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Ruben V…

Story by joseph Martinez

Latin-Soul, Jazzy Blues, Rock. This is a good description of what you get when you listen to Ruben Vela of the band “RUBEN V”.   “Built On Love”, An Original song he wrote about friends lost stuck a nerve with me. Words do not make the pain go away but rather it smooth’s out the ruff edges.  Ruben played many songs that evening. Angel of Mercy, a great original song , it started with a heavy bass drum line, it’s a snappy tune.  Cool…

A Favorite Song of mine, “Golden Slumber” Was played flawlessly in his unique way.

The band did not play any “Santana” songs but, they had the influence  and some of the funkiness of that famous band. When asked about the music his band played. Ruben said” It’s a fusion of many different styles, “I work hard to keep it fresh” 

Ruben played a Very long set  lasting well over an hour at the cove;

A  San Antonio favorite family friendly nightspot.

I ask about “How far do you want to take the playing music?”

Ruben: Simple “I don’t want it to end”.

I truly believe that if Ruben get a cuts . He would bleed musical notes.

It was very apparent that family is very important to him. Cale (Ruben’s spouse and booking manager )  was enjoying the evening with her son  Justice”  I did not see his other child Liberty but, I know Ruben keeps a close reminder  of his kids with him . The names Justice and Liberty on his arms.

Music runs deep in his family. His Father led a conjunto group in the Valley and that’s where Ruben received the music bug. Kudo’s goe out to his DAD for giving San Antonio a Wonderful musician.

Of Course, one person does not make a band.

All of the members played very well. In A word they were “Tight”

Each member had a solo to showcase their individual talents.

The audience appreciated it as well as I .

  • Singer and Guitar : Ruben Vela
  • Backup singer and saxophone : Onel Jimenez
  • Bass player :James Pickens
  • Drums: Steve Mendez
  • Percussion: Gaba Herrera


I’m looking forward to his eighth CD. Hopefully it will be release later this year.  Best of luck from all of use here at  River City Attractions

Need more information try these links below.!/rubenv

for booking information  call Cale Vela at 210-251-1236

Story and pictures by Joseph Martinez / River City Attractions