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By Indiana Reed
Special to The PREVIEW
The Grammy-award winning Los Lonely Boys will return to the Community Concert Hall at Fort Lewis College, Friday, Aug. 2.
Durango-based, classic folk rock singer/songwriter Thom Chacon will open the show at 7:30 p.m., and the dance floor will be open.
An Austin-based group of brothers — Henry (guitar), Jojo (bass) and Ringo (drums) Garza — Los Lonely Boys is noted for its unique style of music that combines elements of blues, soul, country and Tejano, which the brothers have dubbed as “Texican rock ‘n’ roll.”
The breakout 2004 self-titled album, which twice went platinum, garnered a Best Pop Performance Grammy for the No. 1 hit single “Heaven.”
The band is presently continuing its work on the follow-up to 2011’s “Rockpango” (a Spanglish word coined by the brothers, which translates more or less to “rock party”), and on July 22 “teased” out the first track,“Blame it on Love.” In the song, true to style, the brothers combine the musical Tejano roots with rock and blues, as they harmonize on tales of romantic escapades. The Durango audience will be among the first to hear the song performed live. The full album is as of yet untitled, with no release date.
Born into a musical family, the Garza brothers first picked up instruments as toddlers. As teenagers they often backed their father, who originally had a popular conjunto band called the Falcones in the ’70s and ’80s with his five brothers and sisters. When old enough to venture out on their own, the Garza brothers moved to Nashville, but realized little success. However, Willie Nelson happened to hear the band’s sound and invited Los Lonely Boys to record its first album in his Austin studio. The rest is history.
Christened the “Dylan of Durango,” singer/songwriter and guitarist Thom Chacon meshes the dynamic influences of Bob Dylan, John Prine, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Neil Young and more for a nostalgic, classic folk rock sound.
Wrote Joe Mack of Currentland, “I was instantly transported to a lowly barroom in southwest Colorado listening to the heart and soul of one of the most promising songwriters of our time being strewn all about.”
Chacon is touring in promotion of his recent release on Pie Records, “Thom Chacon.”
Tickets for Los Lonely Boys, with special guest Thom Chacon — $35/$45 — are available online at www.durangoconcerts.com or by calling 247-7657. All sales final.
Showtime is 7:30 p.m., with doors to the Concert Hall and concessions, serving beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages and snacks, opening at 6:30.
On show day, the box office at the Concert Hall will be open one hour prior to curtain, and remain open through intermission. When no intermission is scheduled, ticket sales will continue one hour past curtain. Purchase tickets to three or more Concert Hall productions in one sales transaction and receive 10 percent off each ticket. Discounts cannot be combined, and all sales are final.