Sunday, March 22, 2009

Latin Grammy winners team up

Latin Grammy Hall of Fame inductee Marco Antonio Solis and Pepe Aguilar team up for trio of shows

Two of Mexico’s most popular music icons, 2007 Latin Grammy Hall of Fame inductee Marco Antonio Solis and ranchera star Pepe Aguilar, have announced a trio of shows that has dazzled fans throughout different parts of the nation. The artists will kick-off the summer shows on Saturday, Aug. 8 at Chicago’s Allstate Arena (8:00 p.m.), followed by performances at Miami’s American Airlines Arena on Friday, Sept. 4 (8:00 p.m.) and New York’s Madison Square Garden on Saturday, Sept. 5 (8:00 p.m.). Tickets for the Chicago and New York shows are on sale now and can be purchased at Ticketmaster outlets or by visiting For more information, please call 312-492-6424.

Aguilar will perform fan favorites plus songs from his latest recording, “Homenaje a Don Antonio Aguilar,” a tribute to his father and late Mexican actor, singer and producer, who died in June 2007 … Born in the U.S. but raised in Zacatecas, Mexico, son of recording legends Antonio Aguilar and Flor Silvestre, Pepe Aguilar was influenced and supported by his parents to start singing. He reached the stage for the first time at the age of three, performing at New York's Madison Square Garden two years later. After saving money, Aguilar decided to buy a drum set to get involved in rock music, inspired by progressive groups such as Pink Floyd and Jethro Tull. Nevertheless, while leaving his teenage years behind, he turned to “tejano” once again, mixing the traditional style with his modern pop influences and becoming a strong identity in the Latin scene, in addition to developing a successful acting career. Among his biggest albums are 1998's “Por Mujeres Como Tu,” which spent nearly a year on the Latin and Mexican charts and garnered the Latin Grammy, 1999's “Por una Mujer Bonita,” which won him a Grammy for Best Mexican-American/Tejano Music Performance, 2003's “Y Tenerte Otra Vez,” 2004's “No Soy de Nadie,” and 2005's “Historias de Mi Tierra.” (Drago Bonacich, All Music Guide).

Born in Michoacán, Mexico, Marco Antonio Solis was only 12 when he formed his first group, Los Hermanos Solis. He formed Los Bukis (“The Kids") in the early '70s and for the next two decades, the group had a profound impact on Mexican music in their homeland and in the southwestern United States. In 1995, Solís decided to pursue a solo career full time, and in 2004 he won a Latin Grammy for Best Regional Mexican Song ("Tu Amor O Tu Desprecio"). The albums inducted into the 2007 Latin Grammy Hall of Fame were: Falso Amor (with Los Bukis), Mi Fantasía (with Los Bukis), and Trozos De Mi Alma. The versatile artist, composer of hits such as “Si no te hubieras hido,” Tu carcel,” and “Inventame,” received the 2005 Billboard Lifetime Achievement Award.

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