Kinky, Night Ranger headline international border fest

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LAREDO -- Mexican rock band Kinky and classic rock group Night Ranger headlined one of the largest festivals along the U.S.-Mexico border Saturday night.

Officially titled the Ford AutMus Fest, the huge festival was held on the sprawling campus of the Texas A&M International University. The festival also featured Little Joe y La Familia, Nothing More, Jr Castillo, Kristal Blue, Warryor, Kristin Mari and other groups.
The university's international academic reach was central to the festival's objective said Orlando Navarro, festival chairman for the Texas A&M University Alumni Association, which has presented the festival for the last few years.

"With the university's international allure, we have students from all over," said Navarro. "So we try to book bands that appeal to different groups."

Navarro underscored the importance of international universities such as TAMUI in helping nourish relationships with Mexico and other countries.
The day-long AutMus family festival featured a wide variety, from classic rock and heavy metal to hardcore Tejano and even comedy.

The crowds were light in the early afternoon but officials were expecting a full house - a capacity estimated at about 10,000 - by the time headliner Kinky was scheduled to take the stage.

Kinky is currently on a new U.S. tour to promote their latest CD "Barracuda." A daring quintet from Monterrey, Mexico, Kinky showcased their rock-electronica fusions at the festival.

Crowds of students jammed and juked on the expansive grounds by the stage to the sounds of the eight-man group SuperPhat. The group poured through a tight set that included the uptempo tunes "Hustle & Flow" and "Tried and True."

More than 20 booths spread out over the campus' north end offered a variety of tasty treats from fajitas and gorditas to corn on the cob and turkey legs. And children had their fun as well, enjoying a variety of childrens' game and activities and a dozen air castles.

Relaxing by the Brontosaurus Rib Booths, glass sketch artist Angel Rivera said the diversity of talent was the main attraction.

"There's such a huge selection of bands here,  it seems you have a little something for everyone," Rivera said. "And the weather is perfect. They picked a great time of the year."

Proceeds from the festival will go to the TAMUI alumni association's scholarship funds.

"Ford is very much into education," said Mike Cortez, spokesman for the Ford Motor Company, the festival's title sponsor. "Helping provide education to our children is important because the children represent the future."

"The main drive is to raise scholarships funds," said Fernando Morales, TAMIU alumni association president at the festival news conference Friday at La Posada.

Title sponsors included Miller Beer, Border Medi, Big Red/Coca Cola, La Posada, Allstate, KGNS-TV, Pocket Communications, IBC Bank, CP&L, HEB, Gibson Guitars, Elmo Lopez Music Stores and UETA.

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