Two Bands That Got It Right Last Saturday

December 15th, 2010

Anyone who made it out of the bleak and dismal onslaught of rainy weather last Saturday night, and into the Crocodile Cafe, had been temporarily revitalized by Hacienda from South Texas. This Mexican American family band has the power to instantly administer pure San Antonio sunshine (to a very sun deprived crowd). Dan Auerbach struck gold discovering the band to back him on his solo tour, and has since produced both of their albums, including their 2010 release Big Red and Barbacoa. Groove orientated, and completely in the pocket, the four piece possess bass lines that dig deep, and lush vocal harmonies recalling The Beach Boys, and pure 1960′s R&B. Guitarist Dante Schwebel masterfully wields good vibrations around every corner, and in every hook. Hacienda had me wishing their set went all night.

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The Greenhornes are back, headlining, after a five year hiatus with their new record “****” out on Jack Whites Third man Records. These guys are full blooded nineteen sixties rock’n'roll. No other band tastefully emulates the era as well. Drummer Patrick Keeler is appropriately positioned front and center stage, often leading the band and channeling The Who’s Keith Moon. He is truly exceptional. Patrick, Craig Fox and Jack Lawrence, have been been playing together for a while, and it shows. There is a cohesive feeling about The Greenhornes, something you’d only get from a band who has toured the world three times over (not counting being the rhythm section for The Raconteurs). Like Hacienda, who actually are blood related, The Greenhornes have that genuine and rare quality that is lacking a bit in music today. After delivering a dynamic, full set of songs to a very satisfied crowd on Saturday, they came back on for a six song encore. It was turning out to be a fabulous night of pure rock ‘n’ roll. One of my favorite shows this year.

photos by Justin Braegelmann
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