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Latin Image celebrates 30th anniversary with a one-night-only performance in Houston on Oct. 9

The Houston-based band reunites members from over the past three decades for anniversary show at Rockefellers.

Latin Image is celebrating the band’s 30th anniversary with a special one-night reunion performance at the venue where it all began over three decades ago, Rockefellers in Houston, Texas, on Saturday, October 9, 2021.

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Presented by Rockefellers and Jetspeed Productions, the Houston-based music group will reunite members from their 30-year history to perform songs from each of their albums, including songs from the Imagen Latina album, in three acts to showcase each decade and band versions.  

Original, former, and Negami (current band version) members will come together for this special occasion that will also honor members that have passed away including Joe Ernest Puente, original founding member and first vocalist that passed away in 2019, Johnny Martinez, promoter and band supporter, and Bob Gallarza, music producer, who passed away in April.

Latin Image — “Por Favor”
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Formed as a high school band at Houston’s Wheatley High School in the mid-1980s and rose to critical acclaim in the Tejano industry. The group currently performs as Negami with Juan Carlos Villegas as lead vocalist.

“It’s really actually 33 years but we kind of rounded it off to 30 years but 33 years ago we played at Rockefellers,” Villegas tells Tejano Nation. “So we kind of came up with the idea of reviving, reliving that moment 33 years later at the same location. We reunited a lot of different musicians that were part of Latin Image throughout that timeline.”

“It’s going to be a night to remember because we’re really excited about it and we just cannot wait to show everyone all the hard work that these guys and we’ve all put into this event,” he added.

The event will feature three eras of the group during three acts showcasing the many albums recorded over three decades. From the band’s beginning as Latin Image with the brass sound of many Tejano bands of the 1980s, to the AB Quintanilla III produced sound of the band as Imagen Latina with Q Productions of the 1990s, to the current sound of Negami.

Imagen Latina — “Porque Razon”
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There are a limited number of tickets available at Eventbrite.com. Dance floor provided and masks strongly encouraged.

Band members and album selection are listed below.

Act I

  • Black Album
  • Juntos Para Siempre
  • Scenario

Act II

  • Imagine
  • Ole

Act III

  • 2×1
  • Prisionero de Amor
  • Grand Finale 

Latin Image/Imagen Latina Members

  • Gino Barrientos/Guitar (1984-1999)
  • Evetier Barron/Bass (1984-1987)
  • Moses Gutierrez/Keyboards (1984-1995)
  • Joe Leal/Trumpet (1984-1988)
  • Benny Chavez/Drums (1985-1989)
  • Tim Rios/Bass (1987-1995)
  • Vincent Peña/Trumpet (1988 – 1991)
  • Juan Carlos Villegas/Vocals 1988- 2001- currently Negami
  • Rick Razo/Trumpet (1989 – 1992)
  • Rudy Casanova/Drums (1989 – 1991, 1993 -1996)
  • Joe Lopez/Drums (1990-1993)
  • Mike Martinez/Keyboards (1995)
  • Fidel Vargas/Bass (1995-2000)
  • Estevan Campos/ Accordion & Keyboards (1998 – 2004)
  • Eldon Samos/Guitar & Bajo Quinto (1999- 2001- currently Negami)

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