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Los Coyotes Blues Band w/ César Rosas
Friday, November 17th, 2017
Cesar Rosas is the singer, songwriter and guitarist for Los Lobos. Perhaps the most recognizable member of that band from East LA, he is known for his trademark black sunglasses, goatee and black hair. Now Rosas is introducing a new band of players, dubbed "Los Coyotes Blues Band," fronted by Rosas with accordionist Josh Baca, Bugs Gonsalez on drums and Juan Perez on bass. Rosas will premiere his new band at Don The Beachcomber on Fri. Nov. 17. Rosas' rootsy compositions, fiery guitar playing, and gritty vocals act as an important counterweight in Los Lobos band's sonic blend. Primarily working from a blues-based foundation, Rosas' compositions for Los Lobos include the hard-rocking "Don't Worry Baby" (from How Will the Wolf Survive?) and "I Can't Understand," co-written with blues giant Willie Dixon, which appeared on The Neighborhood (1990). In addition to his role in Los Lobos, Rosas released Si Se Puede!, his debut solo album on 24/7, and in 1998 appeared as a member of Los Super Seven, the Latin American supergroup. Their self-titled album featured re-interpretations of traditional Mexican folk songs. It was a minor hit and the band became a touring concern. Rosas kept busy, issuing Soul Disguise for Ryko in 1999, a potent blend of rock, blues, soul, and Latin music. He also appeared on blues icon Kid Ramos' self-titled offering for RCA. Rosas' touring and recording duties with Los Lobos and Los Super Seven (the latter recorded two more albums: Canto for Sony in 2001 and Heard It on the X for Telarc in 2005) take up a lot of his time but he also took on work as a sideman, appearing on Rick Trevino (Official)'s Mi Son and on Alejandro Escovedo's conceptual work By the Hand of the Father, and as part of Los Texmaniacs with bandmate David Hidalgo, Flaco Jimenez, and a host of other Latin luminaries on Tex-Mex Groove in 2006. A month after Los Lobos issued the acclaimed Gates of Gold in November 2015, Rosas emerged the following month with his third solo album, Live from the Galaxy -- backed by accordionist J Baca, drummer Aaron Ballesteros, bassist Steve Carlos Falomir, and keyboardist John Kito -- on the Los Angeles label. Rosas played a role in the wild experimentation of recent Los Lobos material, but he's also that band's traditionalist, spinning nervy tunes of raw Mexican folk and lowdown blues, providing an anchor of continuity to its many facets. Special Guest: Junior Watson Watson is a spectacular West Coast blues guitarist. He was a founding member of the blues band Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers, and starting in the early 1980s he performed with the band for a decade. He also performed with Canned Heat throughout the 1990s. Watson has performed as a backing musician in performances and recordings for a great number of blues musicians, including Big Mama Thornton, George Smith, Jimmy Rogers, Luther Tucker, Charlie Musselwhite Fan Page, John Nemeth, "Pink" Michael Arguello and Kim Wilson. Don't miss the magic Junior Watson Appreciation Page will bring to Los Coyotes Blues Band when he sits in with Cesar Rosas for the Premiere Party to introduce the new band... Reservations highly recommended for this seated show. Dinner available from the chefs at Don the Beachcomber All ages, free parking.