Some of the biggest names in Tejano music will descend on Pflugerville’s Graham Central Station on Sunday, July 15th, to benefit one of Austin’s great Chicano music legends, Alfonso Ramos. Funds raised from the benefit will help cover the significant medical expenses the saxophonist and bandleader has incurred due to prolonged illness.
A gifted vocalist and saxophonist, the handsome, silver-haired Alfonso is known as “El Mero Leon de la Sierra” and, along with his brothers Ruben, Elijio, Joe and Roy, hit the Austin music scene as the Alfonso Ramos Orchestra in the late 1950s. The big band was one of the great “orquestas” to come out of Austin’s old east side, featuring a big brass section and playing cha chas, cumbias, boleros and rancheras. Alfonso’s contributions to Tejano music have been recognized by various organizations, including the Austin Latino Music Association, and he was inducted into the Tejano Music Awards Hall of Fame in 1998 and into the Tejano R.O.O.T.S. Hall of Fame in 2002.
The schedule of performers is a who’s who of Tejano superstars, including Grammy winners Little Joe y La Familia and Ruben Ramos and the Mexican Revolution. Other performers joining the event are:
- Oscar De La Rosa of La Mafia
- Los A-T Boyz
- Cacy Savala
- Jimmy Edward
- Sunny Ozuna
- Los Texmaniacs
- Gilbert Alba and the Super City Band
- Raulito Navaira
- Hugo Guerrero
- Latin Express
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There are multiple ways to help ALMA continue in their efforts:
· Businesses and Individuals:
o Sponsor one, two or the entire season of ALMA’s music programs
o Donate items for an ALMA silent auction
· Musicians and Bands:
o Participate in one or more of ALMA’s music benefits
· Restaurants and Venues:
o Host a Latino Music Night with a percentage of proceeds benefitting ALMA
To get more information on these opportunities or suggest ideas of your own, contact Raul Alvarez at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 512.785.0492.