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Friday, 1 July, 2011 4:59 PM
REVIEW: Los Lonely Boys put on a rockin' show at the Power Center
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Festival goers experienced a rare treat when the Los Lonely Boys performed at the Power Center in downtown Ann Arbor on Wednesday evening. It was one of the Ann Arbor Summer Festival's main stage shows. Alejandro Escovedo opened the show in an amazing fashion. Both bands hailed from Texas and brought some of their southern charm to southeast Michigan.
Alejandro Escovedo was born on January 10, 1951 in San Antonio, Texas. He started out performing with the punk rock group The Nuns in San Francisco. Then, he moved to Austin, Texas and switched to roots rock/alternative country with the bands Rank and File and the True Believers. So far, he has released 13 albums with the most recent being Street Songs of Love in 2010. His band is called The Sensitive Boys.
They came on stage at exactly 8:03 p.m. It was a fun band show with electric guitars. They performed all of their hit songs and some new ones as well. One of their best songs was "Chelsea Hotel '78." In addition, I particularly enjoyed their new single "Horizontal." I think they were the perfect opener for the Los Lonely Boys. Alejandro Escovedo and the Sensitive Boys played for just under an hour. If you have another chance to see Alejandro Escovedo and The Sensitive Boys, you will not be disappointed.
The Los Lonely Boys are a Chicano rock, tex-mex and latin rock group from Snyder, Texas. The band is made up of three brothers: Henry on guitar and vocals, Jojo on bass and vocals and Ringo on drums and vocals. They have released three studio albums and a live album. They became famous for their No. 1 single "Heaven" in 2004. Their latest album is titled Rockpango and it was released on March 29.
A large banner was hung from the ceiling with their name on it. Then, they started singing at approximately 9:15 p.m. after a quick set change. The Los Lonely Boys played all of their hits and threw in one new songs as well. Some of their songs had lyrics, while other ones were just the beats and that was OK. It was still fun to listen to. Their style reminds me of being in the Caribbean.
"Road to Nowhere" was my favorite song that they performed. Another great song that I enjoyed was "16 Monkeys." Some of their songs were sung in Spanish. I still enjoyed them as an English speaker with some understanding of Spanish from college and high school. The Los Lonely Boys introduced their new single "Fly Away" to the crowd. They played for over an hour.
Bassist Jojo Garza suffered a minor injury near the end of the band's performance. He accidentally, hit himself in the eye with a microphone during one of the last songs, according to an article on AnnArbor.com.
The Power Center was about half full when Escovedo and the Sensitive Boys came on. However, it was about three quarters full by the time that the Los Lonely Boys hit the stage. The capacity of the venue is 1,381 seats.
It was an amazing night at the Power Center. My seats were in the fifth row, just to the right of the stage. It was like a concert in my living room--the acoustics were out of this world. If you have another chance to see the Los Lonely Boys in your town, go!
When the show ended, everyone was invited to a screening of the movie Inception on the Top of the Park stage.
Upcoming main stage performances at the Ann Arbor Summer Festival include k.d. lang & the Siss Boom Band on July 1 at the Hill Auditorium, Taylor Mac on July 2 at the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, two performances of The Capitol Steps on July 4 at the Power Center, the Tom Tom Crew on July 7 and 8 at the Power Center and Pink Martini wraps up the main stage shows on July 9 at the Hill Auditorium. For tickets, go to the Michigan League in person or buy them online at www.annarborsummerfestival.org.
Look for the Los Lonely Boys to perform in Milwaukee on July 1, Sioux City, Iowa on July 2, Hankinson, ND on July 4, Thackerville, Okla. on July 15, Hutto, Texas on July 16 and Manson, Wash. on July 21. For more tour dates, visit their official website at www.loslonelyboys.com.
Photo credit: www.annarborsummerfestival.org
Alejandro Escovedo opened the show with The Sensitive Boys.
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