"People got what it was about," he muses. "For me, this is not a nostalgic oldies show. It really is an interesting, curated selection of music that explores how it all comes from different cultures interacting. I believe that rancheras and boleros actually come from the same source as the blues. It makes perfect sense to put Muddy Waters right next to Lola Beltran and Linda Ronstadt. People got that. And when we do a Freddy Fender number, everyone in the audience is raising their beer along with us." And Garcia hopes he's sharing more than just the great music: "We wanted to reference things people have a cultural association with, but to push them out of their comfort zone, too."
Chicanos Sing the Blues returns for a repeat run beginning tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Su Teatro at the Denver Civic Theatre, 721 Santa Fe Drive, and continuing on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through June 24; for tickets, $12 to $20, go to suteatro.net or call 303-296-0219.
Thursdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. Starts: June 14. Continues through June 24, 2012