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Look out for Los Lonely Boys

Kris Sabel
Vail, CO, Colorado
Special to the DailyLos Lonely Boys play the Vilar Center Wednesday.
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Editor’s note: Director’s Corner is a weekly column where Kris Sabel, who is in charge of cultural programming for the Vail Valley Foundations, gives his expert take on shows not to be missed.

What a summer it has been already. Last Sunday’s Joan Armatrading show was outstanding, and we’re looking forward to another busy week at the Vilar Center. With the energetic Latin-rock fusion of Los Lonely Boys on Wednesday, the highly anticipated (and sold out) performance of Kenny Loggins on Thursday night and the conclusion of the free family movie series on Saturday with “Happy Feet,” there is truly something for everyone. I want to talk today about why Los Lonely Boys will be one of the most high- energy concerts of the season.

These three brothers from west Texas create a unique brand of music they dub “Texican rock ‘n’ roll.” The Garza brothers arrived at this style by way of what they call the “musical burrito theory.” By wrapping together inspiration from the likes of Richie Valens, Willie Nelson and Stevie Ray Vaughan, Santana, Lynyrd Skynyrd and many others, they created their singular sound. Because the music they are pulling from is so diverse, their own style, in turn, appeals to fans from genres across the board: Tejano, rock, folk, jazz, country and more.

The group frequently headlines tours, and has also performed with music legends including Willie Nelson, The Rolling Stones, Tim McGraw, Ronnie Milsap and Carlos Santana. Their most recent tour included shows with the Doobie Brothers.

The band consists of brothers Henry, guitar and vocals; Jojo, bass; and Ringo drums. They have followed the tradition of their father, Enrique Garza Sr., who was also in a band made up of his brothers called The Falcones, which played conjunto music in southern Texas throughout the ’70s and ’80s. As children, Henry, Jojo and Ringo sang backup for their father during his solo career.

In the four years since they released their self-titled debut album, “Los Lonely Boys,” have become Grammy-winning artists, won several Austin Music Awards and been recognized by Guitar World magazine. They’ve also earned incredible popularity with their hit songs “Heaven” and “I Don’t Wanna Lose Your Love” (recorded with Carlos Santana).

So come out to the Vilar Center on Wednesday night to see what all the buzz is about. I hope to see you there!


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