LA MAFIA INVITED TO PERFORM AT STAR-STUDDED 1997 HISPANIC INAUGURAL GALA FOR PRESIDENT CLINTON AND CABINET MEMBERS
HOUSTON: La Mafia, Houston's most widely known musical export - and a 1997 Grammy Nominee - has been asked to perform before the distinguished U.S. congressional community at a grand gala event being organized as part of the Washington D.C. inaugural ceremonies to kick-off the new Clinton administration.
"We are very proud of this opportunity," says Oscar De La Rosa, La Mafia lead vocalist. "This is the first time we have been invited to perform at such an important gathering of people, and we are pleased to bring Latin music, and our music in particular, to an historic event such as the inauguration of the president of the United States."
The gala is scheduled to take place on Saturday, January 18 at Union Station. La Mafia will share the stage with several well-know Latino artists such as Willie Colon, Mariachi Campanas de America and Nydia Riojas. Celebrity guests will also include New York Undercover's Michael De Lorenzo, Edward James Olmos, Giselle Fernandez, Liz Torres, Esai Morales as well as the world-wide ambassador of Tejano music Johnny Canales.
According to Christina Cabral, executive director of the Hispanic Inaugural Committee (HIC), the gala will also honor outgoing Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Henry Cisneros and newly appointed Secretary of Energy Federico Peña, who are co-chairing the event.
"President Bill Clinton and Vice-president Al Gore are both expected to stop by the Gala at some point during the evening," said Lydia Torres, talent coordinator for HIC, the organization charged with putting the gala together along with the Host Committee which is comprised of the Washington's Democratic Hispanic Caucus.