Los Lonely Boys comes to Steamboat on heels of album release
Trio from Texas will play their sunny southern rock on Saturday in Gondola Square
March 31, 2011
Steamboat Springs — It was a cloudy day in Austin, Texas, as Jojo Garza and his band, Los Lonely Boys, prepared to play an in-store album release party at Waterloo Records.
But the weather was no matter for the Southwestern rockers.
"Whenever we play our music, it cuts the clouds right in half and the sun shines through," Garza said.
But there's sun in the forecast already for Saturday afternoon, when the Boys, comprising Jojo and his brothers Henry and Ringo Garza, play a concert in the Bud Light Rocks the Boat series at 3 p.m. in Gondola Square.
It's the first show on their new tour promoting "Rockpango," their new studio album released Tuesday.
The first single off that album is a harmony-rich love ballad called "Fly Away," combining their signature "Texican" rock 'n' roll with a tip to roots rock like Creedence Clearwater Revival.
Jojo Garza said the new album, which is self-written and -produced, is an expression of love and gratefulness that makes a connection with "every border, every boundary."
"We want to spread music and spread the message of love and the messages of social awareness that are important to us," Garza said.
Those messages relate directly to their upbringing in San Angelo, Texas, where, as a Hispanic family, they were subject to prejudice.
"We dealt with a lot of racism toward who we were and what we looked like," Garza said. "We don't like racism. We don't like people killing each other. We're not big war guys.
"We like to talk about how we believe if you do something good for yourself, if you change things for yourself, you can make things better for this world.
"We didn't get the Nobel Prize, but we're definitely talking about it."
Garza said the brothers rarely squabble ("We're not like those Oasis guys") because family always comes first.
"They're here when you get here, and they'll be here when one of us leaves this place," Garza said.
He said when the brothers first started hitting up Nashville, Tenn., for gigs, crowds looked at them funny, not knowing what to expect from the Latino brothers equipped with guitars and smiles.
"They wouldn't expect that we were fixin' to bust out with some Hank Williams Sr. and some Ronnie Milsap," Garza said with a laugh.
The Los Lonely Boys will be playing the second-to-last Bud Light Rocks the Boat, with the Wailers and Katchafire capping off the series April 10.
Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. spokeswoman Loryn Kasten said the concert series attendance has been higher than in past years.
In an interview with Steamboat TV18 on Thursday morning, Ski Corp.'s Sara Ferris said the mountain is looking forward to kicking off its Springalicious festival with Saturday's second-to-last outdoor free concert.
"They're pretty awesome Grammy-nominated brothers," Ferris said about the Boys. "They were on Jay Leno the other night, and he made mention they were kicking off their tour in Steamboat Springs, Colo., so that was pretty cool.
— To reach Nicole Inglis, call 970-871-4204 or email ninglis@SteamboatToday.com
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