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Oldies night showcase: Liberty Band and OBG Band
8:30 p.m. Saturday
Oldies, funk, Tex-Mex classics and more intriguing grooves were pouring off the stage as Bobby Esquivel & the Liberty Band unloaded their magic at the elegant smoke-free Fountain Bleu on
Culebra.
The occasion was the Oldies Night Special showcase featuring the Liberty Band and Rocky Hernandez & OBG Band w/ singer Danny Esquivel.
When I walked in at about 8:30 p.m., Liberty Band was whipping out a long, fascinating jam on the Fito Olivares' "Juana la Cubana." Talk about horn power. Four horns traded massive riffs with the guitar player.
It's not every day fans get to enjoy a big band.
Later on the band uncorked “Pick up the Pieces,” revealing their precision and inspiration.

The Liberty Band has a rich tradition in Central Texas and a proud heritage that goes back to 1977.
Led by trombonist Bobby Esquivel, a 1972 Memorial High graduate, Liberty Band established itself as one of the premier music groups in Central Texas in the early '80s with a series of memorable albums.
Their calling card a big band approach with robust horn power. For years they stood apart from the big herd, drawing comaprisons to other big bands of the day including LIttle Joe y La Familia and Ruben Ramos & Texas Revolution.

 
Liberty Band's latest CD is titled "Life is Good."
9:30 p.m.
Rocky Hernandez & OBG Band opened their set with a 
with a mellow rendition of "Mustang Sally." Then they lowered the temperature to simmering with a percolating "The Stroll," followed by the touching "Dearest Darling," made famous by Etta James and later cranked up things with "The Twist."

The OBG Band is an interesting unit with a mean horn player. They were formed years ago by the imitable Rocky "Mr. Shuffle" Hernandez They speciialize in what their name impies - the oldies and they do a decent job.
Minor complaint - cut back on the endless commentary - the usual "Hello to so and so, this song going out to Mr Jones," etc.
A few hellos are OK. But when the singer starts saying hellos to everyone or sending shout-outs, he begins to sound like a train conductor calling out stations.
Too many distract from the art and beauty of music.
Later on the OBG band played some of the material from their latest CD "Volume 3" they the group dropped a haymaker, a sterling versiosn of Agustin Ramirez's "Tres Ramitas." A classy tune but what is this song about?
It is an elegant tune written by Fidel Ruedas, on the power of faith and devotion.
Yeah..check it out.
10:45 p.m
Liberty Band back on stage knocking out Motown memories with "My Girl" and the classy "Vestido Blanco."
In the end, we ask why are music shows and concerts so much fun?
It is not always so.
But we'll let you in on a few truisms. Generally here are a few good reasons I can give you...in 9 words or less:
"La musica es vida,...y el recordar es vivir."

 

 
Upcoming shows at the Fountain Bleu:
Dec. 11 Liberty Band headlines "Teddy Bear for Kids": Dance
Dec. 26 Liberty Band's Black and White Ball
Dec. 31 NYE Dance. Talent TBA.
Related shows:
Nov. 14. Fantasia - The Reunion of former Latin Breed players lncluding Jimmy Edward, Jay Perez. Also Tribute Band. Pueblo Hall.

 

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