Nikki Lopez released her solo debut album and video production, “Pegue Un Grito,” on Dec. 17, presented by Lopez Entertainment. The artist states on her Facebook page that this is “Tejano music’s first visual album.” The music production is by Mario Vigil from All Day Everyday Productions, Lupe Moya shot the music videos and Joey Rodriguez is the executive producer. The title track by songwriter Humberto “Beto” Ramon, with background vocals by Savannah Votion, was followed by the next release, “Aquella Noche,” and both songs have been receiving support from fans.
“The number one song requested by Tejano women is the ‘female empowerment’ song, ‘Pegue Un Grito,’ which is a wonderful cumbia to dance to and has the message which defines a Tejano Woman today!,” San Antonio based publicist Hernando Abilez commented on Lopez’s music.”‘Aquella Noche’ is the smooth ranchera, which is the Tejano version of the Top 40 mega-hit ‘I Knew I Loved You’ by Savage Garden.”
She is scheduled to begin a tour this month with her band and her performances will include choreography with dancers and costume changes. The vocalist stated the “costumes collection has begun” and is grateful to the designer, Kim Fall.
This month more music videos are being released, as well as the start of work on another album. Look out for her performance at the Tejano Music Awards Fan Fair 2017 in February. Details are available at 210-772-1271 or the artist’s Facebook page.
Patricia Vonne announced her self-titiled debut CD with twelve tracks has been reissued. It is now available at Waterloo Records for physical copies and download.
The iconic South Congress Avenue Mexican restaurant, El Gallo, closed its doors after 60 years in business. The closure also affected musicians Sylvia Donley and her father, 89 year-old Manuel “Cowboy” Donley, as they had been regularly strumming boleros at this venue for quite a while.
Mauricio Callejas, an ESB-MACC artist in residence, continues with “Live at the MACC,” a recording session with a live audience. For this second session, singer-songwriter Juan Antonio de los Angeles is the guest and the public is invited to be part of this recording process. He will perform traditional songs from Mexico, Latin America and some of his original work. Doors open at 7 p.m. and close when the recording starts at 7:45 p.m. $10 cash only at the door on Saturday, Feb. 4 at ESB-MACC, 600 River St. For more information, visit Mauricio Callejas’ Facebook page.
Rick Fuentes announced his new band, Brown Express, has released a new album, “Rick Fuentes & The Brown Express” and clips of all the songs are available on their website, brownexpressmusic.com.
Devin Banda has now announced she has a full band and has scheduled their debut performance on Friday, Mar. 10 at Monster Burger Bar and Grill, 901 Esplanade St. in Cuero, Texas. Band members are Eddie J Cordova (bass); Chris Salinas (drums, back up and segunda voz); Chris (Houdini) Perez (guitar); Aaron Salinas (keyboard) and Nick Hernandez (accordion). A debut album is planned for release in March from Warbucks containing ten songs, with nine originals. Follow Yoli Romo on Facebook for updates and for booking information, contact 210-526-4671.
Haydn Vitera released a new music video, “Qué Pasará,” featuring fellow artist Vanessa Del Fierro and members of the community. “Filmed in old East Austin, this video showcases some iconic Austin Latinos who have represented La Raza in a huge way, including the legendary Grammy winner Ruben Ramos “El Gato Negro.” The song and video are a celebration of all that the Mexican American and migrant worker communities have brought and continue to bring to this country. Directed by Gilbert Villasenor Jr. and produced by Cevallos Brothers Productions, in collaboration with David Vitera and Rafael Franco.