Friday, April 2, 2010

Viva Las Vegas update #1: The Rip’em Ups and Big Sandy

The Rip’em Ups did exactly what their name promises. Starting the Viva weekend off with a bang, the Los Angeles-based band got the party started in full force, delivering exactly the type of music that everyone came hear. This is just the type of band you actually would have heard in the late 1950s, offering a dirty and distorted mix of rock’n’roll and rhythm’n’blues.

The lead singer/guitarist Javier De La Rosa entertains the crowd with his energetic performance and falsetto shouts. Rick Coronado lays down the licks on lead guitar, Edgar Villareal slaps away at the upright, and Santos DeLeon holds it down on skins. Really adding to the R&B flavor of their sound and giving the band a Little Richard quality is Marco Palos on tenor sax.

The crowd jumped and jived during the set, revving everyone up for Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys.

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