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Fusion Music Fest returns for second year
by Paul Gonzales
Jul 14, 2012 | 932 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
BEEVILLE — This Saturday, the second annual Fusion Music Fest returns to Beeville and will feature a “fusion” of country, Tejano, mariachi, pop and rock acts.

The free event will take place at the Bee County Expo Center from 4:30 p.m. until 1 a.m.

Robert Cisneros, the event’s creator and coordinator, said of last year’s event, “The turnout was better than expected for it being the first year.

“Everything went smooth, and it was really great.”

The “Bee ’N Idol” singing competition kicks things off at 4:30 p.m.

The competition pits six local Bee County finalists against each other as they perform songs live in front of a panel of judges, including guest celebrity judge Machy De La Garza from the all-female group La Conquista.

After the first round, the top three will advance and perform a final song. All three finalists will receive trophies, with the first place winner taking a recording time at ZMJ Recording Studio among various other prizes.

Last year’s first place “Bee ’N Idol” winner, Sydnie Maguire, will hold a special performance at 7 p.m., followed by local mariachi favorite Fernando Cisneros at 7:30 p.m.

Local singer/songwriter Roger Perez, originally from Houston, will follow at 8 p.m. and bring original and top country music to the stage.

At 9 p.m., newly formed Tejano, pop, country and international rock group 3/4/U will make their Fusion Music Fest debut.

Texas country band No Vacancy will hit the stage at 10 p.m., followed by norteño and cumbia band Grupo Fusion at 11 p.m.

And closing out the night of eclectic music under the stars will be Grammy-nominated supergroup Jimmy Lee y Tentazion.

Tentazion has won many Tejano awards over the years and will be performing hits along with new songs off their recently released album, “Mejor Que Nunca.”

Food and craft vendors will be on site to make sure everyone has a great night.

“We just wanted it to be bigger and better than last year’s event,” Cisneros said. “We have more experience this time around.”

Cisneros created the event for the purpose of uniting the community and attracting a diverse audience for a family-friendly event by providing a unique “fusion” of entertainment in one venue.

“The crowd really enjoyed it last year and were already asking if I was going to do it again,” Cisneros said. “I would just like to thank the sponsors for their help and the community for their support.”

Paul Gonzales is the entertainment writer at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 116, or at thescene@mySouTex.com.
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