One of the more interesting group formations is done with siblings. Some work harmoniously (The Band Perry, The Bee Gees, AC/DC) while some lead to massive infighting (ie. Oasis). Grammy Award winning Los Lonely Boys is certainly one of the former, and Friday night at the beautifully remodeled Wildey Theatre in Edwardsville the power trio showed just how great talented siblings can sound when they work in harmony.
The band (vocalist/guitarist Henry Garza, bassist/vocalist JoJo Garza and drummer/vocalist Ringo Garza) played in front of a capacity crowd at the Wildey in downtown Edwardsville, IL just across the river from St. Louis.
With obvious influences by Stevie Ray Vaughn, Santana, The Beatles and Cream (among many others) this band has such a diverse musical influence that it’s hard to define them into one genre, and that is perfectly fine by them.
Playing a style that they like to call Texican Rock, the power trio blasted through a set that went on an adventure from Texas Blues to lite rock, out around the limits of reggae and back to Chicano rock, and the fans loved it.
They jumped directly into their latest album “Revelations” with the first four songs coming from that release. “Don’t Walk Away” and “Give A Little More” were especially vibrant.
Each brother showcased their individual talents, and what talent they have. JoJo showcased his remarkable skills on a 6-string bass, providing the rich accompaniment to Henry’s soulful solos with Ringo laying out an order to the beautiful chaos that blended seamlessly onstage.
The band was extremely tight and fed off each other for inspiration during jam sessions on extended versions of songs that ventured from traditional to odd time sequencing and back without missing a beat.
Their live show put fans in a groove and drove them all around Happy Town, especially for the ones that really appreciate the stylistic ventures that a good power trio can bring.
One of the highlights was a 4-handed guitar solo during their cover of The Spencer Davis Group’s “I’m a Man”. JoJo intertwined his arms in with Henry and the two played for well over a minute, a solo that has become a staple at their shows. While it doesn't sound like much, and yes people have done it before, but the vast majority only play a few notes or maybe 10-15 seconds before breaking away.
By the time they got to their hit “Heaven” people in the audience who really didn’t know Los Lonely Boys left with a new found appreciation for them and discovered there is so much more to them than one hit song. If you love great musicianship then certainly their show is not to be missed, especially in an intimate setting like the Wildey where there isn't a bad seat in the house.
Comedian Emil Fry “The Fryman” warmed up the crowd with a 20 minute routine that had the crowd in stitches. He defines himself as the “only alcoholic Icelandic 9-fingered comedian” and showcased his wares with a quick wit and rapid-fire comebacks.
Los Lonely Boys Setlist:
Don’t Walk Away
Blame It on Love
Give A Little More
Man to Beat - with snippets of “Billy Jean” (Michael Jackson cover), “Sunshine of Your Love” (Cream cover) and “Low Rider” (War cover)
I’m the Man to Beat
I’m A Man (The Spencer Davis Group cover)