso guitarist plays a hot mix of rock, blues, Tex-Mex and more. Grant St. Pizza, 8 p.m. Fridays; Pat O'Briens, 3 p.m. Saturdays.

Teddy Bears for Kids Christmas Dance Presented by Knights of Columbus 7983, 11th annual event features Ram Herrera and mariachi. 7-11:45 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13. Alzafar Shrine Temple, 901 North Loop 1604 West. Contact: Rafael Rodriguez 210-723-6312. Benefits the San Antonio Police Blue Santa Program.

Main Plaza Music Festival includes various events such as: Latin Lunes, a lunch-time series on Mondays through December. The lunch-time series runs through the week such as Ben King, Rebecca Valadez, Max Baca, Joe Posada, Claude "Butch" Morgan, Hot Sauce, Terry Cavanaugh. Raza en la Plaza is a 7 p.m. series with George Morin and Jazz Suave Friday; More: SAS! continues through December. On Sunday it's Conjunto Tocadita at lunch with Foxy Garcia, accordion & Chucho Perales, bajo sexto. (210) 225-9800 www.mainplaza.org  

Louis Shati & SonSabor Solid Latin, salsa, Tex-Mex band whips up an alluring mixture of dance music. 9:30 p.m. Thursday-Sunday. Arjon's International Club. Shati says his next CD due by mid-December.

Dancing Under the Stars Weekly Thursday night jam session on the patio hosted by Los Hermanos De Leon with special guests who drop in. Regulars include Andy Saenz of the Homies, Salvador "El Pavo" Garcia of Los Pavo Reales, Bene Medina, Coy Serna, Mambo Ibarra, Henry Galvan, Flavio Longoria. Thursdays, Bosmans, 672 Elks @ Zarzamora myspace. com/bosmanshbk1, (210) 924-1016

 

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2008 Tejano ROOTS: Rosita, Emilio, Dos Gs among HoF inductees

ALICE, TEXAS - The 2008 edition of the Tejano ROOTS Hall of Fame inductees was a special night fueled by a wide range of emotions, powerful memories and wonderful music.
There was joy and laughter, hugs and backslaps for the top artists, sadness and tears for the performers gone but not forgotten. Presented by the Tejano ROOTS organization, the award ceremonies unfolded in this tiny city in South Texas in a potent atmosphere of family pride, tradition, honor and reverence.

The community here may be small but the history of Tejano here still casts a long shadow in the American Southwest and northern Mexico.

ROOTS Vice-President Heriberto "Herbie" Lopez, who used to play with El Conjunto Bernal, said the ceremonies were special because of the individuals being recognized.

(Photos courtesy Ramon Hernandez)

Singer and Tejano ROOTS board member Linda Escobar said the awards serve to provide recognition where it is rarely given:

"It is important to know who are the people who made the history in Tejano and conjunto music," she said. "The inductions help ensure that these hard working pioneers did not do their work in vain, but they are being remembered and recognized for their efforts."

Joe Alamar Arguijo was honored as the Promoter of the year. His son, Arguijo Jr. was visibly moved when accepting the award:

"I can't tell you how emotional this moment is, how big it is,"  he said. "I was at a Randy Travis concert in Houston when I got a phone call.They said 'Are you sitting down?' I said what is it? They said 'your father has been inducted into the Tejano Roots Hall of Fame'."

No official estimates were available but the VFW Hall was filled to capacity Saturday.

Performers in the two-day event included Latin Express featuring Sunny Ozuna and Johnny Hernandez. Saturday night opened with an official welcome by Alice Mayor Juan Rodriguez. The invocation was delivered by Rudy Guerra.

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Inductees on Saturday included Raul and Emilio Navaira, and Bobby Solis for drummer in the MiIlion Dollar band. Solis is brother of well-known San Antonio drummer Richard Solis.

The complete Tejano ROOTS INDUCTEES

1. FAVORITE SON OF ALICE: A. Pete Gallegos - Alice, Texas B. Ernesto Cadena _ Alice, Texas

2. BROADCASTING  A. Rosita Ornelas - Seguin, Texas B. Manuel Davila - San Antonio, Texas

3. CONJUNTO TRADITIONAL A. Adan Y Alfredo De La Rosa - Kingsville, Texas  B. Los Dos Gilbertos - Edinburg, Texas

4. CONJUNTO PROGRESSIVE A. Cruz Torres - Corpus Christi, Texas 

5. ENTERTAINERS  A. Emilio and Raul Navaira B. Enrique ( Ricky G.) Garcia - Corpus Christi, Texas

6. ORCHESTRA/BIG BAND:  A. Latin Express Band - Dallas/ Ft. Worth, Texas  B. Beto Leal - Kingsville, Texas

7. COMPOSER A. Ramon Medina - Laredo, Texas

8. PROMOTER  A. Joe Alamar Arguijo - Beeville, Texas

9. ACCORDION: A. Sam Falcon - Kingsville, Texas B. Enrique Vela - Sarita , Texas

10: MILLION DOLLAR BAND: A. DRUMS: Bobby Solis B. GUITAR/BAJO SEXTO: Joe Alaniz - Kingsville, Texas C. BASS GUITAR: Salvador ' Shaggy' Garcia, San Antonio, Texas D. TRUMPET: Wild Bill Perkins - Austin, Texas E. SAXOPHONE:  1. Jose Joel / Jose Roel Pulido- Edinburg, Texas 2. Charlie Rodriguez - San Antonio,Texas  F. ACCORDION: Willie Garcia - Corpus Christi, Texas G. VOCALIST: Arturo Guzman - Corpus Christi,Texas H. KEYBOARD: Ruben Lopez - Gregory,Texas

11. LIFE TIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD:  A. Javier Villanueva- Alice,Texas

12. FEMALE ENTERTAINER:  A. Delia Gonzales - San Antonio, Texas B. Chavela Ortiz Hernandez - Fresno, California -

13. PIONEER TEJANO AWARD:  A. Fernando Caballero - Piano Player - Benavides, Texas  B. Ferro Flores - Piano Player - Alice, Texas  C. Reynaldo Barrera - Guitar Player - Falfurrias, Texas

 

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Funeral service details has just been released by the family of Dimas Garza, a Tex-Mex pioneer who died Wednesday of a heart attack.

Preliminary details:

Visitation, 3-5 p.m. Saturday for immediate family. Trevino Funeral Home, 226 Cupples, San Antonio.

Public visitation 5-9  p.m. Saturday, Trevino Funeral Home

Visitation 8 a.m-5 p.m. Sunday with special musical tribute 3-4:30 p.m..Trevino Funeral Home

Rosary 5 p.m. Sunday,  Immaculate Conception Church on Merida St. San Antonio

Funeral Mass 10 a.m. Monday at  Immaculate Heart Church with burial to follow at San Fernando Cemetery. San Antonio

Details proivided by-and thank you to- Eliseo "Picky" Perez, Dimas Garza's brother in law, and Trevino Funeral Home. Call Trevino Funeral Home ahead to confirm times.


Trevino Funeral Home

226 Cupples Rd
San Antonio, TX 78237
(210) 434-0595
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Immaculate Conception Catholic Church 314 Merida Street @ S. Trinity
San Antonio, TX 78207 (210) 225-2986

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Dimas Garza: singer for legendary Royal Jesters dead at 68 

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NewsFlash 10:01 a.m.

Tex-Mex pioneer Dimas Garza, who was one of the early singers for the famed Royal Jesters, died of a heart attack this morning. He was 68.

RoyalJesters Dimas Garza 2760707035_72f29de340_m.jpgAccording to family friends, Garza had just had surgery for a hernia on Tuesday but was already home recovering.

Details are still being confirmed and again we're waiting for official word on funeral details from family members. As soon as those are confirmed, we will be posting here.

Funeral details 6:30 p.m.: Still not confirmed. To be posted here as soon as they are released. 

Preliminary details:

Visitation, 3-5 p.m. Saturday for immediately family. Trevino Funeral Home, 226 Cupples.

Public visitation 5-9  p.m. Saturday, Trevino Funeral Home

Visitation 8 a.m-5 p.m. Sunday with special musical tribute 3-4:30 p.m..Trevino Funeral Home

Rosary 7 p.m. Sunday,  Immaculate Heart Church on Merida St.

Funeral service 9 a.m. Monday at San Fernando Cathedral.

Details proivided by-and thank you to- Pinky, Dimas Garza's brother in law..

Henry Hernandez, a co-founder of the Royal Jesters was a Lanier High School classmate of Dimas Garza.

"I always admired him, for his voice, he had a raspy, soulful style," said Hernandez. "In that respect, I kind of looked up to him. Before he even joined the Jesters I liked his group, the Lyrics."

Jaime Martínez, founder of the Cesar Chavez March for Justice and a trumpet player with the Sunglows, said he had fond memories of Dimas Garza.RoyalJestersReneRudyJesters.jpg

 "About two weeks ago I was with him. He took me back to the 1963-66 era when we received an award at the Avenida Guadalupe for being Chicano Legends," said Martinez. "The awards honored oldies Chicanos who made an impact not only in SA but throughout the country. Dimas Garza and music and original wrote his music. I played with him and later I got him into DelTones.

"Back then, I remember he married my cousin Gloria Perez, wrote music for her. He comes out of Lanier High School, a lot of good talent there. He was a good spirit, a good songwriter and singer. He is an original."RoyalJestersDimasGarza2007.jpg

Singer David Marez, said he kept in touch with Dimas Garza through the years.

 "To me, he is apart of the Royal Jester family that I have known for the majority of my life," said Marez. "I am so saddened. He was a good friend. He will be missed. My heart goes out to his family."

"Dimas Garza was a liked by everyone because he was a positive person," said singer George Rivas, who was shocked when he heard the news. "He was the one that always encouraged us, always making sure that we did good."

(Photos courtesy Ramon Hernandez)

Rivas was a part of the Royal Jesters in 1972.

Dimas "Dino" Garza was born Feb. 24, 1940 in San Antonio and he attended Lanier High School.

According to his son, Dimas Garza Jr., throughout his career Dimas Garza had recorded with several bands including Dino & the Deltones and the Sunglows. He also had his own group the Lyrics but he is mostly known for his tenure with the Royal Jesters in the '60s and '70s.

Almost a half century ago, the Royal Jesters were the kings of the city. They became a seminal force in Tejano history and pop music in Texas.

The Royal Jesters came in 1956 at Lanier High School where Oscar Lawson and his group the Dukes, were serious fans of the Mexican trios like Los Panchos.

Another school mate Henry Hernandez and his band the 5 Angels, were also hardcore music fans but their heroes were doo wop groups like the Moonglows. The two groups merged as the Five Young Ones. Two years later, the group renamed itself the Royal Jesters.

The Jesters first hits were in English pop including "We Go Together," "My Angel of Love" and "That Girl" that were played heavily on San Antonio's radio stations KTSA and KONO. Then by the 1970s, the group ventured into Chicano (now Tejano) music with the hits "Soy Chicano" and "Chicanita."

Mike Pedraza was the group's first lead singer but he was replaced by Dimas Garza. Through the years a host of Central Texas talent joined the group including such names as Joe Posada, Joe Jama Perales, George Rivas, David Marez.

Dimas Garza was also part of the late '90s CD, "The Royal Jesters Tribute," on the BMG
US Latin label that included their hits such as "Yo Soy Chicano," "Me Voy Pa Houston," "We Go Together," and "Carino Nuevo." The CD also included renditions of other hits such as Rene y Rene's "Angelito," Sunny Ozuna's "Reina de Mi Amor," Joe Bravos' "Que Casualidad," Lisa Lopez's "Si Quieres Verme Llorar,"  and Isidro Lopez's "Besame y Olvidame."

Check out this Dimas Garza performance at the July 2007 Second Time Around Dance YouTube Dimas Garza video

Royal Jesters trivia:
Few people know the Royal Jesters had a hand in the birth of the Tejano Music Awards.

After the Royal Jesters split, Lawson stayed in the music business, creating the Texas Talent Musicians Association with the late booking agent Albert Esquivel. In 1979, Lawson sold the enterprise to Latin Breed saxophone player Gilbert Escobedo.

Escobedo then recruited Lanier High School art teacher Rudy Trevino and the men organized what became the first Tejano Music Awards in 1980. 

 

IF you knew Dimas or have a memory or photos, please share by posting here or emai ldirectly: musicreporter@gmail,com

 

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MORE COMMENTS:

"I am personally saddened by the news of the passing of a Tejano Icon the mighty Royal Jesters origional Mr. Dimas Garza. Mr Garza passed away yesterday morning according to family friends. San Antonio again will be in mourning after the loss of one of Tejano Music Legends and Pioneers. I last saw Dimas Garza in Las Vegas in 1995 when they performed their last show as the Royal Jesters publicly, what a thrill and an honor to have witnessed the last performance live in Las Vegas and I have the photos to prove it. "My deepest condolances to la familia de Dimas Garza and the remaining Royal Jesters. Their music will live forever. May he rest in peace. Siempre Tejano," Manny Garcia, Jr. "El Picante"
(courtesy of Tejano Journal)

"Dimas represented the very best of the early Tex-Mex recording artists....Dimas, and the Royal Jesters were absolutely royalty in early '60s SA music scene."
Jesse A. Martinez, Laredo

"We are deeply saddened by the news of the passing of TexMex great Dimas Garza of a heart attack today. For those of us who grew up in the 50s - 70s, Dimasw/ the Royal Jesters were one of the bands to beat during esa epoca. The Royal Jesters recorded some of the great love ballads of the era like Gee Whiz, Your Tender Lips, & Dimas also recorded You Succeeded which was a major hit. "In the mid 90s, Dimas reunited with origial Jesters Oscar Lawson & Ruben Hernandez to record the CD "Tribute." 
"I never got to meet him in person, but knew of him through the music of the Royal Jesters. We, at Chicano Express Radio offer our condolences to la familia de Dimas Garza. We will pay tribute in song on our next program (Friday) to Dimas Garcia. May He Rest In Peace. "
Crazy Chuy Hernandez, CHICANO EXPRESS RADIO http://www.chicanoexpress.com
(courtesy of Tejano Journal)

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The history and relevance of the corrido will be examined in a new documentary "El Corrido, The Two Sides of the Song." It was shot, edited and produced by Donnie Meals, MealsDonnieP1010326 324.JPG

owner/producer of Edit Point Studios and professor in San Antonio College's Radio/TV/Film Department.

The documentary will be screened at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14 in the Jean Longwith Radio and Television Auditorium, Room 101A, on the San Antonio College campus.

According to Meals, the film is currently making the round of film festivals coast to coast. After the Friday screening there will a Q & A session.CorridoEl_Poster 300.JPG

Meals also said the classic storytelling lyrics of the corrido are woven into Mexico's rich cultural history -- stories of small Mexican communities and their iconic heroes -- and have been adopted by Mexico's narcotics trade.

 The corrido goes back almost a 100 years. We asked Meals from his research, why do he  think the song form still attract attention and intrigue?

"It's all in the story. Fact, fiction, half-n-half a good jucy story with some catchy phrasing is what most of those I interviewed seem to credit it to. However, lots of the corridos/ narcocorridos were only regional in popularity which I feel gave theme even more of a sense of ownership. 'Hey, that's from my town, I was raised on a ranch neer there'."

And so, why is this documentary significant today?

MealsDonnieP1020744 300.JPG"This documentary came about in an odd way; sort of a "completion backwards" principal.  The storys told to me had to be translated before I got the big picture. What I then assembled was totally different from what I started to do," he said. "By my own admission, what I originally went after was severly flawed. The history of oppression on rural Mexicans is as present today as it has been for generations. The need for a valiente, which is present throughout the corridos and narcocorridos, is every bit as necessary to give this working class a voice and an identity. I think this is totally void in the views of most of white America. Part of this is lack of knowlege of the language or the culture or simply blind, ignorant prejudice. The Doc tries to illustrate this Mexican condition and how it is illustrated and disseminated through the corrido."

In the news release describing the documentary, Meals pointed out "The corrido heroes are ultimately betrayed, resulting in an untimely and violent death, and this documentary - live, raw and unrehearsed - explores the corrido's transformation and its effect on the urban culture, including stories of Pancho Villa, Jesus Malverde and the Valientes, for a very real past and present experience through rural Mexico."

 

 

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Cattlemen Menudo 4 DSCN1564 308.JPGTalented cooks competed for top honors in the first annual Menudo and Chili Cook-Off at Cattlemen's Square Sunday, Nov. 2.

DJ Joey D. provided the musical entertainment during the afternoon with the huge speakers blasting cumbia, Tejano, norteno and more.

The skies were clear mostly clear as clouds rolled by and weather was pleasant and beautiful. The setting was scenic.

Meanwhile, the smells of chili cooking and menudo was wafting through the air.Cattlemen Menudo 8 DSCN1566 330.JPG

The First place winners were: Chili: Marvin Cannon.

Menudo: Fidel Garcia's "911 Menudo."

Additional winners were Terry (T-Bone) Quintero for Second and Robert Garcia/Lulu Fuentes for third place.

Also Second Place for Chili went to Frank Mendoza.Cattlemen Menudo 6 DSCN1565 330.JPG

All place winners received a cash prize.

Additional participants included Joseph Puente (Tiny), Juan Fernandez, Eric Ochoa, Pete Ochoa, Ray Perez, Margie A. Balderas.

Organizer Frank Fernandez and Raymond P. Ramirez III said Cattlemen's Tavern owner Romeo Garcia was happy about the turnout and the participation of all the cooks.

The contest was held in the parking lot (Houston at  Cattlemens Menudo 300.JPGFrio) of the Cattlemen Square's Patio and featured a dozen teams.

A panel of top judges, including a former judge, county officials, a writer and a prison expert based their decision on aroma, appearance, taste, heat and aftertaste.  

Big screen TVs also provided plenty of closeup action of NFL games throughout the day.

(Photos of winners and judges courtesy of Raymond P. Ramirez III)

 

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The 2008 Latin Grammys and related concerts constitute the main event this week with additional major shows later on the weekend.

Make sure to enjoy the outdoors while you can. The weather is absolutely beautiful.

Sesion Exclusiva A pre-Latin Grammy event series has concerts allweek. On Wednesday, Nov. 12, MTV Tr3s presents Karli of the Karlifornia Show, DJ Flex, Winsin y Yandel, Baby Bash, Jennifer Pena, Frankie J, Paula DeAnda and Pitbull. Also, Alih Jey (nominated for best rock solo vocal album), Joselo (Cafe Tacuba), Pryme Status & PJE.Kudai081113.JPG

On Thursday, Nov. 13, MTV Tr3s Presents Karli of the Karlifornia Show Official After Party celebrating Chetes nomination (nominated for best rock solo vocal album), Tuerka and DJs Toy Selectah (Control Machete), Tito (Molotov), Mauricio (The Volture), Chajoe (Nina), Mexican DubWeiser, Rita and Deja Zu. Grooves, 2300 Pierce St. Houston.

Erick y Grupo Massore Top Mexican cumbia band swings through town. Friday, Nov. 14. Cool Arrows. Los Desperadoz, Nov. 28.

Yahari Interesting artist mixes cumbias and more.. Sat. Nov. 15. Lonestar Saloon, Uvalde. Also Nov. 20 DJ Night; Nov. 21 Jack Ingram; Nov. 26 Grupo Massore; Nov. 27 Thanksgiving Day Party

Oldies But Goodies Night featuring Five Star Band. The Coast, Vance Jackson at Loop 410. 8 p.m. Wednesdays. Free

Rene Devia Smooth sounds of Latin American harpist 6-9 Thursdays, Los Cucos. Also 6-9 Saturdays, Cachito de Mexico

SATFimg341593875 285.JPG SA Tardeada Festival. Featuring Mitch   Web, Rick Trevino, Patricia Vonne, Tex-Mex Experience, Flaco Jimenez, Dog Men Poets,  Pride and Joy, Drugstore Cowboys, DC3, Flamin' Hellcats. Sunday, Nov. 16. $22-$26. Ruben's Place, Selma. www.satardeada.com/

El Tri Legendary Mexican rock trio takes the stage. Sunday, 11/16. Club Rio Nightclub, 13307-A San Pedro Highway 281 at Bitters. (210) 403-2582.

Roger Velasquez & Latin Legends Top group shines with its repertoire and virtuosity. Thursdays, Bar On Broadway.

EstefanGloria_PRESS_FINAL.jpgLatin Grammy Awards Annual awards show recognizes best artists and recordings of the year. Nov. 13. Pop singer Gloria Estefan will be honored as the 2008 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year in tribute dinner Nov.12. Toyota Center. Houston. Broadcast live on Univision Network.  www.grammy.com/Latin/News/

Rocky Hernandez & OBG Band Veteran outfit celebrates Rocky's birthday with a big party. Arturos Sports Bar, 3310 S. Zarzamora. (210) 923-0177. 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov.13. Also DJ Bongo Bob, Canela Band, OBG Band, The Sequence, Bene Medina y Conjunto Aguila, Pete Cardenas, Sandy Sanchez, Los Cachies de Casimiro Castro, Rudy Tee, Sonny Ace, Gilbert Rodriguez. $5. Also raffle tickets. Also spinning records as a DJ at Jing's Lounge,.3936 Eisenhaur Rd.Friday, Nov. 14.

Los Tovares Tex-Mex veterans on the big stage. Crazy J's, Friday; Blue Mustang, Saturday;  B&N #2, Sunday. 210-859-9995.

VenegasJulieta2008-JULIETAVENEGAS-untitled.JPGJulieta Venegas Mexican rocker back in town for a concert. Lila Cockrell Theater. Nov. 29. Tickets $35-$65 throgh Ticketmaster. Doors 7 p.m., no opening group. Raffle for an autographed Gibson Guitar by Julieta. Details: Tr-entertainment@hotmail.com or register the night of the concert. Listen to 95X to win their a pair of tickets and to Offical After Party at La Bikina Dance Bar, 3000 N. St Marys St.

Jorge Alejandro y La Paz Versatile singer/songwriter wrapping up new CD due for release late fall. Tuesdays, Hot Tin Roof, IH 10/Callaghan.  

La Sombra de Tony Guerrero Back in town. Randy's Ballroom, 1534 Bandera Rd. Saturday, Nov, 15.

Danny Acosta y QVO Band plays mix of oldies, funk, R&B. Sundays. Club Movida, 306  E. Mitchell. (210) 534-4477. Owner Rick Robles runs a tight ship.

Daniel Monserrat Singer plays Fridays/ Wednesdays. La Marginal, 2447 Nacogdoches Rd, (210) 804-2242 

Tejano Christmas Gala featuring Roger Velasquez & Latin Legends. Tamale dinner, 7 p.m.; dance 9 p.m.; Midnight Menudo. BYOB, set-ups. $12.50/ $20. Dec. 12. Pueblo Hall. (210) 473-5744
 
Grupo Fama Y La Distancia  Top groups mix it up. 8:30 p.m. Saturday Nov 15.
Tejano Country Ballroom, 16300 Hwy 123, San Marcos. Also Nov. 29. Los Homies y Los Padrinos/ Joe Gonzales"El Gambler; Dec. 6, Da Krayz Pimpz Y Boni Mauricio y Los Maximos.
Los Enmascarados Conjunto outfit takes stage. 9 p.m. Saturday. Dec 20. Abraxus Tavern, 16241 Hwy 123 N. San Marcos. Presented Slick Entertainment & R D Productions

Rocky y OBG Band Christmas Drive Concert.With Max Baca & TexManiacs, Genaro Aguilar w/Los Tovares, 5-Star Band. Also special guests Sunny Ozuna, Sonny Ace, Gilbert Rodriguez, Rudy T, Little John. $7-$10 plus unwrapped gift. Blanco Ballroom, 3817 Blancord. Thursday, Dec. 4.
 
The George Rivas Band Solid group led by Rivas brings it on. 9 p.m. Friday. George's Place, 5214 Blanco Rd. (210) 340-1275. Maravia, Saturday; All Star Band 9 p.m. Sunday, Crystal Rain, Thursday.  DJ Super Dave Wednesdays.

Fauclty Voice Recital "Hispanic Vocal Gems From Spain to Latin America" featuring Juanita Martin Ulloa, voice;Faith De Bow, piano; Mariachi Tamazula, Robert Lopez, Flamenco Dancers; Beatriz Aguilar of "Espana Viva." Friday, Nov. 14. Evans Auditorium, Texas State University, San Marcos.  

Oscar Rodriguez Virtuoso guitarist plays a hot mix of rock, blues, Tex-Mex and more. Grant St. Pizza, 8 p.m. Fridays; Pat O'Briens, 3 p.m. Saturdays.

Main Plaza Music Festival includes various events such as: Latin Lunes, a lunch-time series on Mondays through December. The lunch-time series runs through the week such as Ben King, Rebecca Valadez, Max Baca, Joe Posada, Claude "Butch" Morgan, Hot Sauce, Terry Cavanaugh. Raza en la Plaza is a 7 p.m. series with George Morin and Jazz Suave Friday; More: SAS! continues through December. On Sunday it's Conjunto Tocadita at lunch with Foxy Garcia, accordion & Chucho Perales, bajo sexto. (210) 225-9800 www.mainplaza.org  

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George Lopez Top comedian back on another tour. AT&T Center. Nov. 15. Tix on sale Saturday for $69.75, $59.75, $49.75 & $39.75. www.georgelopez.com
 

Louis Shati & SonSabor Solid Latin, salsa, Tex-Mex band whips up an alluring mixture of dance music. 9:30 p.m. Thursday-Sunday. Arjon's International Club. Shati says his next CD due by mid-December.

Dancing Under the Stars Weekly Thursday night jam session on the patio hosted by Los Hermanos De Leon with special guests who drop in. Regulars include Andy Saenz of the Homies, Salvador "El Pavo" Garcia of Los Pavo Reales, Bene Medina, Coy Serna, Mambo Ibarra, Henry Galvan, Flavio Longoria. Thursdays, Bosmans, 672 Elks @ Zarzamora myspace. com/bosmanshbk1, (210) 924-1016

 

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The news was delivered without much fanfare, and was straight to the point: Jimmy Gonzalez was out of the hospital and back home resting.

MazzGonzalezJimmyJorgeFloresimg001.jpgJimmy Gonzalez, leader of the top group Mazz, was on a lot of minds the past few days as fans and followers wondered how seriously sick he was and/or when he would recover.

Gonzalez had been on top of the news for almost a week as first reports of some illness surfaced early last week.

We got a few calls into Gonzalez to try to get a few more details and updates for his fans. But we can't blame him if he decides rest is a bigger priority for the moment.

Vintage photo of Jimmy Gonzalez to the right is courtesy of Jorge Flores.)

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Here is the complete news release from, and a thank you to, Freddie Martinez Jr./ Freddie Records:

 

JIMMY GONZALEZ OUT OF HOSPITAL

 

Fax: 361-992-8428

Email: eloy@freddierecords.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

November 10, 2008 

JIMMY GONZALEZ OUT OF HOSPITAL

TEJANO MUSIC SUPERSTAR BACK HOME RESTING COMFORTABLY 

Corpus Christi - Freddie Records recording artist and tejano music superstar JIMMY GONZALEZ, of Grupo Mazz fame, is out of a Corpus Christi hospital and back home in Brownsville resting comfortably. The five-time Grammy winning artist had been admitted to Bay Area Hospital on November 6th after complaining of feeling weak. Doctors determined that Gonzalez was suffering from uncontrolled sugar and blood pressure problems. 

Gonzalez spent the weekend in the hospital undergoing various tests to determine a treatment. He was released late Sunday afternoon and is scheduled to be back in Corpus Christi later in the week for a follow-up visit with his doctor. 

"I feel much better," says Gonzalez. "I want to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Bay Area for looking after me and treating me so well. I also want to thank my family and all the fans that expressed concern and sent their prayers." 

One of the most successful and influential groups in the business, Gonzalez and Mazz are nominated for a Latin Grammy in the category of Best Tejano Album for the album, Incomparable, and for Best Regional Mexican Song for their hit, "Buscame En El Cielo". The awards are scheduled to take place later this week in Houston.  

"As much as I'd like to be at the Latin Grammys this week, my health is more important to me," says Gonzalez. "I'm taking my doctor's advice and getting some much-needed rest before I resume my concert schedule." Gonzalez adds, "I'm looking forward to getting back on the road as soon as possible to play for all the fans and to thank them for their support. I wouldn't be here without them." 
 

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Flex, one of the hottest artists on the radio, will be performing at the APPLE Store in

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Houston on Tuesday, Nov. 11 during Latin Grammy week.

The Latin hip-hop star has been nominated in two categories: Best Urban Music Album, "Te Quiero" and Best Urban Song, "Te Quiero."

The performance is an exclusive acoustic showcase of his material. Flexis also scheduled to perform his hit song "Te quiero," with Belinda at the Latin Grammys

The Apple Store is located at in the Houston Galleria, 5085 Westheimer Rd.

Meanwhile, Flex has announced his next album, "La Evolucion Romantic Style," will be released in Jan. 27, 2009.

In early 2008, Flex released his first U.S. album "Te Quiero," which entered the Billboard 200 charts and also peaked at No. 5 on the Hot Latin Albums charts.

 

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Gabe Nieto & the Jalapeno Express hosted a CD release party in Austin's Oasis Club, Sunday, Nov. 9.

Our former South Carolina/now-SA resident correspondent Wayne Zamora (Latin Connection Magazine) checked it out in this report:

NietoGabe Wayne ZamoraIMG_0018  311.JPGLiving in South Carolina I hear a lot of country music, beach music (beach music is not the Beach Boys), hip-hop, and Latin music.

I'm sorry to say that Tejano music isn't in the Latin play in South Carolina. But getting back to Gabe Nieto and his new CD "A Better Life," I have never had the opportunity to hear country music performed with a mixture of jazz and the mariachi sound. Hence the term country-achi. 

(Photos courtesy of Wayne Zamora)

Country blended with jazz and mariachi sound is something you got to hear. The trumpet horn makes a big difference. Wow! What a sound definitely different and good. Latinos have come a long way. A Tejano artist like Gabe Nieto can definitely mix the genres extremely well. The last time I heard a Latino playing country was back in the '70's. It was Freddy Fender and Johnny Rodriguez. I don't think there's been anyone since but I could be wrong. NietoGabe Wayne ZamoraIMG_0009 318.JPG

Now we have Gabe Nieto and just recently Gabe Garcia one of the top contestants in the Nashville Star show and also Shawn Mayer who is part Latina. 

Let me say that country music with Latin flavor could make a big change in the country music industry especially since the Latinos will represent about a ¼ of the U.S. population very soon.

Gabe Nieto, the country-achi and the Jalapeno Express is a group you definitely need to hear. The Jalapeno Express consists mostly of Hispanic musicians who produce the country-achi sound with the mixture of country with New Mexico sounds & traditions.

Gabe Nieto's new CD is available on iTunes & www.gabenieto.com


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Latin Jazz on a Sunday in a museum setting. What could possibly be nicer in San Antonio?

Check out this mssuical event, courtesy of Henry Brun & The Latin Playerz.

Live" Broadcast From The Witte Museum...    Sunday, Nov. 9. 
 
The Witte Museum, Gunn Automotive and KRTU 91.7 FM have been keeping Jazz alive and Sunday Jazz.jpgwell in San Antonio through the "2nd Sunday Jazz At The Witte" concert series.

If you've had your head in the books, been spending too much time at the office, trying to keep track of which child goes to soccer and when; you definitely need to take some time for yourselves and do something fun!

We welcome your applause, cheers and screams in support and as a part of a "LIVE" recording from the grounds of The Witte Museum. KRTU 91.7 FM will be broadcasting "live" from The Witte. Station manager, Alfredo Cruz will be our host for the afternoon concert.
San Antonio's very own Latin Jazz phenomenon, Henry Brun & The Latin Playerz wind down the series this Sunday, November 9th at The Witte Museum.

Music will be from 4 to 7 p.m. RAIN OR SHINE! Food & beverages will be available. Make it a picnic!  Sunday Jazz At The Witte Museum.

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UPDATE 11/7/08  12:46 p.m.MazzJimmy8 287.JPG:

Mazz's Jimmy Gonzalez has been admitted into a Corpus Christi hospital for observation according to Freddie Records officials.

Record label sources added that Gonzalez was given EKG tests Thursday and doctors then determined he needed to be kept in the hospital for several days,  possibly until Monday to run a battery of tests and better determine his condition.

"He is in good condition. Of course, he is a little concerned but he is in good spirits," said one source. "The best part is that he is in good hands right now."

We wish Jimmy Gonzalez the best of luck and the power of prayer in a quick recovery.

Undoubtedly, Mazz, in its long, colorful and sometimes controversial history, is one of the top influential groups in Tejano. No one can question they have also played a critical role in the music's history.

No information from Freddie Records as yet on where fans can send get well or best wishes cards.

Mazz had been scheduled to play in Rosenberg tonight, Friday but that has been postponed.

More details: Jimmy Gonzalez in hospital after congestive heart failure

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If you have a story, special memory or photos, please post here. Or email: muaicreporter@gmail.com

Check back for continuing updates.

Freddierecords.com is also a source for updates.

 

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NEWS FLASH: 12:46 p.m.
Mazz's Jimmy Gonzalez
back in a Corpus Christi hospital for weekend observation.
Details:Mazz's Jimmy Gonzalez back in hospital for weekend observation
Jimmy Gonzalez in hospital after congestive heart failure


Weekend options include a Tejano softball tournament. Latin Grammys and a conjunto festival.

Tha Academy of Tejano Artists and Musicians are hosintg their ATAM FestiBALL featuring the 2nd Annual Tejano Academy softball tournament, car exhibit and live music. Missions County Park, 6030 Padre Drive. 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9. (210) 227-2826

SaucedaSunny B2 2008.JPGDown in Robstown, check out the El Veterano Conjunto 10th Annual Festival The lineup includes Flaco Jimenez, Los Texmaniacs de Max Baca, Sunny Sauceda, Cha Cha Jiménez, Chano Cadena y Su Conjunto, Jimmy Lee y Tentación, Los Tremendos Alacranes de David Flores, Los Arroyos Del Rio, La Kreazion (with special performance by Linda Escobar), Robert Casillas & Ramon "Jack Rabbit" Sanchez, Lazaro Perez y Su Conjunto, and Letty y Conjunto Central.

The festival. is pesented by singer/promoter Linda Escobar at the High Chaparral in Robstown,Texas. Noon-11 p.m. Nov. 9. $10. Carne guisada plates will be sold for $5 with proceeds benefit the Eligio Escobar Scholarship Fund. (361) 442-3962 Related story: Veterano Festival honors late Escobar, showcases conjunto bands

More excitement in Houston in pre-Grammy events. These include Kudai uya_agenda_kudai.jpgKudai, the Chilean pop/rock group headlines Sesion Exclusiva, a pre-Latin Grammy event. Also performing Roto, Vanaz and others. Grooves, 2300 Pierce St. Houston. 9 p.m. Monday, Nov. 10.

Down in Uvalde at the LoneStar Salonm, cumbia fans can check out Super Odisea.

The Mexican group mixes cumbia, rancheras and more. Saturday, Nov. 8. Lonestar Saloon, Uvalde.

Next Thursday night check out Rocky Hernandez & OBG Band, a veteran outfit that will celebrate Rocky's birthday with a big party at Arturos Sports Bar, 3310 S. Zarzamora. (210) 923-0177. 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13. Also performing  DJ Bongo Bob, Canela Band, OBG Band, The Sequence, Bene Medina y Conjunto Aguila, Los Cachies de Casimiro Castro, Rudy Tee, Sonny Ace, Gilbert Rodriguez. $5. Also raffle tickets.EstefanGloria_PRESS_FINAL.jpg

And then there is the Big show - The  Latin Grammy Awards.

The annual awards show recognizes best artists and recordings of the year. Nov. 13. Pop singer Gloria Estefan will be honored as the 2008 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year in tribute dinner Nov. 12. Toyota Center. Houston. Broadcast live on Univision Network. More Grammy details: Latin Grammys: precedent-setting exposure for regional Mexican genres

 

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Los Hermanos Rosario have been a major institution in the world of merengue music. The group has been a pioneer and trailblazer as well as an influence for many other bands.

Here, our correspondent Jose Mambo, give us an update on their upcoming 30 year anniversary

HermanosRosario-LosMundialmenteSabrosos-170x170.jpgOn the topic of merengue legends and reunions, on Friday, Nov 7th, Los Hermanos Rosario will be celebrating their 30 year anniversary in Santo Domingo, special appearance by Juan Luis Guerra to commemorate their 30 years of merengue.

Rumor has it, their brother and founding member Toño Rosario will not be present as he plans his own 30 year celebration.  

Additional news on Hermanos Rosairo can be obtained from Noticias RCN:.

Hermanos-rosario-la-bomba-f.jpgEn Nocturna RCN fue invitado Rafa Rosario, desde Santo Domingo, en Republica Dominicana. Él es el eterno director de la orquesta "Los Hermanos Rosario", una de las más importantes del merengue en el mundo, que celebran 30 años de carrera artística con su nuevo álbum titulado "Aura", en homenaje a su madre. Rafa Rosario le contó además a Nocturna RCN que realizarán una película sobre la historia de estos hermanos que se han convertido en leyenda del merengue.

La historia de esta agrupación se remonta hace tres décadas cuando empezó como un grupo familiar al involucrarse en la música. Fueron grandes los esfuerzos hasta el punto que, según Rafa Rosario, llegó al punto en que su padre vendió la casa para comprar instrumentos para permitir formar definitivamente la legendaria orquesta de "Los Hermanos Rosario"
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Escuche la entrevista con Rafa Rosario

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As the excitement continues to build for the first ever Latin Grammy ceremonies in Houston, more pre-Latin Grammy events have been added on.

  Kudai081110.JPGNow comes the news that Mexican pop/rock groups Kudai, Vanaz, singers Baby Bash, Jennifer Pena and others are headlining a series of concerts during Latin Grammys week.

The concerts, sponsored by ESP Live are titled "Sesion Exclusiva," a series of Latin Music showcases from Monday, November 10th through Thursday, November 13th at the club  Grooves in downtown Houston, at 2300 Pierce St.

The concert schedule starts Monday, Nov. 10 with Kudai (nominated for best pop album by a duo), Vanaz, Roto and DJ Fuzion.

On Wednesday, Nov. 12, MTV Tr3s presents Karli of the Karlifornia Show, DJ Flex, Winsin y Yandel, Baby Bash, Jennifer Pena, Frankie J, Paula DeAnda and Pitbull. Also, Circo (nominated for best alternative music album) Alih Jey (nominated for best rock solo vocal album), Joselo (Cafe Tacuba), Pryme Status & PJE.Kudai081113.JPG

On Thursday,  Nov/13,  MTV Tr3s Presents Karli of the Karlifornia Show Official After Party celebrating Chetes nomination (nominated for best rock solo vocal album), Tuerka and DJs Toy Selectah (Control Machete), Tito (Molotov), Mauricio (The Volture), Chajoe (Nina), Mexican DubWeiser, Rita and Deja Zu.

The showcase parties will be open to the public and offer live bands and top DJs. General admission tickets are $20 while multi-pass tickets are $40. For details: www.espliveevents.com  www.latinoaccess.com or  (713) 429-5018.

Doors open at 7 p.m. 18 and up only. Dress code enforced. 

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Another shocking new flash, Jimmy Gonzalez is in hospital after heart condition.

Rumors began circulating as of Monday but now we finally got some substantial information.MazzJimmyG 315.JPG

Jimmy Gonzalez, singer/ bandleader of Grupo Mazz is in a Harlingen Hospital in stable condition after suffering what Freddie Records officials described as congestive heart failure and NOT a heart attack.

He is reportedly resting in stable condition, as of 1:40 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5.

UPDATE: 3:41 p.m.

Just spoke with Freddie Records promoter Eloy Leija.

Leija said Gonzalez was admitted Tuesday overnight into a Harlingen hospital.. He had been feeling weak and lethargic since Sunday and had low blood pressure. But on Tuesday, a decision was made to transport him by ambulance to the hospital.

However, Leija added, Gonzalez was feeling better and released today.He is asof 3:45 p.m. enroute to Corpus Christi where he will be checked by doctors at an undisclosed area hospital.

Leije reiterated what was announced earlier, that Gonzalez did not suffer a heart attack.

MazzJimmy8 287.JPGGonzalez, 58, is the leader of a band that was a major driving force during Tejano's early '90s renaissance. During those Grupo Mazz produced a serious of grandbreaking albums that to this day still resonate among the Tejano music nation for the passions and vibrancy of those hits.

Those CDs were: "No Te Olvidare" - 1989; "Para Nuestra Gente" - 1990; "Straight From the Heart" - 1992.

Reaction was swift around the Southwest:

"I wish him the best in his recovery and I hope he wins another Grammy, He deserves a Grammy win for his music" said longtime record promoter 'Jumpin' Jess Rodriguez.

Mazz was supposed to perform in Houston's Reliant Arena Sunday as part of pre-Grammy concert. However the band did not show up and ofifcials said Jimmy Gonzalez has a heart condition. No other details have been released.

Mazz is nominated for Tejnaoalbum of the year for the CD "Incoimparable.'

On his nomination, Gonzalez was quoted by Freddie Records.com:

"A Latin Grammy nomination is something that all artists hope to receive at some point in their career," says Gonzalez. "Being recognized by your peers is special because they understand the amount of work that goes into producing music." Gonzalez adds, "After so many years in the business, it's a great feeling to know that people still appreciate what we do as artists."

More details as we continue to update this story.

(Special thanks to music newshounds: 'Jumpin' Jess Rodiguez in Houston, Trina Guevara, Robert Rivas and Greg Lopez in San Antonio for assistance in/contributing to this story.)

 

COMMENTS:

"Ojala se me recupere pronto mi amigo Jimmy Gonzalez, El es puro Corazon! Un amigo como ninguno!"

Jorge Flores,GSM Discos 

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Pioneer artists Los Tigres del Norte, Mariachi Vargas, and Banda El Recodo

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The lineup of the Latin music world superstars is long and impressive and also includes Vikki Carr, Flex, David Lee Garza, Belinda, Juanes, Café Tacuba, Olga Tañón. Julieta Venegas, Kany García, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Alejandrá Guzman, Rosario, Jorge Celadon, Tommy Tores, Fonseca, Lupillo Rivera, Jenni Rivera, Michael Salgado, Jimmy Zambrano, and Emilio Zuelta.RiveraJenni Rivera 300.JPG

The fact that the Latin Grammys are taking place for the first time outside of international national media centers such as Los Angeles or Miami is significant to the Southwest for several reasons says Latin Recording Academy President Gabriel Abaroa.

For one, it signals that regional Mexican music is just as important as pop or tropical/salsa genre.

"It means that Houston is a major player and that the Latin Grammys are taking place there means many opportunities are opening up for many artists," Abaroa said. "It helps put the spotlight on many regional Mexican styles like Tejano, conjunto, norteno."

Many of the performers are also nominated in various categories. Los Tigres Del Norte are up for Best Norteño Album ("Raíces") while Jenni Rivera is nominated for Best Ranchero Album

 ("La Diva En Vivo!"). Also, Fonseca has a nod for Best Contemporary Tropical Album ("Gratitud"), Banda El Recodo is nominated for Best Banda Album ("Que Bonito...¡Es Lo Bonito!"). Jorge Celedón is up for Best Tropical Song ("Me Vio Llorar"),  Tommy Torres has a nod for Best Singer-Songwriter Album ("Tarde O Temprano"). And Emiliano Zuleta is nominated for Best Cumbia/Vallenato Album ("Palabra De Honor") RiveraLupilo Botella copy.jpg.

The 9th Annual Latin Grammy Awards will be broadcast on the Univision Network from 8 - 11 p.m. ET/PT (7 p.m. Central). 

Texas and the U.S.-Mexico border area has a lot of native talent says Houston record promoter Jesse Rodriguez.

"There is a lot of excitement building up to the awards," he said. "There have been and will be several concerts that have been scheduled in the weeks leading up to the actual event. But there are also many unofficial festivals that have also showcased the talent for the area."

For entertainment attorney David Garcia Jr, the awards in Texas mean much mnore:

"That the Latin Grammies are being held in Texas means that the state has truly arrived on the international music scene. The Latin Grammies event distinguishes itself from the mainstream Grammies because it is not just an "American show"; the nominated artists come from the United States all the way down to Tierra Del Fuego and across the Atlantic to Spain and Portugal.

"I have no stats but I know that the Latin Grammies brings in more people who fly first class and stay at the Presidential Suite at hotels than any other big event, SXSW or Willie Nelson's Farm Aid."

The 2008 Latin Grammys could be the biggest music event in the history of the state, at least in terms of national and international coverage. Traditionally, the biggest events in Texas have included Willie Nelson's annual July 4th Picnic and his Farm Aid concerts, as well as the 4-day long SXSW music festival in Austin that attracts attendees as far away as Europe and Asia.

Officials have said the Latin Grammy Awards will be broadcast on the Univision Network to several countries around the world with a potential viewing estimated in the billions.

Grammy producers have scheduled several showcases of regional Mexican artists in this year's Grammy awards. Typically, Latin pop artists have taken the lion's share of primetime exposure not only in the Latin Grammys but in the American Grammys.

In the first year of the Latin Grammys held in Los Angeles, a heated controversy arose when several regional Mexican artists complained and returned their Latin Grammys because they claimed Latin pop artists had almost exclusive exposure during the primetime award broadcast.

All of the regional Mexican award categories are typically handed out in both the Latin Grammys and the American Grammys during the awards pre-telecast portion. Since then Grammy officials have worked hard to include more regional Mexican artist presentations and performances during the primetime telecast. But privately, many regional Mexican artists have complained that by comparison, Latin pop still gets the maximum exposure.

It is ironic, because for the last decade, annual industry reports indicate that sales of regional Mexican music outsell both Latin pop and tropical/salsa genres.

Besides the awards ceremonies, officials have also scheduled the presentation of the Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement Awards the day before. That list of awardees includes Cheo Feliciano, Vikki Carr, Astrud Gilberto, Angelica Maria, Maria Dolores Pradera, and Estela Raval. In addition, Grammy officials are also presenting Larry Harlow, Simon Diaz and Juanito Marquez with the 2008 Trustees award.

Details: www.grammy.com.   

 

 

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Every now and then beyond the music and entertainment world, you run across some pretty interesting stories, websites and information on the world wide web. thingsiwishihadtaughtmyson.com is one of those. Actually, that could be the title of a cool movie someday. Story, photos below courtesy of Jesus Ramirez.

Check it out.

 

A young Latino father sends his son off to college but realizes that he still has some lessons he wants to pass on.

RamirezRafael 300.JPGIn late August, Rafael Ramirez, the oldest of 8, left for college.  He had his backpack, his computer, his schedule of classes, his chanclas, a couple of pairs of high-tops, several basketball shorts, a box of ramen noodles and a few other odds and ends.  But Jesus Ramirez, his papi, who had not fully gotten a chance to pass on all his life lessons got to writing.  He remembered reading about the author of Life's Little Instruction Book.  "I remember that right before his son left for college, this particular dad went back in the house and wrote of list of quick tips for life.  That book I have bought several times and it became a bestseller about 10 or 15 years ago", said Jesus, Rafael's father.

Not knowing how far I would take it, I got to writing a series of emails entitled... Things I wish I had taught my son... And still can.

"If I could help my son avoid stepping on land mines by just telling him where they are, then maybe I should inform him.  If I could help him look for the right signs on the road of life, maybe I should let him know where they are."  Ramirez started writing a combination of daily emails including life lessons, business lessons, relationship lessons, study lessons, management lessons, marketing lessons and practical tips for getting by...  "I will probably keep writing until I complete a year of hand-me-down lessons and found wisdom.  These are important things that I have learned along the way.  Some I learned the hard way.  Some I learned in books.  Some I learned from wonderful mentors. A ver que pasa."

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Eventually, Ramirez was urged by a few friends to make these emails to his son public.  He researched  a way to do this and enlisted the help of icontact.com.  Now anybody interested in reading along can go to thingsiwishihadtaughtmyson.com and register to receive their very own daily emails.  The subscription is free.  You may agree with some of the lessons, you may reject them.  But I think you'll find them interesting.  If not you can always unsubscribe.

http://www.thingsiwishihadtaughtmyson.com

 

Jesus Ramirez is the founder and owner of My Story, thestorytellingplace.com  He is an expert video documentary movie maker whose company captures the priceless memories and stories that our beloved parents and grandparents need to tell... For future generations to come. 

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Softball fun, Mexican pop/rock, and a CD release party are among the highlights in the next few days. With Halloween in the rearview mirror, we're speeding toward the end of the year so enjoy it while you can.

Again, the weather is also turning absolutely beautiful so be sure to enjoy it outdoors.

ElizavethCdreleaseparty 300.JPGElizabeth New singer showcases her 10-track CD "Siempre," in a release party. CD produced by Grammy-Award winning producer Gilbert Velasquez. 7p.m. Wednesday. Cadillac Bar, 212 S. Flores. Between sets DJs Saint and Hobby unload.

ATAM FestiBALL 2nd Annual Tejano Academy softball tournament, car exhibit and live music. Missions County Park, 6030 Padre Drive. 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9. (210) 227-2826

Oldies But Goodies Night featuring Five Star Band. The Coast, Vance Jackson at Loop 410. 8 p.m. Wednesdays. Free

Erick y Grupo Massore Top Mexican cumbia band swings through town. Friday, Nov. 14. Cool Arrows. Los Desperadoz, Nov. 28..

Rene Devia Smooth sounds of Latin American harpist 6-9 Thursdays, Los Cucos. Also 6-9 Saturdays, Cachito de Mexico

Kudai uya_agenda_kudai.jpgKudai Chilean pop/rock group headlines Sesion Exclusiva, a pre-Latin Grammy event. Also performing Roto, Vanaz and others. Grooves, 2300 Pierce St. Houston. 9 p.m. Monday, Nov.10.

Super Odisea Mexican group mixes cumbia, rancheras and more. Sat. Nov. 8. Lonestar Saloon, Uvalde. Also Nov, 14 Zona Jones; Nov. 15 Yahari; Nov. 20 DJ Night; Nov. 21 Jack Ingram; Nov. 26 Grupo Massore; Nov. 27 Thanksgiving Day Party

El Tri Legendary Mexican rock trio takes the stage. 11/16. Club Rio Nightclub, 13307-A San Pedro Highway 281 at Bitters. (210) 403-2582.

Roger Velasquez & Latin Legends Top group shines with its repertoire and virtuosity. Thursdays, Bar On Broadway.

Jorge Alejandro y La Paz Versatile singer/songwriter wrapping up new CD due for release late fall. Tuesdays, Hot Tin Roof, IH 10/Callaghan. 

SATFimg341593875 285.JPG SA Tardeada Festival. Featuring Mitch Web, Rick Trevino, Patricia Vonne, Tex-Mex Experience, Flaco Jimenez, Dog Men Poets,  Pride and Joy, Drugstore Cowboys, DC3, Flamin' Hellcats. Sunday, Nov. 16. $22-$26. Ruben's Place, Selma. www.satardeada.com/ 

Blue Bubble Ballroom Swing time with groups 6 p.m. Sundays in "Swing Factory" dance/concert series at Blue Bubble Ballroom, 9315 Broadway. $5. All ages. 7-8 p.m. free lessons by SASDS.

Danny Acosta y QVO Band plays mix of oldies, funk, R&B. Sundays. Club Movida, 306  E. Mitchell. (210) 534-4477. Owner Rick Robles runs a tight ship.

Daniel Monserrat Singer plays Fridays/ Wednesdays. La Marginal, 2447 Nacogdoches Rd, (210) 804-2242 

Rocky Hernandez & OBG Band Veteran outfit celebrates Rocky's birthday with a big party. Arturos Sports Bar, 3310 S. Zarzamora. (210) 923-0177. 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov.13. Also DJ Bongo Bob, Canela Band, OBG Band, The Sequence, Bene Medina y Conjunto Aguila, Pete Cardenas, Sandy Sanchez, Los Cachies de Casimiro Castro, Rudy Tee, Sonny Ace, Gilbert Rodriguez. $5. Also raffle tickets. Also spinning records as a DJ at Jing's Lounge,.3936 Eisenhaur Rd.Friday, Nov.14.

La Sombra de Tony Guerrero Back in town. Randy's Ballroom, 1534 Bandera Rd. Saturday, Nov, 15.

Tejano Christmas Gala featuring Roger Velasquez & Latin Legends. Tamale dinner, 7 p.m.; dance 9 p.m.; Midnight Menudo. BYOB, set-ups.
$12.50/ $20 12/12. Pueblo Hall. (210) 473-5744

Crystal Rain New group led by  Ralph Saenz brings it on. 9 p.m. Thursdays. George's Place, 5214 Blanco Rd. (210) 340-1275. George Rivas Band Friday; Crystal Rain, Saturday; All Star Band 9 p.m. Sunday.  DJ Super Dave Wednesdays, Nov. 13.

Oscar Rodriguez Virtuoso guitarist plays a hot mix of rock, blues, Tex-Mex and more. Grant St. Pizza, 8 p.m. Fridays; Pat O'Briens, 3 p.m. Saturdays.

EstefanGloria_PRESS_FINAL.jpgLatin Grammy Awards Annual awards show recognizes best artists and recordings of the year. Nov. 13. Pop singer Gloria Estefan will be honored as the 2008 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year in tribute dinner Nov.12. Toyota Center. Houston. Broadcast live on Univision Network.  www.grammy.com/Latin/News/

Main Plaza Music Festival includes various events such as: Latin Lunes, a lunch-time series on Mondays through December. The lunch-time series runs through the week such as Ben King, Rebecca Valadez, Max Baca, Joe Posada, Claude "Butch" Morgan, Hot Sauce, Terry Cavanaugh. Raza en la Plaza is a 7 p.m. series with George Morin and Jazz Suave Friday; More: SAS! continues through December. On Sunday it's Conjunto Tocadita at lunch with Foxy Garcia, accordion & Chucho Perales, bajo sexto. (210) 225-9800 www.mainplaza.org  

El Veterano Conjunto 10th Annual Festival. Lineup includes Flaco Jimenez, Los Texmaniacs de Max Baca, Sunny Sauceda, Cha Cha Jiménez, Chano Cadena y Su Conjunto, Jimmy Lee y Tentación, Los Tremendos Alacranes de David Flores, Los Arroyos Del Rio, La Kreazion (with special performance by Linda Escobar), Robert Casillas & Ramon "Jack Rabbit" Sanchez, Lazaro Perez y Su Conjunto, and Letty y Conjunto Central. Presented by singer/promoter Linda Escobar. High Chaparral in Robstown,Texas. Noon-11 p.m. Nov. 9. $10. Carne guisada plates will be sold for $5 with proceeds benefit the Eligio Escobar Scholarship Fund. (361) 442-3962 Related story: Veterano Festival honors late Escobar, showcases conjunto bands

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George Lopez Top comedian back on another tour. AT&T Center. Nov. 15. Tix on sale Saturday for $69.75, $59.75, $49.75 & $39.75. www.georgelopez.com
 

Louis Shati & SonSabor Solid Latin, salsa, Tex-Mex band whips up an alluring mixture of dance music. 9:30 p.m. Thursday-Sunday. Arjon's International Club. Shati says his next CD due by mid-December.

Dancing Under the Stars Weekly Thursday night jam session on the patio hosted by Los Hermanos De Leon with special guests who drop in. Regulars include Andy Saenz of the Homies, Salvador "El Pavo" Garcia of Los Pavo Reales, Bene Medina, Coy Serna, Mambo Ibarra, Henry Galvan, Flavio Longoria. Thursdays, Bosmans, 672 Elks @ Zarzamora myspace. com/bosmanshbk1, (210) 924-1016

 

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NEWSFLASH: Record promoter Irma Laura Lopez killed in car crash
(Funeral details released - below)
 
Coming less than 10 days after another veteran music promoter, Luis Silva, (see below) died of a heart attack, now comes the shocking news that another record promoter, Irma Laura Lopez, was killed this weekend in a car accident.
 
We're rounding up background, funeral details and more. In the meantime, here is this mysa news story:
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"By Brian Chasnoff

Authorities have identified the victims of a collision that killed three people on Wurzbach Parkway near Thousand Oaks Drive on Saturday.

Regina Lopez, 74, and Irma Lopez, 45, both were killed when a Pontiac Grand Am crossed a grassy median and struck their Toyota Camry head-on around 9:15 p.m., a police report said.

The driver of the Grand Am -- 23-year-old Christopher Tufino -- also was killed. A neighbor of Regina and Irma Lopez said they were mother and daughter.

Witnesses told police the Grand Am was traveling eastbound on Wurzbach Parkway and "hugging the left curb line" before it drifted across the median into the westbound lanes. Police found no evidence of drugs or alcohol in the wreck and listed failure to control speed as a possible contributing factor."

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(L-R,  Irma Laura with fellow promoters/friends Karina Puente and Ricardo Morales. Courtesy photo)

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Comments coming in:

Friends:
"As many of you know, Irma Laura Lopez and her mother Regina Lopez passed away Saturday night (Nov 1) in a car accident in San Antonio, TX. She had many acquaintances in the radio and record industry, as she had worked for various labels including WEA, Platino and Balboa Records during the past 15 years.  Many of us though were fortunate enough to be her friend and will greatly miss her.  Her family is appreciative of your thoughts and prayers during such a hard moment.  You may express your sympathy and love to her family members during services that will be held at St. Anthony de Padua Catholic Church in San Antonio on Wednesday and Thursday.  Funeral will be on Thursday November 6th.

Wednesday November 5th
St. Anthony de Padua Catholic Church 102 Lorenz Road San Antonio, TX  78208
1 p.m.- 7 p.m.  Viewing/Visitation
7 p.m.-9 p.m.     Rosary
Thursday November 6th  11:00 a.m.         Mass at St. Anthony de Padua Catholic Church
Funeral following mass:
Mission Park Burial Park North 20900 IH 10 West San Antonio, TX  78257
210-698-5252
If you wish to send a floral arrangement, please send it to St. Anthony de Padua Catholic Church. Feel free to contact me if you have additional questions about the services.
 
(Many thanks to everyone who has called and expressed their sympathy by remembering the great moments Irma Laura and I shared throughout the years. I will never forget how she took me by the hand and helped me during my initial years in this industry.  I am grateful that she was a part of my life as and will always cherish her friendship.)
Regards,
Karina Puente
972-896-2145
 
"I was in shock when hearing the news that such a great person has left us.  She was full of life was such a strong person. I know that she was very close to her family and my condolences go out to them and all those that have met her because her optimism and joy was something that I am sure inspired those around her to be more positive. There are
hardly any words to describe such a great loss."
Agueda Balderrama

"Irma Laura was a very nice & lively lady.  I met her many years ago during her time at Platino Records and Balboa Record label.  She also attended several of my ASCAP events.  May God be with her & & her mother.  Love,"
Velia Gonzalez (ASCAP TX Latin Rep.) 

 

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Los Tigres del Norte, Mariachi Vargas, and Banda El Recodo were among the new batch of artists announced as performing at the 2008 Latin Grammys scheduled Nov. 13 in Houston's Toyota Center.


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(Courtesy photos)

In a new release, Grammys officials said additional artists confirmed to perform at the Grammys are Jorge Celadon, Tommy Tores, Fonseca, Lupillo Rivera, Jenni Rivera, Michael Salgado, Jimmy Zambrano, and Emilio Zuelta.

B000AP2YOA.01._SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpgThe 9th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards will take place on Nov. 13 at the Toyota Center in Houston and will be broadcast on the Univision Network from 8 - 11 p.m. ET/PT (7 p.m. Central). 

Also, officials said the following artists were also participating as presenters: Bobby Pulido, Kenny G., Kudai, Montserrat Olivier, Raúl Brindis, Cabas, Alexis & Fido.

Many of the performers are also nominated in various categories. for example, Los Tigres Del Norte is up for Best Norteño Album (Raíces) while Jenni Rivera is nominated for Best Ranchero Album (La Diva En Vivo!!). Also, Fonseca has a nod for Best Contemporary Tropical Album (Gratitud), Banda El Recodo is nominated for Best Banda Album (Que Bonito...¡Es Lo Bonito!). Jorge Celedón is up for Best Tropical Song ("Me Vio Llorar"),  Tommy Torres has a nod for Best Singer-Songwriter Album (Tarde O Temprano). And Emiliano Zuleta is nominated for Best Cumbia/Vallenato Album (Palabra De Honor). 

 
More details from the Grammy folks at this 2008 Latin Grammy story.

Additional Grammy details released


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More information from the Latin Grammy folks:

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Previously announced performers include Café Tacvba, 2008 Latin Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Vikki Carr, Flex featuring Belinda, Kany García, David Lee Garza, Alejandra Guzmán, Juanes, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Rosario, Olga Tañón and Julieta Venegas. Previously announced presenters feature actors Daniela Castro, César Evora, Karyme Lozano, Eduardo Santamarina, Eugenio Siller, and Mayrín Villanueva; current Latin GRAMMY nominees Buika, Ednita Nazario and Ximena Sariñana; and two-time GRAMMY® and nine-time Latin GRAMMY winner Juan Luis Guerra. Actors Cristián de la Fuente and Patricia Manterola will host the Latin music industry's premier event.
 
Preceding the Awards show telecast, Univision will present exclusive "Noche de Estrellas" (Night of the Stars) coverage of the celebrity arrivals direct from the Latin GRAMMY Awards Green Carpet starting at 7 p.m. ET/PT (6 p.m. Central). 

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Presented by "Primer Impacto" co-anchor Bárbara Bermudo and host of "Nuestra Belleza Latina" Giselle Blondet, "Noche de Estrellas" will feature live interviews and commentary on the stars and their fashions, and provide viewers an intimate and up close look at Latin music's most glamorous gala event.
 
The 9th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards will feature 49 categories and will be supported on radio via Univision Radio (the official Spanish-language radio network of the Latin GRAMMY Awards), and highlighted on the Internet by Univision Online (the official Spanish-language Web site of the Latin GRAMMY Awards) at www.univision.com (Uniclave Latin GRAMMY). For more information and a complete list of nominees, please visit www.grammy.com. Tickets are available to the general public and can be purchased at the Toyota Center.


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