Sabor Latino Legacy held a benefit dance at the American Legion Riders Morgan Post 07 in Tucson on Saturday, March 5, to help the band attend this year’s Tejano Music Awards Fan Fair in San Antonio. Tejano Nation was there to support the Arizona-based band in their effort. Sabor Latino Legacy took time out to talk with Tejano Nation contributors Fanny Gurl from KPYT 100.3 FM and DJ Peaches from Tejanos Best about the band’s history and future plans.
Sabor Latino Legacy consists of six band members. Xavi Rios (lead vocals, guitar), Aaron Rios (accordion, keyboards), Danny Gomez (drums), Carlos Olivas (electric bass), Danny Boy Grijalva (congas,percussion), and Aileen Rios (female vocals). Sabor Latino Legacy is a Regional Mexican Band from Douglas, Arizona, specializing in Tejano music and was formed by the Rios brothers in late 2009.
Sabor Latino Legacy is a tribute to the Rios sibling’s father and uncle’s band in the 1970’s. The original Sabor Latino played in Douglas for over 10 years in the peak of Tejano Music scene, according to Xavi Rios. The Rios brothers decided to follow in their family’s footsteps. The band recorded some hip hop albums but decided to follow and stick with their passion for Tejano music. Danny Gomez started playing Tejano music for the band La Familia when he was only 11 years old. Danny Grijalva found his way back to Tejano music and now is the percussionist for Sabor Latino Legacy. Carlos Olivas is the newest member of the band and also has the deep root in his blood for Tejano music.
Sabor Latino Legacy started off slow, playing three or four gigs a year and they became one of the most popular bands in Southern Arizona. They released their debut album, En La Sangre, in 2015. The album featured 10 songs, including nine original songs written by Xavi Rios. They are currently working on their new album which is expected to be released soon.
Sabor Latino Legacy performed for the first time at TMA Fan Fair in 2013 and have performed every year after since then. They are scheduled to perform at this year’s TMA Fan Fair once again, including at th VFW Post on March 17 at 7:00 p.m., March 18 at Fan Fair’s Concho Stage from 3:45- 4:15 pm an autograph session on March 19 at 5:00 p.m. On March 20, the band is scheduled for a performance at Fan Fair Gateway Stage from 1:30- 2:00 p.m. and an autograph session at 5:00 p.m.
Sabor Latino Legacy has a reputation of being a band that packs the house and puts on a great show while playing the hottest Tejano and cumbia hits that keeps the audience dancing all night. They add a special modern twist to their music which makes them different and unique from other bands, Xavi Rios explained to DJ Peaches. The band’s goal is to share the stage with popular Tejano band Siggno one day.
Learn more Sabor Latino Legacy on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Their album, En La Sangre, is available on iTunes and at www.texsoundpublishing.com/sabor-latino-legacy.
LISTEN: “Rude” by Sabor Latino Legacy