SALT LAKE CITY -- Couples will have a chance to spin around the dance floor to the beat of the King of the Accordion, Ramon Ayala.
Ayala and his band Los Bravos Del Norte will be one of four acts performing at a Hispanic Dance at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at the Salt Palace Convention Center, 100 S. West Temple, Salt Lake City.
The lineup of Mexican Regional Music acts includes Gerardo Ortiz, El Guero and Dinastia Norteña.
According to Ayala's management, the musician is working on a new album and music videos and was not available for interviews.
Ayala was born on Dec. 8, 1945, in Monterrey, Mexico, the son of a local musician Ramon Cobarrubias, according to his official biography. Coming from a musical family, Ayala first picked up the accordion at age 6 and began performing in public to help his family.
Through the 1960s, he began reshaping modern Mexican music. He recorded his first hit, "Ya No Llores," in 1963.
Over a four-decade-long career, Ayala served mostly as band leader, working his squeeze box and writing some legendary songs. Through that time, he partnered with several other talented singers. Since 1993, Mario Marichalar has been the lead vocalist for Los Bravos Del Norte.
Throughout his career, Ayala released more than 105 albums and appeared in 13 movies with other Mexican stars such as Antonio Aguilar, Los Hermanos Almada and Cornelio Reyna.
Like other famous Mexican musicians, such as Los Tigres del Norte, it is difficult to find an English-language equivalent who has sustained such a level of popularity over as many years and across a diverse age group.
Tickets for the Hispanic Dance are $50 in advance at all Victor's Tires locations in the state, including 3636 Washington Blvd., Ogden, as well as Centenario Market, Tacos California and El Paisa Grill.
For more information, call 801-403-8103.