Photos by Jaime Monzon
The fans love A.B. Quintanilla III Y Los Kumbia Kings All Starz. This was obvious by the screams, sing-alongs and overall pandemonium throughout the group’s show at the beautiful Aztec Theatre in downtown San Antonio, Texas on Aug. 31.
Quintanilla and his All Starz, featuring vocalists Ramon Vargas and Ricky Valenz, played all of the Kumbia Kings hits, including “Azucar,” “Boom Boom,” “Fuiste Mala,” and more. A special segment included a Selena medley and to top that, A.B. brought his sister, Suzette Quintanilla, out to play the drums on “Como La Flor.” This was the show’s highlight if the crowd’s reaction was any indication. Before the show ended, A.B. invited fans to stay after for a meet-and-greet and take selfies with the group.
Just before the Kumbia King All Starz took the stage, Tejano sensation Stefani Montiel, along with producer/husband Gabriel Zavala, pumped up the crowd with their high-energy show. Montiel’s voice was in top form and Zavala also performed his cumbia hits. Both artists spoke with Tejano Nation about the experience and upcoming projects.
Stefani Montiel with Tejano Nation
Gabriel Zavala with Tejano Nation
Other openers featured Stephanie Acevedo, a Latin cumbia/pop vocalist on the Young Money label, who appears on VH1’s reality show, “Cartel Crew.” The series follows the lives of several daughters and sons of cartel members as “they set out to live legit lives and make names for themselves outside of the drug world,” according to VH1’s website. Acevedo began her set with a Selena medley and showed off her dancing ability during her show, too. The rising star also spoke on camera with Tejano Nation about her music, her culture and shared news on the second season of “Cartel Crew.”
Stephanie Acevedo with Tejano Nation
The night’s other opener was Houston, Texas-based duo, Gio Chamba, performing their style of Latin dance and electronica beats.
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