The Mexican/American roots-rock group has been performing and releasing albums since the late 1970s. But it could be argued that the band truly began when Louie Perez and David Hidalgo, who write most of the group's material, became friends 40 years ago as students at an East Los Angeles high school. They play the Bardavon this Sunday night, March 28.
If the guitar stylings of Hidalgo and Perez are not enough, arrive on time to enjoy perhaps the greatest steel-string guitarist on the planet: Leo Kottke. He is a master of the six- and 12-string guitar, but he also sings in a deep baritone famously compared (by the guitarist himself) to "geese farts on a muggy day." His catalogue includes so many great songs, from "Pamela Brown" (his one chart hit) to music for the movie Days of Heaven to his version of the Byrds' "Eight Miles High" to "Vaseline Machine Gun" to inspired arrangements of Johann Sebastian Bach. He plays at 7 p.m.
Tickets ($50 adult/$45 Bardavon member) are available at the Bardavon box office at 35 Market Street in Poughkeepsie, (845) 473-2072; at the UPAC box office at 602 Broadway in Kingston, (845) 339-6088; and through TicketMaster at (800) 745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com.