Joshua Randy Abeyta: “We ended up taking a commercial bus tour from Juárez to Acapulco and back. In Acapulco, we went out to a bar called Combat Wings, a LoDo-style bar with a rockin’ classic-rock cover band. After their set, we gave them our stickers, and they asked us to play the next night at El Bicho Bar. We didn’t have a drummer, but we said yes anyway ’cuz their drummer said he would sit in.
“The night of the set, the drummer bailed, but a random sixty-year-old dude said, ‘Vamos a ver que malos son’ [‘Let’s see how bad you are’]. He claimed he used to play with Santana, and as soon as we hit, I could not deny the possibility. He slayed it, and we followed suit with nothing but a bunch of borrowed instruments, at a tiny packed bar on the main drag in Acapulco. It’s something we’ll never forget.”
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Editor's Note: The Denver Bootleg is a series chronicling the history of local music venues by longtime Denver cartoonist Karl Christian Krumpholz. Visit Krumpholz's website to see more of his work.