March 2008 Archives


Coming up:
Israel 'Cachao' Lopez dead at 89
Hispanic Heritage Society presents 'Bolero Tribute to Maria Grever'

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Emilio in critical condition.


Sunday 3:12 p.m.

Emilio Navaira, one of Tejano's biggest star,  is in critical condition in a Houston hospital after his tour bus crashed early Sunday morning.

According to this Houston Chronicle story
Tejano star Emilio Navaira hospitalized after bus crash:
"Navaira was one of eight people injured in the crash, Houston TV stations KTRK and KHOU reported. Navaira was taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital, where hospital administrator Lisa Lagrone listed him in critical condition. The others were taken to Memorial Hermann and Ben Taub hospitals."

Early reports indicate Navaira was driving the bus but Sunday afternoon Chronicle reporter Mike Glenn said that a police investigator later told him that could not be confirmed.

We've tried to reach Navaira's family members here in San Antonio, but as it turns out most of the family is in Houston at the hospital.

However, a closed family friend said the 45-year-old Navaira sustained serious head injuries in the accident. He is in critical condition as doctors monitor the pressure in his brain. The family friend said the next 24-hours are the most critical.

The Grammy-winning Emilio and his group Rio, performed Saturday night at a Houston night club.

According to the Chronicle and other news reports, the tour bus was heading north along the west 610 Loop near the Southwest Freeway when it crashed into a set of freeway barrels shortly before 5 a.m.

To his fans, Navaira is known simply as Emilio. Over a 20-year career that started as a lead singer for David Lee Garza y Los Musicales, Emilio became a red-hot artists in the mid -90s. He and Selena were considered the king and queen of Tejano, both having played the Houston Astrodome for the Houston Rodeo several times. They both won numerous time sat the annual Tejano Music Awards.

Emilio also won a Grammy in 2003 for his CD "Acuerdate."

More details as they become available.

On the Net:
Emilio Navaira and Rio:

Related stories, photos:
Gloria Trevi: on tour and on the charts
Concerts Calender 3/17: Maravia, PLM, Cumbiaso
2008 Tejano SuperDance scheduled in Las Vegas
UPDATED: Tejano Explosion: Dee/Delia among surprises
Los Tigres fire up fans at AT&T Center

Coming up:
More weekender activities
Juanes swinging by on tour

We're headed into a weekender free of festivals but there's still enough action to keep things interesting.


First up is Marcos Orozco doing a tagteam with Eddie Gonzalez at Graham Central Station on Friday, March 21.

Big cumbia festival coming up Saturday at the Lonestar Saloon in Uvalde. Titled "El Festival Cumbiaso," the event has three bands: Los Reyes De La Cuadra,  Tropa Estrella, Los De La Cumbia. $15 is the price of advanced tickets.

Meanwhile, Los Tovares are touring behind a new album titled "Kickin' It." Los Tovares are scheduled to drop in at the Luckey Rd. Saloon, 17680 IH 35 S. on Friday. And then on Saturday the band plays Cattlemans Square Tavern, 904 W Houston.

And Grupo Maravia is in the spotlight again,playing back at Club Movida on Saturday. Grupo Maravia, led by singer Joe Gutierrez, also has a new CD, "Simply Marvelous," which includes seven originals and the first singles released are "Con Brazos Abiertos" and "Mi Vida Entera."

The rest of Maravia is Leroy Urrabazo, sax; Greg Palacios, bass; Jesse Martinez, guitar; Billy Rodriguez, drums; Johnny Herrera, accordion; Ruben Gonzalez, keyboards.

More later in the week.


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Coming up:
Concert Calendar 3/18
Hispanic Heritage Society presents 'Bolero Tribute to Maria Grever'
Elida Reyna working on new CD


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Karma, Border Palace, Leslie Lugo and Grupo Passion are among the new faces with nominations for the 2008 Premios a la Musica Latina.

The nominees were announced at the PLM Fan Fair held Sunday at Sunset Station.More than two dozen bands performed at the Fan Fair Sunday including El Guero y su Banda Centenario, Varonil, Grupo Vida, La Pura Sabrosura, Henry Brun, Shelly Lares, Massizo, Da Krazy Pimpz, Megan Leyva and others.

Border Palace was nominated for Mejor Jazz Latino while Karma was listed among the nominees for Mejor Rock en EspaƱol. Lugo was under the Mejor RevelaciĆ³n or best new artists category while Passion grabbed  a nod for Mejor Tropical.
Complete nominees list below.

To MORE below

Coming up:
Elida Reyna working on new CD
Joe Lopez nominated for 2008 TMA?
Dee/Delia, DLG/Emilio among surprises in 2008 Tejano Explosion


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Jesse y Joy headed toward 2008 Grammys.

News flash: Jesse y Joy in concert in SA: Concerts Calender 7/1: Jesse & Joy, Lonely Boys, Ybarra

The sibling duo of Jesse y Joy were just looking to have fun with the catchy pop tunes on their debut CD, "Esta es Mi Vida."

But then six months ago, their CD started catching on.

Suddenly, they were thrust into the limelight with a Latin Grammy nomination, impressive sales and national chart positions.

"It's been pretty wild. We never expected any of this to happen," said Joy, 21.

"I think that whenever you do something from the heart, people can feel it and they respond to it."

People certainly have.

Jesse y Joy won best new artist honors at the Latin Grammys and Premios Oye. 


And they also received two nominations for the MTV Latinoamerica Awards.

Houston's pre-Grammy concert sked updated
Emilio, Kumbia All Starz, Freddie Martinez among Latin Grammy nominees 
Upcoming concerts: Iglesias, LuisMi, Grammys
Early fall concerts: Iglesias, LuisMi, Grammys
Grammy importance stressed at RyN conf in LA
Feliciano, Carr, Gilberto among 2008 Latin Grammy Special Awards recipients
Cafe Tacuba, Emilio among 2008 Latin Grammy nominees
Gloria Estefan selected as the 2008 Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year

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