Musicians Reunion

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The original Emeralds Eddie Martinez (bass), Ray Rodriguez (drums), and Armando “Queche” Reyes (singer) were at a few at the meetings in preparation for the second Musicians Reunion to be held in November.

Several topics were discussed and agreed upon by stakeholders who attended a second committee meeting to help organize the second Musicians Reunion, which will be held at Hungerford Hall in the fall.

The meeting at Denny’s Restaurant in Wharton was hosted by a committee through The Tejano Y Conjunto Gallery of Legend Museum. This will be the second year that the 501 c3 non-profit organization will be holding an event to honor local musicians.

This year, the museum, which is owned by John and Lucy Alaniz, will honor The Emeralds from New Gulf, and Ignacio and Vivian Vallejo, of El Campo.

“A lot of great information and ideas came out of this meeting,” John said. “As you know the museum is dedicated to preserving and promoting Tejano and conjunto music based around Wharton.”

The committee agreed that photos taken during the event will be vital in producing a collage as big as 11x17. With the technological advancements in cellphones, those who attend the Nov. 16 reunion event will be encouraged to shoot pictures as the recipients are either being honored and/or performing.

The Holiday Inn Express & Suites will be providing special rates, according to information that was shared during the meeting through General Manager Lizzy Rodriguez. A block of 20 rooms for a discounted rate is now being set for those who will attend the reunion event on Saturday, Nov. 16. Texas Coast Limousine Service, based in El Campo, will provide a party bus to and from the hotel to the hall. The bus holds up to 25 people.

“We will start our shuttle at 5 p.m. and it will run until 2 a.m. and we will be allowed an adult beverage in the limo,” John said. 

He said the limo comes at no cost to the recipients and those who are closely associated with them. To reserve a room on Friday, call the hotel at 979-282-8300 and mention the block party for the Musicians Reunion.

An events page on Facebook will soon be started by some of the committee members.

“We want to be able to get the latest information about the event, a place where pictures can be sent, comments, or just to give an idea or so,” John said. “We also talked about having some of the musicians do a live interview on Wolfpak Radio talking about the life of Los Emeralds.”

The recipients will be treated very special, especially when they arrive on the day of the event.

The plan before the award presentation will be to have a line of tables so the recipients may sit and be able to answer questions, shake hands or even sign any autographs from the guests. If a recipient is no longer alive, a family member or an associate is being asked that a big-sized photo and their spouse be brought to be placed on the table.

“Keep in mind the museum not only honors a group of band members, but those who have passed, as well as their wives who will also be on the award,” John said. “This is a time of refection of an era that we miss.” 

Lucy said Hungerford Hall will be open on Friday, Nov. 15 beginning at noon for only the band members so they can do a sound set up and have their last practice.

The hall will be open Saturday at 5 p.m. for early birds, who may be coming from out of town. 

The bar and kitchen will be open at that time as well. 

All table reservations will only be sold by Lucy Alaniz, who is the director of accounts and treasures for the museum and event.

You can begin calling 979-533-2503 starting Saturday, Aug. 24. 

Tickets and table reservations will be sold first for recipients of the event. All recipients and spouses will attend for free and will have their first choice of table reservations, with their first choice of one single table for free. Any additional tables and chairs may be added for the price of all chairs for that table with the deadline of Oct. 20. After the deadline, the museum will open it up to the public for table reservations for the cost of all chairs for that table first from Nov. 1-16.

Tickets will be $15 at the door.  

John said a timeline of the event will be released at a later date. The next committee meeting will be Saturday, Aug. 24 beginning at 9 a.m. at Denny’s, which is also giving a 20 percent discount throughout the entire weekend, including Sunday. All one has to do is mention the Musicians Reunion.

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