Born and raised in Robstown, Villareal signed to his first record label out of San Antonio as a Tejano artist.
While in high school, he recorded an album and toured all over Texas with his high school bandmates. Having such a young group of guys hitting up venue after venue proved to be too much for the young guys, and eventually, they all parted ways.
After 13 years of playing in various bands and starting a family, Villareal decided to finally do what he always wanted to do: Start playing country music.
He formed The Dave Rukkus Band and began collaborating with songwriters like Mark Lambert, Jason Suthern and Steve West and has been hitting the road hard these past few months. On Saturday, Aug. 9, you will find him in Beeville on stage for Summerfest 2014.
He will open the show at 8 p.m. for Cory Morrow and Pat Green for Texas Country night.
Summerfest begins Friday, Aug. 8, with Tejano night featuring the local group Luna y Sol Mariachi opening the show at 8 p.m. for Ricky Naranjo and headliners Siggno.
Paul Gonzales is the entertainment writer at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 343-5207 or at Paul@stxscene.com.