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Yelba's Variety Band / Press

“Yelba heats up the stage with an energetic Latin twist! Nicaraguan-born Houstonian, Yelba Heaton, has an unusual name indeed. “It’s like ‘the heat is on’ — ‘Heat-on,’“ she said with a laugh, but it’s a name to remember. Heaton, known as Yelba to her fans, is going places.”

“INTERVIEW WITH LATIN SINGER YELBA Yelba & Latin Fire is a variety band that, with 10 years of performance, has established itself in Houston, Texas, as well as surrounding areas. SMAG caught up with Yelba Heaton, singer for the Latin Fire band, after her performance at Freedom Over Texas in Houston. Yelba talks about her recent nomination for a Houston Press Music Award, past performances in and outside of Houston and three summer spots she’d love to visit.”

“Woman finds harmony in her music Yelba Heaton performs as lead vocalist for band Occupation: Lead singer of her band, Yelba and Max Cat. Community connection: Lives in The Woodlands Fast fact: Heaton is a mother of five, including 13-year-old twins. Quick quote: "Music has always been a dream of mine. It's a real passion." For more information: www.yelba.net If love is a universal language, and music is a close second, The Woodlands resident Yelba Heaton is definitely multilingual.”

“Rock You like a Hurricane The Press Music Awards Showcase brings a category-five storm of tunes Yelba Best Latin Nicaraguan-born Yelba plays both sides of the Latin ballad/salsa street. Working with jazz guitarist Mark Towns on her debut CD, Recuerdos, Yelba favors the "Bésame Mucho"-type boleros but easily swings into a salsafied version of "Hotel California" or a Peruvian-tinged "Tamalito." She comes by the stylistic range naturally. Her musical background is a mixed bag that includes Nicaraguan and Peruvian traditional music, Mexican ballads, merengue, light jazz, salsa, classic rock and even a little country-western thrown in for good measure. The result is kind of like Vikki Carr meets Eydie Gorme and Karen Carpenter over at Loretta Lynn's house. Purists cringe, but her fans love her. -- O.F.A. Mercury Room, 5 p.m. ”

“There are two sides to Latin artist Yelba. The versatile singer can vamp through merengue numbers at Houston's tropical nightspots. At the city's quieter venues, she pours her heart out on romantic boleros. "I have two different branches," Yelba explains. "The first one is very romantic and emotional. I've been known to make ladies in the audience tear up, because I sing Spanish tunes like Bésame Mucho with a lot of feeling. The second side is the super-charged side that makes people sit up and go 'wow.' That's what Tamalito and other salsa songs like De Que Callada Manera and Hotel California do." The songs Yelba describes can be found on her upcoming debut album, Recuerdos, due in May. She collaborated on the CD with flamenco/jazz guitar wonder Mark Towns. "Mark and I are a really good pair," she says, "because he picks songs based on the quality of the music, and I pick them based on what the song says, so I can interpret it and feel really good about what I'm saying."”

“Houston and nearby cities plan music, parades and, of course, fireworks Country singers Billy Currington and Sara Evans headline Freedom Over Texas, the city's largest July 4th celebration. Local bands include Yelba and Latin Fire, Chris Crump, Ira Perez and Tony Henry.”

“FREEDOM OVER TEXAS Also scheduled are locals Yelba and Latin Fire, Chris Crump, Ira Perez and Tony Henry, along with patriotic exhibits and a kid zone.”

“The 2011 Houston Press Music Awards Nominees Best Latin Band Yelba Best Female Vocalist Yelba”

“Ray Wylie Hubbard to headline festival in Greenville Sept. 16-18 "We're proud that the festival continues to serve as a draw for the bicyclists and their families," said Greenville Tourism Director Milton Babb. "In fact, the largest number of cyclists ever, about 2,000, are expected due to some enhancements in the race. But music is playing an increasing role in the success of the festival." The main Bud Light Stage will be located at Lee and Oak Streets, facing east. The Blandelles take the stage at noon, followed by European Ensemble (a four woman string quartet), Josh Davis (award-winning teen Elvis tribute artist), the Vince Lujan Project (Jazz/Blues band from Denton), Back Porch Mary, Jonathan Jeter and the Revelators, Yelba and Latin Fire (Latin cross-over band from Houston) and headliner Ray Wylie Hubbard.”

“Yelba's Variety Band to perform in concert”

“Yelba’s Variety Band returns to Keller Williams concert “Yelba had such a great response when she performed at our concert last October that we decided to bring her back this season,” said Roland Duhon, Keller Williams Northeast Marketing Committee chairman. Yelba Heaton is a Latin music vocalist and guitar player who can sing a beautiful Spanish ballad, a romantic jazz set or a fun disco tune with equal energy and charisma. Yelba’s Variety Band was nominated Best Latin Band Traditional by the Houston Press Music Awards 2010. The band has a varied repertoire, including Top 40, rock, R&B and jazz in addition to Latin music.”

“The versatile singer can vamp through merengue numbers at Houston's tropical nightspots. At the city's quieter venues, she pours her heart out on romantic boleros.”

““Tenth Annual Paws Gala: “The Wonderful Wizard of Paws The Tenth Annual Paws Gala: “The Wonderful Wizard of Paws", hosted by the Galveston Island Humane Society, will kick off Saturday, September 18 at 7pm. With Frank Billingsley (Chief Meteorologist, KPRC-TV Local 2) as Master of Ceremonies and entertainment by Yelba & The Max Catz. OZ came to life last month as the Wonderful Wizard of Paws set out to break records and raise much needed funds for the Galveston Island Humane Society's new shelter. ”

“Pat Green, Cowboy Mouth, Little Big Town & a diverse music lineup at "Freedom Over Texas" PATRIOT STAGE TIMES BAND FORMAT 4:15 to 5:15 Yelba & Latin Fire Latin 5:45 to 7:15 Houston Funk Factory R&B, Funk 7:45 to 9:15 Cowboy Mouth Rock”

“It’s that time of year again for the 8th Annual Cinco de Mayo Fiesta Universal at Market Street. One of the area’s most popular cultural events “Fiesta Universal” celebrates Latin heritage and culture with authentic Mexican food, Latin music, dancing and fun for the whole family! The celebration kicks off at 5:30 p.m. with a variety of Latin entertainment. Watch a performance by an Aztec Indian dance troupe, sing along with an 8-piece Mariachi band and dance to the music of Yelba & Latin Fire—nominated in 2010 by the Houston Press as the Best “Traditional” Latin Band.”

“Hispanic Chamber set for Fiesta Universal “We love performing at this event because of the involvement of the crowd, particularly the children,” said lead singer Yelba Heaton, a resident of The Woodlands. “They express themselves without holding anything back when they hear good music. They dance and sing along with us, and their smiles are better than a million bucks.” Heaton said they perform a variety of music, including Latin, disco, country, rock and roll and R&B. “If love is the first ‘universal’ language,” Heaton said, “music has to come in a close second.””

“HMNS Hosts Mixers & Elixirs Tonight Yelba and Latin Fire perform steamy salsa, merengue, and cumbia, that'll have you dancing wildly. Then, in a blink of an eye, they'll switch to smooth jazz and beautiful Spanish ballads that'll bring a tear to your eyes. A salsa instructor will also be on hand to teach some smooth moves in between the band breaks.”

“With mariachis, merengue and a tamale-eating contest, the Montgomery County Hispanic Chamber will throw a fiesta for Cinco de Mayo at Market Street. The fourth annual festival is expected to draw more than 3,000 visitors, doubling the attendance from last year. The entertainment lineup includes a mix of mariachis from Houston's Multicultural Education and Counseling through the Arts; professional salsa and merengue dancers from the Arthur Murray Dance Studio, soon opening in the area; and the Yelba y Latin Fire jazz band, voted one of Houston's best bands for 2006.”