Becky G to Honor the Late Jenni Rivera in Upcoming Tribute Concert
Fidel Rueda, Banda Los Recoditos & Chiquis Rivera will also perform.
The late Jenni Rivera will be remembered with a special tribute concert titled Jenni Vive (Jenni Lives) in her native Long Beach, Calif., featuring performances by Mexican-American pop star Becky G and regional Mexican acts Fidel Rueda and Banda Los Recoditos, Billboard has confirmed.
Fittingly, the concert honoring the late Diva de la Banda will take place on what would have been her 46th birthday, July 2, in the city’s Marina Green Park.
The first confirmed artist for the concert was Rivera’s eldest daughter, Chiquis, who is releasing her own debut album of banda music June 2. Other artists will be unveiled in the coming weeks.
The proceeds of Jenni Vive will reportedly benefit the Jenni Rivera Love Foundation, created by the late banda icon to help mothers and victims of domestic abuse.
Similarly, the late queen of Tejano music, Selena Quintanilla, was honored with the first annual Fiesta de la Flor Festival in Corpus Christi, Texas, in April. The event, which coincided with the 20th anniversary of her death, drew a crowd of over 50,000 people and generated 13 million in revenue, which went toward the city, Selena’s family told Billboard recently. The date for 2016 has been set for May 6 and 7.
Becky G, 18, has often talked about her admiration for fellow Mexican American superstars Selena and Jenni Rivera in the past, penning a whole blog post titled “What Jenni Rivera Meant to Me” for Fusion after the banda singer died in a plane crash on Dec. 9, 2012. “I first was introduced to Jenni Rivera by my mom, Alejandra,” she wrote. “That was her favorite Latina artist, so I grew up listening to her albums. I felt I had a special relationship with her because she was also Mexican American. She was a bit more relatable because it wasn't someone who lived all the way in Mexico; she grew up in L.A., the same way I did, and she kind of had the same hardships that I did growing up.”
Tickets for Jenni Vive range from $25 to $75 and can be purchased here.