Two Mexican singing stars will take the RiverEdge Park stage in Aurora on Sept. 13.
Headlining the show is Paquita La Del Barrio (“Paquita from the neighborhood”), who has been a voice defending the independence and pride of Mexican women since 1970. Paquita is known for her huge female following, a dash of camp and her signature phrase, “¿Me estás oyendo, inútil?” (“Are you listening to me, you good-for-nothing?”). She infuses her songs with comedy.
“The lyrics in most of my songs are funny and the way I sing them makes people laugh,” Paquita said. “One of my best known songs is ‘Rata de dos patas.’”
In the song “Rata de dos patas,” which translated into English means “Two Legged Rat,” a rat is a metaphor for her man.
Singer and movie star Alfredo Bojorquez, who is also known as “El Puma De Sinaloa,” is opening for Paquita. He takes a more traditional approach in his performance.
“Through my music I try to cultivate and feed our Mexican culture to others and even to my own people, so they don’t forget their roots,” Bojorquez said.
Paquita La Del Barrio and Alfredo Bojorquez will perform on Sept. 13 at the RiverEdge Park in Aurora.
Paquita will perform her most popular songs and sing some songs from her most recent album, “Romeo y su Nieta,” which was released in July of this year. Many of her albums and songs are popular in Mexican clubs and cantinas and often represent the feminine point of view in relationships.
A born-and-bred child of the Mexican ranches, El Puma has been making music about the Ranchera lifestyle for nearly three decades. He has recorded 48 albums and has starred in 47 films.
“El Puma means ‘The Puma’ — a strong, bold, intelligent and beautiful animal like a cougar,” said Bojorquez about his nick name. “De Sinaloa means ‘from Sinaloa.’ Sinaloa is my hometown in Mexico where I was born.
“I believe people enjoy my show because I bring them a bit of Mexico in each and every one of my songs,” he continued.
Despite their different approaches, the two Mexican performers share a similar satisfaction with their performing.
“It is very satisfying to me to see the audience happy and sing along with me and my songs,” Bojorquez said.
Paquita echoes the sentiment.
“I find satisfaction with the recognition and the affection that people express to me when I’m up on stage,” she said, “and in everyday life.”