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David Olivarez, Machy De La Garza, and Ruben De La Cruz are among 2022 Tejano R.O.O.T.S. Hall of Fame inductees

The 2022 class of inductees will be honored during an induction ceremony in Alice, Texas, on Jan 7, 2023.

Machy De La Garza will be part of the 2022 Tejano ROOTS Hall of Fame inductees | Courtesy photo

The Tejano ROOTS Hall of Fame has announced the 2022 class of inductees which includes David Olivarez, Machy De La Garza of La Conquista, Ruben De La Cruz, and many others are among the 70 to be honored during a ceremony in Alice, Texas, on Saturday, January 7, 2023.


The Noche De Fiesta Induction Ceremony will feature a tribute to late Tejano legend Laura Canales by Marisela Hernandez, with featured performances from Cindy Ramos y Su Conjunto, Elsa Herrera, Los Hermanos Cuatro, and more special guests at the Jim Wells County Fairgrounds.

A kick-off event will take place the night before on Friday, January 6, 2023, at KC Hall with performances from Mike Gonzalez & The Iconiczz, and Ruben De La Cruz with Ruben Garza.

Since 2000, the non-profit organization Tejano R.O.O.T.S. Hall Of Fame, which R.O.O.T.S. stands for Remembering Our Own Tejano Stars, honors musicians, songwriters, producers, broadcasters, and supporters of the Tejano music industry.  The Tejano ROOTS Hall Of Fame located in Alice, Texas, the birthplace of Tejano music, displays artifacts musical instruments, photographs, stage costumes, and other materials honoring Tejano music.

For more information and tickets contact Noe Lerma at 361-549-5269 or Ruben Lopez at 361-765-3523.

Full list of 2022 Tejano R.O.O.T.S. inductees:

Favorite Son of Alice

  • Robert Regino


  • Joseph Baltazar
  • Poncho Martinez
  • Lucas De Leon
  • Steve A. Ramirez

Male Entertainer

  • David Olivarez

Female Entertainer

  • Machy De La Garza

Javier “JV” Villanueva Lifetime Achievement Award

  • David and Sarah Chavez
  • Jerry “Primetime” Avila
  • Gilbert “Oblio” Sedeno

Pioneer Tejano Award

  • Mario Vasquez

Sound Engineer

  • Anthony “Tony” Ramirez
  • Julia Romo
  • JR Vargaz

Greg Paredez Bajo Sexto Award

  • Leroy Esparza

Amadeo Flores Accordion Player Award

  • Gregorio “Goyito” Gonzalez
  • Johnny Degollado
  • Jose Lopez

Special Recognition Award

  • Roland Martinez
  • Tony Anthony G


  • Jorge Ramirez
  • Teressa Villarreal
  • Juan Gomez Jr.



  • George Rivas
  • Jesse Fuentes
  • Julian Carrillo Jr.
  • Henry Lee Parrilla
  • Rodolfo “Rudy” Marcelo Garza
  • Raymond Anthony Garza
  • Art Guillermo
  • Frank “Pancho” Villarreal

Guitar Player

  • Tony Romo
  • Leonard Orosco
  • Criespin “Christ” Gomez
  • Johnny Joe Leal


  • Pedro “Pinni” Cantu
  • Greg Enriquez
  • Richard Perez
  • Salvador Salas Rodriguez
  • Casimiro “Casey” Palma Jr.

Bass Player

  • Carmen Esparza
  • Arturo “Sluggo” Alderete
  • Felipe Tovar
  • Hector Dovalina
  • Pete Gutierrez
  • Ray Chandler
  • Rogelio “Roger” Vasquez


  • Joe “Chocho” Gallardo
  • Eladio “Larry” Silvias
  • Richard Tellez


  • Johnny “Juan” Soto
  • Johnny Garcia
  • Jose “Joe” Roberto Ramos
  • Pete Leija
  • Frank Romero Sr.


  • Javier Solano
  • Ruben De La Cruz
  • Juan Navarro Jr.
  • Rene “Buddha” S. Reyes
  • Julian Gonzalez
  • Steven Martinez Sr.
  • Pedro “Pete” Vela Sr.
  • Rigoberto L. Rodriguez


  • Francisco Victor Gutierrez
  • Francisco “Frank” O. Herrera
  • Ramon Lucio
  • Mike Arocha
  • Javier Solis
  • Jose Ahumada


  • Alec Gomez

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