Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Marfa Dance Cancelled

Sorry to everyone planning to ring in the new year with us in Marfa, but the dance has been cancelled. Our good friend, Joe Cabazuela, event organizer said that there were some issues that arose over use of the MAC Building, so they decided to call the event off. Would have been a great time, but we'll just have to wait until 2011 to see everyone again.

It's been a great 2010 and we're looking forward to 2011 even more!

Happy New Year! Feliz Ano Nuevo!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Van Horn on September 24th

Happy September! Having been a high school band director for 20 years, I never really got to "stop and the smell the roses" much during this time of the year. It is generally really busy during September with football games, parades, and marching festivals if you're associated with a high school band. Anyway, September and October in the Big Bend are great months to savor living here, and it helps to have a little more free time.

Playing as a warm-up act for Michael Salgado on September 10th was great fun. The Resonators played with all the passion we could muster, and it appeared the audience enjoyed our two sets. Thanks to the Border Patrol for inviting us to perform. We hope you guys and gals were pleased with the way the evening came out.

Once again, we have a whole new set of ears to play for coming up on September 24th in Van Horn. We'd like to thank Ruben Florez Jr. and the church committee for extending us an invitation to play. You're going to get a great show, the likes you haven't seen in a long time!

As the end of the year nears, it has been so gratifying to look back over the numerous opportunities The Resonators have had to play. The economy still keeps limping along, but people seem to have enough faith in us to justify spending the money for live entertainment. I hope that our friends that we have played for can tell that we are thankful for every opportunity we get to perform. It's been a great year so far, and we still have three months to go!

A consideration that runs parallel to our attitude about playing is our repertoire. Over the years we have evolved in our focus of music: what our audience wants. Goodness knows how many songs get tossed around as additions to our repertoire, within the band. Many times we'll get a request to do a tune from our early days, but for whatever reason we just don't play that song anymore. However those songs that repeatedly get requested, you'll probably see re-appearing in the near future (Black Velvet, This Love are two that get requested a lot). Anyway, our appeal has dramatically increased over the years as we pay more attention to what our audience really wants.

We have a couple of new additions to the face of the group that you'll be seeing more and more. First of all, Jesus Hernandez (Huevo, Eggy) will more and more be handling vocals on some of our hottest tropical repertoire. Jesus has been with us for quite some time, and we are looking forward to your feedback with him handling more of the vocals. Second, is Molly Ferguson. She'll be doing quite a bit of singing as well, freeing up Lucy to play more horn parts on our tropical music.

We hope to see you soon at an upcoming performance. It should be a blast!

Monday, September 06, 2010

It was a terrific summer. Michael Salgado show next!

I remember a while back when it looked like performance opportunities might become few and far between due to a slow economy. What transpired, though, is that we have been busier than ever, and I know why: we love to play and we share that love with our audiences! It probably doesn't hurt to be affordable and to always try to be fresh, but we are thrilled to have been able to play for as many people as we have over the past year.

We played for a wedding reception in Santa Fe, New Mexico over Labor Day weekend for some very wonderful people. They were all so friendly and in good spirits. The evening was just about as fun as it could be. We made the 21 hour round trip up there in the course of 2 days, so we were pretty tired, but glad the "church van" made it in one piece! Nothing like pouring $300 worth of gas into the tank, but I guess that's the price we pay for going on tour!

Next up is the chance to open for Michael Salgado on Friday, September 10th in Alpine. We shared a great show with him just two years ago, so we are honored to do it again. Michael is a really nice guy and he has one of the best norteno bands anywhere. I know how I feel about warm-up acts generally: I came to hear the star, not some upstarts! Therefore, we are going to pour everything we have into getting the audience revved up and make the Gallego Center one rockin' place!

Thanks for stopping by. We look forward to seeing you soon (maybe Friday!).

Sunday, August 08, 2010

Return to Padre's on August 13th

It's been a fun summer for The Resonators, and we want to invite everyone to Padre's in Marfa, Texas this coming Friday, August 13th for a great night of music. If you haven't been to Padre's before, you should check it out. Owner David Beebe has created a really soulful place to eat, drink, and dance in Padre's. And if you want to catch The Resonators live in the Big Bend, we can't recommend this place too highly. Before the show, give yourself some time to enjoy some of the delicious fare. So far I've had a bowl of chili and a burger, both of which were great!

Like I said, the band is playing great, and each show is a privilege to be able to put on. Whether it be the extraordinary vocals of Lucy or Alfredo, Marty and Tony ripping it up on guitar, or Taro calling upon his encyclopaedic knowledge of music of Western civilization, getting to be on stage with these guys (and gal) is a treat. We hope you'll enjoy...

Monday, June 28, 2010

July 4th in Alpine, Texas

The Resonators will fill the evening air with a broad spectrum of music this July 4th at Kokernot Park in Alpine, Texas. We normally do our hometown show in Presidio, but I felt it was time Presidio got a slightly different taste on its 4th this year, plus you just can't hardly beat Alpine on a summer evening.

See you there!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Free show on March 20th

The Resonators will join Brian Burns in a free show at Daly Park in Presidio on March 20th. The music begins at 7:00 P.M. and ends at midnight. Daly Park has recently had some improvements which should make it an even better location for community events in Presidio. For persons wishing to enjoy their favorite refreshment, you'll be happy to hear that the event is BYOB. As always, The Resonators will be "pumped" to play a show in front of the locals, but having Brian Burns in town doing his very own Texas country should be a treat.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

A Stage With A View

Have you ever had a room with a view? I remember vacationing in Mazatlan and staying at the old Hotel Belmar. Although the hotel is in a slow state of decay, the oceanview rooms are well worth the $45 per night. Especially, I remember waking up in the middle of the night and seeing a full moon setting over the Pacific. Magic.

Every once in a while The Resonators will play a gig in extraordinary locales, as well. Cibolo Creek Ranch, Padre's, and The Granada Theatre come to mind. These settings didn't achieve their special flavor by accident, though. Through a mix of business savvy, attention to numerous details, and lots of money, these west Texas institutions are truly noteworthy.

Living in the Big Bend, any time you can be outdoors, it's the same kind of powerful effect. We just got through playing an engagement at the employee residences at Panther Junction in Big Bend. The gig was held on an outdoor basketball court on a rather chilly February evening. Now before I go any further, answer this question: Have you been to Big Bend National Park? If not, you may not understand where I'm going with this. If so, it will make perfect sense.

Playing in The Resonators is the best. Playing in The Resonators with the Dead Horse Mountains and Sierra del Carmens in the bakground just can't be beat. I told you so. If you've ever been to Big Bend, the imagery is unforgettable. The gig itself was a great one. We're embarking on a string of engagements that are almost weekly until July, so getting in the playing time will have a positive impact on the songbag. For the first time, we did El Taconazo, Borrachera, and Cotton-Eyed Joe. With The Pig coming up on Friday, I'm certain there'll be some wood-shedding of even more tunes.

Hey, it's almost time for the voyage up to Denver to pick up my eBay van! I only paid $1345 for the monster, so I hope it's not too much of a clunker. I just keep getting these Partidge Family visions in my head of all the band piled into the van and off we merrily go to the next gig. Of course that fantasy could have several optional endings, like driving down the highway in July with no air conditioning, or worse yet: stranded on the side of the highway. We'll just have to see. My $5000 eBay equipment truck hasn't let me down so far.

Thanks for visiting!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

2010 Starts off busy, then we're back!

So we played a couple of gigs right after Christmas, and both went very well. Great people to play for and the band responded with spirited performances. Once the dust settled, it was time to get back to our "day jobs" and begin a new year. It seemed like things couldn't get any busier than they had been during the closing weeks of 2009--wrong! From the beginning of January until mid-February it just got unbelievably busy once again. So busy that The Resonators never gathered again under one roof until February 14. But that gathering was worth the wait....

We had been asked to play a Valentine's Day dinner show at a soulful place here in Presidio called The Enlightened Bean. Gathered together for the gig were Taro, Alfredo, Manolo, Lucy and John. Our set list was full of some really nice tunes, and they were performed very tastefully. Usually The Resonators blow the roof off volume-wise, but this occasion called for a little restraint. In the end, patrons and the restaurant owners alike seemed to be having a terrific time, and that's essentially what every performance should boil down to. Good job, Enlightened Bean, on putting together a very soulful evening of food and music down here on the border.

On Saturday, February 20 The Resonators played at Padre's in Marfa, Texas for the very first time. WOW! How a place like this can open up and find its groove so quickly is really impressive. Whether it be the ambience, the decor, the food, the management, or the patrons, this place is off to a really great start. We had to first play a short mariachi show--also in Marfa--and Padre's owner was very understanding about getting in a soundcheck once we finished up with Mariachi Santa Cruz.

The patrons who were present (A LOT, by the way) kind of felt us out for the first 30 minutes or so, then with the ice-breaker with the lovely Pam Gaddis, everyone decided the "water was OK." From then on, it was a big pachanga until 12:30 AM. The band filled up every square inch of the stage, as "Eggy" Jesus Hernandez was able to join us on Latin percussion. I love these guys (and gal, especially)! What an immense privilege to be able to play in The Resonators!

Next up: practice! We have about a boat-load-and-a-half of new material we want to start playing. We just need to have a few free minutes to actually be in the same place together. Looking forward to the next gig!

See you soon!