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Laredo Morning Times

Friday, November 19, 1999

H.E.B.’s Feast of Sharing this Sunday


More than 10,000 people are expected for this year’s HEB- sponsored Feast of Sharing

Thanksgiving Laredo.



The dinner has become a yearly Thanksgiving holiday highlight for HEB in partner- ship with the city of Laredo.

Eddie Garcia, head of EJG Consulting Inc. of San Antonio and charged with coordinating the Feast of Sharing for HEB here, said that traditionally the city mayor, members of the city council and other elected officials form part of the volun-

teer teams who serve the meals.

Garcia said the event is set for Sunday, Nov. 21, at the Laredo Civic Center.

Meals will be served from 10:30 a. m. to 3 p. m.

Garcia said another 3,000 meals would be prepared for delivery to homebound peo- ple.

Garcia said the Laredo event is for guests from Laredo, Nuevo Laredo and nearby communities. The Laredo din- ner is one of 20 such dinners sponsored by HEB in Texas and Mexico during November and December.

It is estimated that the holi-

day dinners will serve more than 125,000 people.

In addition to the dinner, Garcia said the event would feature entertainment.

The food is prepared and served by Feast of Sharing volunteers. Many of the volun- teers include public officials, civic workers and other volun- teers.

Garcia said the dinner is free to the public. The Laredo event was started in 1988.

He said transportation would be provided by El Metro from the Laredo Transit Center downtown to the Laredo Civic Center. The event will start with an ecumenical celebra-

tion in the auditorium.

“Hundreds of volunteers from the Laredo community are working to plan and help make this a memorable day for our guests,” Garcia said. “There will be entertainment for all age groups during the day.”

HEB helps fight hunger year- round in Texas and Mexico with aggressive support of food banks. Locally, HEB is the primary sponsor of the Laredo-Webb County Food Bank, which yearly serves thousands of pounds of food to more than 35,000 needy families in the county.

Garcia, who was instrumen- tal in the organization of the

LWCFB ten years ago, said the Feast of Sharing dinners are the highlight of the contin- uous food bank effort.

For the Laredo event, Garcia said the volunteers will pre- pare 2,500 pounds of turkey, 1,800 pounds of hot cornbread dressing, 150 pounds of giblet gravy, 400 gallons of mashed potatoes, 425 pounds of but- tered green beans, 100 gal- lons of cranberry sauce, 12,000 bread rolls, 1,250 pumpkin pie, and soft drinks and milk.

(Editor Odie Arambula can be reached at 728-2561 or e- mail him at odie@lmtonline.com)

Tejano music: Fantastic rise into new millennium


As the millennium comes to a close, Tejano music finds itself in a sunset phase but still enjoying the glow of a fantastic rise in the early ‘90s.

The Tejano explosion of ‘90- ’95 broke many records, and easily dwarfed the music’s first golden age in the early ‘70s. Cultural, social, political and economic factors combine to start music movements - and end them by simple virtue of starting new ones.

So when will the music rise again?

Hard to tell, and our crystal ball is not that good. But one only need to look at the disco wave or the urban cowboy phase of the ‘70s, and see how each returned in a slightly altered format in the ‘90s - as

club dance pop/country.



Tejano is sure to resurface again in time.

In the meantime, young cre- ative talent will keep the fires burning.

Two new releases are excel- lent examples: Ruth’s “A Partir de Hoy,” and the self-titled debut of La Costumbre. Both exhibit original material, excep- tional talent and great team- work.

A five man group from Zapata (Intocable and Espada y Diamante’s hometown), La Costumbre play a muscular Tejano-norteño fusion that combines original songwriting, folk-rock rhythms and beautiful vocal harmonies on the CDs 11 tracks.

Imagine Los Palominos’ har- monies, Emilio’s melodic polka style and Intocable’s lyrical sophistication and you’ve got

La Costumbre.

Highlights included the simmering ballad, “Como Nadie,” a poignant and


brutally hon- est tune on the

limits of devo- tion, and the sinewy bolero “No Hace Falta,” a fresh take on the closeness of two individuals who create one spirit.

But the tight-knit band can also deliver power and punch, as in their thumpy, bass-driven version of Cornelio Reyna’s classy “Un Engaño Mas,” and the rhythmic polka “Que Debo Hacer.”

The group’s ensemble playing is precise and belies their youth

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    average age 19.

The CD was produced by Carlos Cabral “Junior,” and recorded at Prosound studios in McAllen.

Led by 18-year-old accordion- ist/singer/songwriter Jose Gerardo Zamora Jr., the outfit has been playing for almost a year but with limits as two of the five are still in high school. The rest of the band is Manuel Edgar Lujan, bajo sexto/singer; Karl Leon Moreno, drums; Efrain “Pin” Morales Jr., bass; and Manuel D. Jasso III, per- cussions/songwriter.

Dulcet vocals and hard-charg- ing pop cumbias drive Ruth’s “A Partir de Hoy,” a mixture of Tejano soul and Mexican grupo rhythms.

When Ruth first came on the scene in late 1996, she impressed with her vocal power and clarity, especially on her first hits “Toquecito” and “No quiero a Nadie.”

Helming this project were the talented pop/Tejano producers Michael and Ron Morales, who surround Ruth in the studio with top-notch musicians, above average songwriting and first- rate production values.

Ruth tears into the title track with energy and conviction, singing about reaching the boil- ing point, and the rollicking cumbia, “La Chismosa,” written by Ron Morales and Leslie Lugo. “La Cumbia” is driven by an Afro-Cuban dance fever and “No Puedo Estar Sin Ti,” written by Ruth, recalls the jumpy-joy spirit of Grupo Limite’s music.

But the flashpoint comes on Ruth’s straight but inspiring take on Dolly Parton’s “I’ll Always Love You.” Reworked here as a mariachi ranchera, the song showcases Ruth’s vocal purity and informed phrasing.

The green-eyed African- American singer was born Ruth Howard in Canton, OH. After studying in Monterrey, Mexico as an exchange student, Ruth became enamored of the bor- der pop scene and groups like Selena and Grupo Limite. Label difficulties in 1997 delayed her turn to the scene.

TIDBITS: Eagle Records owner Charlie Cole has just signed up just signed up two bands: Escandalo and Los Jovenes.

OOPS: last week we pub- lished the wrong date for the Go Tejano/Mariachi 2000 competi- tion dates. The correct dates are Feb. 26 at the Arena Theater with the winners to be

picked Feb. Astrodome.




(Ramiro Burr covers the Latin music scene each week. Burr is also the author of “The

Billboard Guide to Tejano and Regional Mexican Music,” on Billboard Books. For questions or comments call Burr at (800) 555-1551, ext. 3429, or e-mail to rburr@express-news.net.)

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