Sound and the Fury
West Side Steps
Local keyboard legend Arturo "Sauce" Gonzalez celebrates his 18th anniversary with the West Side Sound - one of SA's most accomplished blues combos - on Sunday, June 13 with a show at Sunset Station. Gonzalez moves his anniversary bashes around every year, with last year's show at Blanco Ballroom, and this will be his first Sunset Station celebration. As usual, Gonzalez will be joined by a who's-who of local roots-music veterans, including the West Side Horns, Sonny Ace, Willie Jaye, Charlie Alvarado, Little Roger Gonzalez, Marc Benno, and River City Slim. Gonzalez's anniversary show runs from 4 to 10 p.m.
Another performance to look for this weekend is the South Texas return of norteño godfathers, Los Tigres Del Norte. Over a history that spans four decades, this group has helped to elevate politcally charged norteño and brutally frank narcocorridos to an art form. They'll be at Freeman Coliseum on Saturday, June 12. Showtime is 7 p.m.
Lynn's No Show
Loretta Lynn fans - this one included - are still reeling from last week's cancelation of the country queen's scheduled June 5 show at Sunset Station. The 69-year-old Lynn - currently reaping great acclaim for her Van Lear Rose album - was ordered by her doctor to get rest for a back ailment that has slowed her recently. As a result, Lynn canceled all her June dates, which included gigs in Lubbock and Birmingham, Alabama. She's also in the process of rescheduling six other concerts. Tickets for her San Antonio show will be refunded at the point of purchase.
Death Of A Pioneer
Conjunto music suffered a monumental loss last week, when accordion virtuoso Tony De La Rosa died in Corpus Christi on Wednesday, June 2 of complications from open-heart surgery. He was 72.
De La Rosa is credited with several innovative contributions to the conjunto genre, among them: bringing the button accordion into vogue, electrifying the bajo sexto, and adding drums to the ensemble sound. He's among a small group of giants who pushed this musical form into the modern era while maintaining the power of its traditional roots. •
Compiled by Gilbert Garcia