What they may not know is that after moving to Bloomington/Normal, Illinois four years ago Marcos’ passion for music continued. In Illinois Marcos gathered a talented group of musicians and established his band, Marcos Mendez and Two Dollar Ransom (2$R).
On Thursday, March 24th, Marcos and 2$R will be performing at the Dobie/West Theatre in George West. This event, a fundraiser for the Dobie/West Theatre, hopes to assist the theatre in meeting their goal of purchasing a sound system. This state of the art system will include a mixing board, microphones, stands, front of house speakers, monitors and much more. This will afford the theatre the opportunity to provide our community with quality music and theatrical performances.
Roots in Live Oak County
Marcos has been a musician for most of his life, following the family legacy of his grandfather, Endercio Chapa, Sr, a fabled accordion player. His grandmother, Martha Chapa, and other family members could often be heard singing songs late into the night during family reunions. Clayton Chapa, Marcos’ cousin, will also be joining the band on accordion for several numbers. Marcos played saxophone for the Three Rivers High School band. Marching in competitions, playing in the Jazz Band, even performing from the sidelines of several shows when he suffered a broken ankle. While attending Southwest Texas State University, Marcos’ grandfather, Zeke Mendez, bought him his first guitar and inspired Marcos to start writing music. Marcos was then fortunate enough to have the opportunity to work as a staff member/intern at Texas Music Magazine with Stewart Ramser in Austin. Making his way back to Live Oak County year after year for the Live Oak County Fair, Marcos never lost touch with his roots. His original music is inspired by times spent fishing the Frio River, growing up in rural Texas and making the most out of life. This visit is much more than a homecoming for Marcos. His life has come full circle and he is happy to be able to give back to the community that has given him so much. Marcos’ wife Julie, daughter Adrian (7) and twin sons, Zeke and Ezra (4), will be in Illinois, but will no doubt enjoy the show via Facebook posts and phone calls
Marcos, a TRISD class of 1996 alumnus, is hopeful all of his former classmates, teachers, friends and families, along with music lovers, come out to support the band and, most importantly, the Dobie/West Theatre. Marcos says that even though he does not live in Live Oak County it runs deep in his blood. He would like for the Arts to have a place among all of the other great aspects of life in South Texas.
Marcos Mendez & Two Dollar Ransom (2$R) was started in early 2010 by Marcos, fellow Texas native, David Turrentine and Tim Burns. Their passion for Texas inspired music bonded them immediately and they played several small “coffee house” shows before adding Jack Kahle on percussion and Leroy Janke on lead electric guitar. They played several cities around Central Illinois that are frequented by artists such as Wayne “The Train” Hancock and Austin based artists, Hot Club of Cowtown.
After almost a year, David, also a songwriter, chose to pursue the song-writing path and John Morris was invited to join the band in David’s absence. An upcoming 2$R EP (set tentatively for release in July 2011) features several songs written by David. The band plays several styles of music that range from blues and roots-rock to country and Americana. They have also been known to throw in some Spanish tunes for good measure. No matter your taste in music Marcos Mendez & Two Dollar Ransom will be sure to entertain!
The Dobie/West Theatre can hold about 300 guests and the hope is to sell every ticket available. A portion of each ticket sale will go to the theatre and there will also be auction items available. 36D Management, management firm for Randy Rogers Band, Cody Canada and The Departed and Micky and The Motorcars, has graciously provided items that include CD’s, t-shirts, caps and much more. Huge thanks to 36D Management. There will also be Two Dollar Ransom gear available during the auction! Prepare for a high energy show and great way to start off your weekend! Please help support the Arts in South Texas and ensure that future generations of theatre goers are able to enjoy the Arts as well!
As Marcos Mendez & Two Dollar Ransom says, “See y’all at The Show!!”
Tickets for the show are $8 in advance and $10 at the door and can be purchased at the George West Chamber of Commerce, Three Rivers Handi-Stop, Sowells BBQ in Three Rivers or by calling Marivel DeLeon at (361)318-4606 or Mackie Alvarez at 786-4335.