Sunday, November 05, 2006

That's the way I like it!

Thanks to all who came to Railroad Blues on November 4th. We faced some pretty stiff competition from the chili cook-offs, but the turn-out was still great. And what a night! New member Taro Gutierrez (keyboards) was all the rage, with Jesus "El Huevo" Hernandez bringing the energy level onstage to a fever pitch. I have to say, it really is a privilege to be a member of this band: some really wonderful people who love making music and having fun, too.

We hope everyone enjoyed the show. We worked pretty hard to have a plethora of new tunes for your enjoyment. With your reaction it appeared that most of the new material was well-received. Thanks, and we'll try to keep it up!

See you again very soon!

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

We're back at Railroad Blues

We've had several private functions in a row these past two months, but now it's time to take the stage at Railroad Blues again. This show will be Taro's first, and we're going to have Huevo (babe magnet/wildman) onstage too!

For those of you who know what The Resonators are all about, well we have several musical surprises coming your way. Chris will perform some Bob Dylan, Rolling Stones and a Beatles tune. Lucy will have a little Mick Jagger and Alejandra Guzman to rock the house, plus the band will throw in about a half dozen cumbias and polkas. It'll be a little nerve-wracking to play so many new tunes, but if we didn't keep it fresh it'd just be a gig!

Come see us this Saturday, November 4th at 10:00 PM!

Monday, September 04, 2006

Terry! Taro!

Our recent pair of performances at the 2006 Marfa Lights Festival were marked by the introduction of new keyboardist, Taro Gutierrez. If you were there, you heard... If you weren't there, have we got a surprise for you!

First though, we extend our best wishes to Terry Davidson, one our band's co-founders, in his new digs in seaside Corpus Christi. He now teaches in a local school district.

Terry was a fixture in west Texas music for over 20 years, both performing and teaching all over the Big Bend. Back in 2004, he and Tony Lujan had the idea of putting together a new band that would give both the opportunity to front a band of their own. Hence, The Resonators were formed, originally with only five members. Very soon thereafter, the band grew to six pieces, eventually reaching the current eight-member roster.

Even though The Resonators have had very good luck in building a fan base over the past two years, we're still a very young band. We hope this is just the beginning. Regardless, all past successes--and any that lie ahead--would not have been possible without Terry's guidance and patience. We'll miss you, man!

Looking for Terry's replacement, we crossed our fingers and hoped that we could convince long-time Ojinaga (Mexico) music "institution", Taro Gutierrez, to play. Taro's resume includes a full career as music teacher in Ojinaga, a post-retirement current position as mariachi director in the Presidio schools, and even a two-week playing engagement with Xavier Cugat in Las Vegas way back...

Taro currently has his own band in Ojinaga, Las Meras Cuerdas, so we're hoping we can juggle the schedule and keep him playing with us, too. But if hearing him play at Marfa Lights was any indication, ay caramba!

Friday, September 01, 2006

Marfa Lights!

The Resonators will be playing both Saturday and Sunday at this year's Marfa Lights Festival, beginning at 4:00 PM each day. Y'all come!

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Ft. Stockton performance cancelled

Due to a death in the family of Tony Lujan, we have decided to cancel our performance in Ft. Stockton on August 19. We regret any inconvenience this may have caused anyone planning to come see us, but our thoughts and prayers are with Tony and his family in their time of loss.

Come see us in Marfa on Labor Day weekend. We play at 4 PM on both Saturday and Sunday.

Monday, July 24, 2006

Railroad Blues Friday, Pecos Saturday. Join Us!

The Resonators will have a busy weekend coming up this July 28th and 29th as we play Railroad Blues Friday, then the Pecos Cantalope Festival on Saturday. We hope you'll be able to join us on one or both evenings. As always we'll have some new material for everyone to enjoy; but most importantly, the band is sounding better than ever, so a fun evening is definitely in store.

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Resonators welcome new band members

The Resonators are excited to announce the addition of two talented new members to the band. Recently we hired Jesus "El Huevo" Hernandez to run sound for the band. This guy knows his stuff, period! In addition, Jesus already has extensive experience performing in other local bands, so it'd be no big surprise to find him up on stage at some point in the near future. We're glad to have you, Huevo! Also our Latin percussion position is cookin' again with Carlos Franco at the helm. Carlos was brought in top sub for Frank on a couple of gigs and the chemistry with the band was great. Carlos also has quite a bit of experience gigging in the Big Bend, so we're fortunate to have him with us.

Look for The Resonators at Railroad Blues on July 28th, then in Pecos on the 29th.

See you soon!

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Independence weekend fun!

The Resonators will have two dates coming up this Fourth of July weekend:

If you're looking to escape that summer heat, then head out to Ft. Davis, Texas on Saturday, July 1st and enjoy their Independence Day celebration. The Resonators play starting at 9:00 PM. The show will be primarily latin and rock-n-roll, but we plan on sprinkling in a few country tunes as well. It seems to be a mix that just about everyone can enjoy.

On Tuesday, July 4th The Resonators will perform in Kokernot Park in Alpine, Texas. That show starts at 5:00 PM, concluding with fireworks at dark.

As always, we are most grateful for the support of everyone who comes out to hear us play. In addition, many, many thanks to the folks who are willing to put on events like these two, giving The Resonators the chance to get out and play!

Friday, April 21, 2006

April 21 at Atrium Club in Ft. Stockton

We'll be playing Friday, April 21st at the Atrium Club (next to Atrium West Inn) in Ft. Stockton, Texas. The show starts at 9:00 PM and wraps up at 2:00 AM. We're looking forward to taking our sound to Ft. Stockton for the first time, and hope you'll join us!

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Blues show report; Eric Johnson coming to Alpine!

Rock on, Resonators! Our show Saturday night was a blast. The music was spot on and the audience was rockin', making for one fun evening. As always, we want to thank everyone for turning out to party with us, making Alpine a premier locale for live music. And none of this would be the same if it weren't for Railroad Blues. Thanks, Richard, R.C., and staff.

On to the music. After a busy 2005, The Resonators have renewed our commitment to getting a varied mix of tunes on every new set-list. This requires a significant amount of rehearsal and preparation, but it all seemed to be worth it Saturday Night. New songs included covers of: Jungle Boogie (Kool and The Gang), Higher Ground (Stevie Wonder), Bap Bap (Bonerama), Watermelon Man (Mongo Santamaria), Money (pink Floyd), and Ano Viejo. In addition, we played Joe Q (our tribute to Kinky Friedman), and Que Onda, both Resonators originals.

Jerry Castellano, our auxiliary percussionist, has decided to retire from the group, and we will miss him. Jerry played with us for the last year and subbed for Frank on several occasions. Best wishes, Jerry!

Well if you read this far, then you are a fan! And if you like The Resonators, then you probably are an aficicionado of an eclectic mix of great music. No need to say anything more than this: ERIC JOHNSON... Yes, the Eric Johnson Band will be at Railroad Blues on Wednesday, March 29. Lucy and I got advance tickets for $15 apiece (tickets are $25 at the door). Come on, are we kidding? No way! Show starts at 9:00 PM. If you can make it, get yourself to Alpine for this one.

Thanks for stopping in to visit our blog. See you soon!

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Come see us at Railroad Blues on March 24th

We sure hope you'll come see us at Railroad Blues in Alpine on March 24th. This will be our first gig there in 2006, and, as always, our show there will represent the best The Resonators have to offer at the moment. And if that's not reason enough, I've asked Lucy to make a BIG birthday cake for the night. It's The Resonators second birthday! BYO Punch...