El Paso, TX

Aug 2-12, 2018 • El Paso, TX Twitter iconFacebook icon

La Bamba

30th Anniversary
Plaza Outdoor
Friday, August 4
Oregon Street
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Award-winning playwright Luis Valdez brought to life the story of Chicano rock and roll singer Ritchie Valens, whose quick rise ended with his tragic death in a plane crash at age 17. Valdez infuses this straightforward biography with insights into Ritchie’s life with his mother Connie (Rosanna DeSoto) and jealous half-brother (Esai Morales in a strong performance), and the pressures he faced as a young Chicano in a world dominated by whites, including his decision to “Americanize” his last name from Valenzuela to Valens. The director gets a winning, energetic performance from his young star as he traces the story to its tragic end, the day the music died, when Valens died in a plane crash Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper. The soundtrack, performed by Los Lobos, reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts.

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Starring: Lou Diamond Phillips, Esai Morales, Rosanna DeSoto
Rated: PG-13