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It’s FIESTA Time Again!

City Announces Musical Line-up for Saturday, February 27th Event

Ram Herrera, Grupo Control and Los Garcia Bros to headline this year’s festivities

The City of La Feria will close Main Street once again to welcome visitors to the 23rd Annual Fiesta de La Feria on Saturday, February 27th,  in downtown La Feria. Admission is FREE! The city recently released information on the musical acts that will take the stage at this year’s Fiesta along with community acts like the La Feria High School Ballet Folklorico.


Ralph and the Cruisers
Performing at 12:15 pm on Saturday, Feb. 27th
This Harlingen – based band has deep roots in South Texas Rock-n-Roll. Ralph Escobedo, drummer and lead singer, began playing in the 1960’s with a band known as The Cruisers. Throughout the late 60’s and early 70’s The Cruisers evolved with different members as some were drafted or moved away.

Eventually, the band dissolved but rock-n-roll remained a love for Ralph. He continued playing with different groups over the years, and after returning to Harlingen from Austin in 2003, he formed a group and called it THE CRUISERS. Today, that group has evolved with a few new members and the band is now called RALPH & THE CRUISERS.

The band plays Pop, Rock, Country, Blues, Latin, and Jazz with a focus on hits and standards from the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s. With a particular affinity for members of the Baby Boom Generation, their wide variety of music will appeal to a diverse range of ages. RALPH & THE CRUISERS have been voted THE ROCK & ROLL BAND OF THE YEAR for three years in a row by Winter Texan fans and Activity Directors.


Buck’n Crazy
Performing at 1:30 pm on Saturday, Feb. 27th
Buck’n Crazy is a country band hailing from Donna, Texas that formed in 2012. They regularly play in several local venues throughout the Rio Grande Valley.


Los Angeles del Sur
Performing at 3:15 pm on Saturday, Feb. 27th
Joe Sánchez, accordionist, vocalist, and founder in 1978 of Los Angeles del Sur, traces his musical heritage to the 1930s, when his grandfather organized dances in La Feria, a small community in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas. His father joined the conjunto to play bajo sexto. Joe’s son, Joey, plays drums. They are joined by Arturo Galván on bass and Joe Cantú on harmony vocals.


Los Garcia Brothers
Performing at 5:30 pm on Saturday, Feb. 27th
Los Garcia Brothers, today’s most electrifying conjunto, continues in full swing with their new release on El Bro Records entitled “Aferrado Mi Loco.” Known internationally for their traditional conjunto beats and flashy ‘Pachuco’ costumes, the group has created an image and a sound uniquely their own. Led by the father and son combination of Jose Garcia, Sr. and Jose Garcia, Jr., Los Garcia Brothers continue to tour nation-wide and perform to packed houses in spite of the tragic loss of younger brother, Jimmy, in 2002. The group has received TTMA’s Album of the Year award and Most Promising Band award. The group recently headlined at Rodeo Santa Fe de Monterrey, N.L. Mexico, in front of more than 25,000 conjunto fans. Their TV appearances include performances on both the Univision and Telemundo networks.

Their slogan, “Keep it conjunto, Carnal,” continues to catch fire with radio DJ’s and programmers. This new CD keeps it conjunto with 12 brand new recordings never done before by Los Garcia Brothers. They include rancheras such as “La Bonga and Como Arrancarte,” which is a song composed by award winner composers with them in mind. Cumbias make this CD a winner from start to finish. Enjoy the music of today’s living legends of conjunto, Los Garcia Brothers with “Aferrado Mi Loco” exclusively on El Bro Records.


Ram Herrera
Performing at 7:15 pm on Saturday, Feb. 27th
Grammy nominee Ramiro Herrera is a legend in the Texas music industry. His is one of the rare musical careers to successfully span three decades.
Ram became the lead singer for David Lee Garza Y Los Musicales in 1981 and audiences across the country saw him shine like a star. So bright in fact that he was signed to his own high profile solo recording contract. Selena often opened shows for him and it was Ram Herrera on the bill with her at the now famous concert at the Houston Rodeo depicted in the Selena movie. Now, in the middle of his career, twenty years and twenty four records later, Ram’s new “Ingrata” CD is nominated for a La tin Grammy Award.

In addition to Gold Records, Vocalist, Entertainer, Song and Album of the Year Awards and a Grammy nomination, Ram has received the Humanitarian Award and Texas Governor Ann Richards’ recognition for his work with Teach the Children. It’s easy for an entertainer to be described as a good person in a press release. It’s altogether different to be known on the street as a man who gives from his heart. Ram has been a driving force for the Brown Santa organization, collecting toys and food for those who would otherwise do without. Through services such as the Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner and the Texas Diabetes Association, Ram’s efforts have bettered many people’s lives.

On the heels of the release of his latest single, “Dime Si Estoy Loco”, Ram released his new CD “Mucho Mas Que Amor” in 2015. “Mucho Mas Que Amor” is Herrera’s first work since signing on with record label VMB Music Group based out of San Antonio, Texas.

Ram is focused on the future, more excited than ever about entertaining his fans, both live and on CD, and that energy is leading to greater success. The best example is the recent recognition from the Grammy organization which has caused media from all over the world to search for “The Most Wanted Man in Texas”.


Performing at 9:00 pm on Saturday, Feb. 27th
Specializing in norteño music, Control (aka Grupo Control) are a regional Mexican group based in Harlingen, TX, who bill themselves as Los Reyes de la Cumbia (The Kings of Cumbia). Founded by Sergio Alberto Degollado (vocals, bass) and José Guadalupe Degollado (vocals, bajo sexto) from Control, Tamaulipas, Mexico, the group made its full-length album debut in 1999 with Cumbias Sin Control on EMI. Subsequent albums on EMI include Control (2001), Todo Bajo Control (2002), Controlandote (2003), Los Reyes de la Cumbia (2004), Lo Nuevo y Lo Mejor (2005), and Recordando a Rigo Tovar (2005), the latter a mix of new and previously released material. The group subsequently moved to the Univision label for the albums Mas Control (2005) and Controlmania (2006), which spawned a series of regional Mexican chart hits including “Ella Es una Diosa,” “Llueve Sobre Mojado,” “Viva el Amor,” and “Vuela Paloma.”

Meanwhile, EMI continually repackaged the group’s back catalog for numerous greatest-hits compilations including La Historia (2003), Celebrando 15 Años (2005), Lo Basico (2005), and 30 del Recuerdo (2006). Univision did much the same, beginning with Para Ti…Nuestra Historia (2007) and Viva el Amor y Muchos Éxitos Más (2007).

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