Lalopalooza: Celebrating 100 Years of the Father of Chicano Music, Tucson’s Own Lalo Guerrero
(Tucson, AZ) — Tucson Federal Credit Union and KXCI present Lalopalooza on Friday, December 9th at El Casino Ballroom as we celebrate the upcoming 100th Anniversary of legendary Tucson Born Musician Lalo Guerrero who was born on December 24th, 1916.
With Lalopalooza, we celebrate the joyous life and work of the father of Chicano Music – Lalo Guerrero – a prolific composer, musician, comic and inspiration to all. We also celebrate KXCI Community Radio’s 33rd Anniversary (having gone on the air on December 6, 1983.)
KXCI Sabor Del Barrio host Pepe Galvez and mariachi historian Daniel Buckley have helped to curate a night of music and memories celebrating the heritage of Lalo Guerrero. Special guests and musical performances for the evening include Lalo Guerrero’s sons Dan Guerrero and Mark Guerrero, Ersi Arvizu with Ry Cooder, Rene Camacho Band with Adalberto Gallegos, Los Nawdy Dawgs, Ismael Barajas, Ted Ramirez, Bobby Benton, and more.
Not to be missed, Ry Cooder will perform a selection of songs with Ersi Arvizu on vocals and a band put together by esteemed international bassist, and Tucson native, Rene Camacho. That same band will also back Adalberto Gallegos, a Tejano Music Hall of Fame singer and leader of Latin Breed.
Lalo Guerrero recorded three songs on the 2005 release Chávez Ravine: A Record by Ry Cooder; which was the twelfth studio album by Ry Cooder. It tells the story of Chávez Ravine, a Mexican-American community demolished in the 1950s to build public housing, which instead became Dodger Stadium. Ry collaborated with Lalo on those recordings as well as with Ersi Arvizu, an East L.A. singer who had hits with ’70s band El Chicano. Ry and Ersi went on to record 2008’s Friend For Life (Anti-) by Ersi Arvizu. The backup band on that album also included Rene Camacho.
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Date: Friday, December 9th
Time: 7 p.m.
El Casino Ballroom
437 E. 26th St.
Tucson, AZ 85713