Los Lonely Boys don't like to be limited to one genre of music. So, the three Texas brothers blended blues, rock, Latin, hip-hop and funk on their latest LP, "Rockpango."
The 2011 album's name is a take-off on the Mexican traditional folk dance, the huapango. "We went ahead and used 'rock' in it it's a rock party," said Jojo Garza (bass), who plays in the band with brothers Henry (guitar) and Ringo (drums). "The reason we felt that way is (the album) doesn't feel like it's from one band or one style of music. It's something you could definitely party to for a few hours."
The trio will perform songs off the new CD as well as music from its six other studio albums Wednesday at the Gallo Center for the Arts in Modesto.
"We try to play something from every record if we can," Garza said. "We like to play cover tunes people like to hear. We write a set list out and for the most part, it never gets followed."
The Garza brothers are thesons of Ringo Garza Sr., a member of another sibling band the Falcones, who played conjunto music around Texas in 1970 and 1980s. After the senior Garza split from the band, his sons backed him up as a solo act before they reached their teens.
The children went on to form their own group, Los Lonely Boys, in the 1990s. The band had its break-out hit in 2004 with the ballad "Heaven," which was a major radio hit and eventually reached No. 1 on the adult contemporary chart. The song won a Grammy Award for best pop performance by a duo or group with vocal.
Los Lonely Boys didn't set out to perform a diversity of musical styles, but that's how it worked out.
"We believe we can pretty much play any style we want to play and any groove we want to," Jojo Garza said. "The songs we write are the songs we write."
The group has stuck together for so long because the musicians don't want to have to learn to do something else, Garza said.
"We're brothers, we're family and we all love music. We've all been blessed with talent and ability to play. We all keep each other grounded. If one of us gets too big of a head, the other two can deflate that kind of thing. We're here for each other."
People who come to their Modesto show can expect to hear a concert that is focused on quality music, rather than lights and effects.
"If you've ever been to a Los Lonely Boys concert, you know you're going to have a really good time. You're going to enjoy great music, you're going to feel the family bond thing, you're probably going to laugh and cry," Garza said.WHAT: Los Lonely Boys
WHEN: 7 p.m. Wednesday
WHERE: Rogers Theater, Gallo Center for the Arts, 1000 I St., Modesto
CALL: (209) 338-2100