Ramon Ayala is Main Attraction at Grito de Independencia Celebration at Gran Plaza

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Ramon Ayala entertained over 3,000 people at the Gran Plaza Outlets Saturday evening in celebration of the Mexican Independence Day celebration.

CALEXICO – A full house of cheering Norteño and Tejano fans from both sides of the border sang along with Grammy-winning Norteño artist Ramon Ayala Friday evening at Gran Plaza Outlets as he delighted the crowd with his most popular songs.

Ayala, known as “El Rey del Acordion,” and playing his traditional green, white and red accordion, was the main attraction for the Grito de Independencia celebration where over 3,000 people attended.

“We are fans of Ramon Ayala and have been for numerous years. He’s my idol,” said Adriana Barriga, who travelled from Indio along with her son Dennis Barriga. “His music is extraordinary and I love it.”

Recognized throughout the United States and Mexico, the Grammy-winning bandleader led the six-man band (Los Bravos del Norte) through its paces of hits such as, “Tragos de Amargo Licor,” “Bonita Finca de Adobe,” “Besos y Caricas,” and “Tengo Miedo.”

Calexico resident Lilly Muñoz Atrian, along with daughter Connie Atrian and numerous family members, said she was excited to hear Ayala.

Calexico City Mayor Luis Castro presented Ayala with a certificate of recognition for his musical contributions and thanked the artist for his performance.

“We have been planning this event since March,” said Cesar Casillas, general manager of the Gran Plaza Outlets. “These types of events are not common in Calexico. We wanted to bring something new to the city and we definitely accomplished it.”

According to Casillas, the amount spent on the event, including the artist, stage, lighting, and sound system, was approximately $80,000.

“We want people know Gran Plaza Outlets, and not only that, we want to give back to the community,” said Casillas. “This is one way to show our gratitude. Our events are not intended to make profit. They are a way to promote our facility.”

With minimum equipment, a drum kit and congas, accordion, and bajo sexto, Ayala brought the audience to their feet with soaring high notes as they sang along to “Un Puño de Tierra.”

Dressed in matching outfits and cowboy hats, Ramon Ayala y Sus Bravos del Norte delivered what some called one of the most rousing concerts of the year in Calexico.

Lilly Muñoz Atrian (center) along with her daughter Connie Atrian (right) and numerous family members ready to hear Ramon Ayala
Lilly Muñoz Atrian (center) along with her daughter Connie Atrian (right) and numerous family members ready to hear Ramon Ayala y Sus Bravos del Norte
Mother and son Adriana and Dennis Barriga traveled from Indio to see Ayala
Mother and son Adriana and Dennis Barriga, traveled from Indio to see Ayala.

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