Los Lobos Tandem Release September

I have wondered what was going on with the next Los Lobos studio album. Now I know. The album is called “Gates of Gold”  and will be released on September 25th. You may sample all the tracks on the music player on the 429 Records Los Lobos Web page previously mentioned.

The “Gates of Gold” track listing is as follows:

  1. Made to Break Your Heart
  2. When We Were Free
  3. Mis-Treater Boogie Blues
  4. There I Go
  5. Too Small Heart
  6. Poquito Para Aqui
  7. Gates of Gold
  8. La Tumba Sera El Final
  9. Song of the Sun
  10. I Believed You So
  11. Magdalena

The Gates of Gold recording will be complemented by a new book Los Lobos, Dream In Blue authored by their old friend, Chris Morris, published by The University of Texas Press.

Los Lobos discusses the tandem product release at The Fairfield Theatre Company in Fairfield, CT.

I look forward to next month’s new Los Lobos content with great anticipation 😉 Peace, Ese

Happy Birthday Bob Marley and Mystic Bowie – One Love

I tuned the FM dial in the car to WPKN-FM 89.5 for the morning commute. I quickly discovered that tomorrow February 6th would be Bob Marley‘s 68th birthday. Steve di Constanzo the morning DJ was doing his Radio Basecamp show, playing some cool stuff.

He announced that starting at 1 p.m. WPKN would begin a Bob Marley 36 Hour Marathon. The radio celebration would be complemented by the annual Bob Marley and Mystic Bowie Birthday Bash on Stage One by the Fairfield Theatre Company. It was at that moment I said to myself this event can’t miss. Woah, Woah…. Stop the Clock! Our two favorite reggae superstars, Mystic Bowie and Bob Marley with special guest stars at this intimate venue. I purchased the tickets online pronto 😉 The concert will be broadcast live over WPKN this evening!

It has been a One Love celebration ever since. I plugged into WPKN-FM this afternoon where I have been actively engaged and entertained ever since.

We love Mystic Bowie’s energy, its so infectious! Can’t wait to dance the night away.

Blue-Eyed Soul, Average White Band

I identify with blue-eyed soul music being white, soulful and having blue eyes 😉

No one knows what it’s like

To be the bad man

To be the sad man

Behind blue eyes

Average White Band represents blue-eyed soul music with a strong emphasis on Scottish funk and rhythm & blues.  They will be the opening act tonight for Tower of Power at the Klein. I am so digging this concert bill. Just try to keep me in my seat 😉

AWB has created some of the catchiest, hip shaking songs ever recorded starting with “Pick Up The Pieces” in 1974. The opening guitar strum played through a Leslie speaker system hooks you immediately. It is quickly followed by horns that pop then a bass line that grabs you  and never let’s go until the end of the song. Just try to stay still when it plays. Looking back I see it is listed as a Top 10 disco hit but you’ll never, evah convince me this song is disco., NFW 😉

Get down with it, like this audience in St. Martin does…

 

 

After we pick up the pieces, we’ll be cutting that cake 😉

Tower of Power

Thursday night my wife and I will attend our 30th concert of the year. We continue to happily do our part as loyal patrons of the arts. The concert features the double bill of Tower of Power with special guests Average White Band. An event that James Taylor would call a “churning urn of burning funk.”

The Klein Memorial Auditorium in Bridgeport, CT is the location for this event. This will be our third show at the Klein this season. It is also our sixth event with The Fairfield Theatre Company as member participants. FTC continues to offer engaging live music options for its patrons, which we are thankful to enjoy. 🙂

Tower of Power Proof

Tower of Power is another great product of the San Francisco Bay area from the late 60’s. Bands like The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Santana, Big Brother, Journey and others all helped to define the “San Francisco Sound.” Tower of Power has been a band I have wanted to see to complete that list (having seen all the others mentioned…).

Tedeschi Trucks Band/Scrapomatic, The Klein, Bridgeport, Oct. 29th

Jazzed that The Fairfield Theatre Company has booked the Tedeschi Trucks Band along with Scrapomatic. The concert takes place Saturday October 29th at The Klein Memorial Auditorium in Bridgeport, Ct.

What I am even more pleased about is that the concert tickets were $50 each for FTC members. Just last Friday Ridgefield Playhouse charged $127 each for the same seats to see Tedeschi Trucks Band live. We are saving $77 a ticket and did I also mention we’re getting two bands that night, Hey Now!

Thanks Fairfield Theater Company for charging the right price for us members. Keeping music affordable in these dire economic times speaks to your commitment to us the music buying public. We attend thirty+ concerts a year and appreciate a value when we see one!

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Taj Mahal and Los Lobos at The Klein 2/19/11

We are subscribers to The Fairfield Theatre Company who produce and deliver quality concerts in our local market. Last night we attended the Taj Mahal and Los Lobos event at The Klein Memorial Auditorium in Bridgeport, Ct.

The Fairfield Theatre Company is a true class act. They e-mail you an evening guide that informs you about the specifics and logistics for the event. The guide shares a listing of local restaurants that offer discounts to ticket holders.

We appreciate value-add features like the FTC Evening Guide in addition to the first-rate acts they book and promote. We will be attending the last tour of The Radiators at Stage One in Fairfield on Saturday, February 26th.

It was really good to see the Taj Mahal Trio perform. Taj Mahal has a very immediate style and epitomizes the blues with his unique voice. He took the stage with his trio and went right to work playing f without being announced. I found that method very engaging. His set was a great combination of the blues and world music. He was ably backed by Bill Rich on bass and Kester Smith on the drums .

Taj played my favorite song of his, “Fishing Blues” with great aplomb. He mentioned fishing for blues and stripers in the Hous (short for the Housatonic River) and the place went nuts. It was a great tip of the hat to our local fishing business, as Taj is a world-class sports fishing professional.

Los Lobos, from East L.A. took the stage next and started their set acoustically playing acoustic songs from Acoustic En Vivo. They played Rosemary and my personal favorite track, “Saint Behind The Glass” magnificently. I have seen Los Lobos eight times in concert now and I must admit they are always exciting, creative with their music.

Their set was a mixed potpourri of their musical catalog. Cesar Rojas led us through “Yo Canto” which is a very danceable number.

Their regular drummer Cougar Estrada couldn’t join them on this tour as his wife is close to having their baby. David Hidalgo’s son (who is also the Los Lobos guitar roadie), David Hidalgo Jr. sat in on the drums. Louie Perez also drummed on two numbers as well.

This was the first concert I could hear Steve Berlin the best on keyboards and saxophone. I like how Steve accent’s Los Lobos sound with his riffs.

David Hidalgo played a Gold Les Paul Gibson and played the accordion on several songs. I find when Los Lobos plays songs that express their musical heritage, sung in Spanish I get a chill. They command my immediate respect as their music shows their culture.

The encore was a special treat as Los Lobos invited Taj Mahal to jam with them and jam he/they did. A fellow fan, Frederick Matt shot this video from the second row in front of me last night. It captures the spontaneity of Taj with Los Lobos singing “Lucille” by Little Richard. They ended their three song encore with “Guantanamera” which featured bassist Conrad Lozano on lead vocal.

I also wanted to share the art piece we have hanging in our foyer that Los Lobos signed for us last summer in New Haven after their concert on the green. Ain’t it cool, it was Rosemary’s idea to have them all sign this kerchief after the show.