Los Bandits de Michigan to kick-off National Hispanic Heritage Month

Submitted by the West Michigan Tourist Association 

COLDWATER — As National Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 to Oct. 15) gets ready to kick off, Los Bandits de Michigan will bring their Tex-Mex-style of music to the Tibbits Opera House stage for a concert on Saturday, Sept. 8. The concert will begin at 7 p.m.

The band Los Bandits de Michigan has been performing since 1991, but each individual member has more than 30 years of musical experience. Two members of the band were honored by the Michigan governor and the Hispanic Caucus of the State of Michigan in 1999, for their outstanding contribution of Tex-Mex music in the state. A documentary on the band entitled Los Bandits: More than a Tex-Mex was released in 2005.

Band members include René Meave (guitar/vocals), Guillermo “Memo” Martinez (accordions/vocals), Esteban “Steve” Ortiz (drums/vocals) and Ernesto “Ernie” Ortiz (bass guitar/vocals). Los Bandits’ music reflects Tex-Mex music by combining rhythm and blues, gospel, country, rock, norteño (a genre of music relating to Polka) and tejano (a genre focused on folk and popular music). The band has an alternative world-beat sound.

This concert includes a cash bar. All seating is general admission and may be purchased by visiting tibbits.org or by calling (517) 278-6029.

Tibbits Opera House is located at 14 S. Hanchett Street, Coldwater, MI 49036.

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