Concerts

The Pride of the Northside: La Mafia Celebrates Amor y Sexo

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Given that we no longer hear Tejano on the airwaves in Houston, and the fans are receiving less and less new content from Tejano artists, and a true Tejano artist has not performed at Go Tejano Day at RodeoHouston since the late 2000s...is it possible to say that Tejano is dead in Houston? De La Rosa: As long as I'm concerned and as long as I'm alive, our music is alive! We will continue to record and get on the road and...

Lichtenberger: You know, we got criticized a lot back the '90s when our sound became more international. We were accused of abandoning our roots. But we are known all over, from Argentina, Mexico, and all Central and South America, as a Tejano band. And we proudly wave that flag!

Tejano definitely needs new blood and new artists, and an overall makeover. And we are doing our part. We got so creative on this album, and if that serves as inspiration to other Tejano artists, then I think we have accomplished something special.

What is your relationship with Houston and the Northside? De La Rosa: We are still there! We grew up in the Northside and our studio is there. We love it, always will.

Lichtenberger: We are proud of our neighborhood. Maybe someday soon we will do a street party as an appreciation to our fans and our neighborhood.

Rocks Off: Well, if and when that happens, we will be there for sure. Thank you, sirs.

The night continued with the band taking center stage in front of a packed room full of friends, family and fans. They began with a trip down memory lane, performing a set of their early and most memorable hits such as "Nunca," "Estas Tocando Fuego," "Vida" and "Me Estoy Enamorando."

It's very easy to get swept up with emotion when listening to La Mafia. A combination of nostalgia and pride is what we felt as we listened to the attendees sing each song word for word in unison with the band, as if it hadn't been five, ten, fifteen years since hearing these tunes.

Oscar himself held back tears as he recalled his personal inspiration for the song and album "Un Million De Rosas." He told the story of taking the last name of De La Rosa as a tribute to his mother.

They ended the night by playing two tracks from the new album. The first was "Provocación", a rock ballad with a strong guitar and bass line. The track begins with the following lyrics:

No me mires mas de esa manera si no te vas a entregar como me entrego yo. ("Don't look at me that way if you do not intend to deliver yourself as I do.")

The last song was the title track of Amor y Sexo, also a ballad but with a sweeter, more seductive tinge.

Love, sex, Hennessy, and La Mafia. An absolutely perfect combination to celebrate good music and good company, un million de rosas at a time.

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When he's not roaming around the city in search of tacos and graffiti, Houston Press contributor Marco points his camera lens toward the vibrant Houston music scene and beyond.