Verizon Wireless Announces the ‘Musicanisimo’ Mexican Regional Music Concert Series; Thanks to...

Verizon Wireless Announces the ‘Musicanisimo’ Mexican Regional Music Concert Series; Thanks to Band Support, Concert Series Will Also Aid Domestic Violence Survivors by Inviting Fans to Donate Used Phones for HopeLine


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Irvine, CA–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – BUSINESS WIRE)–April 22, 2005–Verizon Wireless,
operator of the nation’s most reliable wireless network, is sponsoring a Mexican
regional music concert series that will not only delight fans of this popular
music genre but will also serve as a vehicle to collect used wireless phones
and accessories for HopeLine(R), the company’s signature domestic violence prevention
program.  Top Mexican regional music bands like Los Tucanes de Tijuana,
Conjunto Primavera, and Los Tigres del Norte will bring their pulsating music
to 12 venues throughout the West and Southwest areas of the country.

Fans attending the concerts will have the opportunity to drop off used wireless
phones in specially marked HopeLine(R) collection boxes prior to each performance.

The stars say they welcomed the opportunity to join with fans in making a difference
on a problem estimated to affect 30 percent of women during their lifetimes.

“We are proud to use our participation in this event as a way to raise
awareness about this issue and more importantly, to help make a difference,”
said Tony Melendez, lead singer of Conjunto Primavera. “We encourage all
our fans to bring phones, chargers and headsets they no longer need to the concert
and donate them to help people affected by this problem.”

Mario Quintero, lead singer of Los Tucanes de Tijuana, said: “It’s really
a terrific idea to use the concert series to conduct the phone collection drive
and call attention to this issue. This gives us the opportunity to do something
positive for the community.”

The concert series is the first music event to launch under the new “Musicanisimo
de Verizon Wireless” signature brand, the company’s new Latino music program
created to celebrate the richness and variety of all Latin music genres. The
word “Musicanisimo” is a fusion of two words “Musica” (music)
and “Buenisimo,” a superlative that means “extremely good.”

“We are thrilled to launch our first ‘Musicanisimo de Verizon Wireless’
concert series and to increase awareness about the issue of domestic violence
at the same time,” said Robert Miller, Verizon Wireless’ vice president-marketing.
“We are grateful the artists wanted to add their support to use the concert
series to raise awareness and to help to send the message that donating used
wireless equipment is a simple but highly effective way to aid domestic violence
prevention efforts and survivors.”

Verizon Wireless and its media partners are offering fans a limited number
of free tickets though a variety of promotions. For each concert, 10 lucky fans
and their guests will win tickets to the event. Five of those winners, and their
guests, will also win backstage concert passes to meet the music artists in

To add to the fun, during the concerts, Verizon Wireless customers will have
the opportunity to send TXT messages that are posted on a giant screen next
to the stage.

In keeping with the celebration of Latin music, Get It Now(R), Verizon Wireless’
virtual store, offers:

Univision’s exclusive suite of applications such as “Melodias” featuring
constantly updated polyphonic ringtones from hot Latin artists like Los Tucanes
de Tijuana, Daddy Yankee and Julieta Venegas.

Modtone’s “Latin Garage” adds to the variety of polyphonic ringtones
available with its compilation based on songs from artists like Vicente Fernandez,
Mana and Elvis Crespo.

The 2005 Mexican regional music “Musicanisimo de Verizon Wireless”
concert series will visit the following cities:

4/16/05  Salt Lake City,
  UT Salt Palace      Conjunto Primavera
4/22/05  El Paso,
TX       Coliseum            Juan
4/23/05  San Jose,
CA      Convention Center   Los Tucanes de
5/5/05   El
Paso, TX       Coliseum            Los
Lonely Boys
5/20/05  Ventura,
CA       Ventura Fairgrounds Ramon Ayala
5/27/05  Tucson,
AZ        AVA Amphitheatre    Banda
El Recodo
5/28/05  Anaheim,
CA       Convention Center   Los Tigres
Del Norte
5/28/05  San Diego,
CA     Convention Center   Los Temerarios
5/28/05  Phoenix,
AZ       Park and Swap       Banda
El Recodo
5/29/05  Las Vegas,
NV     Orleans Arena       Banda
El Recodo
6/11/05  San Jose,
CA      Convention Center   Conjunto Primavera
7/2/05   Ontario,
CA       Convention Center   Intocable/Ramon
7/2/05   El
Paso, TX       Coliseum         
  Los Tigres Del Norte
7/2/05   Pasco,
WA         Trac de Pasco      
Banda El Recodo, Bronco
7/16/05  Anaheim,
CA       Convention Center   Los Tucanes
de Tijuana
7/23/05  Tucson,
AZ        AVA Amphitheatre   
Banda Cuisillos/Palomo
8/6/05   Las
Vegas, NV     Orleans Arena       Los
Tigres Del Norte
8/7/05   Fresno,
CA        Fresno Fairgrounds  Los Tigres
Del Norte
8/12/05  Indio,
CA         Indio Fairgrounds  
Los Tucanes de Tijuana
8/13/05  San Diego,
CA     Convention Center   Los Tucanes de Tijuana
8/12/05  San Jose,
CA      Convention Center   Los Tigres Del
9/4/05   Reno,
NV          Convention Center 
 Intocable/Ramon Ayala
9/24/05  Salt Lake
City, UT Salt Palace        Banda El Recodo
10/22/05 Anaheim, CA    
  Convention Center   Los Temerarios

About Verizon Wireless

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serving 43.8 million voice and data customers. With headquarters in Bedminster,
N.J., Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ)
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About HopeLine

Verizon Wireless encourages customers who are upgrading their wireless phone
to participate in its exclusive HopeLine phone-recycling program. Marking its
10th year in 2005, the national HopeLine program collects wireless phones and
accessories from any wireless service provider, and then refurbishes the phones
or recycles them in an environmentally friendly way. Proceeds from the HopeLine
program benefit victims of domestic violence and non-profit advocacy agencies,
providing essential communications tools of wireless phones and wireless services,
and financial grants. Phone donations are accepted at all 1,200-plus Verizon
Wireless Communications Stores across the country. For additional information,
please visit


Verizon Wireless
Carlos G. Giron, 949-286-8194

Verizon Wireless Announces the ‘Musicanisimo’ Mexican Regional Music Concert Series; Thanks to Band Support, Concert Series Will Also Aid Domestic Violence Survivors by Inviting Fans to Donate Used Phones for HopeLine