This month, the city of Pueblo is hosting the party. On the last Saturday of the month, July 30, Super Saturday Music Fest will take place at the Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center. The Texas Tornados headline the celebration followed by other classic acts like New Mexico favorite Roberto Griego, Bad Habitz and Denver homegrown talent Jimmy Abeyta. Promoted as the “Tejano triple-header,” this event is sure to cater to every listener’s taste.
The Texas Tornados, are Grammy award winning Tex-Mex mega stars who are famous for hits such as “Who Were You Thinkin’ Of” and “Who’s to Blame, Senorita.” The group has earned invitations to perform at former President Clinton’s inaugural ball, on the “David Letterman Show” and many others. Although the passing of co-founder Dough Sahm disbanded the group in 1999, it was Sahm’s son, Shawn, who encouraged the band to reunite. Their new album “Esta Bueno” features new music and a special song the late Freddy Fender wrote before lung cancer took his life in 2006. Augie Meyers, Flaco Jiménez and Shawn Sahm are featured on the album, which serves as a tribute to the lost members.
Roberto Griego, hailing from New Mexico, is no stranger to the stage. Griego has released eight full length albums and has maintained the same record label for the past 37 years. Griego continues to perform and promote his music as an icon throughout the Southwest. In 2009, he was nominated for seven awards at the New Mexico Hispano Music Association and won four of the titles, including Male Vocalist of the Year and Song of the Year.
Pueblo-based band Bad Habitz is an eight member musical group that plays music ranging from Tejano to country to rock-and-roll and Top 40. The band was recognized in 2010 as Pueblo’s 2nd Place Best Band in the Best of Pueblo Survey by Pueblo Chieftain Readers.
Comedian, Jimmy Abeyta will bring laughs and perhaps rolling in the aisles with his entertainment between each musical performance on Saturday. The Denver native has been performing as a comedian, lecturer and entertainer for the last 14 years. He is one of the top touring comedians recognized in the national sphere today.
The Super Saturday Music Fest kicks off at 6 p.m. The first band will take the stage at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 on the day of show and may be purchased at the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center box office or by calling 719-295-7222. For more information, stop by the Arts Center located at 210 N. Santa Fe Ave., just off of I-25, exit 98b, or visit online at www.sangredecristoarts.org.