Tejas Brothers

Tex-Mex meets Honky Tonk; the accordion is joined by the steel guitar, and everyone wins! Dave Perez, accordionist for the band, says, “Mama loves George Jones and daddy loves Freddy Fender.” With influences from all different styles of music, the audience might find it difficult to describe a live show. Most of them say, "I don't know what to call it. I just know it's GOOD!" John Garza, the band’s base player expanded on the theme in an interview with the Archer County News, “We want to promote a good time crossing cultures and generations and bringing those things together, concentrating on the things we have in common with each other, no matter where you’re from or what you do. It’s about emphasizing our similarities and not our differences.”

The other members of the band are James Shelton on pedal steel and Tim Crispin on drums. According to Garza, Shelton is the witty one in the band. When the band played in DeLeon they played at the Peach and Melon Festival and Shelton jokingly says he has the distinction of playing at a two fruit festival, instead of just strawberries or apples. Perez was a State Champion drama actor in One Act play competition in high school, so audiences should be prepared for a fun evening. 

Garza described what the band does in this way, “Texas is so diverse; as Texans we recognize we have a very diverse state. You can like Tejano music, you can like country music, you can like chicken fried steak, you can like enchiladas, but what’s funny is a lot of us like it all regardless of who you are.”

The doors will open for the show on Friday April 6 at 7:30 p.m. and the show will begin at 8:30. A previous ad in the Archer County News referenced a dance floor. Both the demand for tickets and the request of the band for the Royal to continue its reputation as a listening venue has caused the dance floor to be eliminated in the seating arrangement. There will be plenty of tables on a first come, first serve basis. Garza promises The Tejas Brothers will engage the Royal audience with a special connection. Tickets are available on the Royal Theater website for $20 each. The website is www.royaltheater.org. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door.

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