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Latino musicians put on benefit concert for John Hernandez family

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Houston’s own Grupo Negami kicked-off the last month’s show to benefit the John Hernandez family.

John Hernandez is the 24-year-old man that died after a confrontation in a Denny’s parking lot with Terry Thompson and his wife former Harris County Deputy Chauna Thompson.  Terry sat on John and put him in a choke hold for allegedly urinating in public. 

“Houston has been with you and we are going to keep you in our prayers forever and ever,” lead vocalist, Juan Carlos Villegas, told the crowd at the Tumbleweed’s Music Venue Sunday night.

The event promoted primarily through social media invited music lovers and their families to a fun-filled event.  Latino bands from different parts of Texas showed up in force to support the Hernandez family. 

Grupo Negami kicked off the concert with their hit song “Con La Tierra Encima” and surprised the crowd with collaboration with Houston’s own Grupo Ligado.

Following Grupo Negami, Grupo SinCodigo took the stage with their tejano and cumbia infused sounds, while Vee Gonzalez of McAllen and Grupo B & B of Bryan put on strong performances. 

A young accordionist by the name of Tristan Ramos had special performances throughout the concert, showing that you are never to young to help out.

Shut Em Down Cooker cooked the delicious barbecue while Los Borrachos Cookers contributed other needed supplies.

Since the tragic event unfolded, musicians have been clamoring to support the Hernandez family.  A previous benefit concert in June had so many musicians wanting to participate that organizers had to turn away acts.

All proceeds from the concert, food, and entertainment will be used to open an account that will help pay for Johnny Hernandez’s education in the future.



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