The Mavericks

The Mavericks

The Last Bandoleros

Fri, July 28, 2017

Doors: 5:45 pm / Show: 6:30 pm

Denver Botanic Gardens - York Street

$60.00 - $65.00

The Mavericks
The Mavericks
The Mavericks were founded more than 25 years ago by Malo and Deakin as a standout alternative band in a Miami rock scene dominated by hair metal and punk. Improbably, they were noticed by super-producer Tony Brown in Nashville, and when they got signed to innovative MCA Records, they upended expectations in country music. Their blend of Cuban grooves and Bakersfield-inspired twang netted them several CMA and ACM Awards plus a Grammy in 1995. They charted numerous singles and albums while earning accolades as one of the finest live bands in the business. There was some time off and re-jiggering of personnel, but they came back strong with 2013’s In Time and 2015’s Mono, albums that provided abundant material for a refreshed and unmatched stage show.

“We’ve traveled a lot in the last four years. And we’ve come back from a hiatus of nine years to find a brand new purpose — not just to go out and play for tickets and do the oldies,” says Eddie Perez. “Not many bands get to come back from that long to have another moment like this. So I believe it to be quite special.”
The Last Bandoleros
The Last Bandoleros
The Last Bandoleros are a four-piece outfit blending Tex-Mex, country and rock n’ roll. Their story begins in San Antonio, Texas with guitarist/producer Jerry Fuentes who, during a musical pilgrimage to Manhattan, chanced to meet New York native, singer-songwriter/producer Derek James.

Fuentes and James began collaborating in Brooklyn. But, Fuentes kept being drawn back to his native Texas to record in the same San Antonio studio where a couple of talented brothers were also emerging. Diego and Emilio Navaira, sons of Tejano music legend, Emilio Navaira, Sr., had been making a name for themselves around town for their energetic live performances and sterling vocal chops.

Fuentes decided to combine both of his universes by introducing Derek to Diego and Emilio and inviting them to joint-sessions in Brooklyn and San Antonio where riffs and lyrics began flying fast.
It's no wonder that when Diego Navaira (bass & vocals) and Jerry Fuentes (guitar & vocals) -- both raised in the studios and vibrant live scene of San Antonio -- joined with New York native Derek James (guitar & vocals) to form The Last Bandoleros, their combined experiences led them to create a compelling, contemporary American sound.

Joined by a button accordionist on stage, The Last Bandoleros mesh 1 part Tex-Mex, 1 part Brit-Pop and 2 parts Country/Rock, to write and perform driving songs brimming with melody informed by a unique amalgam of influences that only young Americans growing up a stone's throw away from the Rio Grande might have absorbed.

"I grew up idolizing Texas legends Dough Sahm and Flaco Jimenez," says Jerry, "and, at the same time, wanted to learn every song in the Rock canon including The Beatles and The Eagles."

"My dad [GRAMMY-award winning Conjunto superstar Emilio Navaira, Sr.] turned me on to Van Halen and ZZ Top," adds Diego, "but I was obviously surrounded by Tejano music since birth."

And, to be sure, a consummate command of their instruments is another of The Last Bandoleros' calling cards.

"Jerry won a San Antonio guitar competition when he was 13," shares Derek, "We love charting out ambitious harmonies. You'll see every member in our band singing when you come to one of our shows."

The group recently sold-out New York City's Rockwood Music Hall as headliner and opened for Canadian chanteuse Feist at Webster Hall. Before embarking on shows with neo-traditional country legends The Mavericks this summer, The Last Bandoleros will release their debut EP, featuring lead single "Where Do You Go?" which is already being praised by press and industry alike:

TasteOfCountry.com called the song "instantly catchy" while CMChatLive.com described it as "bright," "explosive" and "memorable."

HITS Magazine wrote "the musical verve and joyous energy on display in this tune is pretty irresistible" dubbing it "Tex-Mex meets harmony-rich Beatlesque pop, with a healthy dollop of boy-pop charisma."

The Last Bandoleros combine their unique cultural experiences with a rare musical camaraderie to deliver exuberance and joy both essential and contagious. And, in today's fast-moving world of instantaneous information and converging influences, their original yet universal sound might just be best labeled "great music."