The Horseshoe Nite Club will write a new chapter for the location at 711 Laurel Street in Van Horn. The former Rubyâ€™s has a new owner with fresh ideas.
“This will be a club for the people and what the people want,â€ said proprietor Octaviano Parada. “The Horseshoe recognizes the city wide non-smoking ordinance but will accommodate smokers with a designated area outside the club.â€ Mr. Parada plans to make improvements to the facility including nicer restrooms. “I will have security and want to make sure that guests feel safe so they can enjoy themselves.â€
This Saturday, The Horseshoe, in conjunction with Almarr Productions, brings Gabito Ballesteros to the stage. Gabito Ballesteros was born in Cumpas, Sonora, Mexico. He is the eldest son with two sisters.
His mother taught him to play the guitar at the age of 8 in the Angeles Choir God of the parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Cumpas, Sonora. It was there his passion for music was born and at the age of 9, the priests of the parish and Gabito formed a children Mariachi band that played mostly religious festivals. The group met twice a week where Gabito learned other musical instruments such as mariachi trumpet, violin and biguela.
Later a small norteÃ±o group was formed with friends which did not last long since two members had to leave to go study elsewhere. The local priest, Father Mauro, taught him to play bass, bass participating in the choir in the set they called Northern Diamond.
On Sept. 26, 2014, Gabito received “little kickâ€ (La Patadita) from Apache in the Tucson Expo Center performing with them at various events besides having the opportunity to play songs on stage with Labertinto and the Llegadora Band to name a few.
And on Nov. 9, 2014, Gabito signed a contract with No Name Records (Texas) and New Generation Music, (Arizona) with his first recording on Jan. 20 of this year. The recording is accompanied by Affod Ferrer, Pepe Solano y El Cholo and accompanied by a young group from El Paso and Juarez, La Destructiva NorteÃ±a Banda.