Music

Brotherhood of the bands

The Uz Band and The Bad Boys have stuck together like family

By Rick Romancito
tempo@taosnews.com
Posted 6/5/19

One thing you don't hear much in coverage of the weekly free Taos Plaza Live concerts is how some local bands have managed to stay together for years, even decades. Two bands playing …

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Brotherhood of the bands

The Uz Band and The Bad Boys have stuck together like family

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One thing you don't hear much in coverage of the weekly free Taos Plaza Live concerts is how some local bands have managed to stay together for years, even decades. Two bands playing this week epitomize that solidarity.

The Uz Band and The Bad Boys take the stage in the gazebo on Taos Plaza Thursday (June 6) from 6-8 p.m. Both appear thanks to the Taos County Chamber of Commerce, along with the generosity of several local businesses and organizations.

"The Uz Band has been going on for eight years," says drummer and vocalist Joey Córdova. He says one of the reasons the band has been a favorite of local parties is their variety. "We play different genres of music, anything from Spanish rancheras to hard rock, country, oldies - all kinds of music."

It's paid off, too. They won an Independent Music Awards honor in 2016 in a "remix rock songs of the year" category.

"The Uz Band is a pretty tight group. There's not one front man," Córdova told Tempo's The Hum columnist Ariana Kramer. The band's creed, modified from the Three Musketeers, is: One for All and All for Uz.

"We're all in it together. We've grown to be not only a group but a family, brothers. We've been able to stick close together," Córdova said.

The Bad Boys, who will take the stage at 7 p.m., have been together for around three and a half decades. "We've kind of formed a brotherhood I guess you could call it," he said. "There have been some ups and downs but we get along pretty good. Kinda shows in our music."

They have played across the region and have recorded seven albums over their long history. They are Joseph Gutierrez (lead guitar), Clifford Mondragon (keyboards), Johnny Martinez (bass guitar) and Mike Valencia (drums). All of the band members sing.

Gutierrez said the band has been around long enough to have developed a large fan base and a repertoire of songs that have recently been put together in a compilation CD, their eighth. It's called "Bad Boys Los Exitos." You'll be able to purchase it at Taos Plaza Live and through Taos Pro Music and Audio at 125 Camino de la Merced.

Also, watch for the band at the Sagebrush Inn Friday (June 7) at 8 p.m.

Taos Plaza Live is a free concert series that happens on Taos Plaza Thursday evenings through August 22. There is no event on July 4 or July 18. For more information, call (575) 751-8800 or visit taoschamber.com.

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