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    I got my band a gig at a great club here in town on Friday, May 5th (Cinco de Mayo).........I suggested to the club manager that we could do something with that for a big party..........his reply to me was "Don't let me forget that".

    To all you guys that have played a CINCO DE MAYO gig, what are your thoughts or experiences in promoting such an event (other than the usual Mex-beer and tequila specials) ???
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    What's the venue, where is it, what's your local population...of the 4 Ps of marketing, you've only given us one (product, although not really even this one).

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    Learn (or play) some music by Hispanic artists? Maybe some Tex-Mex? Find a good accordion player to sit in?
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    -Brian

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    Play the SONG......not the DRUMS!!!

    "I think that feeling is a lot more important than technique. It's all very well doing a triple paradiddle - but who's going to know you've done it? If you play technically you sound like everybody else. It's being original that counts." ~ John Bonham

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    Best club (and gig) in town.............connected to a large privately-owned seafood restaurant...........a long history.............best stage, lights and sound in town too.

    Bar area = 10,000 sq. ft...........multiple floors and outside deck (during mild weather)............150 people make it look full but the place can hold 700.

    Population of the city is 400K.
    Gretsch USA & Zildjian
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    Dancing muchachas.

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    Sounds like a killer gig Ricardo! Is there a big mexican population in your town? If so, maybe it might be worth digging into some mexican music.

    If not, Santana is a good choice for a bunch of reasons, maybe a few latin versions of songs you already play. Can your singer sing in spanish?

    +1 on getting an accordion player, or at least maybe the keyboardist can try something to that effect?

    The Breaking Bad soundtrack has a lot of good music, and you might find some winners here for this occasion: https://www.reddit.com/r/breakingbad...from_all_five/

    Historical note, Cinco de Mayo is NOT Mexican independence from the Spanish, it's actually more like if the battle of the alamo was a holiday (except the mexicans defeated the french, only to later lose, then to win again), but wikipedia can explain it better: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cinco_de_Mayo

    Historical note pt 2: Cinco de Mayo would become a very important factor in the formation of Germany in 1871...

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    Quote Originally Posted by G-man View Post
    That's advice for any day that ends in Y!!!

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    Yea you don't have to sing in spanish . I would avoid it if you don't speak it . But there are plenty of cumbias in english . This song is an example . You can just translate the spanish words to english . It's the beat that counts . And you can apply this groove to just about any song .
    Tex Mex is not Mexican music , it's more of a regional thing mainly in Texas . And it's a lot harder to play . Try playing that across the border and you might get lynched ! But the cumbia is .
    Here's "Good Lovin" played with a cumbia beat and sung in english . And if you're creative you can apply this groove to most any song . And their fun to dance to .
    Happy Cinco de Mayo amigos !!



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    this song is playing right now on my comp...great song!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QkBUx6Zn6mo

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    Quote Originally Posted by jedi View Post
    Yea you don't have to sing in spanish . I would avoid it if you don't speak it . But there are plenty of cumbias in english . This song is an example . You can just translate the spanish words to english . It's the beat that counts . And you can apply this groove to just about any song .
    Tex Mex is not Mexican music , it's more of a regional thing mainly in Texas . And it's a lot harder to play . Try playing that across the border and you might get lynched ! But the cumbia is .
    Here's "Good Lovin" played with a cumbia beat and sung in english . And if you're creative you can apply this groove to most any song . And their fun to dance to .
    Happy Cinco de Mayo amigos !!


    That's interesting. I love Tex-Mex....but that may be due to my upbringing in Polka dance halls, LOL. In my area, we have a huge population of German and Czech heritage. In the last 20yrs, we've also had a huge growth in the Hispanic population. One small town in particular was 95% Czech 20yrs ago. Now, it's like 60% Czech and 40% Hispanic. My band was thinking of throwing a few Tex-Mex songs in the mix...but now you got me thinking it may offend some of the populist?
    -Brian

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    Play the SONG......not the DRUMS!!!

    "I think that feeling is a lot more important than technique. It's all very well doing a triple paradiddle - but who's going to know you've done it? If you play technically you sound like everybody else. It's being original that counts." ~ John Bonham

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    [QUOTE=N2Bluz;699034] My band was thinking of throwing a few Tex-Mex songs in the mix...but now you got me thinking it may offend some of the populist?[/QUOTE

    The very first band I was in was a Tex Mex band , but we call it Tejano . The guy I was playing with was signed with Sony and has a couple of Latin Grammys .Back then it was all Tejano here until we got a BIG influx of Mexican "immigrants" and then it all changed to Banda music . The video is a SMALL example of what I mean . Now there is only one club that features Tejano and the rest switched over to banda .
    The band I'm currently in plays mostly R&B , Motown and lots of blues . But for some reason they wanted to learn some cumbias for when we play at the casino . Well that didn't go over very well because they royaly butchered the songs and the people were offended ! So we just put a cumbia beat to some of the songs we do in english and THAT goes over very well .(that's us playing "Good Lovin") and it works for the no spanish speaking crowd .
    Race relations are a complicated thing . If you don't play to a Mexican crowd I wouldn't worry about learning any of that music . Mexican Americans on the other hand are a little more forgiving . But both love a cumbia beat ! So if you stick to cumbias you'll do just fine .




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    @N2, while i understand the historical reasons, I still find it funny Czechs settled in a part of the US completely unlike Czech Republic. If you want to throw a curveball at one of your locals, ask if they are Bohemian or Moravian

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    Stick with cheap tequila. It gets the point across. LOL Even better...2 for 1 tacos

    all the best...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jgziegler View Post
    ask if they are Bohemian or Moravian
    I don't know. Ahhhhhhhh! (Obscure movie quote of the day - first who answers correctly on what movie gets extra credit)

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    Quote Originally Posted by jgziegler View Post
    @N2, while i understand the historical reasons, I still find it funny Czechs settled in a part of the US completely unlike Czech Republic. If you want to throw a curveball at one of your locals, ask if they are Bohemian or Moravian
    Bohemian...or "Bohunk" as it's referred to around here. At least that would be their reply 100% of the time.
    -Brian

    "Too many crappy used drum stuff to list"

    Play the SONG......not the DRUMS!!!

    "I think that feeling is a lot more important than technique. It's all very well doing a triple paradiddle - but who's going to know you've done it? If you play technically you sound like everybody else. It's being original that counts." ~ John Bonham

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