The always sexy Carmen Jara opened for Banda El Limon in Thunder Valley Casino’s outdoor amphitheater for the second concert of the Summer Concert Series. While I don’t speak Spanish, I do appreciate good music, and thought Jara was doing a fantastic job. However, the crowd just wasn’t getting into her performance.
Jara was doing everything she could to work up the crowd. She unsuccessfully tried getting the crowd on their feet and clapping to the beat of the music.
Jara was popular in the 90’s and became known as a member of the new Mexican folklore. Performing in Tijuana as a child she moved to Mexico City at the age of 16 to further her career in music.
After her debut album Herencia, she signed on with Fonovisa, debuting with La Mujer…El Nuevo Folklore de Mexico and 1994’s Y TÃº Te Quedas. She really came into her own in 1996 with the release of Mujer Enamorada, followed by Con Sentimiento in 1997.
Once La Original Banda El Limon took the stage the energy in the audience completely changed. As they went from song to song with horns blaring, including a gargantuan tuba, audience members were dancing in the aisles and at their seats.
The 17 member band put on a high energy show from start to finish. They were well choreographed and well-polished with every band member dressed in the same red suit.
Original Banda el LimÃ³n is one of the oldest groups in contemporary Mexican banda. Originating in the 60’s and led by clarinetist Salvador Lizarraga SÃ¡nchez, the 17-member band has featured many classic vocalists during its history, including Julio Preciado, JosÃ© Ãngel Ledesma (“El Coyote”), Jorge Cordero, Luis Antonio LÃ³pez (“El Mimoso”), and Nico Flores.
Throughout their history, the group has balanced old and new music with a traditional sound. There were the first banda artists to amplify and synthesize their sound.
I was not able to get all of the band member’s names, but below is a list of the ones I did get.
Juan Barbosa Lizarraga
Jorge Lizarraga “EL MAYA”
Abraham Rodriguez “Tejillas”
Eduardo Osuna “TAPON”
Juan Luis “EL TROSO”
Cesar Ochoa “EL SUPER”
Francisco Lizarraga “Panchito”
Luis Antonio “Tonio”
Catch Ramon Ayala on Saturday, September 15th, at Thunder Valley Casino Resort. Last years show sold-out so get your tickets early.