Apr-21 5:00 PM | Center Stage
Apr-29 12:30 PM | Bud Light World Music Stage
Apr-21 2:30 PM | H-E-B Cultural Stage | Music of the Andes
Apr-29 6:30 PM | H-E-B Cultural | with Misa Criollo Choir
Los Del Sur was formed in 1985 by 4 original members: Alfredo Espinosa, Gaston Bejarano, Julio Medrano, Antonio Sarroca. The group was formed to perform the Folkloric music from the South American Andes, looking to reach all people that enjoy and know this music. The group started performing for restaurants and presenting themselves at a privet parties, and shortly started gaining a big audience. By July 1996 they recorded their first CD album: “The magic of South American Music”, which led them to perform at the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of Natural Science, the Houston International Festival, Continental Airlines, University of Houston, Rice University, University of St. Thomas, the Houston Polo club, and countless other places that gave Sur a nice prestige and popularity. By 1997, member Antonio Sarroca had to leave the group, and was replaced by Fernando Ledesma. That’s when the group changed its name from Los del Sur to “SUR.” The group continued its success playing for TV on PBS, “11 News,” “13 Eyewitness News” and the Debra Duncan Talk show celebrating the Hispanic heritage along with actor James E. Olmos. They have also played at the opening of an Astros game at Minute Maid Stadium, and at a performance at the former Secretary of State James Baker‘s home. In 1998 one more member, Gaston Bejarano, left the group to depart overseas (Norway) and he was replaced by Ricardo Rojas. Shortly after, in May 1998, SUR recorded its second CD named “Spirit.” Gaston came from Norway to help record the CD. The group continued giving concerts at Jones Hall, St. Thomas University, the Allen Theater, and more. 2002 was the year of the third SUR CD named “Energy Light and sound” in which Sur combines music from North America and Brazil. By the year 2002 Ricardo Rojas left the group to be replaced by Gonzalo Quisbert from Bolivia and the group started playing for famous local Houston restaurants La Strada, Mi Luna, etc. In the year 2004 came a new member, Alfredo Leon, to add versatility with his violin to the group. General Info: Active Members: Alfredo Espinosa- Lead voice and bombo percussions (Argentina) Julio C. Medrano- Lead guitar, bass vocal armony (Mexico) Gonzalo Quizbert- Kena, Zampoñas Sicus Charango (Bolivia) Alfredo Leon- violin (Peru) Music: Folk from South America to North America and Gipsy flamenco and easy listening world music.