Updated 1:58 p.m., Thursday, November 15, 2012
Lares will showcase both at her birthday celebration Thursday at Cadillac Bar downtown. The gig (loaded with A-list special guests, as well as surprise ones) is a tribute to her 30 years in Tejano and a DVD release, too.
Lares says she's in great voice and is super-excited about an upcoming album.
“I feel blessed,” she said. “I feel like God gave me vocal cords of steel.”
Sauceda, a longtime fan of the legendary singer, chalks up her longevity to her limitless energy level. They're also connected by the hit duet “Ya No Me Quieres.”
“She's ‘Little Miss Dynamite,'” said Sauceda, who's working on a new album and who acknowledges it has been a tough year as he and his family continue to focus on the health issues of his young son, Jeren.
The music begins at 8:30; admission costs $10.
The Cadillac Bar continues to enjoy a reputation as a fun crossroads “and reunion place” for Tejano musicians and fans. Lares is expecting a big walk-up crowd.
“It can get a little bit insane,” Lares acknowledged. But she stressed that tonight's show has plenty of table space “to sit and watch and enjoy the show.”
Lares turned 41 on Tuesday.
If life begins at 40, then she's right on track. Last year, Lares formed her record label Shell Shock Records 3. The new live DVD is a result of partnering with Abraham Quintanilla's Q Productions in Corpus Christi after a chance meeting at the Selena Museum.
“I'm doing all the things I've wanted to do and not have to answer to anyone,” Lares explained. She continues to record at Chris Lieck's Tejas Records studio.
Like those who have followed her career since she was just a child, even Lares is amazed that she has lasted. She's a brand name and is being discovered (and rediscovered) by a tech-savvy younger generation.
“It speaks volumes for me, to say ‘30 years.' You don't see that many artists in our genre that have been around that long,” she said proudly. “There are very few that are still recording or taking on something new. Even people that haven't listened to Tejano have heard of Shelly Lares.”
But she's realistic, too. Lares calls her new phase — which includes ventures into Christian and country music, too — as “a reawakening.”
It has everything to do with technology — like Twitter, Facebook and iTunes. The success of her upcoming single, “Fui,” will depend on that new reality.
“(Tejanos) need to get with the program,” said Lares. “Tejano music has been behind in that for so long, and now there's no excuse. It's right there at our fingertips. We can definitely get Tejano music out there and stronger than ever. Musically, I feel more liberated. I don't feel like my hands are tied.”