Los Lonely Boys bring the love back to Harrah’s Lake Tahoe
If you go
What: Los Lonely Boys
When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 21
Where: Harrah’s Lake Tahoe
Tickets: $35.78 plus fees
What can people expect from Los Lonely Boys’ upcoming show at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe? “Midgets and Stonehenge,” laughed Jojo Garza, the bassist for the longtime group, dropping a well-timed “This Is Spinal Tap” reference during a Wednesday phone call from his Texas home in the hours prior to the band’s latest tour, a 24-stop jaunt across the country.
Joking aside, the Tex-Mex soul, rock and blues trio composed of Jojo (bass, vocals) and his brothers Henry (guitar, vocals) and Ringo (drums, vocals) have long made its career on the road, with the brothers Garza understanding how to put on a live show after two decades as a group.
Los Lonely Boys formed in 1996 after learning how to play music from their father, Ringo Garza Sr., a member of 1970s and 1980s Texas conjunto group the Falcones.
“It was like drinking water, eating food, bro,” Jojo said of playing music with his brothers growing up.
It’s a feeling they return to every night on stage, spontaneously bringing new life to road-tested songs and spreading the group’s love of music to the audience.
“We’ve been doing this a long time, and it’s still good to get out there and do what we do,” Jojo said.
“It’s a true blessing to be able to do what we do.”
A full third of the band’s stops on this tour will take place in California, which has as much to do with the number of venues in the Golden State as it does with the group’s dedicated West Coast fan base.
“It’s got a lot to do with all of the love California has shown us throughout the years,” Jojo said.
The bassist himself has shown Lake Tahoe some love as well, bringing his family to the lake for snowboard trips in between the group’s performances here.
“It’s always a really good time out there,” Jojo said.
The band’s most recent album, “Revelations,” was released in 2014 and saw the band touching on conjunto and reggae influences in addition to its signature brown-eyed soul sound. The band is constantly writing new music but has no plans at the moment to get back in the studio, Jojo said. While the band’s next studio album is still in the making, the next generation of musical Garzas is already hard at work.
Music is a part of the lives of each of the Garzas’ children, Jojo said. Henry’s three sons have been working “behind the curtain” on their own music and may follow the family tradition, Jojo said.
“The music is definitely running in the blood,” Jojo said.
Los Lonely Boys play the Harrah’s Lake Tahoe South Shore Room Saturday night.
More information is available at http://www.ticketmaster.com.
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