Among the acts scheduled to appear are world-renowned
Ayala y Sus Bravos del Norte
and the Michigan-based Grupo Pressencia. Doors will open
at 4 p.m. The show will begin at 5:00 p.m.
Ayala is a Grammy Award-winning
musician, composer, and songwriter of
conjunto music, who has been dubbed the “King of the
Accordion.” The 68-year old musician, composer, and songwriter
was born in
México and has recorded more than 100 albums and has been
featured in 13 movies during a career that spans more than 40
Ayala first picked up and played the accordion at age 6. As a
teen, he teamed up with the late bajo sexto guitarist/vocalist
Cornelio Reyna to form Los Relámpagos del Norte.
The duo is credited with livening up their traditional music and
lyrics in the 1960s to appeal to more people. They recorded 20
albums together, forging a distinctive sound and roster of songs
that have since been covered by many artists of contemporary
After the pair parted ways in 1971, Ayala formed his legendary
band Ramón Ayala y Sus Bravos del Norte. Over the years,
the band has used five lead singers, including legends
Antonio Sauceda and Eliseo Robles. Current lead
singer Mario Marichalar first joined the band in 1993.
His band’s music remains popular on both sides of the Rio
Over the past four decades, Ayala has been nominated for several
Grammy awards. In 2002, he won a Grammy award for the album
En Vivo… El Hombre Y Su Música. Ayala has also been awarded
with two Latin Grammies for the albums “Quémame Los Ojos”
and “El Numero Cien”.
Ayala and his band last made a Toledo appearance during
LatinoFest in 2010. SS. Peter
and Paul Catholic Parish
hopes to raise $40,000 for programs that meet the unique needs
of its congregation, many of whom are Spanish-speaking families
in need of immigration related services.
“You could call us the only Hispanic Catholic parish in Toledo.
Our Mass is done in Spanish and normally numbers more than 400,”
said Mary Torres, church administrative assistant. “We do
CCD catechism classes twice each month for the children and we
have 167 students. We help with immigration documents and stuff
According to Ms. Torres, the popularity of Ayala and is band is
proving to be quite a regional draw for the parish fundraiser.
“I’m getting from Adrian. I’m hearing from Detroit,” said Ms.
Torres. “I’m getting people from Fremont. I know people from
Archbold have called. So we’re getting different regions. He’s
well-known and he brings them in. It helps everybody know that
we’re here and we’ve been here a long time. It gets the word out
that we’re still here and we’re still supporting the Hispanic
This is not the first time the parish has brought in a headliner
for a fundraiser concert and dance. The last big-name act to
Tejano singer/accordionist Michael
Salgado, who will make an
appearance in Toledo on May 2nd at the East Side
Cantina and in Mt. Pleasant on May 3rd at the
Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort (with Siggno and
Lansing native Ricky Valenz).
Parishioners and local restaurants have pledged traditional
Mexican food and beverage donations, which will be available for
purchase at the event to help raise extra money.
“Hopefully, everyone can come and support this cause. We’re in
dire need of funds,” said Ms. Torres.
VIP tables of 8 near the stage, priced at $300, have already
sold out. The parish printed 1,500 and already have sold more
than 800 seats. Presale tickets are $30 apiece and can be
reserved by calling Ms. Torres at 419.241.5822. Tickets sold at
the door are priced at $35 each.