LGM is from the great city of Houston, Texas. In just a short amount of time, they have already made a significant impact on the Houston Latino music scene with their unique blend of Spanish Rock, Cumbia, Reggae, Ska, Second Line Jazz, Mariachi, Tropical, & Funk. This interesting fusion has a little something for everyone – especially those who like to dance!!
2012 was a great year for LGM! They won “Best Band” at the 2012 Conoco Phillips Rodeo Run in Downtown Houston, for the second year in a row LGM was a nominee for “Best Latin Band” at the Houston Press Awards, they got the chance to play at the legendary Miller Outdoor Theatre and at The Reliant Center, and LGM was chosen to be the featured artist live on Univision for Noticias 45 and on TeleFutura for Vive La Mañana!!
Just like its music, LGM is a unique blend of talented musicians. Co-founding member Jesus “Guero” Romero provides lead vocals along with the sexy sounds of his trumpet. The person responsible for getting Guero to break out of his shell and become not just a trumpeter but the singer he is today, is long-time friend and local hidden gem, Ms. Vanessa Alonzo. Vanessa has performed with some of the greatest Mariachi groups in the world, including with world-renowned, Mariachi Vargas and she has toured with multiple operas around the world including the first-ever Mariachi opera, To Cross the Face of the Moon/Cruzar La Cara de La Luna. Ms. Alonzo’s voice can only be compared to the sweet, sweet angels! Backing them up on vocals while burning up the guitar strings are brothers Lorenzo Antonio Guerrero (acoustic) and Alex Guerrero (bass). Bringing a unique twist to the band is Derek Tyler ripping it on lead guitar like it’s no one’s business. Simon Coffman on trombone rounds out the horn section with his tight hits and creative solos. Jose “Chapy” Luna amazes the crowd with the hypnotizing beat of his congas. “The Heartbeat” of the group is drummer extraordinaire Stephen Araujo on kit. And nominee for “Best Miscellaneous Instrument” at the the 2011 & 2012 Houston Press Awards is Mr. Sean Torres laying down that last little touch of flavor by mixing his crazy timbales chops with his vast array of Latin percussion, cymbals, and wind chimes.
“It is difficult to explain our style because we are constantly evolving musically. Every day is a new one. We don’t want to put limits on ourselves by categorizing LGM. We play what makes us feel good inside. If the people like it, then it’s just a bonus,” co-founder and percussionist Stephen Araujo explains.
And the people definitely like it. LGM won Gorilla Productions’ Battle of the Bands Prelims in May of 2010 and Finals in September of 2010, a contest based on ticket sales and crowd response. Houston has definitely taken notice of LGM, who has also performed at local events such as the 2nd & 3rd Annual East End Urban Arts Festival, MECA’s “Viva el Amor” & “Dia de los Muertos” celebrations, and the Houston International Festival. LGM was also a nominee for “Best Latin Band” at the 2011 & 2012 Houston Press Awards and was chosen “Best Band” at the 2012 ConocoPhillips Rodeo Run in downtown Houston.
LGM’s television credits include Univision’s, Noticias 45 and TeleFutura’s, Vive La Manana.
We would like to introduce you to LGM’s newest addition, Miss Vanessa Alonzo!
Vanessa Alonzo made her Houston Grand Opera debut in the concert premiere of To Cross the Face of the Moon at the Wortham Theater Center in November 2010. She began her training with the late Alfonso Guerra at Multicultural Education and Counseling through the Arts (MECA). Ms. Alonzo has been a featured performer with mariachi ensembles throughout Houston since 1998. In 1999 Vanessa was named the “Best of Show Vocalist” in Ford-Lincoln Mercury’s Mariachi Vargas Extravaganza Vocal Competition. Her notable credits include tours to Ireland, Mexico, Norway and Vietnam. In 2002, Vanessa performed for the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Ms. Alonzo’s television credits include Cristina on Univision as a participant in the Festival de Rancheras and a finalist on the hit show, Tengo Talento Mucho Talento, in early 2011.
Vanessa is also a former student of tenor and Houston Grand Opera Studio Alumnus Gabriel Gonzalez.
In 2013, Ms. Alonzo will be on an opera tour as well as performing with Los Guerreros de la Musica.
* Jesus “Guero” Romero ~ Vocals, Trumpet, Songwriter, Co-Founding Member
* Vanessa Alonzo ~ Vocals, Songwriter
* Derek Tyler ~ Lead Guitar, Songwriter
* Lorenzo Antonio Guerrero ~ Rhythm Guitar,
Vocals, Songwriter, Co-Founding Member
* Alex Guerrero ~ Bass Guitar, Vocals, Songwriter, Co-Founding Member
* Daniel Contreras ~ Keyboards
* Simon Coffman ~ Trombone, Vocals
* Sean Torres ~ Timbales, Latin Percussion
* Jose “Chapy” Luna ~ Congas
* Aldo Amaya ~ Congas, Vocals, Songwriter
* Stephen Araujo ~ Drumset, Songwriter, Co-Founding Member, Manager, Co-Producer
LGM’s debut album, El Mundo Entero, is set to be released in May 2013