By Skyler Watrous, Spirit of Texas Festival Publicity Committee
Las Fenix, a Tejano band made up of the five Rodriguez sisters, will perform at the Spirit of Texas Festival. The three-day event will be held at College Station’s Wolf Pen Creek Park March 23-25.
The group’s inclusion to the list of performers speaks to the diversity of Texas-based performances planned for the March festival. “Festival goers will love Las Fenix’s unique sound and the high energy they bring to the stage,” said Cynthia Caronna, the Spirit of Texas Festival’s executive director. “We will also be offering a wide variety of musical genres – from country to gospel to Zydeco — that will appeal to our guests.”
Las Fenix, a Houston-based quintet, began singing, dancing, and playing instruments at a young age. They formed their band to perform a one-time concert in the early 2000s for their father on his birthday. However, their energy and passion for music have made the band a favorite from the Carolinas to California.
The sisters pride themselves on their “Tex-Mex” style — a combination heavily influenced by Mexican and Tejano music. The oldest sister in the band, Nadia, plays bass while Lesli performs on the bajo quinto and is a lead vocalist. Adela is the band’s drummer while Berna plays the accordion and also performs as a lead vocalist. The youngest sister, Anahi, plays percussion and contributes to vocals. Their father, David Rodriquez, serves as the band’s manager, music producer and bus driver.
Las Fenix has released six albums since their beginning in 1999. In 2013, they recorded an album with Quintanilla’s Q Productions alongside Abraham Quintanilla, the father of beloved Tejano star Selena. In 2015, the band’s most recent album, “Heliopolis,” was nominated for Norteño Album of the Year at the Tejano Music Awards. Since then, they have performed across the United States, including at the Tejano Music Awards and Furia Music Festival. They also have been featured on Despierta America, CNN en Español, Al Rojo Vivo and Un Nuevo Día.