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Mariachi concert to bring culture, help Victoria nonprofit

By BY J.R. ORTEGA - JRORTEGA@VICAD.COM
Feb. 11, 2013 at 6:04 p.m.
Updated Feb. 10, 2013 at 8:11 p.m.

Mariachi Campanas de America will be in Victoria this Friday.

IF YOU GO

•  WHAT: Campanas de America concert (Serpientes de Oro of Victoria opening)

• WHEN: 7 p.m. Friday

• WHERE: Victoria Community Center, 2905 E. North St.

•  COST: $25 per ticket, $300 for VIP table of six

• For tickets, sponsorships or more information, call Emett Alvarez at 361-571-9561 or 361-578-9686.

Looking for some classic mariachi music? Then look no further than your own backyard.

Campanas de America, or Bells of America, a 12-piece group that has played for the likes of U.S. presidents, will serenade the Crossroads on Friday at the Victoria Community Center.

Serpientes de Oro of Victoria, a mariachi group from Victoria, will open the show at 7 p.m., and the net sales from the full concert will support the Citizens for the Health and Safety of Victoria, which includes the Sisters of Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament, to offset legal costs fighting the location of the wastewater treatment plant, said Victoria Councilman Emett Alvarez.

"There are very strong Tejano and Norteno performers that come through Victoria, but they don't promote the general population," said Alvarez, who also works with Revista, Victoria's bilingual publication. "Mariachis are unique in the sense that they attract all audiences."

Campanas de America, of San Antonio, has been together since 1979 and uses many instruments, from accordions to drums, to energize crowds into celebratory gritos, or yells of enthusiasm.

The group has performed in places like Las Vegas and Japan, and has highlighted events like the Hispanic Heritage Gala for the re-election of President Bill Clinton.

This is the group's first time in Victoria, Alvarez said. He expects an almost packed community center.

"We're fortunate that we have one of the best mariachi groups in San Antonio," he said. "They're just right down the street, and I think we're blessed they'd be willing to come down."

The net sales from the Serpientes de Oro of Victoria and Campanas de America concert will offset the legal costs incurred by the Citizens for the Health and Safety of Victoria, which includes the Sisters of Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament. The story was not clear about that fact.

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