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Yee-hah! The Apex becomes the cantina setting for a great night’s rocking, when the Stetson-wearing magnificent seven, Los Pacaminos ride into town!
Eighties singer Paul Young teams up with some of the best musicians in the business to play Tex-Mex classics, Spanish songs and original material that falls somewhere between Mexican Mariachi, Americana and Country/Blues.
The Tequila-fueled, cactus-sharp, Los Pacaminos play songs like ‘Wooly Bully’, ‘La Bamba’ and ‘Raised on Margaritas’. Their brand of happy, party music has proved popular with audiences and the band has built up a great following.
Paul Young’s solo hits in the 1980s include ‘Every Time You Go Away’, ‘Wherever I Lay My Hat’ and ‘Love Of The Common People’, but what started out as an entertaining side-project for Paul in the early 1990s is still going strong 25 years later. Paul says – “Los Pacaminos started out just for fun, playing simply for the pleasure of it, and it just took off from there. It’s real bar room stuff, foot stompers, not too many slow songs – a real party atmosphere.”
It sounds like he’s enjoying the whole experience: “I do like being back in a band again; the pressure is off me, I can kick back and enjoy other members of the band singing and playing. And even taking me out of the equation, the standard of musicianship is fantastic, there’s seven of us altogether and we make a great sound.”
Tex Mex music is a jaunty fusion of Mexican and Southwestern American styles, rock & roll, blues, country, and various strains of Latin music. It emerged in the ’60s, when garage rock bands began pounding out rock & roll that was spiced with south-of-the-border flourishes and by the ’80s, Tex-Mex was established as a unique genre of its own that fell between the cracks of rock, country, and Latin music, championed by the likes of Texas Tornados, Los Lonely Boys, The Mavericks, Ry Cooder and Los Lobos.
The band members have all played in Paul Young’s bands through the 1980’s and 90’s, so their friendships stretch back 20 to 30 years. It’s these long term connections that underpin the very special atmosphere generated at a Los Pacaminos show. So, bring your amigos – it’s a great night out for the good, the bad, and the ugly!
Los Pacaminos will be appearing at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds on Friday 11 January at 8pm. Standing tickets are £20, seats are £22, ring the box office on 01284 758000 or see www.theapex.co.uk for more information or to book.