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Celebration of Mexican Independence Day scheduled for Sept. 16 at EOTEC

Tejano star Michael Salgado will headline a “moonlight concert.”
By Jade McDowell

Staff Writer

Published on August 17, 2018 9:54AM

Last changed on August 21, 2018 3:58PM

Staff photo by Kathy Aney
La Ley radio personality Martin Villanueva sings the Mexican national anthem during Saturday’s Cinco de Mayo celebration in Hermiston as the Cinco de Mayo court make the traditional hand salute. Another singer earlier performed the American national anthem.

Staff photo by Kathy Aney La Ley radio personality Martin Villanueva sings the Mexican national anthem during Saturday’s Cinco de Mayo celebration in Hermiston as the Cinco de Mayo court make the traditional hand salute. Another singer earlier performed the American national anthem.

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An artist with two Latin Grammy awards and a pair of siblings who recently appeared on the television show “Little Big Shots” will perform in Hermiston next month.

Michael Salgado will headline a celebration of Mexico’s Independence Day at the Eastern Oregon Trade and Event Center on Sunday, Sept. 16. The event will include other Latino artists, a Mexican-style rodeo, folk dancers, authentic Mexican food and more starting at 1 p.m.

Organizer Martin Villanueva, who owns El Rodeo Club restaurant in Umatilla, said he expected the event to draw people from around the Pacific Northwest.

“It’s time for us to celebrate something this large, now that we have a big, beautiful venue,” he said.

Villanueva called Salgado a male version of Selena Quintanilla-Pérez, one of the most popular Mexican-American performers of the 1990s, and said the San Antonio-based singer has the appeal to draw in people from communities outside Hermiston. Like Selena, Salgado is a Tejano musician, mixing music with traditionally Latino roots together with the sounds of American country music. He performs in both Spanish and English.

The young sibling duo Los Luzeros de Rioverde will also be performing at EOTEC that day, singing Norteño songs while accompanying themselves on the banjo and accordion. Yaxeni, 11, plays the accordion and Ricardo, 8, accompanies them on the guitar. They were recently featured on Steve Harvey’s television show “Little Big Shots.”

Mariachi bands, folk dancers and other performers will also take the stage throughout the afternoon and into the evening during the outdoor concert and rodeo event. While the event is a celebration of Mexican Independence Day, Villanueva said he hoped that many people in the community without Mexican heritage will also come enjoy the music and get a taste of Mexican rodeo.

“This is targeted toward our families,” he said. “This is love music, happy music, everyone dance together music.”

In America, people tend to think of Cinco de Mayo as a celebration of Mexico’s independence, but that holiday is actually a celebration of a single battle. Independence Day for Mexico actually falls on Sept. 16, and Villanueva said there was interest in the local Latino community in honoring that day too.

Tickets for the concert will be available soon through Ticketmaster.com, Villanueva said, by searching for events near Hermiston, and can also be purchased at the store El Caporal at 315 S.W. 11th St. For more information about the event, call 509-727-5404.



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