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!).