There was a time when La Mafia, arguably the greatest Tejano group in the genre’s history, spent very little time in Houston. Though its roots are in the city’s Northside (still home to La Mafia’s expansive studios), touring and promotional commitments kept them on the road.
“A few years ago, we’d be gone two to four weeks in a row,” says producer Armando Lichtenberger Jr., who also handles keyboards and accordion.
The frantic scheduling, however, has changed. The band now does five or six shows a month, including casinos, a purposeful choice that allows them time to focus on other projects.
“It feels easier,” says singer Oscar De la Rosa, who released two solo singles last year. “We get to spend more time at home. We want our fans to be excited when they see us again.”
La Mafia’s show this weekend at Miller Outdoor Theatre is its first local appearance since a New Year’s Day performance. Though fans frequently run into band members at coffee shops, clubs and concerts, they limit Houston shows to twice a year. (The same goes for San Antonio, too, where the healthy Tejano market could accommodate much more.)
“It’s just a system that we’ve kept throughout the years. It works for us,” Lichtenberger says. “When we come home, it makes it extra-special.”
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