When: Fri., June 26, 7 p.m. 2015
The reveries of childhood, when fired by ambition, wanderlust and earned confidence, can catalyze explosive breakthroughs. As a little girl, growing up in Monte Vista with nine siblings including acclaimed movie director Robert Rodriguez, Patricia Vonne dreamed of connecting more deeply with her ancestors. Through her mother’s music and her father’s storytelling, Vonne developed a rich and colorful sense of her roots in Mexico and, back over nine generations, tracing them to Spain. In her work, the wild drama and joy, the exuberance and defiance, el orgullo y la tristeza of these cultures, manifest in songs with cultural personalities all their own ... Amassing accolades and winning fans worldwide (with a staunchly loyal following in Europe), Vonne has put out music of consistent quality that draws on the divergent themes that populate her cultural memory. With her strong, soaring and seductive vocals at its core, her sound incorporates elements of Spanish flamenco and Gypsy music, Mexican balladry and contemporary rock with blues hues. Now, at 45, Vonne is ready to release her sixth album. Named Viva Bandolera, it’s actually a compilation of the Spanish songs from Vonne’s first five efforts, so it feels a tad inaccurate to call it her finest work to date. But, technicalities aside, it is exactly that.