Posted on March 16, 2014 |
Another Go Tejano Day, another RodeoHouston record.
Sunday’s double bill of Pesado and Banda MS drew 75,224 in paid attendance, besting Maroon 5 by just 10 people for this year’s biggest crowd to date. Go Tejano Day now boasts six spots in the top 20, and last year’s Julion Alvarez/Los Invasores de Nuevo León bill holds the top spot. Sunday’s show currently stands at No. 4 overall. Maybe Adam Levine should start singing en Español).
The 16-member Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizarraga (known to fans as Banda MS) was first onstage with a spirited, 35-minute set anchored by a barrage of blaring horns and loosely choreographed routines. The band looked slick in matching purple blazers, white button downs and white pants.
Each song doesn’t differ much from the next, but the energy was impressive. It was almost impossible to not bop along with the beat, particularly during “Con sal y limón y chile” (“With salt and lime and chili”).Pesado’s third time on the revolving stage wasn’t much different from previous performances. (The band’s 2010 date alongside El Trono de Mexico also holds a space in the top 20 for paid attendance.) The songs and mood were consistently steady, solid and incited enthusiastic singalongs.
Vocalist and accordionist Beto Zapata has a quiet confidence that holds everything together. And hype man Julio Támez proved a nice foil, amping the crowd up during and between songs. There were waves of cheers for every mournful drinking song and every shuffling cumbia. Pesado was clearly the draw for a majority of the crowd.
The annual Mariachi Invitational was presented between sets, with the winner decided by audience applause and cheers. Las Mariposas from McAllen took the win over Mariachi Michoacan from Dallas.