By JERRY RODRIGUEZ
Special to the Parade
The Sixth Annual Valentine’s Day dance, Noche De Ronda, will be held Saturday, Feb. 11 at the Knights of Columbus (KC) Hall, located on 826 E. Stenger St. in San Benito.
The event, slated from 8 p.m.-12 midnight will feature Tejano artist Noe Pro, who has played at every dance for the past five years.
During the intermission, Senator Eddie Lucio Jr. will recognize Noe Pro for his 40 years of musical performances.
“He really attracts a crowd,” said Rey Avila, President of the Texas Conjunto Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
Pro, who began his career in the music industry as early as the age of five formed “Noe Pro and the Band” following a stint with “The Blue Valiants.” Pro’s diversified set list, which includes Tejano classics but also showcases a bit of Carlos Santana occasionally is largely inspired by eclectic roots. For instance, Pro’s first passion was for rock and roll, and it wasn’t until he began receiving requests for Spanish music, mainly at proms and quinceañeras that his true calling took shape.
Everything went well for Pro following as much, signing a distribution with Mercury Records and even gaining recognition on the charts.
When Noche de Ronda was in its infancy, the event had no name and no headliner. Avila recalls that the name came from a song he had heard almost 50 years ago by composer Augustine Lara. This inspired him to name the event Noche De Ronda before asking Pro to headline, to which the Tejano star obliged despite being retired since the 1970s.
Now, Noe Pro and Noche de Ronda have become a Valentine’s tradition not just for San Benito, but the Rio Grande Valley.
In fact, the dance has become so successful that a $1,000 scholarship was raised for members of San Benito High School’s Conjunto Estrella. Last year, the scholarship was granted to Raymond Valdez and Raul Gonzalez. “We use this to help support our conjunto program and help fund our Hall of Fame,” said Avila.
Noche De Ronda attracted approximately 500 people last year and is hoping to sell a full house this time around.
Tickets will be $20 per person, $25 dollars at the door and $160 for a reserved table of eight. For table reservations, call Avila at (956) 245-1666. One can also purchase tickets at the KC Hall, (956) 399-4257; San Benito Chamber of Commerce, (956) 399-5321; Harlingen Chamber of Commerce, (956) 423-5321; or the Harlingen Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, (956) 421-2400.
“So come, bring your sweethearts and dance the night away,” Avila said.