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Trump going back on promises I’m beginning to suspect that we’ve been conned by our new president. He’s backpedaling on nearly every campaign promise he made to us...

This Christmas, think before you speak Now that Trump has won the election, a lot of folks who call themselves Christians seem to believe they have a mandate to force their beliefs on the rest of us. Think about doing this before you start yelling about people saying “happy holidays,” whining about Starbucks coffee cup image(s), complaining about other’s lifestyles…

First Amendment protects prayer (Re: Atheist Gary Singer’s contribution to the Crossed column titled “What will it take to make America great again?” in the Nov. 21 edition of Northern Express.) Mr. Singer, the First Amendment states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof …”

Evidence of global warming Two basic facts underlay climate science: first, carbon dioxide was known to be a heat-trapping gas as early as 1850; and second, humans are significantly increasing the amount of CO2 in Earth’s atmosphere through the burning of fossil fuels and other activities. We are in fact well on our way to doubling the CO2 concentrations in our atmosphere...

Other community backpack programs I just read your article in the Nov. 28 issue titled “Beneficial backpacks: Two local programs help children.” It is a good article, but there are at least two other such programs in the Traverse City area that I am aware of...

A ‘fox’ in the schoolhouse Trump’s proposed secretary of education, Betsy DeVos (“the fox” in Dutch), is a right-wing billionaire; relentless promoter of unlimited, unregulated charter schools and vouchers; and enemy of public schooling...

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Tex-Mex spirit of Los Lonely Boyskicks off National Cherry Festival

Robert Downes - June 28th, 2010
Tex-Mex spirit of Los Lonely Boys kicks off National Cherry Festival
The three-man power-pop of Los Lonely Boys will light up the crowd this Saturday, July 3 as the opening act on the Bayfront Stage at the National Cherry Festival.
Los Lonely Boys is the vanguard of a week of music that includes the return of several old favorites as well as some new faces. That lineup includes:
• Sunday, July 4: Gregg Rolie’s tribute to Santana (see related article).
• Monday, July 5: “Heroes’ Salute” with the NMC Community Band, featuring patriotic music to fit the 4th.
• Tuesday, July 6: Tommy Castro blues with Harper and The Midwest Kind
• Wednesday, July 7: 1964 - The Tribute, bringing back the popular Beatles tribute.
• Thursday, July 8: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy - a high-energy swing dance band from Southern California.
• Friday, July 9: Randy Houser country rock.
• Saturday, July 10: Think Floyd -the Pink Floyd tribute accompanied by fireworks.

Los Lonely Boys
The Texas trio of guitarist Henry Garza and his brothers, bass player Jojo and drummer Ringo bring three-part harmonies and the power-pop energy of Mexico to their music, alternating between originals from their three albums and their own take on a number of cover songs.
Originally from a small town in West Texas, the Boys started performing with their father, Ringo Garza, Sr., as children. Music was a family tradition for the Garzas: The Boys’ father performed with his seven brothers in a conjunto group called The Falcons, mixing country music with Spanglish sounds.
When their father’s band broke up, his sons started backing him, taking their act on the road to Nashville, where they performed off and on through the ‘90s, playing a mix of country, Tex-Mex and classic rock. When things went flat in Nashville, the family moved back to Texas and the brothers organized Los Lonely Boys.
The band had a multi-platinum hit with their 2003 debut album, “Los Lonely Boys,” and went on to hit the No. 2 spot on Billboard’s album chart with their 2006 follow-up, “Sacred.” Currently, they’re promoting their third album, “Forgiven.”
Expect a wide mix from the Boys. In addition to originals, such as their Grammy-winning hit, “Heaven,” they play a number of classic rock chestnuts, including the Spencer Davis/Stevie Winwood hit, “I’m a Man,” Santana’s “Evil Ways,” The Doors’ “Roadhouse Blues,” Tony Joe White’s “Polk Salad Annie,” and The Beatles’ “She Came in Through the Bathroom Window.”
“It’s kinda crazy, we’re like the Mexican Beatles,” says Henry Garza in their bio. “People always ask us what kind of style we play. I tell ‘em it’s a cross between Stevie Ray meets Santana, Jimi Hendrix meets Richie Valens, or the Beatles meet Ronnie Milsap.”

Tommy Castro
Straight outta’ San Jose, California comes Tommy Castro, who got his start performing in the San Francisco Bay area in the 1970s and has since hammered out a reputation for a searing stage show that samples everything from Southern rock to Chicago blues and the Memphis sound.
Castro leads the next generation of top-flight electric blues performers on the heels of B.B. King, John Lee Hooker, Buddy Guy and Bo Diddley, all of whom he’s been associated with, sharing stages or as a guest recording artist.
With 12 albums to his credit, Castro has a reputation for a hybrid style that mixes many influences and genres. As the saying goes, expect the unexpected.

Harper and The Midwest Kind
One of Michigan’s most notable performers, Harper is an expat from western Australia who toured the U.S. throughout the ‘90s before taking the plunge and moving to Jackson, MI several years ago.
An ace on the harmonica as well as the digeridoo, Harper brings a blues-rock sound to the stage, often with socially-conscious lyrics that speak to issues such as justice and personal freedom. Top it off with Harper’s smooth vocals and Down Under attitude and you and your mates are sure to be rockin’.

Check out next week’s Express for info on 1964: The Tribute, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Randy Houser and Think Floyd.

-- by Robert Downes
 
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