Performing Friday, February 1, 2019
Mario Ramirez, who is Ritchie Valens younger brother, was only 18 months old when Ritchie passed away. Over the years, Mario has learned about Ritchie through his music and through stories told by family and fellow musicians who toured with Ritchie, like Tommy Allsup, Link Wrey and Chris Montez. Ritchie’s fire and drive fueled a passion for music in Mario, who plays harmonica, sings and writes songs for his own band, The Backyard Blues Band. With encouragement from friends and family and for the first time in Winter Dance Party history, Mario and his band will play a set of Ritchie’s songs in his honor.