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Open House Event @ The Rafael Espinoza Music Academy this Saturday 08/30/14 from 2pm-4pm! 

With Back To School upon us why not also start school at The Rafael Espinoza Music Academy???
Come to our Open House Event this Saturday August 30th at 2pm and meet music teachers Rafael Espinoza and Emmylou Hubbard!
Now offering these instruments from Beginner to Advanced Levels on Guitar, Bass, Drums, Ukulele and Piano. Learn your favorite songs in all styles on your chosen instrument!
Now enrolling students for the month of September!
This Open House Event will also be your chance to either enroll yourself or your child in music lessons!
Are you new to music and don’t know exactly what instrument you or your child would like to play? We’ll have one of our professors evaluate your compatibility on various instruments to see what instrument best fits you!
So come on down to The Rafael Espinoza Music Academy’s Open House Event on Saturday August 30th between 2pm and 4pm to enroll in some lessons and to start having fun making music!
 
And more great news! Our friends from Mineola Traders will be bringing beginner instrument materials such as guitars, bass guitars, percussion, other accessories, and beginner method books for you to sample and purchase to get you started right away on the enjoyment of making music! Come sign up for lessons at The Rafael Espinoza Music Academy Saturday August 30th from 2pm-4pm!
"JOIN" the event link below to let us know you're coming! 
https://www.facebook.com/events/333427830148053/

Rafael Espinoza Dubbed "GUITAR KING / John Early Music Award" at Texas Sounds International Country Music Awards Festival!!! 

I had no idea I was up for this award but I am very honored to receive "The John Early Guitar King" Award at The Texas Sounds Country Music Awards Festival in Jefferson, TX!!! John Early is one of Cass County's treasures. A gifted songwriter & musician and native of Jefferson, Texas, John heads the popular Texas bluegrass band Hickory Hill . He is also a member of the Moon and the Starz - a pop/county/comedic band which includes Richard Bowden, Greg Attaway, Pat Roberson, and Joe Hamilton. John is on the Board of Directors for Music City Texas, Inc., which operates the Music City Texas Theater and is developing the MCT Texas Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. 
Thank you so much to Preston Taylor and The East Texas Performing Arts, Inc. Organization for considering me for this special award! It really means a lot and I thank you for all of your support!
Also, I had a blast leading the house band for all of these incredible international artists at the festival... InBlauK #1 Country Artist from Spain, LOVEFLOWERS #1 Country Artist from Sweden, Britta T. - Fanclub Schweiz # 1 Country Artist from Switzerland, and Karen Lee Batten #1 Country Artist from Canada! Thank you very much to all of these artists! It was an honor and a pleasure working with each and every one of you! I am also proud of the all star house band members I arranged for this festival, Travis Hull, Greg Simmons, Curtis Lane, and Phil Rumbley! Your amazing musicianship heightened and totally enhanced this festival to another level! It was truly magnificent! THANK YOU!!!
Thank you so much everyone at Jefferson, TX and many thanks again to Preston Taylor for this wonderful opportunity!!!

- Rafael Espinoza 

Photo Credit: Greg Simmons

Superb Set with Switzerland's #1 Country Music Artist, Britta T! 

Had a blast playing with Britta T., who is the #1 Country Artist from Switzerland, at The Texas Sounds International Country Music Awards Festival in Jefferson, Texas this past Thursday!!!
It was really cool to play with them on their first show here in the states! The energy was flying high and we went out guns a blazin'! My college friend and keyboardist, Greg Simmons, and myself had so much fun performing with Britta and her band! They are really a great group of musicians! And what a great voice Britta has!
Check out her music at www.facebook.com/britta.t.music
I am honored to be the house band leader for this festival and to play with so many diverse cultures from around the globe!
Come check out the last day of the festival tomorrow evening as we play for Canada's #1 Country Artist, Karen Lee Batten
For more info, click on the link below....
http://easttexasperformingarts.org/

Photo Credit: Sheila Nicholas

Swedish Success! 

It was so much fun playing with The LOVEFLOWERS from Sweden at The Texas Sounds International Country Music Awards Festival in Jefferson, Texas this past weekend!!!
I am honored to be the house band leader for this festival and to play with so many diverse cultures from around the globe!
It was really cool to play with them on their first show here in the states! Phil Rumbley on Bass was the icing on the cake!
Looking forward to playing with more of these incredible international artists in the coming days!
Come check out the festival! 
For more info, click on the link below....
http://easttexasperformingarts.org/

Photo Credit: White Oak Manor Bed and Breakfast-Jefferson Texas
 

"Texas Electric Railway Blues" reaches the Top 10 on NoiseTrade! 

Just found out that the song Texas Blues Historian Jeff Campbell and I wrote together about the beginnings of the first electric railway in Texas has gotten into The Top 10 on NoiseTrade! 
In fact it has gone to #9 on The Top Ten Blues Downloads at NoiseTrade! 
"Texas Electric Railway Blues"...
- Download the song now and remember that all the tip $'s will be donated to the Plano Conservancy for Historic Preservation which manages the Interurban Railway Museum.
http://noisetrade.com/genres/blues

Please download and you can move it up to #1! 
Thank you so much!
- Rafael Espinoza
#NoiseTrade #RafaelEspinoza

Great Successful Opening Night at The Texas Sounds International Country Music Awards Festival in Jefferson, Texas!!! 

I am honored to be the house band leader for this festival!
On opening night, Travis Hull and I backed up an artist from Spain by the name of InBlauK, who is Spain's Most Popular Country Artist! It was really cool to play drums for him on his first show here in the states!
Looking forward to playing with more of these incredible international artists in the coming days!
Come check out the festival! 
For more info, click on the link below....
http://easttexasperformingarts.org/

Photo Credit: Preston Taylor

Texas Sounds International Country Music Awards Festival 

Honored to be performing with these incredible artists from all over the world as the house band leader for The Texas Sounds International Country Music Awards Festival!!!
It all starts tonight and goes through Mid - August!!!
Be sure to make a stop at The Jefferson Visitor Center in Jefferson, TX for this prestigious event!!!
For more info, click on the link below....
http://easttexasperformingarts.org/ 

Thanks,
- Rafael Espinoza

Hairspray at Tyler Civic Theatre 

Hairspray is a musical with music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman and a book by Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan, based on the 1988 John Waters film Hairspray. The songs include 1960s-style dance music and "downtown" rhythm and blues. In 1962 Baltimore, Maryland, plump teenager Tracy Turnblad's dream is to dance on The Corny Collins Show, a local TV dance program based on the real-life Buddy Deane Show. When Tracy wins a role on the show, she becomes a celebrity overnight, and meets a colorful array of characters, such as Corny Collins (The show's singing host who shares Tracy's liberal political views) and Velma Von Tussle (The villainous producer of the show who does everything in her power to further her daughter's career and destroy Tracy's and Corny's). She then launches a campaign to integrate the show. Hairspray is a social commentary on the injustices of parts of American society in the 1960s.

Showtimes are...
July 10th-12th at 7:30pm
July 13th at 2:30pm
July 17th-19th at 7:30pm
July 20th at 2:30pm
July 24th-26th at 7:30pm
July 27th at 2:30pm

Rafael will be performing in this musical on guitar.

You can buy tickets at the link below or call the box office at

903-592-0561

http://tylercivictheatre.com/production/2014-2015/hairspray-the-musical

GRAND OPENING OF THE RAFAEL ESPINOZA MUSIC ACADEMY 

The Grand Opening of The Rafael Espinoza Music Academy is this Saturday July 12th at 11am!

This event will feature Live Musical Performances by...
The Main Street Pickers of Mineola's Music On The Streets Program
Greg Simmons
The Hubbard Family
The Rafael Espinoza Band


Please make plans to attend!



 
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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

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

The Debut Music Video for the song "GOLDEN"

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