Like I stated in my previous blog the real winners were the fans. La Mafia was declared the winner but both shows were extremely entertaining, and totally lived up to the hype. Yes AB got booed, he played his villian role very well, and MOST (I can’t say all as some of the comments did not go over well with La Mafia fans, AB writes some funny material, but he gets a little carried away sometimes) of the booing was just the crowd playing along, so I hope he knows that and didn’t take it personal. I know that some had an issue with all the guest singers he brought, but I totally enjoyed his “All Star Variety Show”, and from my vantage point it seemed that everyone else did as well . So AB had 6 different people singing to his music, it was great. La Mafia had the one and only Oscar de la Rosa whose trademark voice is (and has been for 28 years) combined with Mando’s arangements, what makes La Mafia La Mafia.
The two stages were side by side , a perfect setup because you could see both stages from just about any vantage point. The rules were to be that each group was to play 3 songs in a row and who went first would be determined by a coin toss. Oscar called heads and heads it was, so he elected to let AB go first.
La Mafia waiting for the coin toss
The ball was in AB’s court and he wasted no time in crying foul, accusing La Mafia of cheating because they had more lights than he did, saying they should have points deducted for that, people were booing and laughing at the same time, he seemed to get quite a kick out of that. For his first 3 songs he chose to take us back with songs he had written, he opened Elida Reyna singing first 2, opening with Selena’s “Ya Ves” , and Jesse Turner of Siggno to sing the third one. I hadn’t seen Elida in a while and it was good to see her. She did a great job as did Jesse (who I would not have recognized w/o his “Siggno look” if AB hadn’t introduced him) as well, and the fans enjoyed the trip down memory lane.
Elida and AB
OK, so now it was La Mafia’s turn. They hit the stage cranking out the title song from the album that revolutionized the Tejano Industry, “Estas Tocando Fuego”, and I mean they were fired up, the guys moving all over the stage, Oscar leaping into the air, running over to the side of the stage near AB’s stage , pointing in that direction while singing the words “estas tocando fuego” (as if to say AB, you are playing with fire taking us on) and gave a big karate kick toward AB’s stage. They followed up that song with two more 90s Billboard hits in rapid fire (I wish I had taken notes) that had the crowd so worked up that AB and company were huddling on the other stage planning their next move. Oscar had only one comment for AB (said with that mischevious grin, y’all know the one) “AB, we’re keeping our lights”
Speaking of the lights, as AB went into such great detail to point out to us, La mafia had a very impressive and effective light show, but it caused some of my pictures to be rather distorted, like the one below, but I think they will give you an idea of what it was like to be there.
Jesse Turner and AB (this picture would have come out better if AB had had a little more light on his stage, LOL just messing with AB on the off chance that he sees this blog)
Check out Oscar's feet in this picture. He actually jumped higher than this, I caught him on the way down.
So what was AB’s next plan of attack? Stay tuned for part 2 to find out, oh and wait till you see the gift that Oscar brought for AB (too funny).
Click on the link below to go to part two: