TOPEKA (KSNT) — Tejano singer and musician Gary Hobbs performed Friday night at the Topeka Performing Arts Center.
Hobbs grew up in Eagle Pass, Texas, along the Texas-Mexico border. This gave him a unique upbringing listening to both Spanish and English radio which resulted in a musical tradition with its own unique style that made him one of the most versatile singers in the Tejano music industry. .
Hobbs began his career in Tejano Music in 1983. Throughout his career he has recorded for Hacienda Records, RCA International, CBS International, Capitol Records, EMI Latin and Sony Discos. Hobbs has won numerous music awards at the various award shows while amassing hits such as “Las Miradas”, “Amame y Bésame”, “Te Vas A Acordar” and “Por Favor Corazón” to name but a few. songs while appearing on the Billboards Latin Top list. of songs and receiving 6 BMI Awards.
In 1996, Hobbs was sponsored by Coca-Cola Classic in Atlanta, Georgia, becoming one of four Tejano artists to be sponsored by the global brand.
Maria The Mexican also opened for Hobbs. It is named after Maria Elena Cuevas and her sister Teresa (Tess) Cuevas’ grandmother, Maria Teresa Alonzo Cuevas, a pioneer of mariachi music who in the 1970s founded Mariachi Estrella, one of first all-female mariachi bands in the United States.
Maria Cuevas is the lead vocalist and guitarist who plays acoustic, electric, and traditional Mexican string instruments for the band. They play Mexican/American/indie blues rock/funk/soul fusion music with rock ‘n roll in English and Spanish. The band was founded by Maria, her sister Tess and guitarist/songwriter D. Garrett Nordstrom.