A week on the scene
Nothing is ‘sacred’
On the eve of their Sunday night show at the Majestic Theatre, Los Lonely Boys suffered a PR embarrassment, as group bassist Joey “JoJo” Sacarais Garza was arrested at Austin’s Omni Hotel on July 22, on marijuana possession and assault charges. The band hasn’t commented on the marjuana charge, but the issue of assault is of much greater concern, because it flies in the face of the good-guys-unaffected-by-stardom reputation they have carefully cultivated.
Austin police officers responded to complaints of a disturbance at the hotel and charged Garza with assaulting his fiancée, Carina Lyn. Both Lyn and the band have chalked up the arrest to a simple misunderstanding, saying that the noise emanating from Lyn and Garza’s room was the result of a celebration (for the release of the band’s new album, Sacred), not an altercation. Garza was released a few hours after the arrest and performed at LLB’s San Antonio show the following night.
KRTU-FM 91.7 has launched a full-scale effort to provide a jazz catalog for members of the military stationed in Iraq. The project, called “Music For Marines,” began in May when two marines hoping to start a jazz café at Camp Taqaddum, 35 miles west of Baghdad, emailed the station with a request for music. One of the marines, Lt. Willie McCoy, is a longtime fan of the station, and when the request from McCoy and his partner, Lt. Wilfredo Rodriguez, reached KRTU, the station’s staff decided to enlist the local jazz community to contribute. Over the last two months, KRTU has hosted a series of Thursday night jazz concerts around town to aid the cause, and in early August they plan to send their donation to Iraq.
- Gilbert Garcia