Battle of the Bandas and More

The OTRA Beer Fiesta de Independencia 2005, September 4

Published on LatinoLA: September 1, 2005

Battle of the Bandas and More

The OTRA Beer Fiesta de Independencia 2005, a free music festival commemorating Mexican Independence Day is set for September 4, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Whittier Narrows Regional Park in South El Monte. Only in the Southland will over 100,000 people enjoy Grammy award winning performers on Labor Day Sunday, but in celebration of Mexico. Fun for all ages will include the first-ever battle of the "Bandas" (unique Mexican music genre) where the audience will decide the winner with the use of an audiometer!

"We usually have our traditional Fiesta on the Sunday closest to September 16, the actual day of Mexican Independence, but this year that date is 9/11 and we wanted to leave that day open for families to participate in more appropriate commemorations of the events of September 11," says event organizer Chris del Rey, of Heftel del Rey Entertainment. "We also think that our free Fiesta is an ideal way to treat the working community to a Labor Day celebration."

Top Latin stars slated to perform include: Tucanes de Tijuana, Aracely Arumbula, El Coyote y su Banda, Los Astros de Durango, Joel Elizalde, Carmen Jara con su Banda, "Don Cheto", Yolanda Perez, Isabela and many more. Free tickets are available at participating independent supermarkets. For more information call 310-612-1668.

This will mark the 195th anniversary of Mexico's call for independence. During September sister countries Costa Rica, Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, Chile, Honduras and Nicaragua also celebrate their independence.

Unified Western Grocers, Kellogg's, Unilever, OTRA Beer, del Rey Marketing and festival goers will be making donations to Padres Contra el Cancer, a non-profit organization that brings together children, families, healthcare professionals and community leaders to promote a comprehensive understanding of childhood cancer and other blood disorders, as well as, effective methods for their treatment.

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