Los Tigres Del Norte to donate a portion of proceeds from upcoming show to farmworkers impacted by floods and a mass shooting
The show will be on April 1 at the SAP Center in the band’s hometown of San Jose, California.
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Legends of norteño Los Tigres Del Norte are back in their hometown of San Jose, California this week for a show at the city’s SAP Center on April 1. But this won’t be just any regular homecoming show for the legends of Regional Mexican Music.
The band announced earlier this week that a portion of the proceeds they earn from the show at the SAP Center on April 1 will go towards local farmworkers that have dealt with a series of tragedies to start 2023.
On Jan. 23, undocumented farmworkers were among the seven killed and one injured in a mass shooting that hit the coastal agricultural city of Half Moon Bay, which is a little more than 50 miles north of San Jose. The shooting was carried out by a fellow farmworker that worked at one of the two farms that ended up being scenes of the crime.
The second tragedy has occurred over the last month or so, as California, specifically the Bay area coastal areas, have seen heavy storms that have brought flooding that’s decimated both farmland and the communities where workers live. During the latest series of storms from earlier this week, at least two people were reportedly killed.
Los Tigres Del Norte member Eduardo Hernandez told NBC Bay Area of how difficult it’s been for him and other members of the band to hear about the recent tragedies experienced by farmworkers in the San Jose area.
"We can collect some money so we can provide for people who really need it," Eduardo told the station.
"We're not only doing songs, but doing something else other than being on stage or being in a venue like this to go out and help in different ways," added band member Luis Hernandez said.
A history of philanthropy
This most recent philanthropic effort is the latest in the long career of the legendary norteño band, which has spanned almost 60 years.
In 2000, the band founded its Los Tigres Del Norte Foundation, which is dedicated celebrating and preserving Mexican and Mexican-American folklore.
The founders — Jorge Hernandez, his brothers and their cousins — were natives of Rosamorada, Nayarit, Mexico and Mocorito, a municipality in Sinaloa before coming to San Jose.
A later famous philanthropic effort also in the vein of preserving Mexican and Mexican-American heritage came when the Los Tigres Del Norte Foundation donated $500,000 to UCLA’s Chicano Studies Research Center to fund the digitization of The Stachwitz Frontera Collection — more than 125,000 songs that celebrate North America’s Spanish-language music heritage.