Chispa: Antonio Reyna, Mis Primeros 20 Años
November 13, 2016
Award-winning performer Antonio Reyna is celebrating his 20th anniversary as an entertainer with an afternoon of music and dance for the whole family. Reyna is a New Mexican treasure who is beloved throughout the Southwest and Mexico, and whose performances have influenced the trajectory of traditional mariachi music. He is joined on stage by his friends Mariachi Raíces de América from El Paso, TX, Trio América de Albuquerque, and Baile Ilusión from Pojoaque, NM. The concert also features a very special guest appearance by María Elena Leal Beltrán, daughter of the late Lola Beltrán, as a tribute to her mother, Lola La Grande, for whom Reyna also gave tribute performances at Mexico’s Festival Cultural de Lola Beltrán in 2015 and 2016.
Born in Gallup, NM, Reyna began his career as a mariachi vocalist in 1996, touring with Nelson Martinez before going solo in 2002. In the course of his career, he has received numerous awards from the New Mexico Hispano Music Association and the New Mexico Hispano Entertainers Association, including Male Vocalist of the Year, Mariachi of the Year, Ranchera Song of the Year, and Original Song of the Year. He has released three mariachi albums and one with a trio, recorded as a tribute to his father, and is currently completing a new album with songs written by the late singer-songwriter José Alfredo Jiménez.
The anniversary concert is presented in partnership with JA’z Enterprises, and sponsored by El Patron Restaurant and Cantina, Medical and Commercial Communications (MACC), Critical Nurse Staffing (CNS), Maddox & Co. Realtors, Sparkle Maintenance, Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce, Department of Convention and Tourism, and Peoples Bank.