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“Bands on the Sand - Yelba Enjoy this popular summer concert series with fireworks on Friday and Saturday nights from 6 -10 pm. Featuring local and regional bands ranging from R&B, rock, country and blues, families can rock out as they float in the lazy river or hang out on the Island's only white sand beach.” 

AARP (Jul 14, 2017)

“From the Soul - local songstress Yelba shares her passion for culture, music and family. "If I were to just perform in one genre for the rest of my life I would be so bored", Yelba shared. "[Performing] songs that everyone knows and loves, and exploring different styles of music keeps my job fun..."” 

- Ayla Dehghanpoor, Vida Social (Jun 05, 2017)

“Local musician specializes in multigenre covers! In 2010, local musician Yelba Heaton quit her corporate job with Chase Bank to pursue a career in music full time. Growing up in a musical household in Nicaragua, Heaton has enjoyed singing since she was a child. Now, she stays busy playing shows in The Woodlands and the Greater Houston area on a regular basis. “I’ve simplified my life,” Heaton said. “I figured out you don’t need a lot of material things to make you happy. I’m just happy being a musician.” Heaton has been singing professionally since 2001, she said. Before transitioning to being a full-time musician, Heaton was performing at weddings, quinceaneras and office Christmas parties as well as local venues, such as Fielding’s Local Kitchen + Bar, Kirby’s Steakhouse and The Refuge Bar and Bistro. “I used to run out of the bank—I used to wear a really tight bun, blue Chase shirt, baggy pants—and hop in the car with my guitar,” Heaton said. “I would”  

Beth Marshall, Community Impact Newspaper (Jul 13, 2017)

“You're Invited! Latin tunes, intriguing art on tap for May...Will we ever need to drive into Houston to hear great music again?! Probably not. Especially since Houston’s greatest cover band, Yelba’s Latin Fire, will perform on May 20 at The Refuge on The Woodlands Waterway. Yelba always gives 1,000 percent to all her performances, and also es muy caliente! No wonder the community adores her!” 

Donna Wick, Houston Chronicle (May 02, 2016)

“Yelba brings the heat to The Woodlands' live music scene For Yelba Heaton, having an appreciation for all genres of music could be the reason why the sky's the limit for her Variety band. She has performed in The Woodlands and surrounding area for 15 years and has developed a strong rapport with the owners of establishments like Fielding's Local Kitchen and Bar, The Refuge bar and Bistro, Kirby's Prime Steakhouse and Cellar 24. She said those longstanding relationships make her feel so much a part of The Woodlands. Her goal is to be booked Wednesday through Saturday each week, and more often than not, she is. She has two bands and plays guitar and sings in both. Her husband, Roy Heaton, plays bass, and Rangel Morao plays the keyboard.” 

- Jenn Griffin, Houston Chronicle (May 01, 2016)

“New ‘Friends and Family’ event coming to Stevenson Park A new event, “Friends and Family at the Park,” sponsored by the Friends of Downtown Friendswood Association (FDFA) will take place in Stevenson Park on Saturday, November 7 from noon to 3 p.m. The free, family-friendly event is open to the public. Families will enjoy music from “Yelba,” performing many high energy music styles, including Top 40, Latin, Rock and Roll and Jazz.” 

Jeff Newpher, Houston Chronicle (Oct 29, 2015)

“Market Street plans slate of artistic and cultural events Latin singer Yelba will headline the event and will share the stage with local Hispanic bands and dancing groups including Aztec dancers, Ballet Folklorico and a mariachi band from HISD's Johnston Middle School.” 

Brandon Moeller, Houston Chronicle (Apr 27, 2015)

“Record-breaking gala raises over half a million dollars, music and entertainment was provided by Yelba's Variety Band. From our community November 11, 2014 It was full speed ahead at the 2014 St. Pius X High School Foundation Gala as the sold-out event raised more than $500,000 and honored Beth and Jim Black as the recipients of the Del Sarto Humanitarian Award.” 

From Our Community, Houston Chronicle (Nov 11, 2014)

“Denim and diamonds combine to benefit nonprofit ranch The evening will feature unique auction items, music by Yelba's Band and a wine pull of more than 100 bottles. Panther Creek Inspiration Ranch plans to raise money through their 6th annual Denim & Diamonds Gala, Saturday Sept. 27 at The Woodlands Marriott Waterway. Attire will include denim and jackets, cocktail dresses and cowboy boots. “We’re really excited about the response from the community. This year we anticipate over 400 guests,” said co-chair Jenny Stone. The evening will feature unique auction items, music by Yelba’s Band and a wine pull of more than 100 bottles. “The gala will provide direct support to the Ranch’s exceptional equine programs for people with special needs,” said co-chair Debbie Packer.” 

Community Report, Houston Chronicle (Sep 05, 2014)

"A Night in OZ" Gala to benefit CASA of Mongomery County Dana Tyson of Sunny 99.1 will serve as the evening's Master of Ceremonies, and guests will enjoy fine dining, then dance the night away to the sounds of YELBA and her Latin Fire Band. 

From Our Community, Houston Chronicle (Jan 15, 2014)

“31st Annual Lighting of the Doves and 7th Annual iWOW Festivals The 31st Annual Lighting of the Doves Festival and The 7th Annual International Winter On The Waterway will kick off Saturday in Town Green Park and along The Woodlands Waterway in The Woodlands. Hours for both Lighting of the Doves and iWOW are 3 p.m. - 9 p.m. and will be headlined by Yelba...” 

Community Report, Houston Chronicle (Nov 20, 2013)