Los Lonely Boys sat on the House of Blues stage Sunday night for the first half of their two-hour set. With a bare-bones light show, two chairs and a drum set, it was all about the music and harmony only the Garza boys deliver so well. The steady stream of love ballads had the packed house serenading their partners out loud like a Valentine's Day jam session in April. Thank goodness the acoustic set lasted only the first half of the show, or some of the guys in the crowd might have lost it. But the ladies in the crowd didn't mind at all. "I thought I would get bored with the acoustic playing, but they proved they're good either way," loyal fan Rich Reid said. LLB showed Houston how to have good old-fashioned fun during this Acoustic Brotherhood show, highlighting songs from their newest release 1969, a mini-album covering the band's five most influential songs, and Forgiven, their most recent full-length CD. "Oye Mamacita" and "Hollywood" kept the crown rowdy during the acoustic set, but Aftermath's favorite of the acoustic set was the Texas-folk type ballad "Love Don't Care About Me," a new one off Forgiven.
The first half of the show was completely mellow, with Jojo and Henry only getting out of their seats once. They interacted with the crowd and had fun playing covers including "Wooly Bully" (although that cover tune didn't make it onto 1969.)
Henry, always proving how masterfully he can play a harmonica, showed off his kazoo talents on the Beatlesque "Johnson Rag." It was an appropriate segue to their famous guitar pluckin' "Supper Time."
"We put it together just because it's fun," explained Henry about the tune that includes lyrics about green beans, pickled beets and, of course, tortillas.
When Jojo and Henry finally got off their chairs and grabbed their electric guitars, the crowd was wound up and ready to go.
Just like old times, Henry grabbed his harmonica and started playing "Low Rider." The entire mood of the venue filled with energy when Jojo started running back and forth across the stage, bass in hand. They sang more of their famous hits in the second set, firing up the stage with "Crazy Dream," "Nobody Else" and Grammy winner "Heaven."
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Casual, interactive and just plain fun, the Lonely Boys haven't lost any of the old charm that made them double-platinum stars in 2004. Some people complain that when bands make it, it changes their style. You won't find that on a Los Lonely Boys stage - down to their signature Stacy Adams.
A few things Aftermath was sad not to see: Henry playing the guitar behind his back or covering Jojo's eyes while he plays the bass. There wasn't the simultaneous behind the neck on the shoulder plucking and Jojo and Henry didn't share a guitar. And where the hell was Alejandro Escovedo??
But as always, LLB was gracious and humble as ever.
"Thank you for listening to our music - buying, downloading or stealing it," Henry told the crowd, "We don't care, as long as you listen."