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Los Lonely Boys comes to ‘Boat

Grammy winners perform at Free Concert Series today

Scott Stanford

Los Lonely Boys includes, from left, brothers Henry, Ringo and JoJo Garza. The band has won Grammys for its fusion of Tejano and rock music. Los Lonely Boys will perform today as part of the Steamboat Springs Free Summer Concert Series.

— The Steamboat Springs Free Summer Concert Series caught a break this year when Los Lonely Boys was booked for the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo.

The Grammy-winning band played Cheyenne on Thursday and will come to Steamboat for a free concert at 6 p.m. today at Howelsen Hill.

“I deal with the booking agencies and they generally will call me with openings because they are aware of our series,” said John Waldman, promoter of the Free Summer Concert Series.

Los Lonely Boys “was playing Cheyenne Frontier Days the night before. Typically, they are a little more expensive than what our budget would normally allow, but they were able to work it into their schedule because they were in the region anyway.”

Los Lonely Boys is made up of twentysomething brothers Henry, Ringo and JoJo Garza. They grew up in San Angelo, Texas, where they began playing music as children. Their father, Enrique “Ringo” Garza, is a conjunto musician who has toured Texas for decades, with his sons as his backing band during their teenage years. Enrique even moved his family to Nashville for a time, hoping to score success as the first “Chicano family band to make it in the country music scene,” Henry Garza told National Public Radio. It didn’t work out, and the family returned to Texas.

The boys struck out on their own and began playing the renowned Austin, Texas, music scene regularly. They were helped along by Willie Nelson, who saw the band perform and was so impressed that he sought out the band and invited the trio to play at Farm Aid and his annual July Fourth Picnic. Nelson introduced the Garzas at concerts by calling Los Lonely Boys his “favorite local band.”

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The band scored huge success with their debut album in 2003. More than 2 million copies of the album have been sold, thanks in no small part to the hit song “Heaven.” The album put the band on the map – Los Lonely Boys opened the 2005 Grammy Awards and won a Grammy for best new Pop Vocal Duo or Group. The band also was a Grammy finalist for Best New Artist, Record of the Year and Best Rock Instrumental. Henry Garza was named the 2005 Breakthrough Artist by Guitar World.

Last year, Los Lonely Boys released its second album, “Sacred,” which continues to climb the Billboard charts. Sacred was recorded at Nelson’s Pedernales Studios outside Austin. Nelson and Enrique Garza contribute on the song “Outlaws.”

Los Lonely Boys’ music is a fusion of rock, country, conjunto and Tejano. Henry Garza calls it “the musical burrito theory.”

“We get, like, some Santana, we get some Stevie Wonder, we get some Ritchie Valens we get some Beatles, we get some Willie Nelson : and we make our own tortilla and we put all the knowledge and stuff that we’ve gathered from the greats and we put it into the tortilla and make a burrito,” Henry Garza told NPR. “And we feed it to the world.”

With a major act performing on a weekend night, Waldman anticipates a big crowd this evening. “I’m guessing in the 4,000-people range,” he said.

Local musician Trevor G. Potter will open the concert. Potter is expected to take the stage at 6 p.m. with Los Lonely Boys scheduled to go on at 7 p.m.