SAN ANTONIO – To young Mexican-Americans growing up in San Antonio during the 1950’s and ’60’s, Patio Andaluz was their Apollo Theater — the place they could go to hear their kind of music, known as the West Side Sound. Mixing together rock and roll, rhythm and blues, and doo-wop, with a distinctly Texas-Mexican flavor, the West Side sound has enjoyed newfound popularity among record collectors and music historians internationally as an underappreciated regional sound that sounds like nowhere else.
Patio Andaluz was little more than a concrete slab with a one-foot high bandstand at one end bordered by colored tiles. But the bands that played the patio and the audience that came to party with those bands made the old concrete slab the liveliest spot in the city on weekends Patio Andaluz performers included local starts such as Sunny and the Sunglows, The Royal Jesters, The Dell Kings, Danny and the Dreams, Charlie and the Jives, Rudy and the Reno-Bops, Dell Kings, The Lyrics, Little Joe & The Harlems and Doug Sahm.
More than a half century later, on Sunday, February 21, at 7:00 pm, Patio Andaluz lives again at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts with an all-star show and dance. Headlining are Sunny Ozuna of the Sunglows and Sunliners, and the “Tighten Up” man from Houston Archie Bell, along with Rudy Tee Gonzales, front man for Rudy and the Reno-Bops and Little Henry Lee and the Laveers,- both fresh from stealing the show at the Ponderosa Stomp in New Orleans – and “A Million to One” Jimmy Charles and Sonny Ace.
The entertainers will be supported by a 14-piece orchestra under the direction of Henry Lee Parrilla. Patio Andaluz will also feature tributes to the Dreamliners by Patsy Torres, Rebecca Valadez, and Melba Marez, to Randy Garibay by his brother Ernie Garibay, and to the Royal Jesters and Dimas Garza by Ralph Cortez and Emilio Guerrero with Vic Love & The Sequence.
For further information contact: Henry Peña 210-393-8920 Tickets: tobincenter.org or Tobin Box Office, 100 Auditorium Circle, 210-223-8624