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8 Acts to See at the Napa Valley Latin Music Showcase

The BottleRockers have a very good reason to stay in Napa even longer in 2024.

That’s because organizers added another really cool weekend music event after the regular BottleRock Napa Valley, which takes place over Memorial Day weekend at the Napa Valley Expo in downtown Napa.

So get ready for the La Onda Festival, a two-day celebration of Latin music happening June 1 and 2 at the same location.

Tickets start at $179 per day and $309 for weekend passes; laondafest.com.

Here are eight highlights from La Onda’s inaugural lineup:

Mana

This Day 2 headliner – who is also scheduled to play the BottleRock Napa Valley festival on May 25 – has long been one of the biggest bands in Latin rock. Since its debut in 1981 in Guadalajara, Mexico – originally as Sombrero Verde – the group has recorded dozens of #1 hits and sold more than 40 million albums worldwide.

Set time: 8:15 p.m.-9:45 p.m. June 2; La Onda Scene

Junior H

Antonio Herrera Pérez was still in high school and working as a cook at a Wendy’s in Utah when he dedicated himself to learning music. He then uploaded a few songs to YouTube, under the name Junior H, and the rest is history. The corrido tumbados specialist – originally from Guanajuato, Mexico – now has a number of multi-platinum albums and is set to headline the La Onda stage on day one.

Set time: 8:15 p.m.-9:45 p.m. June 1; La Onda Scene

Alexandre Fernández

Son of legendary Mexican crooner Vicente Fernández, this talented singer has certainly built his own legacy over the past 30-plus years. His many accomplishments include selling more than 20 million albums since releasing his self-titled debut album in 1992, winning three Latin Grammy Awards, and earning a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Set time: 8:25 p.m.-9:55 p.m. June 1; Verizon Step

Fuerza Regida

The San Bernardino band got off to a fast start in their recording career, with their first full-length studio album – 2019’s “Del Barrio Hasta Aquí” – reaching No. 1 on the Regional Mexican Albums chart en route to double platinum. Heights. The group has since recorded several more No. 1 albums, including last year’s wildly popular “Pa Las Baby’s y Belikeada.”

Set time: 8:05 p.m.-9:35 p.m. June 2; Verizon Step

Azules of Los Angeles

The band Mexican City, known for their work in cumbia sonidera (a subgenre of cumbia featuring accordion and synthesizers), has been making music since the mid-70s and is known for the hit “Cómo Te See you Olvidar.” In 2018, Los Angeles Azules reportedly became the first traditional cumbia band to perform at the Coachella music festival.

Set time: 6:55 p.m.-7:55 p.m. June 1; Verizon Step

Ximena Sariñana

Born Ximena Sariñana Rivera, but better known as Ximena Sariñana, this talented artist also hails from the very musical city of Guadalajara. Sariñana started out as a child actor, then made a big mark with the album “Mediocre” in 2008. That debut album surpassed its unassuming title in many ways, earning rave reviews and a nomination for Best Rock Album Latin, Alternative or Urban at the 51st Annual Grammy Awards.

Set time: 2:25 p.m.-3:25 p.m. June 1; Verizon Step

Eslabon Armado

The Stanislaus County band quickly made a name for itself with the release of several top-selling platinum albums, including 2020’s debut “Tu Veneno Mortal” and 2022’s “Nostalgia.” The band’s single “Ella Baila Sola” , featuring Peso Pluma, achieved phenomenal success, becoming the first regional Mexican song to reach number one on the Billboard Global 200.

Set time: 6:35 p.m.-7:35 p.m. June 2; Verizon Step

RayBurger

Some of dance music’s top artists — from Deorro to Diplo — have championed this Dallas DJ/music producer, who mixes EDM and Latin music in his work. Cue “La Hamburguesa” if you want to experience this artist’s cool Latino EDM groove.

Set time: 6:45 p.m.-8 p.m. June 2; Retumba stage

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