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Accordionist, David Lee Garza brings talent and musical storytelling to The Lounge at Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino

David Lee Garza y Los Musicales will be performing at Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino in Maricopa at The Lounge on Thursday Sept. 15 with free shows at 7 pm & 9 pm.

David Lee Garza y Los Musicales

accordionist-david-lee-garza-brings-talent-and-musical-storytelling-to-the-lounge-at-harrahs-ak-chin-casino-4David Lee Garza y Los Musicales will be performing at Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino in Maricopa at The Lounge on Thursday, Sept. 15, with free shows at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Accordionist Garza blends Mexican and Tex-Mex styles to create music, including his hit single from 1998, “Te Quiero, Te Amo.”

Along with signature “Tejano” style, the band performs a variety of styles including polka and country-western.

accordionist-david-lee-garza-brings-talent-and-musical-storytelling-to-the-lounge-at-harrahs-ak-chin-casinoA concert by David Lee Garza y Los Musicales is truly a unique and energizing experience. The performers walk into the audience among the spectators, encouraging everyone to sing along with the band and also pause for pictures with audience members during shows. Garza’s three brothers, Richard, Adam, and Oscar have been in the band since it formed more than 30 years ago. They are truly a family of entertainers from the small town of Poteet, Texas.

david-lee-garza-just-friendsGarza taught himself to play the accordion by watching his father’s and grandfather’s bands. Garza started playing the drums at age nine before his father gave Garza an accordion and challenged him to learn to play the polka. Garza accompanied his father to rehearsals and imitated the musicians. Through observation and his father’s instruction, Garza learned to play both the accordion and the drums. Over the years, Garza built and added to his band with numerous vocalists who write songs as well, providing variety in sound and storytelling. Many of these vocalists have gone on to launch successful solo careers, including Ramiro “Ram” Herrera, Emilio Navaira, Oscar G, Jay Perez, Marcos Orozco, Mark Ledesma, and Ben Ozuna.

accordionist-david-lee-garza-brings-talent-and-musical-storytelling-to-the-lounge-at-harrahs-ak-chin-casino-5Garza’s record label, DLG Records, is cranking out hits, too. The label released, “Just Friends,” a collaboration with ten different vocalists, winning the 2013 Latin Grammy for the Best Tejano Album. Garza hopes to help new, upcoming artists to give them the same opportunities he felt he received when he began working in the industry.

In addition to the sounds of David Lee Garza y Los Musicales, The Lounge at Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino offers a variety of free live entertainment year-round. For more information, visit


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