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SRV WEEKEND - Three Nights Honoring The Texas Blues Giant planned for Aug. 25, 26, 27, 2016!!! 

Coming to Historic Downtown Mineola Texas... 
The Rafael Espinoza Music Academy Presents A Weekend Honoring Texas Blues Legend Stevie Ray Vaughan! 
Please join us as we celebrate the life and music of Stevie Ray Vaughan on Thur. Aug. 25th, or Fri. Aug. 26th, or Sat. Aug. 27th happening at 7:30pm each night! 
Music Provided by Rafael Espinoza & His All-Star Lonestar Trio - Winners of The Heart of Texas Blues Challenge! 
This Blues Trio won the State Blues Title at The Blues Capitol of Texas, Antone's in Austin, TX, the same place that SRV himself made famous for being his favorite place to play in The Live Music Capitol of The World. 
Don't miss this once in a lifetime concert! Tell your friends! We do want everyone to know too that this will also be a very educational concert program that the entire family will enjoy! So bring Grandma and the kids too for this incredible night of fun! 
Tickets are on sale now and are selling fast! 
Tickets are... 
$15 Advanced Reserve 
$20 At The Door 
Kids 12 & Under are FREE! 
Space is very limited in The Music Academy's Listening Room so get tickets NOW! 

All Tickets are General Admission and All Seats are First Come, First Served when you arrive at the venue. 

Doors Open at 7pm Nightly 
Concert Starts at 7:30pm Nightly 

Buy tickets for 1 night or for as many nights as you like at https://srvweekend.eventbrite.com or
Call 903-638-8023

Rafael's Rockabilly Railroad Proves Success After First Run! 

Thank you so much to everyone who made our first run of "Rafael's Rockabilly Railroad" a tremendous success! 
Emmylou, Curtis, Gib, Shea & Blake all hit it out of the park! 
Special thanks to Andrew & Kate Kirby for hosting us at The Big Sandy Music Hall! We had a blast! 
Who wants to see Rafael Espinoza bring his Railroad Crew to a venue near you! Book us now at the link below to hear the Best in Rockabilly Music... www.rafaelespinozamusic.com/booking

ALL ABOARD RAFAEL'S ROCKABILLY RAILROAD!!!  

East Texas, get ready for Rafael's Rockabilly Railroad! The Train pulls into Big Sandy Music Hall on Friday, July 8th at 7:30pm! 
This will be a fun musical variety show that the entire family can enjoy! 
Special Guests will include Shea Birdwell, Blake Schneider, Gib Maynard,Emmylou Espinoza & Curtis Lane with Train Conductor Rafael Espinoza driving the line! 
TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW... 
Advance Tickets are $20 and only $10 for students 18 & Under! 
All Tickets At The Door will be $25! 
Be sure to get your tickets now to snatch the bargain and before the show becomes sold out! 
Tickets Available at Big Sandy Music Hall & The Rafael Espinoza Music Academy or by calling 903-636-4351 or online at www.BigSandyMusicHall.com

RAFAEL'S ROYAL POWERHOUSE TOTALLY DESTROYS AND CONQUERS T-BONE WALKER BLUES FESTIVAL!!! 

You know it's a great set when you exit the stage and see nothing but smiles and everyone is totally soaked in sweat! Hahaha! 
We poured our hearts and soul into a passion fueled performance for a packed outdoor pavilion full of adoring blues fans! 
From left to right in our set included Phil Rumbley, Andrew L Greear, Jackson Zemler, George A. Faber, Carter Wilkinson, Travis Maxey Music,Rafael Espinoza, Emmylou Espinoza, Curtis Lane, Tim Schodowski &James Waddell. 
These are all incredible musicians that aren't there to show off and hog the spotlight with as many crazy modes and scales that they have up their sleeve, although they could all do this if they wanted to, but they all play with a love and joy for the music that it's not about showing off, it's about the music and how soulful and passionate and personal it can be and make one feel. 
And it was so nice to hear all the heartfelt compliments after the show from these new fans. At the end of the night it's always better to hear a personal story from someone about how the music made them feel, rather than hearing someone ask... was that a Mixolydian Scale you used in that one song? Or, you guys were good, but you ought to hear my Uncle's Brother-In-Law's Nephew's little 3 year old niece play the blues! BAHAHAHA! We enjoyed the experience at this year's T-Bone Walker Blues Fest, Inc, everything from teaching the workshops to playing with the winners of the youth competition, to the food and hospitality! It was all amazing! And we especially loved pushing music education and showing that there are other alternatives to making it as a professional working musician such as going to a great music school if you work hard and get the opportunity. Huge thanks to T-Bone Walker's Daughter, Bernita Walker, for seeing that in us! Many thanks to Russell Wright & Marc Welch and the rest of the board for always wanting to make this a classy event! Keep it up! It just keeps getting better and better! 
- Rafael Espinoza 
www.RafaelEspinozaMusic.com 

RAFAEL'S ROYAL POWERHOUSE BARNSTORMS T-BONE WALKER BLUES FESTIVAL JUNE 4TH, 2016 AT 8PM! 

What do you get when the backbone of an award winning Texas Blues Trio, Rafael Espinoza "The Texas Hurricane", "Queen of The Bass" Emmy "The Duck" Lou Espinoza & Curtis Lane "The Lonestar Shuffle King", mixed with a wailing horn section comprised of Phenomenal Professors Tim Schodowski, Phil Rumbley & James Waddell and then mixed yet again with the Genius of King George A. Faber on keys & Tone Master Travis Maxey on slide guitar!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!? .... 
A Powerhouse. The answer is a POWERHOUSE. 
Do not miss Rafael's Royal Powerhouse! This Full Band of all the Kings horses and all the Kings men are barnstorming to Longview Texas to blow down all the doors at this years 11th Annual T-Bone Walker Blues Fest, Inc, Saturday June 4th, 2016 at 7:45pm! 
Get tickets now at... http://www.tbonewalkerbluesfest.com/

Rafael Espinoza and Other Big Names in The Guitar World Host Workshops at T-Bone Walker Blues Fest 2016 

Rafael Espinoza, Eric Gales, Gary Nicholson & Danny Marks are set to host Guitar Workshops at The T-Bone Walker Blues Fest in Longview, TX June 3rd & 4th, 2016... 

I am honored to announce that I have been invited to give a Guitar Workshop Masterclass to special students who are competing in The T-Bone Walker Juniors Competition. 
Others on The Guitar Workshop Bill are Danny Marks, Gary Nicholson and Eric Gales. I'm blown away to even be mentioned in the same sentence as these legendary blues musicians. 
The entry deadline for student age guitarists to enter the Patterson NIssan Junior Showcase competition at the T-Bone Walker Blues Fest has been extended until May 20. Aspiring players, of any genre, should not miss this chance to gain experience and, perhaps, play on the big stage with professional artists. Details at www.tbonewalkerbluesfest.com

CONGRATULATIONS to everyone involved in "A Tribute To The Million Dollar Quartet" on their highly successful SOLD OUT 1st Run of their production!!! 

And that, boy my boys, is how you do that! We packed them in from miles around for this SOLD OUT SHOW of over 500 people in attendance!!! We had folks as far as Oklahoma City make it out to this concert! We brought together a completely unique package that Mineola Texas had never seen before and I am proud of everyone who was involved in this Million Dollar Quartet Production! Thank you so much to everyone who made our success at The Mineola Civic Center and RV Park possible. 
- Rafael Espinoza

"A TRIBUTE TO THE MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET" - Coming to Mineola, TX Sat. Apr. 23rd - Tickets On Sale Now! 

OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!!! 
COMING TO MINEOLA, TX - SATURDAY APRIL 23RD... 
"A TRIBUTE TO THE MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET!" - Music of Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins & Johnny Cash! 

Josh Davis is Elvis Presley  
Blake Schneider is Jerry Lee Lewis 
Shea Birdwell is Carl Perkins 
Rafael Espinoza is Johnny Cash 

The Mineola Civic Center will be hosting a Concert about The Birthplace of Rock & Roll, "Sun Records Studio," on Saturday April 23rd at 7:30pm! These 4 young gentleman and an amazing live band will portray and perform your favorite songs by Sun Recording Artists Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins & Johnny Cash! 
They are going to honor these notable musicians that created "The Birthplace of Rock & Roll" and talk about the Sun Records musical history in order to keep their legacy and their music alive. 

Country Music DJ Hall of Fame Legend Tom Perryman of 104.1 The Ranch will open up the show with personal stories of working with the pinnacle of Rock & Roll's Finest Musical Icons! 

Please Share & Tell your friends! We do want everyone to know too that this will also be a very educational concert program that the entire family will enjoy! So bring Grandma and the kids too for this incredible night of fun! 

Concert Starts at 7:30pm and Doors Open at 6:45pm! 
Tickets are on sale now! 
Tickets are $20 In Advance and $10 In Advance for Students 18 and Under. 
All Tickets At The Door will be $25. 
Tickets are available at The Rafael Espinoza Music Academy, Mineola Civic Center and RV Park, Mineola City Hall & Mineola Area Chamber of Commerce. 
You can also get your tickets over the phone by calling 903-638-8023 so call NOW!

The Official Bigfoot Boogie Music Video

Music Video by Rafael Espinoza performing his original song "The Bigfoot Boogie." 
(c)Rafael Espinoza Music 2013.
www.rafaelespinozamusic.com

In support of "Bigfoot Meets Nature Fest" happening in Mineola, TX in the 2nd Weekend of October, Rafael was asked to write a song about Bigfoot!
Rafael was up for the challenge and wrote "The Bigfoot Boogie!"

Watch the video and purchase an mp3 of the song for only $0.99 at the link below...
www.rafaelespinozamusic.com/store

Rafael Interviews Los Lonely Boys!!!

Berklee College of Music Student Rafael Espinoza got the special opportunity to Interview Grammy Award Winning Texican Rock & Roll Trio Los Lonely Boys at The Outside The Box Music Festival in Boston, Massachusetts on Saturday July 13th 2013.

In this Interview Los Lonely Boys talk about Henry Garza's path back to a miraculous healing recovery after a recent stage injury and that with faith in The Good Lord above anything is possible.
The boys also talk about their recent works on a brand new album set to release very soon.
The three brothers from San Angelo, TX also take part in a Q&A series with San Angelo Native Lauren Lopez who is studying Journalism at Harvard University.

Find out more at The Official Rafael Espinoza Website at: http://www.rafaelespinozamusic.com

"Guero's In The Barrio" song belongs to Los Lonely Boys and is copyrighted by their music publisher.
The Song is available on their album entitled "FORGIVEN."

Their latest album release "ROCKPANGO" is available on iTunes at: http://bit.ly/Rockpango-iTunesLP and on Amazon at: http://amzn.to/gm6rBg.

Find out more at The Official Los Lonely Boys Website at: http://loslonelyboys.com.

"Thank you so much Los Lonely Boys for taking time out of your busy day to make a musical dream come true for me. God Bless You!!! Familia Es Todo!!!" - Rafael Espinoza 
 
Starring:
Los Lonely Boys
Henry Garza
Jojo Garza
Ringo Garza
Rafael (Guero) Espinoza
Lauren Lopez

Also check out Rafael Espinoza's Debut EP Album Release "GOLDEN" on iTunes at: http://bit.ly/16Bszpf

1st Review for Rafael's Debut Album "GOLDEN"

FIRST ALBUM REVIEW BY ONE OF THE WORLD'S MOST RENOWNED GUITAR MASTERS AND SONG STORY TELLERS: WOODY MANN
 
"Just listened to the new recording "Golden"...A great set of originals from guitarist/singer,songwriter Rafael Espinoza. Beautiful soulful playing and singing that cover a wide range of moods and musical influences. From the swinging blues title track "It's All Gravy Baby" to the love ballad "Your Eyes Told Me", Rafael's originality and honesty come through as does his sheer enjoyment of the music. The trio arrangements create just the right groove for each tune - great playing. And...they all sound like they are having some fun!" - Woody Mann

Buy Rafael Espinoza's Debut EP Album "GOLDEN" Today by clicking
HERE!!!

Check Out Woody Mann's Website at: http://woodymann.com/

The Debut Music Video for the song "GOLDEN"

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