The two-day WBCA Jalapeño Festival Sponsored by La Costeña will provide two back to back nights of sizzling entertainment, live music, games and fun for the entire family on Friday, February 17th and Saturday, Feb. 18th at El Metro Park and Ride on Hillside Road!
Committee members gathered Wednesday evening to announce the much anticipated entertainment line-up featuring a one of the biggest Norteño in the region! Los Cardenales de Nuevo Leon, will turn up the heat as Friday night’s headliner, and the Duelo will take center stage on Saturday night on the mainstage! For stage 2, Mark Chesnutt will rock on Friday night, and Bassjackers, will electrify the audience with his live set as Saturday night headliner!
“The WBCA Jalapeño Festival is part of the heart and soul of Laredo and its citizens, Vilore Foods is once again delighted to work alongside the 2017 WBCA organizing committee. Laredo is an extraordinary place to base our Operations & Logistics facilities and contribute to this wonderful community,”
said the Vilore Foods Executive Team.
“We are truly grateful to the many positive events that we have experienced working alongside with the WBCA and the City of Laredo.”
As part of the announcement WBCA offered a one-time only super discount on an already discounted $30 two-day pass for the Jalapeño Festival Sponsored by La Costeña. Two days of sizzling entertainment, LIVE music, games and fun throughout the expanded grounds for only $20! This special offer started on Wednesday, Nov. 28th following the announcement and is slated to continue through Sunday Dec. 11th and is available only at jalapenofest.org
Also all who showed up to the Guerra Centre Thursday night and purchased their two-day passes received a free commemorative t-shirt and other prizes, while supplies lasted.
Bring your friends to the biggest party in South Texas! Sign up individually or as a team for the event’s signature games such as the Stripes® El Grito Contest, Tug of War, Egg Toss, International Waiter’s Race and more! Or, show off your talent and sign-up to participate in the coveted Miss Jalapeño Contest, where single ladies between the ages of 17-25 compete for cash and other prizes.
Take the ultimate challenge – don’t miss the original La Costeña Jalapeño Eating Contest as courageous men and women go head to head and fight through sweat and tears in their quest to bring home championship gold and score the ultimate bragging rights in the event that started it all. The current record stands at 141. Compete, if you dare!
Sign up for this and more at www.jalapenofest.org!
Enjoy hot and spicy regional delicacies sure to make your mouth water like sizzling tripitas, fajitas, pozole, gorditas, flautas, Mexican Style corn on the cob, and those ever-popular funnel cakes with an ice cold drink and dance the night away in one of the hottest two day events in February!
Single day ticket prices at the gate will be $30; so, don’t wait! – Buy your two-day pass today and save! Tickets are now available online at jalapenofest.org.
“Every year the Jalapeño Festival Sponsored by La Costeña gets bigger and better. What better way to celebrate 39 years than by bringing the best of the best in Tejano Norteño entertainment to the festival. For this year’s Friday night headliner we welcome Los Cardenales de Nuevo Leon & Los Rieleros del Norte for the very first time. The weekend gets even better with the award winning group Duelo returning for another record breaking concert on Saturday night,” said WBCA President Eddie Villarreal. A second stage featuring Texas country, rock and a variety of other musical talents adding to the exciting lineup. Country artist Mark Chesnutt will make his much anticipated Laredo debut along with Dutch duo Bassjackers. I hope that everyone will come and join us for the biggest celebration in Texas. I invite everyone to purchase their 2-day passes online or ticket starting in early February because you do not want to miss this great lineup on both stages!”
After Dec. 11th, 2-day passes will be available for $30, while supplies last. Visit jalapenofest.org for details.
The WBCA Jalapeño Festival Sponsored by La Costeña, which will be held at the El Metro Park and Ride on Hillside Road, attracts more than 60,000 thousand people over a two-day period and is proudly sponsored by La Costeña. Additional sponsors include Stripes® Convenience Stores, Miller Lite, Anheuser-Busch, South Texas Ford Dealers, Whataburger, MetroPCS and the Valley Day & Night Clinic. The In-Kind Media Sponsor is Z-93/Guerra Communications.
Friday Night Line-Up
Los Cardenales de Nuevo Leon
Los Cardenales de Nuevo Leon are a Grammy-winning norteño group from Mexico whose bajo sexto- and accordion-driven-sound has influenced hundreds of succeeding groups in the genre. They emerged from their native Monterrey in 1982, playing social events. They have risen to be one of the most well-known and popular Norteño bands, aided by the unique voice of their founder Don Cedareo Sanchez.
Los Rieleros del Norte
Los Rieleros del Norte is a Mexican norteño band. Founded in the southwestern U.S. town of Pecos, Texas 1979 by Manolo Morales, Los Rieleros del Norte is one of the oldest norteño bands still playing today. Morales called the band “Los Rieleros” because he formerly worked at the railroads of Chihuahua, Mexico. Unlike many other norteño bands, the Rieleros del Norte use both the saxophone and accordion in their music, creating a dual-instrument hybrid distinct from other norteño bands. They have a well-established record as one of the great norteño bands in the world.
Mark Chesnutt is one of Country’s true musical treasures. Critics have hailed him as a classic Country singer of the first order and some of Country music’s most elite entertainers, from George Jones to George Strait, echo the sentiment. Mark Chesnutt’s stature is easily gauged. He has 14 No. 1 hits, 23 top ten singles, four platinum albums and five gold records to his credit; he maintains a front-and-center presence with a hefty tour schedule year after year. With a trademarked voice, Chesnutt has set the bar for his generation and those that follow in his footsteps shaping the music of today’s country music newcomers and the new country music format.
Now, some twenty-odd years later, Mark Chesnutt marches on to preserve and honor the splendid works of the sculpturing forefathers, George Jones and Waylon Jennings, to bring music from the honky tonks right back to where country music began.
Chesnutt got his start in the honky-tonks of Beaumont, Texas, learning from his father, Bob Chesnutt, a singer, record collector and major fan of classic country music. Playing alongside his dad, Mark embraced his father’s influence one set at a time and to begin making a name for himself. Mark sang covers by Lefty, Merle, George and Waylon to develop his unmatched crowd- pleasing rapport and his authentic country style. In 1989, he was signed to MCA Nashville and his list of accolades tells the rest of his story. With the release of his first single “Too Cold At Home,” Mark established himself as one of country’s most authentic and talented vocalists. He won the CMA Horizon Award attracting the attention of country legend [and Mark’s greatest mentor] George Jones who introduced him as “A boy from Beaumont, Texas who is the real deal.
Married since 1992, Mark and Tracie Chesnutt are the loving parents of three boys, Waylon, Casey and Cameron.
RUMBA SHAKER was designed as a musical and creative arts club based in Nashville, Tennessee. It’s music has been interpreted by an evolving assembly of talented artists under the direction of Dante Schwebel.
Dante Schwebel, originally from Laredo Texas, has recorded and performed with Hacienda, Dan Auerbach and the Fast Five, Spanish Gold, Floating Action and currently performs with City and Colour. The debut record from Rumba Shaker is a thirty-seven minute trip written by Dante Schwebel, produced by Schwebel and Karl Bareham. It features the talents of Johnny Radelat (drums), Jack Lawrence (bass), Dallas Green (guitar, vocals), Alysse Gafkjen (percussion, vocals), Sarah Silva (vocals), Patrick Hallahan (percussion) and Dante Schwebel (guitar, vocals, keys). The record also includes a cover of Paid Killer written by Moon Martin. Rumba Shaker’s latest recordings find Schwebel returning to his home state. The collection of songs entitled ‘Texas Music Room’ is produced by Greyhounds from Austin, Texas.
Saturday Night Line-up
DUELO is a band from Roma, Texas with a Norteño style. The group rose to prominence in the late 1990s when their 12th album “Necesito Más de Tí” debuted in the top slot on the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart.
With a very romantic, and sometimes untamed music style, their voice and a very unique rhythm has attracted many people. Nobody can deny that DUELO has become one of the top groups of northern music. With a rising career, DUELO kept working and achieving success.
DUELO is a group that gradually has been climbing steps through its musical career. Always moving forward and trying to find new horizons; it is a fact that the group has had professional growth. Each new production has its unique trademark that identifies the group with its audience.
Best friends since high school, DJ, Marlon Flohr, and producer, Ralph van Hilst came together in 2007 to create the Dutch duo known as Bassjackers. Marlon, the wild and outspoken half of Bassjackers, lives for the spotlight and being on stage performing for massive crowds. His counterpart, Ralph, on the other hand, is laidback and introverted, preferring his behind-the-scenes role as producer. Their opposing personalities are a perfect combination for this unique one dj-one producer collaboration.
The duo exploded onto the scene and in 2011 their dancefloor bomb “Mush Mush” was picked up by Tiësto and released on his label Musical Freedom. The track dominated the Beatport top 10 chart for over two months and was one of the biggest festival tracks of the year. This was a sign of things to come.
Since then, Bassjackers have reached massive new heights in their career with numerous chart-topping bangers and hit collaborations with the likes of Martin Garrix, Afrojack, KSHMR, Dyro, R3hab, and Showtek, to name a few, as well as remixes for A-list artists including Rihanna, Enrique Iglesias, Moby, and Ne-Yo. At the top of their game, Bassjackers continue to tear up stages worldwide and wow crowds along the way.
About the WBCA
Throughout the years, the Celebration has grown to be over a month long and consists of parades, dazzling pageants, fireworks, a carnival, an air show, a sizzling jalapeño festival and much more. Combined, WBCA events attract nearly 500,000 residents and visitors, and yearly contributes an estimated $14 million to the local economy.
The award winning Washington’s Birthday Celebration was recently ranked as one of the Top 100 Events in North America by the American Bus Association (ABA) because of the excellent entertainment value it offers to both tour groups and individual travelers from around the world.
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