HUNTSVILLE — With robust ties to the navy neighborhood and a ardour to provide again, Tejano music artist and Grammy award-winner Fernando “Nando” Dominguez III has partnered with the H.E.A.R.T.S. Veterans Museum for the realm’s first Latin music competition.

“There’s nothing like this wherever in our space, to ensure that our Hispanic individuals right here in Huntsville or surrounding areas to get a live performance of this caliber, they need to go to Houston, Dallas or San Antonio, there’s nothing right here,” mentioned Tara Burnett, the chief director on the H.E.A.R.T.S. Veterans Museum.

“It’s thrilling for us as a result of we are able to supply one thing in our neighborhood that’s not provided and doing it to learn the veteran’s museum, we’re so grateful that Nando thought of doing this,” Burnett added.

Dominguez approached Burnett about organizing a fundraising occasion after filming his music video for his current single Eres Para Mi on the museum in Sept. 2020. After seeing the abundance of companies provided via the non-profit, it was in Dominguez’s coronary heart to discover a strategy to supply his assist.

“We achieve this a lot outreach and that’s what Nando and I talked about once we first met, with the COVID scenario, serving to with psychological well being consciousness, incapacity, groceries, wheel chair ramps, residence modifications and the entire different issues that we do, that hit his coronary heart greater than the rest and he wished to be part of serving to the veterans in our neighborhood,” Burnett mentioned.

Since then, Dominguez and Burnett have partnered collectively to create The Walker County Fiesta Latin Pageant, which is able to happen on the Walker County Truthful Grounds on Nov. 13, with all proceeds benefitting the non-profit.

Dominguez is most famously recognized for his time spent performing because the lead singer within the Kumbia Kings, throughout which era he earned a Grammy award and bought near 10 million information, along with touring the world. Lately, he’s since break up from the Kumbia Kings, and pursued his personal music by forming Nando Y Solja Kingz, in addition to exploring solo alternatives and his personal Christian music ministry.

Nonetheless, it’s arduous to imagine that with all of his success within the music business, that his life virtually took a really completely different flip.

“I truly was going to affix the navy after which music took me out of it utterly,” Dominguez mentioned, recalling his step away from his household’s intensive historical past within the service.

Music has at all times been in Dominguez’s blood, rising up underneath the wing of his father, who carried out in Tejano band, The Diamonds of Houston. At simply 10 years-old, Dominguez was introduced into the music business by his father and spent the next years hitting the street with the band, establishing gear and finally performing.

“He taught me the ropes of the way to sing harmonies, the way to carry out, the way to mingle with the group,” Dominguez remembered.

He had simply handed his ASVAB check in highschool and was prepared to steer a profession within the service when he was found at 16 years-old whereas opening up for Inocencia with The Diamonds of Houston. Dominguez was signed to his first label with WEA and years later, he hasn’t seemed again since.

Now, as a world-renowned musician and father to a Marine, Dominguez makes use of his platform to pay his respects to these of service, whereas bringing communities collectively and giving again.

Dominguez will carry out together with his band, Nando Y Solja Kingz, at The Walker County Fiesta Latin Pageant, alongside fellow headliners, David Olivarez, Impozzible, Rakka Boy, Jay Olivera, Yarith Marcos and Alize’.

“Will probably be every part from the old-school Tejano music that your mother and your grandmother grew up listening to, to the reggaeton and Latin hip-hop that the children are listening to now,” Burnett mentioned. “Nando has gotten collectively a gaggle that’s simply out of this world.”

The day will start with a free automobile present on the carnival space of the truthful grounds from 10 a.m. to three p.m. that may characteristic low-riders and customized painted automobiles from Houston, together with a number of distributors promoting their wares. A D.J. shall be taking part in music all through the day and world-class boxer Alfonzo Lopez shall be in attendance together with his crew, to teach the neighborhood about what they do and pose for pictures on the automobile present. A few of the musicians scheduled to carry out that night may also be making sneak peek appearances to get the group excited in regards to the live performance that evening.

Doorways to the principle constructing of the truthful grounds will open at 4 p.m. for the live performance, which is able to run from 5 to 11 p.m.

Only one,500 tickets can be found for the live performance and will be bought on-line at www.valortix.com/walker-county-fiesta-latin-festival. Pre-sale tickets are $40 for common admission and $100 for VIP, which features a meet and greet with the artists, three drink tickets and most popular seating. The museum can also be providing the chance for the neighborhood to sponsor a veteran who won’t be capable of afford it, with a VIP expertise.

Humphrey’s and Rodeo Mexican Bar and Grill shall be promoting meals all through the occasion, with grownup drinks from Stephenson Distribution.

The live performance is a no re-entry occasion and firearms won’t be allowed.

By Mindy