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Latin Notes: Stars to pay homage to Los Aguilares

Latin Notes: Stars to pay homage to Los Aguilares

BY HECTOR SALDANA : JANUARY 15, 2014 : Updated: January 16, 2014 8:42am

There's no denying the scale of names such as Genaro Aguilar, Flaco Jimenez, Fito Olivares, La Tropa F, Jay Perez and Boni Mauricio. Sprinkle in names like Marcos Orozco, Grupo Ondo and Grupo Retoño (which presents 17-year-old Angela Ramossinging a Laura Canales tribute) and you've got a fun Saturday night.

Los Aguilares Anniversary Dance runs from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday at San Antonio Event Center, 8111 Meadow Leaf Drive (near Marbach Road and Loop 410). Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets cost $20; VIP tickets cost $50. Call 210-393-1800.

Tickets are available at www.aglentertainment.net and at Janie's Record Shop, Del Bravo Records and Mimi's Record Shop.

The night celebrates the enduring legacy of the pioneering conjunto act and helps support theEmilio Aguilar Alzheimer Foundation, named for one half of the duo that grew out of Conjunto Guadalupano, a conjunto trio formed in the early 1950s at Our Lady of Guadalupe on El Paso Street that included brothers Emilio, Genaro and Frank Aguilar.

Emilio Aguilar died in December 2009 at 70. His Alzheimer's was diagnosed when he was 55.

Emilio's son, Miguel Aguilar, is promoting the show and said the young foundation is raising funds, awareness and reaching out to Alzheimer's patients. Last year, right before Father's Day, the foundation brought in a fishing tank for elderly residents at a nursing home.

“We brought them fishing rods and they were catching fish,” said Aguilar about the event. “We brought a cook to filet them. So they were catching and eating their lunch.”

Such acts of kindness reflect the good will associated with the Los Aguilares brand beyond the signature hits “El Parrandero,” “Naci de Este Lado” and “Anhelo.”

“I'm so proud, and we've been so blessed,” Aguilar added. The family act plays a couple of gigs a month and even played a sold-out show at the Tejano Convention in Las Vegas last summer.

If, for some, Los Aguilares' history feels like the Stone Age, the same cannot be said for San Benito newcomer Angela Ramos, who makes her debut here.

“She's just starting out, and we're giving her a little push,” said her brother, Pablo Ramos, who plays bass in Grupo Retoño. The norteño group includes her brothers Samuel on guitar, Solomon on accordion and cousin Armando Villela on drums.

Pablo said the band “listens to everything, from Seals & Crofts and Crosby, Stills & Nash toDavid Lee Garza.”

Angela doesn't take the Canales infatuation too far, he said.

“She really looks up to natural-sounding vocalists. But she doesn't copy Laura Canales,” said Pablo Ramos. “She goes into her own flow.”

Lonely Boys note

“Revolution” is the new album from Los Lonely Boys, and musical brothers Henry, Jojo andRingo Garza are set to deliver an unplugged, in-store performance at Barnes & Noble at theShops at La Cantera, 15900 La Cantera Parkway, at 8 p.m. Monday. Call 210-558-2078.

hsaldana@express-news.net

 

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