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June 29, 2011

Los Lonely Boys bring a Texas flood of sound to 2011 Toronto Jazz Fest

Los Lobos at 2011 Toronto Jazz Fest

Los Lobos played a bluesy show at the 2011 Toronto Jazz Fest. (Julia Pelish photo)

By the time the Brothers Garza were through with their blistering 70 minutes of hard-driving, loud-hollering, ferociously raucous set on Tuesday night, they could’ve owned Toronto. Or at least Metro Square, and they certainly could leave town knowing they’ll command a higher price next time they roll into the Phoenix or the Sound Academy.

The Garzas, aka Los Lonely Boys, tore up the 2011 Toronto Jazz Fest with the sort of tunes that make traditional jazz fans cringe and critics ask, “Why are they here?” Good music is good music, though, and downtown Toronto could do with even more nights similar to the ones provided by this year’s edition of the festival.

No one outside Metro Hall was asking what genre of music Los Lonely Boys were categorized under. They just wanted more of it.

The thousand or so paying fans jammed under the tent and the hundred-plus outside on the lawn gave them a standing ovation — not their first of the night — as they walked off the stage.

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