Summer’s last hoorah!
Fireworks from the bay to the see on Friday and Saturday nights.
JOE KING CARRASCO
Tex-Mex rocker Joe King Carrasco makes a South Padre Island stop for a show at Harpoon’s Surf Bar & Grill on Friday, Aug. 26. Performing with Carrasco will be Valley favorite and former member of Del Castillo Albert Besteiro.
A West Texas native, Carrasco developed a love for Mexico and its music early in his life and began to meld it with sounds from Texas and the border region.
“Hanging out in Mexico as a teenager and I fell in love with the music,” he said. “When I first went down there the Valley blew my mind,” he said. “I love the Valley.”
Throw the beach into the mix and out comes Carrasco’s signature sound.
“Our music is made for Padre Island,” he said.
ISLA DEL SOL
The moving rhythms of electronic dance music will once again visit South Padre Island as the Isla Del Sol music festival returns for its third year over the Labor Day weekend.
The festival will be held over two days, with the opening concert the night of Saturday, Aug. 30 at Schlitterbahn Beach Waterpark. The second day is a VIP pool party at Peninsula Island Resort.
Headlining the Saturday night show is Above & Beyond England.
Also on the Saturday night bill are Matan Zohar, better known by his stage name Mat Zo, and from Spain 19-year-old Danny Avila.
The Sunday VIP event, which is already sold out, according to Magee, will feature bass music favorite Zomboy. Limited ickets are still available for the Saturday night performance.
Isla Del Sol tickets can be purchased at Hermes Music in McAllen and Brownsville, or online at isladelsolfest.com.
JUICY J & LIL JON
Rapper, songwriter and record producer Juicy J, a founding member of the southern hip hop group Three 6 Mafia will be joined by fellow rapper Lil’ Jon at Clayton’s Beach Bar on Saturday, Aug. 30 at 8 p.m.
This month Juicy J released “Low” featuring Nicki Minaj, Lil Bibby and Young Thug as the first single from his album “Pure THC: The Hustle Continues” that is scheduled to be out in September.
Lil’ Jon coined the term “Crunk Rock” when he released an album with that title in 2010.
So far in 2014 his single “Turn Down for What” hit the top 5 on the Dance/Electronic chart in January and the song as since peaked at number 4 on Billboard’s Hot 100.
His most recent single “Bend Ova” came out in July.
RANDALL KING BAND
Clayton’s Beach Bar will host a free country music concert headlining the Randall King Band on Sunday, Aug 31 at 8 p.m. Also appearing will be Madelyn Victoria and Costello.
Lubbock’s Red Dirt Country artist Randall King counts top country acts like Hank Williams, George Jones, Merle Haggard and George Strait among the biggest influences in his music career.
Harlingnen native Madelyn Victoria grew up with country music and now plays shows throughout South Texas. Costello is another popular country band that performs frequently in the Rio Grande Valley.