TEJANO SHOWCASE 2017
Featuring AB Quintanilla & Elektro Kumbia and AJ Castillo live at AVA Amphitheater
Tickets go on-sale August 5 at 10am
AB Quintanilla and Elektro Kumbia is a group that fuses traditional Cumbia with pop and electronica. Their debut album, KUMBIA SHOTS, scheduled to release in early 2017, is a tribute to some of the most popular Latin American songs including “Pasito Tun Tun,” “El Africano,” “Sopa de Caracol,” “Mil Horas” among others. AB Quintanilla is a Grammy and Latin Grammy winner, producer, songwriter, artist and multi-instrumentalist and is the bassist of the group. The other Elektro Kumbia’s group members are: Saul Cisneros (drums), Nicholas Banda (keyboards), Ramon Vargas (vocals), Lissenne Juarez (congas & vocals), Ruben Rea (guitar), Noe Nieto (accordion and vocals) and twins, Alfonso and Zuriel Ramirez (vocals).
As a producer and songwriter, AB Quintanilla has sold more than 80 million albums worldwide and he has worked alongside Superstars including, Selena Quintanilla, Ricky Martin, Juan Gabriel, Jorge Celedón, Yuri, Intocable, La Mala Rodriguez, Sin Bandera, Thalia, Christian Castro, Olga Tañon, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Kumbia Kings, among others. His songs have been recorded in Spanish, English, Portuguese, Korean and Chinese.
During his successful career, AB Quintanilla has received multiple awards and recognitions including, Grammy Awards, Latin Grammy, Premio Lo Nuestro, Billboard Awards, Premios Oye, Premios Furia Musical, BMI Awards (including songwriter of the year for two consecutive years) and the recipient of the BMI Million-Air award for the mega hit, “Amor Prohibido.”
AJ Castillo is a Latin artist known for his unique accordion sound and style, his energetic LIVE performances, and his extraordinary custom accordions. Having lent his musical talent to many artists through countless studio recordings and performances, in late 2008 he felt it was time to step to the front of the stage and introduced a fresh new sound that expands the boundaries of accordion music. From the release of his debut CD in 2009 to his CD in 2014 (Sin Límites) that debuted on Billboard at #15 on the Latin Pop Albums chart (07.26.2014) to his most recent release in 2016, AJ is becoming a well-known accordionist, singer, song writer, performer, and producer.
AJ is a native of Austin, TX, and is a graduate of The University of Texas at San Antonio. Born to a musical family, he was introduced to the accordion by his grandfather. He started playing the accordion at the age of 10 and began his professional music career at 13. Today, this young talented musician is reaching Latin music fans all over the world and is being recognized by professionals in the Latin music industry (as evidenced by his HOHNER, Inc. USA endorsement).
With the release of each consecutive project, AJ has taken his music to the next level and continues to amaze people with his ability to infuse different styles of music to create his new unique sound. Joining him on this journey is his younger brother and promising vocalist, Sergio Castillo. Sergio brings another level of versatility to the group with his strong vocal ability. Together, they are committed to producing high quality music that can cross boundaries and appeal to fans in all genres of Latin music.