Last Night: Go Tejano Day At RodeoHouston
Tejano is dead, at least at RodeoHouston.
Gone are the days of Selena, La Mafia, and David Lee Garza, who are now replaced with conjuntos norteños and bandas duranguense. This shift has created a divide among the Hispanic community, keeping many true fans of Tejano music away from the rodeo. Yet those sentiments did not discredit the robust performance of the two bands that played to a packed Reliant Stadium Sunday night.
La Leyenda brands itself as part of the nueva era of norteño music. The handsome five-piece band wore checkered shirts and cowboy hats, and played with the relaxed confidence that one might expect of the childhood friends from Monterrey, Mex.
The group leaned on several songs made famous by accordionist Ramon Ayala, whom they credit as a major influence. The love song "A Nadie Como Tu" prompted the ladies to sing along, but the real treasure was hearing 70,000-plus fans belt out the norteño standard "Tragos Amargos."
Las Coronelas de Vanessa del Fierro
In between the two headliners, the audience was treated to the finals of the Annual Mariachi Invitational. The first group was Las Coronelas de Vanessa del Fierro from San Antonio. The all-female mariachis provided a strong medley of Vicente Fernandez songs, including a lively rendition of" Volver, Volver."
Next up was the Mariachi Aztlan of Edinburg, Tex. The crowd vote gave the first place trophy to them after a mix of songs by the legendary Mexican composer Jose Alfredo Jimenez. Juan Gabriel's "No Vale La Pena" was their encore.