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A NIGHT OUT WITH THE KINGS - Black History Month Celebration - BENEFIT CONCERT - 02/27/16 

February is Black History Month and man do we have something special for all you Blues & Gospel Fans!!! 
Coming to Mineola, TX Saturday February 27th... 
"A NIGHT OUT WITH THE KINGS" - Black History Month Celebration - BENEFIT CONCERT 
"A Night Out With The Kings" is a Gospel and Blues Concert Honoring Black History Month - Featuring The Rafael Espinoza Band with musical guests Dr. Otis Webster of Otis with The Metro Band, George Faber, Rufus Jackson & Travis Maxey playing musical tributes to blues artist giants, BB King, Albert King & Freddie King. 
The Concert will also feature several other special guests including Gospel Artist Lorianne Hubbard of The Hubbard Family. 
The night will open with The St. Paul MBC Music Ministry of The St. Paul MBC Church, Mineola, TX. presenting gospel songs glorifying the King of Kings (Jesus Christ)! 

Date: Saturday, February 27th 
Time: Show starts at 7:30p.m. Doors open at 6:45pm. 
Place: The Addie McFarland Gymnasium 
Price: $10 Advanced Tickets - $15 At The Door 
Tickets will be available at the Addie McFarland Center, The Rafael Espinoza Music Academy, Mineola City Hall & Mineola Area Chamber of Commerce. 

This is a benefit concert - All proceeds go to the Community Cemetery support and The Addie E McFarland Foundation. 
A concessions stand will be available. 
For info call 903-638-8023 or 903-569-8851

- THE DAY THE MUSIC DIED SOLD OUT EVENT HUGE SUCCESS - 

Just after midnight on February 3rd, 1959, 3 big stars took off into the night sky forever... And the rest is Rock & Roll. 
Thank you so much to everyone who made our sold out educational event such a success.  
Te amo Ritchie. ♡ You and your flying guitar can soar into the heavens tonight.

"THE DAY THE MUSIC DIED - 57 WINTERS LATER" - Coming to Downtown Mineola, TX 02/02/16 

OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT... 
---COMING TO DOWNTOWN MINEOLA, TX FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY --- 
~ "THE DAY THE MUSIC DIED - 57 WINTERS LATER" ~ 
On February 2, 1959, three of the biggest stars of the day — Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. Richardson "The Big Bopper" — played their last show. The next day the talented trio died in a small plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa. 
Fifty-seven years to the day, three talented local men will take to the stage to honor them, playing some of the greatest songs of all time in “The Day the Music Died.” The show features Shea Birdwell as Buddy Holly, Rafael Espinoza as Ritchie Valens, and Ryley Tharp as The Big Bopper.  
“The Day The Music Died” is an entertaining production honoring these rock & roll legends while educating the community on the history of this iconic American music and its influence on today’s culture. They will show the impact it has had on them personally. 
“The Day the Music Died” is one night only, Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016 at the Mineola League of the Arts, 200 W. Blair Street.  
TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW... 
All Tickets at the door will be $25 a piece.  
Advance tickets are only $20 per person, $30 per couple, and $10 for students and available at Mineola League of The Arts, The Rafael Espinoza Music Academy, Mineola City Hall and Mineola Area Chamber of Commerce. For more info or to purchase tickets by phone call 903-638-8023.

ELVIS' 81ST BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION CONCERT THIS FRIDAY - 01/08/15 

OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT... 
We will be having a huge KING size show here at The Rafael Espinoza Music Academy this upcoming Friday January 8th, 2016 at 8pm! 
We are celebrating the life, legacy and music of The King Of Rock & Roll, ELVIS PRESLEY!!! He's turning the Big 81 and we're ready to have a party for his 81st Birthday! This is also an educational event and will be fun for the whole family! 
Josh Davis will be our special guest of the evening with Rafael Espinoza & his All-Star Lonestar Band! 
Tickets are on sale NOW! 
Tickets are $10 for Advanced Reserve and $15 At The Door! 
Space is limited so Call Now at 903-638-8023 for ticket information! 
Please Share with your friends! 
"Thank ya, Thank ya very much!"

RAFAEL AND FRIENDS MAKE RAFAEL'S ROCK 'N' EVE SHOW A SUCCESS FOR MINEOLA CARING & SHARING!!!  

Thanks to The Good Lord above for all of his blessings!!!!! 
Thanks to my parents for all of your help! It will never go unnoticed! 
I would like to thank Mike Holbrook and the Mineola Theater Board for allowing us to do this special show! 
Thank you to Zoe, Sophia & Olivia Donnelly for opening the show! I'm very proud of you all! 
Thank you to Shea Birdwell for all your talents emceeing and performing! You're my Buddy! 
Thank you to Jennifer Pisarcik for bringing your beautiful voice! 
Thank you to to Kyle Austin Davis for layin' down the keys and always being there to help! 
Thank you to Jerry, Debbie, Lorianne & The Hubbard Family for being an inspiration to us all and helping us to realize that brighter days are ahead! Onward & upward! 
Thank you to Jeri Lynn for your soft velvety voice! I love being a part of Crimson & Cashmere! You make jazz fun! 
I can't say thank you enough to my beautiful wife, Emmylou Espinoza, for all your help and dedication! I couldn't have pulled off this production without you! ♡♡♡ 
Thank you to Tim Schodowski, Phil Rumbley & James Waddell for enhancing this event to the next level with all your experience and talents on the horn instruments! 
Thank you to the one and only Curtis Lane "The Lonestar Shuffle King" for always reminding us to have fun! You're the best! 
Huge thanks to Jeff Hurley & Pam Thurman for doing all the behind the scenes work with sound and cleaning and decorating and stage managing! You guys helped a ton and made our jobs a lot easier! I don't even want to imagine what the show would've been like without your help! 
Thank you to Jeannette Peel and the rest of those who worked in the theater last night assisting everyone! 
Thank you to Josh Pogue of County Road Film Company for capturing the event on film! 
Thank you James Gowan for making an incredible poster! 
Thank you to Linda Lane Photography for capturing this moment! 
THANK YOU SO MUCH TO ALL OF YOU FOR DONATING ALL OF YOUR TIME AND TALENTS!!! IT WAS AN AMAZING SHOW THAT I WILL NEVER FORGET!!! 
Thank you to Mineola Main Street, KMOO, Mineola Monitor, Mineola City Hall, Mineola Chamber of Commerce, The Historic Select Theater/Lake Country Playhouse for all your advertising and selling tickets! 
And last but not least, thank you to Beverly Spike & Sam & Joyce Curry and everyone on the Caring & Sharing Board and all those involved! It does my heart good to know that we could give back to the community and help those in need for next year's Christmas season!!!  
I love everyone on this list!!! God bless you all and let's do something again soon!!! This was the highlight of my year!!! Excited for all of what 2016 has to bring!!! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!  
- Rafael Espinoza

"RAFAEL'S ROCK 'N' EVE SHOW" COMING TO MINEOLA'S SELECT THEATER - ALL TICKET PROCEEDS BENEFIT MINEOLA CARING & SHARING!!! 

OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT...
Start making plans now to attend the largest New Years Eve Celebration East Texas has ever seen!
"RAFAEL'S ROCK 'N' EVE SHOW" is happening this year at the Mineola Historic Select Theater on Thursday Night December 31st at 7:30pm!
Tickets are on sale now! 
They are $15 in advance and $20 at the door! 
ALL TICKET PROCEEDS WILL GO TO BENEFIT MINEOLA CARING & SHARING!!!
Invite your family and friends to this fun celebration to support this great charity and bring in the new year right!
The Official Musical Lineup will consist of...
Shea Birdwell,
the Hubbard Family,
And Rafael Espinoza's Rock 'N' Jazz Orchestra!
The night will also feature Special Appearances by...
Kyle Austin Davis,
Crimson & Cashmere,
Buddy Holly & others!
Tickets are available at The Mineola Select Theater, The Rafael Espinoza Music AcademyMineola City Hall & Mineola Area Chamber of Commerce

Please "LIKE" and "SHARE" to support this great cause!!!

BUDDY, RITCHIE & THE BIG BOPPER ACHIEVE SUCCESS IN MARSHALL!!! 

ALL WE CAN SAY IS WOW!!!
Overwhelmed by the response from "The Day The Music Died" Concert this past weekend at The Marshall Visual Art Center! Thank you so much to the cast and crew that brought this production to life! The music of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens & The Big Bopper really did breathe again! Thanks to The Marshall Regional Arts Council for providing a wonderful venue to replicate Clear Lake Iowa's Surf Ballroom! It felt like 1959 again! And also thank you so much for taking care of all our needs to make this happen and for inviting us to do it! It was such an honor to bring back this wonderful era! Thanks to everyone who came out and supported us! Can't wait to do this show again!

Photo Credit: Claudia Lowery

THIS WEEKEND - THE DAY THE MUSIC LIVES AGAIN!!! 

The Marshall Regional Arts Council proudly presents "The Day The Music Died"!
In 1959 in Clear Lake, Iowa the world lost legendary entertainers, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens & The Big Bopper in a tragic plane crash.
The Day The Music Lives Again will be Saturday November 7th at 7:30pm at The Marshall Visual Art Center in Marshall, Texas
Go back to yesteryear to remember this great music!

The Concert will star...
Shea Birdwell as Buddy Holly
Rafael Espinoza as Ritchie Valens
Ryley Tharp as The Big Bopper
Band Includes:
Phil Rumbley - Bass Guitar
Austin "Boomer" Tackett - Drums
Rafael Espinoza - Guitars/Band Leader
Reception to follow concert.

Tickets are selling fast so get yours now before they're all gone!
Tickets are Limited Concert Seating and Table Seating and are $20 in Advance and $25 At The Door!
Tickets are available at the locations listed on the flyer and of course The Rafael Espinoza Music Academy!

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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