Los Straitjackets @ City Winery, 6/11/13
There’s just something about these kooky surf-rockers in Mexican wrestling masks I can’t get enough of, so when I saw they were playing a free show at City Winery I couldn’t resist stopping by after work. Except for guitarist Eddie Angel addressing the audience in something that could be described as Spanglish and the audience helping out with the title word on the song “Tequila,” the instrumental performance by Los Straitjackets was completely wordless.
Which, of course, isn’t to say it wasn’t entertaining. Angel, along with guitarist Greg “Gregorio El Grande” Townson picked out one bubbly riff after the other. At one point, bassist Pete “Mister Peet” Curry moved a drum and cymbal out of Drummer Chris “Sugarballs” Sprague’s way so Sprague could move to the center of the stage and dance while Curry played a drum. Then, in a surprising, little twist, Curry fingered the chords on his bass while Sprague drummed on them with his drumsticks. Maybe it’s their Lucha Libre masks, maybe it’s their silly stage antics or maybe it’s just really good music, but Los Straitjackets always put on a good show.
The event was part of City Winery’s 5th Annual Hudson Square Music & Wine Festival. The festival features live performances every Tuesday until August 27 from 5:00–7:00pm. The shows take place behind City Winery and are open to all ages. Food, wine, beer and sangria are available for purchase. (There were hot dogs for sale while I was there.)
City Winery’s 5th Annual Hudson Square Music & Wine Festival summer concert schedule: