Festivals, more mark Cinco de Mayo holiday

local@modbee.comMay 1, 2013 



To call Malo a one-hit wonder would be both accurate and missing the point.

While the San Francisco-based band enjoyed its lone chart success 41 years ago with the iconic "Suavecito," Malo always has been about the live performance and the parade of exceptional talent that has made its way through the lineup since the band formed in 1971.

Saturday, Malo headlines the sixth annual Hot Latin Nights Music Festival and Car Show, which is moving this year to Manteca's Promenade Shops at Orchard Valley, home of Bass Pro Shops.

The show is one of several Cinco de Mayo-pegged celebrations planned across the region. The other big Cinco de Mayo celebration will be at the Stanislaus County Fairground; more on that event below.

The original Malo membership went in all directions following the band's early success, but for many San Francisco musicians — especially Latino players hailing from the Mission District — a stay with Malo has become a rite of passage.

But no Malo lineup is complete without founding memberArcelio "Malo" Garcia, and the band itself always features a dual guitar attack — often with founding member Jorge Santana, the brother of Carlos Santana.

The Malo sound also includes a full horn section that in the early 1970s put Malo on par with contemporary horn bands such as Chicago and Blood, Sweat and Tears.

Supporting Malo at the Manteca show is Latin Essence, Mellow Man Ace, Valley Rhythm Section, The Cartel Band, Jr. Cali, Blanca, D.J. Invisible and Steve Dtrix and more.

Gates open at 4 p.m. General admission tickets are $20 and VIP tickets are $35. Tickets are available at the gate or at A Legal Place, 1228 I St.; Modesto Window Tint, 219 McHenry; and Cost Less Foods, 1610 East Hatch.

Cinco de Mayo is celebrated annually by the Latino community to mark the Mexican Army's defeat of French forces on May 5, 1862. Here's a look at some of the other Cinco de Mayo events planned this weekend:

• Cinco de Mayo Parade — Saturday: The annual parade is from 11 a.m. to1 p.m. and begins on Crows Landing Road in Modesto from Olivero Road to Glenn Avenue. It will feature floats, youth groups and music.

•Cinco De Mayo Festival — Sunday: This large festival at the Stanislaus County Fairground will feature live music by Nena Guzman, Los Elegantes De La Banda, Dinastia Nortena, Chuy Chavez Jr., Elemento 3 and Mariachi Mexico Lindo. Jump houses will be available for children and there will be plenty of food and drink available.

Doors open at 1 p.m. at the fairground, 900 Broadway in Turlock.

• Cinco de Mayo History Hike — Sunday: Learn about the trials and tribulations that Hispanic miners faced during the California gold rush as the group hikes along the Duchess Mine trail.

This is listed as a strenuous 3.5-mile hike to the top of Table Mountain. Call (209) 536-9543 for more information.

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