Intocable Team Roping Challenge and Concert
Kevin Fowler, Solido, Zamorales, Vision
US Highway 59 East
Laredo, TX, 78041
Doors 5:00 PM / Show 6:00 PM (event ends at 1:00 AM)
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INTOCABLE is one of the most influential groups in the Tejano/Norteño music scene today. Their road to success began eighteen years ago (nineteen in August) in Zapata, Texas, when friends Ricky Muñoz and René Martínez dreamed of bringing their songs to the world as they crafted a unique and extraordinary style of music which expertly fuses Tejano conjunto music, Norteño folk rhythms, pop ballads and rock.
After years of dedication and passion, the dream is an indisputable reality. With #1 hits such as “Rabarte un Beso”, “Prometí”, their latest “Te Amo (Para Siempre)” as well as fan favorites like “Dame Un Besito,” “Eres Mi Droga,” Enséñame a Olvidarte,” “Sueña,” “Contra Viento y Marea,” “Llueve,” “Arrepiéntete,” among others, INTOCABLE continues to entertain and delight audiences in both the United States and Mexico. Their songs are heard in radio stations throughout the American Continent and the band has played live in world-renowned venues such as the Auditorio Nacional in Mexico City, the Monterrey Arena in Mexico, and the Reliant Astrodome Stadium in Houston, with a historic record of more than 70,000 fans singing along and enjoying one of the best shows in the industry. And to top off an already exceptional career, INTOCABLE made history by being the first and so far only act of their genre to sing the halftime show at the Cowboys vs. Redskins game at the famed Dallas Cowboy Stadium.
Today, the group INTOCABLE is the standard bearer of “la música norteña.” Its achievements have been recognized with two GRAMMY Awards (in 2005 for their album Intimamente and in 2011 for the album Classic), seven Latin GRAMMY and multiple nominations, thirteen Premios Lo Nuestro, numerous Latin Billboards and two Billboard Regional Mexican Awards, as well as many other nominations, including one from the American Music Awards. Not only these but in 2010 Billboard Magazine named them “Group of the Decade”, and were honored by Billboard with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.
Always striving towards creating music that is relevant and transcends the boundaries of genre, national borders and even languages, INTOCABLE returned to the studio to produce their 15th career album. En Peligro de Extinción brings together all the best of INTOCABLE: the stirring lyrics, the captivating melodies and rhythms, the expert arrangements and the excellence and precision of a group of musicians at the top of their art form.
Although the band produced INTOCABLE 2011 under their own label, Good I Music, this time they decided to join forces with Universal Music Group for En Peligro de Extinción in their aim to expand their reach to the Central American and South American markets, since Universal has the distribution infrastructure required for this goal. In this album, INTOCABLE lends its characteristically rhythmic voice to the words of renowned songwriters Ikerlan (group’s head writer), José Zamora, Josué Contreras and Miguel Mendoza, with whom they’ve co-written in past albums. Ikerlan wrote their single “Te Amo Para Siempre” which debuted at #1 in the Billboard charts and maintain the position for 3 weeks. The song continues to be a US top-charting mainstay and it also reached #1 in Mexican radio. The success of the song recently earned Ricky Muñoz the 2013 SESAC Latina “#1’s” award.
The new album also includes “Nos Falto Hablar”, a rock infused jewel also written by Ikerlan that will be the second single and “Culpable Fui (Culpable Soy)”, a power ballad reminiscent of 1980s rock power ballads, that was written by the famous Mexican singer-songwriter, Reyli Barba.
Year after year, INTOCABLE demonstrates their passion for music and their desire to share their creations with a loyal public that keeps growing with every word and every note.
1.Fuego Eterno 1994 9.Nuestro Destino Estaba 2003
2.Otro Mundo 1995 10.La Historia 2003
3.Llévame Contigo 1996 11.Intimamente 2004
4.IV 1997 12.Diez 2005
5.Intocable 1998 13.Crossroads 2006
6.Contigo 1999 14.2C-2008
7.Es Para Ti 2000 15.Clásico-2009
8.Sueños 2002 16.Super #1′s- 2010
Ask Kevin Fowler how'd he'd describe his own music and he doesn't think twice before responding: "It's country with a bad attitude. It's country with an edge. It's just beer-drinkin', hell-raisin', good-time music."
And anyone who's ever been to a Kevin Fowler show knows he does far more than just talk the talk—the man delivers one of the most entertaining, high-energy performances you're likely to see in country or any other genre, with a hard-ticket base that rivals many gold-selling artists. A blend of in-your-face rockin' intensity, tongue-in-cheek humor and captivating country storytelling, Kevin's music has his standing-room-only audiences hanging on every word . . . and singing right along with him. Whether it's "Beer, Bait and Ammo," "Cheaper to Keep Her," "The Best Mistake I Ever Made," "Don't Touch My Willie" or any of the other unforgettable tunes that have seen him regularly perched atop the Texas music charts, Kevin's music is the product of years spent perfecting his craft.
And he's not the only beneficiary. Other artists, like Montgomery Gentry ("Long Line of Losers"), Mark Chesnutt ("The Lord Loves a Drinkin' Man") and George Jones (dueting with Kevin on "Me and the Boys"), are among those who have recorded classic versions of Fowler songs.
With his career track record, it would be easy to assume Kevin must've always known music would be his life's passion. After all, how can you be this good at something and not have worked at it for a lifetime? But he admits coming to his career path later in the game than most.
"There was a day in life that changed me," Kevin recalls of the transformative epiphany he experienced at the Texas Jam in the Cotton Bowl back when he was about 20 years old. "I had been dabblin' in music and played everything a little, but nothing well. Aerosmith was there. White Snake. All these bands were playing at a day-long festival. They were hosing down the crowd with big fire hoses. And it was just mayhem. I had never seen 100,000 people in one place. I remember that day going, 'Well, that's what I'm supposed to be doin'.'"
While Amarillo boy Kevin may not have had a clear vision of his life's path prior to that momentous day, he shouldn't have been surprised when he finally realized he was put on this earth to write songs and entertain people. After all, he'd been entertaining in one way or another since his attention-seeking days as a self-described "band geek," playing drums in junior high and high school.
But Kevin's musical training had begun earlier when his mom, Shirley, insisted he take piano lessons, in spite of his hatred of it and his desire to play football instead. Looking back, he thinks his folks made the right call. "They were probably thinkin' to themselves, 'We've seen you play football—that's no good!'" he laughs.
While Kevin recalls knee-knocking piano recitals as his first experience with live performing, his first taste of country music came through the records his dad played—Johnny Horton, Johnny Cash, Buck Owens and Roy Clark. Kevin, of course, rebelled and gravitated more toward rockers AC/DC, Kiss, The Cars, Metallica, and other decidedly non-country bands. "It wasn't 'til later on in life that I thought, 'that (country) stuff was really cool.'"
Kevin recalls Amarillo as a good place to grow up, but entertainment options were, let's say, limited. That meant 16-year-old Kevin and some buddies might sneak a 6-pack of beer on a Friday night, head down the road a few miles to tiny Vega—a town of under 1,000 people—find an old dirt road and "hide out." Let the good times roll!
So, was there a little culture shock when Kevin moved to California a few years later? "It was like fallin' right off the turnip wagon," he laughs. "I was in shock."
The move to L.A. came after Kevin, then a junior at West Texas A&M in Canyon, saw that life-changing show at the Cotton Bowl. With 100 credits toward a business degree, he quit school and went to the coast to study at the G.I.T guitar institute. While there, he learned how incredibly competitive the music world really is. So, was he intimidated?
"No. It was just an eye opener. My mama always persisted in telling me, 'Whatever you're gonna do, don't be a quitter.' That's why she never would let me quit piano music. Somebody told me one time, 'You've gotta stay in the game long enough to get lucky.'"
After finishing school in L.A., Kevin—a road warrior at heart—realized that paying gigs were few and far between in Los Angeles. "That's the only reason I got into music . . . to play live," says Kevin, who'll do about 150 shows this year . . . slightly fewer than usual because of time spent writing and recording. So he left L.A. and tested the waters elsewhere. "A friend lived in Austin. I was gonna go there, then I was gonna check out Nashville and figure out where I needed to be. When I got to Austin, that 5-day visit turned into a permanent stay. Been there ever since."
Not long after his move to Austin, Kevin joined a band that became Rumble Train, but soon discovered he was the only with any motivation. Then he fell in with long-haired rockers Dangerous Toys (yep, short-haired, cowboy hat-wearing Kevin was in a hard rock band—there's a rumor photos exist!). And, not surprisingly, they had a problem with Kevin's tunes. "'Man, these are redneck songs! We can't play any of these.'" So, in a move that was more necessity than intention, Kevin began singing them himself.
And Kevin, the rocker who also wore out two cassettes of George Strait's Right or Wrong album, found a way to combine the best of both worlds. "I've always liked rock, for the attitude and the energy. But I've always liked the country lyric. It just tells a story. And I try to combine those elements . . . make it rockin' and fun with a good lyric in there, a good turn of a phrase."
That ability has given Kevin more than a decade of success in his Texas stomping grounds where he is embraced with a vengeance by audiences who love him and his music. But he wants more.
"At first, my whole thing was to make a livin' playin.' 'Course, once you get that, you do want more. Right now, we're just tryin' to spread the gospel of Hank Williams and honky tonks to the rest of the world." But Kevin admits he's intent on doing that without alienating his strong, loyal fan base by changing his music or who he is. "You gotta remember to dance with who brung ya."
Ultimately, Kevin knows he only has control over one thing in his career. "What you do onstage . . . nobody can make you sound crappy but you. That's Kevin Fowler Music 101 in a nutshell. Make it about the fans, the live show and the music. And hopefully everything else will come from there."
Cuando un grupo salta a la fama casi de un día para otro, los cambios pueden ser difíciles para los integrantes – pero Sólido ha logrado triunfos aún mejores desde su debut increíble. Sólido logró tener uno de los éxitos mas impresionantes de la historia de la música regional mexicana cuando su primer sencillo, “Hasta la cima del cielo”, se quedó varios meses en laslistas de popularidad durante el año 2000. Ahora, este grupo de seis jóvenes, radicados en Rio Grande City, Texas, que está por la frontera entre Estados Unidos y México, nos deleita con un disco en vivo, titulado En vivo contigo. Fue grabado durante presentaciones en La Isla del Padre, en Laredo, y en Kingsville. El lanzamiento CD/DVD también incluye 3 nuevos cortes grabados en el studio, destacándose por el primer sencillo “Contigo”. El DVD incluye los video-clips de Sólido, imágenes del grupo tocando en vivo, y fotos de la colección personal del grupo. Los integrantes de Sólido siempre escuchaban tanto la música norteña como la música texana, pues viven en la frontera y pueden sintonizar las estaciones de radio de los dos lados. Fusionando estas influencias, Sólido se ha mantenido fiel a sus raices y ha forjado un sonido con el cual se identifican sus fans en México y Estados Unidos. Ben de León, el vocalista de Sólido, afirma que las matices suaves del acordeón y bajo sexto son puro norteño, mientras la batería y su forma de cantar se deben algo a las influencias texanas. Su sonido se puede considerar romántico y melódico, es ideal para bailar y para corear. Vuelve, el CD anterior de Sólido, recibió una nominación al Grammy Latino este año en el rubro de Mejor Álbum Tejano. Y el grupo llegó a la “cima” de los Grammys en el año 2001, cuando Nadie Como Tú, su segundo CD, ganó el Grammy Americano en la misma categoría. Curiosamente, fue la tragedia que impulsó al grupo para echarle ganas – la casa de Ben se quemó en Nochebuena, 1997. Él fue a vivir con sus papás y sus hermanos menores – Medardo Garza (bajo sexton) y Amado Garza Jr. (batería). Siempre habían ensayado de vez en cuando, aunque no muy en serio. Pero ya se dieron cuenta que tenían una nueva química. A mediados de 1998, grabaron un demo y lo mandaron a la disquera Freddie Records. Los ejecutivos reconocieron que Sólido tenía algo especial y no tardaron en firmar el grupo a un contrato exclusivo. Ben dice que sabía que la ranchera “Hasta la cima del cielo” fue una canción muy buena desde que la grabó. Pero por modestidad, o tal vez por no querer construir castillos en el aire, nunca imaginaba que el tema llegaría a ser lo que ahora es – un clásico moderno. La canción se trata de un amor que traspasa las barreras de la tierra, y fue el éxito más contundente de la música norteña y texana en el año 2000. “Todos nos sentimos identificados con esta canción”, dice Ben. “Se trata de un amor imposible – y todos hemos perdido a alguien”. Afortunadamente, los integrantes de Sólido mantuvieron sus pies bien puestos en la tierra a pesar del super éxito de su debut. Eso en parte se debe a los lazos familiares entre Ben y sus hermanos Medardo y Amado. Aunque a veces es difícil estar constantemente de gira y estar lejos de sus seres queridos, Ben dice que todavía le fascina tocar en vivo (algo que se nota desde los primeros acordes de En vivo contigo). Y le encanta ir a los estudios de grabación para aprender y estrenar nuevo material. Además de Ben, Medardo y Amado, los integrantes de Sólido son: Rolando Benavidez, segunda voz y percusiones ; Fernando Trevino, bajo electrico ; Eligio Salinas Jr., acordeón
having just released their self titled EP on Burger Records, they have been regarded as one of the hottest live acts in the LA music scene, awkwardsound.com states," East L.A.'s VISION are firing off the first promising heat rays of the seasons to come, hot on the heels of their self-titled debut... An "intense" onslaught of skydiving rock 'n roll that curbs around the city's unsanitary post-punk grime, the Jesus and Mary Chain's shoegaze shock and the fashionably bad ass sensibilities of the Brian Jonestown Massacre's psychedelic pastiche. When Valer's howl begins kicking ass without bothering to ask for the names on tracks like "You Should Know," it's unadulterated ballsy rock the four sound dangerously confident in owning. To date, the band has opened for the likes of fellow Cali guitar shredder Ty Segall and felt the rippling effects of Burger notoriety by taking part at the label's SXSW party."