Tecate Light Announces Moderatto and Moenia to Perform at Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Fiesta Friday

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For the 12th consecutive year as the “Official Malt Beverage Sponsor” of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, Tecate Light invites racing fans 21 and older in Southern California to cross the finish line with carácter during one of the biggest racing weekends set for April 19-21. The cerveza brand will enhance their experience with live performances by Latin techno-pop group Moenia and Mexican rock phenomenon Moderatto, the Miss Tecate Light Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach competition, sweepstakes for a chance to win a VIP racing experience, discounts at retail and much more.

The highlight of the weekend for many Hispanic racing fans will be at the conclusion of the first racing day, when Tecate Light welcomes acclaimed Mexican bands Moenia and Moderatto to the Fiesta Friday stage. Moenia, considered one of the first successful experimental Mexican music groups, is comprised of Alfonso Pichardo (lead vocals, keyboard), Jorge Soto (keyboard, guitar), and Alejandro “Midi” Ortega (synth, programming). Moenia has released more than 10 albums since 1997 and some of their best known singles include “Estabas Ahí” (“You Were There”), “No Dices Más” (“You Say Nothing More”), and their cover of 80s hit “Ni Tú Ni Nadie” (“Neither You nor Anyone”).

Moderatto’s glam metal-themed attire and rock hits such as “Márchate Ya” (“Leave Now”) and “Isabel” have made this band a fan favorite at the TGPLB in previous years. The group consists of Jay De La Cueva (lead singer, guitar and piano), Jonathan Estrada (guitar), Javier “Cha!” Ramírez (bass, vocals), Marcelo Lara (lead guitar), and Iñaki Vazquez (guitar, synthesizer). Free Fiesta Friday passes will be available for fans 21-and-older to pick up at retail locations in Southern California where Tecate and Tecate Light are sold (where available and legal).

“We’re excited to kick off our FM tour 2013 with a special performance during Fiesta Friday at the Grand Prix of Long Beach. We’re grateful to Tecate and the Grand Prix of Long Beach for the invitation,” shared members of Moenia. Moderatto also expressed their enthusiasm by stating, “Rockeros and Rockeras, do you know what time it is? It’s time to rock with Moderatto during the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Join us on April 19 to help us make the racetrack shake with rock!”

When the engines cool down on Sat., April 20, music fans will keep on rocking during a live performance by multi-talented rock musician Bret Michaels. As the lead singer for glam metal rock band “Poison”, Michaels had ten singles in Billboard’s Hot 100 including the No. 1 hit “Every Rose Has Its Thorn.” Since then, he’s recorded multiple best-selling solo albums and has appeared in TV shows including “Nashville Star”, VH1’s “Rock of Love with Bret Michaels” and NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice 3”. Most recently, Michaels released a new single, “You Know You Want It” from his upcoming album, “Good Songs And Good Friends”. Both concerts will be held on the outdoor stage behind the Convention Center and are free to race ticket holders.

“During the last 12 years, the Grand Prix of Long Beach has given us the opportunity to connect with thousands of consumers through a weekend full of excitement, sports, competition, music, and most importantly, carácter. This year, we’re pulling all the stops by bringing some of the most popular Mexican rock bands of all time, offering dollar-saving promotions at retail, and providing fans with the opportunity to get behind-the-scenes and VIP access to the event,” said Felix Palau, VP of Marketing for Tecate. “We know the 2013 Grand Prix of Long Beach will prove to be another great occasion for us to celebrate with our consumers responsibly and con carácter.”

In the weeks leading up to the music and racing extravaganza, Tecate Light will offer consumers 21 years or older who visit participating stores the opportunity to enter to win an exclusive VIP experience including three-day reserved seating tickets, hotel and transportation, a ride in a pace car for two, pit access, and passes to Tecate Light’s Hospitality Suite (no purchase necessary, valid only in CA and NV). Also at retail, consumers will be able to pick up instant rebates on hot deli food and snacks with the purchase of an 18-pack or larger of Tecate or Tecate Light. Offers valid where available and legal.

“We are delighted to have Tecate Light as our partner here at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach,” said Jim Michaelian, president and CEO of the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach. “As can easily be seen, they really know how to activate around our event and we look forward to having a large group of Tecate Light and Grand Prix enthusiasts here in April.”

Additionally, Tecate Light will be part of the now legendary Miss Tecate Light Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach competition, including three preliminary events which will be held in bars and restaurants in Long Beach in the weeks prior to the racing weekend. On Thunder Thursday (April 18) the cerveza brand will bring fans together to see the crowning of the 2013 Miss Tecate Light Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach; get a preview of the weekend ahead; and enjoy live music and Tecate Light special promotions at participating bars and restaurants along Pine Avenue.

In between the races, adults 21 and older will have the opportunity to enjoy a cold Tecate Michelada (a new savory mix of Tecate, lime and spices), Tecate or Tecate Light at pit stop-, sports-themed bars, cantinas and lounges located around the race circuit and inside the Lifestyle Expo. They will also be able to pose for pictures as racing champions with the Chicas Tecate Light brand ambassadors.

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