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June 12, 2019

 One of the biggest stars in Mexican entertainment, Paquita la del Barrio, will be appearing at Wildhorse Resort & Casino in Pendleton, Oregon, Friday, July 26.

With her steady, deep voice, Paquita electrifies audiences through her powerful vocals, compelling music and bold lyrics.

Since 1970, Paquita has been performing for fiercely loyal fans.  At 27, the struggling singer made a big impression when she started singing in a Mexico City restaurant.  But widespread fame came in 1986 when she performed on television and was quickly signed to a contract with CBS.

Paquita now has over 40 albums to her credit, three Grammy nominations and a lifetime achievement award.

Born Francisca Viveros Barradas, the performer’s life is of such interest, her music, relationships, and struggles have been the subject of both a television series in 2017 and a television movie in 2006.  At 15, she married a man 30 years her senior and later discovered he was married to another and had a second family.

In 1977, Paquita was grief stricken when her twins, at only two weeks of age, died suddenly.  Around the same time, she suffered the loss of her mother.  Paquita’s strength and determination did not allow her to stop.  “I had to keep going,” she proclaimed.

Known for being outspoken in her personal life, Paquita does not hold back in her music, either.  Her lyrics reek of her ire from broken relationships and she is quite candid about her feelings for past lovers.  In what may be her biggest hit song, “Rata de Dos Patas” (two-legged rat), Paquita bitterly addresses a specific individual with a string of insults and name-calling.  But, the melody is beautiful and melancholy and one can’t help but enjoy the song for its musical qualities.

Paquita’s songs also staunchly declare her strength and independence.  In “Vivo Contenta,” the artist vigorously proclaims that she is doing just fine, thank you very much, and she has no regrets.

Paquita will make her only scheduled appearance in the Pacific Northwest at Wildhorse this July.

For tickets to this summer outdoor event, visit the gift shop at Wildhorse Resort & Casino or go online to  Gates open at 6pm for reserved seating, 6:30pm for general admission and the show starts at 8pm.  Food and beverage vendors will be onsite and a DJ will keep the party going with lively music following the concert.  This event is for those 21 and over.

About Wildhorse Resort & Casino:

Centrally situated between Boise, Spokane and Portland, Wildhorse Resort & Casino is a premier destination for family getaways, business meetings and large conventions. The resort features a 24-hour casino, hotel, RV Park, seven restaurants, a five-screen Cineplex, 18-hole championship golf course, travel plaza (for commercial trucks and private vehicles) and a tribal museum. Expanded in 2011, there is no destination experience like it in the Pacific Northwest. Wildhorse offers over 1200 slots, all your favorite table games, live keno, bingo and live entertainment Thursday-Saturday.  Wildhorse is located just off I-84 at exit 216, four miles east of Pendleton, OR. Wildhorse is owned and operated by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.