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Latino Summerfest Features West Side Brothers

Manuel Vargas and his current band, Grupo Badd.
Photo: KC Hispanic News
Manuel Vargas and his current band, Grupo Badd.

Manuel and Junior Vargas were born in Puerto Rico, and spent the first years of their lives listening to the rhythms of the Caribbean islands . . . merengue and rumba. But they discovered Tejano, or Tex-Mex, music when their family moved to Kansas City's West Side, and it became a passion. By Sylvia Maria Gross

Kansas City, MO – Manuel Vargas has since moved to Corpus Christi, Texas, where he and his band Grupo Badd are established in the Tejano scene. His brother Junior lives in Topeka and heads Grupo Picante. They?ll be performing together for the first time in 25 years at the Latino Summerfest in the Argentine District of Kansas City Kansas next Sunday night. But now, Junior Vargas joins us here in our studios at KCUR and Manuel Vargas is on the phone from his home in Corpus Christi.

Manuel Vargas y Grupo Badd will be performing alongside his brother Junior Vargas y Grupo Picante next Sunday night as part of the weekend-long Latino Summerfest at Emerson Park in Kansas City Kansas. The event is sponsored by the Hispanic Media Association.

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