Los Lonely Boys hardly need an introduction in Taos. The band of brothers has been coming to our town for a long time, and when they do, they are wrapped up in a warm Taos welcome. In return, we get one of the most energized, rejuvenating shows around. These Grammy-award winning artists are a sure thing.
Friday night (July 6), Los Lonely Boys team up with Levi Platero and his band for an evening of inspired music. The musical fun starts at 8:30 p.m. and lasts a solid three hours, so bring your most comfortable dancing shoes. You will need them.
In 2004, Los Lonely Boys released their single called "Heaven." It made the Top 40 of U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart and then climbed to No. 1 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart. The song led to two nominations for Grammy Awards, one of which the band won. Since the release of their self-titled studio album in 2004, Los Lonely Boys have recorded "Sacred" (2006), "Forgiven" (2008), "Rockpango" (2011) and "Revelation" (2014) as well as three live albums, a Christmas album and a greatest hits record.
Levi Platero made his musical name with The Plateros, a band of cousins. After a decade of touring together and a year of touring with Indigenous, guitarist and singer Levi Platero decided to strike out on his own. Levi Platero formed his own band, which has won awards from both the New Mexico Music Association and Native American Music Association.
Los Lonely Boys is Henry Garza on vocals and guitar, Jojo Garza on bass and vocals and Ringo Garza, Jr. on drums, percussion and vocals. The three brothers started out performing with their father in a rock and country band. In the 1970s and 80s, Ringo Garza, Sr. played in a band called The Falcones with his own brothers. So, his sons are carrying on the tradition.
Reflecting on playing with his brothers, Jojo Garza said, "For us it's been the way … You can't trust anybody like you can trust family. We realize nobody has your back like a brother."
The Garza brothers have been praised by, and have played with, Willie Nelson, Carlos Santana and the Rolling Stones. Los Lonely Boys draw on the conjunto and Tejano music of the Texas-Mexican border, rock and blues for a unique sound that is passionate, soulful and high-spirited.
"The songs are really special," Jojo said. "We want to be able to reach as many people as we can with each song … Every child deserves the chance to go through and graduate and be honored. So, every song is like that, too."
Jojo said the inspiration for their songs, which all three brothers write, comes from everyday life.
"There's enough inspiration every day for anyone to cook a beautiful meal, try to write a song that makes you feel good to complement the mood you're in, or do the same with art trying to draw, paint, or build--any of that. The inspiration for us definitely comes from every day living. It comes from our own lives as well as what we experience … outside of our home, and by that I mean the world."
When asked what he and his brothers like to do when they're not playing music, Jojo said, "It really varies. There's school still for the kids, and there's ups and downs with everything that goes with being fathers and husbands and all of that. We incorporate life like everyone else. Sometimes we play golf, sometimes we fish, barbecue, we're just like everybody else. We don't go to faraway lands or tropical islands when we're off the road. We're just regular people and glad to be home."
Since Los Lonely Boys will be playing two days after the Fourth of July, Jojo shared a few relevant words for the occasion.
"If I have anything to say to our country, it is to give value where it's deserved. I think that we praise and honor too many things in our society that don't feed into the aspect of, or point of view … of what spirit really is … There's a true urgency needed in this place, and it's not really just this country, it's the world, to turn back to the true spirit … and to be thankful and grateful for that spirit … without any special day or declaration, but because we are the human race. We are la raza humana."
Indeed, the music of Los Lonely Boys lets us feel we belong to la raza humana, and its energy and optimism help us to remember we are part of something much greater than all of us.
Tickets for Los Lonely Boys and Levi Platero are $28 and available through KTAOS at ktaos.com or (575) 758-5826. The KTAOS Solar Center is located at 9 State Road 150, north of El Prado.