They may be called “lonely boys,” but this band of brothers knows how to create a sense of community. This weekend, the “Texican” rock ’n’ roll band, Los Lonely Boys, will once again bring that sense of community to Spokane for a concert at the Bing Crosby Theater. Fans can expect to hear some of the band’s newer works, older favorites and a little improvisation.
Taking their name from the lyrics of a song their father wrote, Los Lonely Boys, Jojo, Henry and Ringo Garza, got their start playing live shows around their hometown, San Angelo, Texas.
“That’s one of the things about Los Lonely Boys that you’re going to get, we’re a live band,” said Jojo Garza, the band’s lead singer. “We weren’t raised in a studio in front of tape players and microphones and things like that. We were raised live on the stage and performing there.”
Because of this early exposure to live performance, the band naturally cares a great deal about connecting with each new audience and cultivating a powerful group experience.
“(We’re) not restricted into one sense or style,” Garza said. “You know, when you walk into a room, you feel the energy and Los Lonely Boys is about energy and using the energy we get from people as well.”
The band loves to improvise and build off of earlier work, paying respect to their roots and making it all their own in the process.
“(Our) style is derived from many root styles,” Garza said. “One of the easiest ways to put it is we’re not the first builders of any type of structure, the tools were here when we got here. For the most part we do like to have a basic structure when we perform something. But Los Lonely Boys are always knitting up some kind of new sweater.”
The charismatic group is most concerned with encouraging a living, breathing style of music that communicates a message very near a dear to their hearts.
“The overall, general message is love: love for each other, love in the context of forgiveness, understanding and loving without any reservations,” Garza said. “It’s definitely a big point of Los Lonely Boys to spread that message because music can destroy and it can easily be part of something evil and that is not the nature of music. Music is here to heal and to bring awareness as well.”