If Sexto Sol's first set was stirring, the second set was unbelievable. For the second song, the band invited Ernie Garibay for "Barbacoa Blues," a classic by his brother Randy Garibay. It was Randy who was playing the blues at Saluté in the '90s, when Sexto Sol guitarist first discovered the place.
On the second half of Sexto Sol's second set Saturday night at Saluté (7/21/12), the band played "Azeneth," the song the band wrote several years ago and included in the live CD Gózalo. And Azeneth was watching, sitting right in front of the band.
The band also gave Azeneth a signed and framed copy of the concert flyer designed by Rigoberto Luna and based on a still from Vincent Valdez's Recuerdo movie.
At one point, Sam Villela serenaded Azeneth with James Brown's "Prisoner of Love."
Finally, Sexto Sol's rousing version of Chicago's "I'm a Man" (with Sam Villela on vocals and guest Tom Dyer on keyboards) was a fitting wrap-up for the night. Minutes before the show, Villela told me this was going to be a "special night" and that the band was going to set the place on fire. They delivered, playing as if it were the last time (it was). This cover was Saluté's last song ever played by a live band. As Villela said, "If you missed it, you missed it."
But stay tuned: the bar (and just the bar) will be open for three more nights on July 26-28. If you missed Sexto Sol's moving tribute to Azeneth and her bar last night, stop by on those days and thank Azeneth for 25 years of unforgettable nights. — Enrique Lopetegui