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AZUL MUSIC: Latin pop-rockers Tequila Azul headline upcoming Twilight Concert at the Myriad Gardens

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OKLAHOMA CITY—Local crossover success Tequila Azul carries the well-earned moniker of being Oklahoma’s first Latin Pop-Rock band, performing for numerous audiences on both sides of the river, bringing listeners to their feet with their percussion-heavy dance numbers and mainstream covers, practically crafting a fiesta de baile wherever they go.

Forming a little over five years ago, the group started off as a group of friends who were working on similar project getting together to jam every now and then, but, as keyboardist Ricardo Sasaki said, once they realized there was a hole for this type of music in both the local and Latin scene, they decided they were the ones who could fill it.

“A lot of us actually have a rock and roll, Latin rock background,” Sasaki said. “Nobody else was doing this at the time, even though now I believe there a couple more bands that are doing this kind of music. Of course, for this particular state, the norteño and banda style of Mexican music has a lot more pull and a lot more listeners, but nevertheless, there’s a large group of people that love Latin pop-rock and are happy to finally see it represented in Oklahoma.”

Playing a diverse range of mostly covers from mainstream hit-makers like Shakira and Christina Aguilera to cult successes such as Maná and Julieta Venegas, Tequila Azul has managed to themselves become a local crossover success thanks to their, as Sasaki put it, “engaging variety that’s appealing to all crowds” with a playlist that has been a “proven repertoire for the potential it has to appeal to all audiences.”

Tequila Azul will be headlining the August 13th edition of the 2017 Twilight Concert Series at the Myriad Botanical Gardens, 301 W. Reno Ave. The family-friendly event starts at 7:30 p.m. and admission is free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket and picnic if it suits them, but be prepared to be “on your feet most of the time,” Sasaki warns.

“People who come to see us at the Myriad should absolutely be ready to dance and have a good time,” Sasaki said. “It’s a very energetic show and our lead singer, Lee Hernan, she’s from Puerto Rico and she’s a super energetic person. The repertoire is a lot of dance, a lot of very percussion heavy music with a beat. There is a lot of crowd participation, so everybody should be ready to have a great time.”

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