Los Straitjackets @ City Winery, 6/11/13

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Los Straitjackets in ManhattanThere’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:

JUNE

June 18th: The English Beat

June 25th: Ben Taylor

JULY

July 2nd: The Pietasters

July 9th: Eilen Jewell w/ The End of America

July 16th: Tim O’Brien

July 23rd: Tulipa Ruiz, In Association with Brasil Summerfest

July 30th: Rasputina

AUGUST

August 6th: Early Elton: A Tribute to Early Elton John

August 13th: 1st Annual Hot Strings Fest: Cynthia Sayer, Tony Trischka, Andy Statman, Michael Daves

August 20th: Lost Bayou Ramblers

August 27th: Carolyn Wonderland w/ Sasha Dobson

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