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Metal Shop to bring a touch of '80s to Crossroads

By by allison miles/
Oct. 24, 2012 at 5:24 a.m.

It happened by chance - an accident, really, by a Victoria girl with of love of '80s tunes.

Letty Juarez Sepulveda fled town often for weekend concerts, talking with friends about how Victoria could benefit from bringing shows in. Talks led to jokes about making it happen, she said, and the jokes became serious.

"I told my friend, 'Don't get me started on something because I won't stop until I finish it,'" the tax preparer and business owner said. "I thought, 'Anybody can book a place for a show.' So I did."

And with that, Sepulveda was a full-fledged concert promoter.

The music lover took on a business partner and brought in a show featuring '80s throwback group The Spazmatics inside the Victoria Community Center annex. The St. Patrick's Day show sold out, she said, and the band wanted more.

"A few days later their manager called me, saying the band loved it and wanted to come back," she said, noting that she and a new business partner moved the gig into the community center dome and added a second bar. "Their second show sold out, too."

She later made it official when she formed J&J Promotions with her brother, a silent partner.

Her latest endeavor takes place Friday night, when Sepulveda plans to introduce the Crossroads to another '80s band, Dallas-based Metal Shop.

Michael Diamond, the group's singer, said he and his fellow rockers hope to bring the full concert experience.

"We are '80s hair metal to the max," he said Monday. "Spandex, big hair, makeup and, hopefully, hot groupies."

The band got its start in junior high as a way to pick up chicks, he said. And although they've gone through multiple drummers - losing some to plane crashes and others to spontaneous combustion, he joked - the group they have now is excited to hit Victoria for their first time.

And, he said, they're ready to rock.

"Let's face it," he said. "There's no greater decade than the '80s."

It isn't just the band that's encouraged to look the part Friday, however.

Diamond encouraged the audience to gear up in '80s garb and enjoy the show, while Sepulveda offered another incentive. Prizes go to those in the best Halloween costumes.

Tickets, which are available in multiple locations across Victoria, cost $12 pre-sale and $15 at the door, Sepulveda said. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. while the show starts at 9 p.m.

The event is open to those age 21 and older, and two bars will be available.

Sepulveda said she looked forward to giving people a place to take in a show and let their hair down.

And it won't be the last time.

Already, she said, she has two Spazmatics shows booked for 2013 and plans to book future Metal Shop dates. She's working with another band, too, she said that, for now, remains a secret.

Sepulveda said she loves doing what she's doing, bringing a bit of music to her hometown.

"The biggest thrill I get is when I'm up on stage, seeing everybody out there having fun and smiling," she said. "All I'm trying to do is bring entertainment to Victoria."



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