[5/23] Preview: Elias Arredondo with Grupo Stampede at Tejano Ranch

stampedeTonight Memorial Day weekend kicks off with another Totally Tejano Friday, with Elias Arredondo and Grupo Stampede taking the stage at Tejano Ranch. The double bill should delight fans, with the high-energy DFW-based sextet returning to the north Austin Tejano club with a growing fan base and Elias making his Austin debut since going solo.

Since forming in the mid-1990s, Grupo Stampede has straddled the line between Tejano and Norteño, and is often put in the same category as other groups like Siggno and Intocable. The group plays originals, breathes new life into covers, and defines its sound by building on the classic Tejano formula with strong lead electric guitar, keyboards, and powerful vocals by charismatic frontman Alex De Leon.

Elias Arredondo has embarked on a solo career after spending a few years as lead singer for the Hometown Boys. Based in Fort Worth, Elias recorded and released his first album, Por Fin, in 2013 and just debuted his latest single, “Fruta Prohibida,” earlier this year. Like Stampede, Elias is able to sing Tejano, Conjunto, and Norteño, and can shift effortlessly between the different styles. A natural front man, he is an engaging performer who easily connects with fans.

Long story short: Stampede is known for their stage show, so there will be plenty of entertainment on-stage and on the dance floor. Elias has great stage presence and truly enjoys entertaining and singing his heart out.

Tejano Ranch is located at 7601 North Lamar, just south of Highway 183 in north Austin. The doors open at 8 p.m. The cover charge is $8 before 9 p.m, and $10 after 9 p.m. 18+ are welcome. Join the Facebook event here.

Piper LeMoine

Piper LeMoine manages all things technical, promotional, and creative at Austin's own Rancho Alegre Radio, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting Tejano and Conjunto music. She also co-hosts Rancho Alegre, playing Tejano and Conjunto music every Monday from 9-10 a.m. on KOOP 91.7 FM in Austin and online at koop.org.

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