Como La Flor does Tejano justice

Audience braves 100-degree temps to hear their beloved Selena

Chris Smith, The Valley Chronicle
Nira Perez Ruiz, lead singer of Como La Flor Band, a tribute to Selena, gets down on her knees during last Friday night’s Selena tribute concert as she sings a love song to a member of the audience who volunteered to play “her man” for the piece. The emcee joked later that they should exchange phone numbers.

■ By Chris Smith / Advisory Editor

The second concert in the Ramona Bowl Summer Concert Series lived up to expectations as Como La Flor, a Selena tribute band, had audience members dancing in their seats.
Nira Perez Ruiz, lead singer for the group, impressed attendees both with her vocals – and her stamina – as she led the band through more than a dozen hits by the late star of Tex-Mex music.
A few of the pieces were in English, but most were in Spanish, which appealed to the largely Mexican American audience who attended the event. It was a different tone completely from the previous week’s blues and motown sound of Stone Soul, and the audience was reflective of the different taste in music.
Not only did Ruiz display stamina, but so did the audience who braved the relentless heat, which stayed above 100 degrees even as the sun set behind the mountains.
Clearly, those who came loved the music of Selena, who was murdered at the age of 23 by Yolanda Saldívar, a former nurse and fan club president, back in 1995 in Corpus Christi, Texas. Selena, an American who began performing as a child, was considered the “Queen of Tejano,” a type of Mexican music that incorporates other styles including country. Selena was referred to as the “Mexican Madonna” for her sexy outfits and dance moves.
Ruiz, on the other hand, sported a conservative white jumpsuit, which was appropriate for the elevated temperatures. But while she was staying cool, the audience kept getting hotter and hotter as Ruiz belted out one Selena hit song after another, from Amor Prohibido to No Me Queda Mas, and of course, Como La Flor.
Next on the schedule for the Ramona Summer Concert Series is Branson on the Road, Thursday, July 12, followed by the LA Cast of Beatlemania on Thursday, July 19. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Children 6-12 are $5, and 5 and under are free.The box office is located at 27400 Ramona Bowl Road.

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