Ross and Friends to rock at Hal’s
4/16/2012 8:00:00 AM by
One of Laredo’s most popular musical groups, Ross and Friends, have a return engagement at Hal’s Landing Restaurant and Bar. It is a fundraiser to benefit the South Texas Food Bank mission of feeding the hungry. The event is on Tuesday May 8 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the popular north Laredo nightspot next to the Laredo Energy Arena on 6510 Arena Blvd. Hal’s Landing proprietors Tom and Marianne Lamont, who also help other Laredo non-profits throughout the year, sponsor the music. The admission price of $10 per person goes to the South Texas Food Bank, which distributes supplemental food to 25,000 families per month, including 7,000-plus elderly, 6,000-plus children and 500 veterans and their widows. Also, there will be raffle items that include gift certificates. Tickets are available by calling 324-2432.
“We are blessed to have the Lamont Family as advocates to our very important mission,” said Cindy Liendo Espinoza, South Texas Food Bank chief development officer. “The numbers of people we help is just staggering.” Ms. Lamont added, “We are just trying to do our part to help in these difficult economic times and the South Texas Food Bank certainly is one of the organizations that affects the biggest crosssection of Laredoans.”
Laredoan Ross Swisher and his group entertained at a similar South Texas Food Bank-Hal’s Landing event one year a go. “We had a very good time then and are expecting the same again,” Swisher said. “We love to support charities, especially the food bank.”
Swisher, a graduate of St. Joseph Academy, started a musical group of teenage friends in 1969. It evolved into Ross and Friends, a group who plays music from the 1950s to the present. One observer noted, “They do a great job of entertaining. People have a good time when Ross and Friends are on the program.”
Ross, who sings and plays guitar, is joined by Carlos Longoria on bass, Rick Rios on drums, Ramiro Lopez, keyboard and most recently the comeback of vocalist T.J. Ruiz. Swisher said of Ruiz, “I call him the Davy Jones (the late Monkees singer) of Laredo because of his size and talent. I’ve known him since 1968. He has rejoined us and everybody is excited.”
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