Hearne: Killer Bill — Knuckleheads Knocks One Out of the Park

220px-AlejandroEscovedoOne good fire deserves another…

And in the case of the East Bottoms music Mecca¬† known as Knuckleheads Saloon, a fire that damaged the clubs new $33,000 outdoor sound system, will be followed by the club’s biggest bill ever.

“I’ve got one big show I’m putting on June 29th that’s going to be a monster,” says Knuckleheads owner Frank Hicks. “Los Lobos, Los Lonely Boys and Alejandro Escovedo.”

Let me guess, at Sprint Center?

“No, I’m doing it right here at Knuckleheads,” Hicks says. “If I close off the street and bring in bleachers, picnic tables and chairs in the street I can do about 1,000 people. I did the same thing for Merle Haggard and we did 1,000.

“We’ll have two outdoor bars and two indoor bars and I’Los-Lobosll have a tamale guy, a Mexican food truck guy and a fajita and burrito guy. And I’ll have Mariachis wandering around the crowd. I think it’s going to be as big or bigger than Merle and it’s on sale at E Tickets, at Knuckleheads or on Knuckleheads web site for $58 plus tax.”

Plus a reasonable $2.50 per ticket surcharge online or $1 at the bar.

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13 Responses to Hearne: Killer Bill — Knuckleheads Knocks One Out of the Park

  1. PB says:

    Usually try to stay in that $20 or less range for Knucks shows, but that is a pretty solid lineup and since I’m going to miss Alejandro’s show there next week due to being out of town, not sure I can pass this one up.

    • Irishguy says:

      Oh, I’m sure those occasional big shows helps Frank pay the bills, and justifies all those great shows he puts on for $10, $15 and $20 a head.

      But I would rather see four of his $15 shows than to sit out in the street on a bleacher for $60.

  2. smartman says:

    Tasty show in more ways than one.

    Now if this was a “urban” show and Frank had a chicken guy, a watermelon guy and a corn on the cob guy somebody would be screaming “racism”

  3. the dude says:

    Yikes, the stereotypes sound like they will be played up for full effect for this concert.
    Will they also have a dude in a Speedy Gonzales getup or some guy dressed like Sancho Panza with shot glasses attached to bandelero belts dispensing shots to cholos y cholas? Sombrero, chicklets, chupa pops, Takis and poncho sales at the merch booths?

  4. Jess says:

    I have no idea who anyone of those groups are.

    • the dude says:

      Well, Los Lobos is one of the best live bands and I would go as far to say one of the flat out best bands in America.
      If you haven’t heard of them by now it is your own fault.

    • Alejandro is an Austinite who is very close with Bruce Springsteen, they sit in with each other during large concerts; there are some great utube videos of the two together in the past several years.

      Los Lonely Boys won Grammies for the music on their debut album about ten years ago, and while they toppled quickly from the top, they remain a hell-of-a great road band. They are originally from San Angelo Texas, and have appeared frequently with Los Lobos, which is a successful East L A band which won Grammies about 20 years ago for the album “How Will The Wolf Survive”. My favorite son from Los Lobos is “Chico and the Lavender Moon”. They also do a mind bogglingly great rendition of “La Bamba” on the Richie Valens bio of the same name.

      Having transplanted back to KC from Austin, and having recently DJed qfor an alt country radio station on the Northern California coast, I certainly have listened to great Tex-Mex for years, and wouldn’t land you a bum steer – as long as the weather cooperates with us, this show is ABSOLUTELY worth your time and money.

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