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A tribute to Sting, and other magic moments

Vudu Chile

By Bruce Rossley

The British singer-songwriter known as Sting, born Gordon Sumner, is one of those impossible-to-classify artists: —a musician who runs the gamut of styles, from rock to reggae to jazz. He was the principal songwriter, lead singer, and bassist for the Police, one of the leading rock bands of the late 1970s and early 1980s. Sting played Mack the Knife in a Broadway production of The Threepenny Opera. He released an album of music by John Dowland, an English Renaissance composer. In recognition of his exceptional songwriting talent, Sting was inducted into the prestigious Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002.

Concert
Lynx Maple and Vudu Chile: A Tribute to Sting
Wed, Jan 29, 7pm
Teatro Ángela Peralta
200/100 pesos

Concert
Lynx Maple: Magic Moments
Thu, Jan 30, 7pm
Teatro Ángela Peralta
200/100 pesos
Tickets for both concerts on sale at the theater box office

Vudu Chile, the most popular rock and blues band in San Miguel, has chosen to delve into Sting’s rich song catalog for a tribute concert to take place at the Teatro Angela Peralta on Wednesday, January 29, at 7pm. Among the songs to be covered are numbers originally written for the Police, including “Roxanne” (in a bossa nova arrangement), and “Walking on the Moon” (in what Vudu Chile lead singer David Garza describes as “a very cool, trippy version”). The concert will also include songs from Sting’s solo albums, including “Be Still, My Beating Heart,” “It’s Probably Me,” and “Seven Days.”

Garza, who uses the stage name Lynx Maple, has performed in Texas, Maryland, North Carolina, and is in constant demand in San Miguel, Querétaro, and Celaya. He has headlined the San Miguel Jazz & Blues Festival on five occasions. Vudu Chile lead guitarist Julian Arcos has mastered many styles of music, from rock and blues to gypsy jazz, and teaches guitar in San Miguel. He performed his original compositions by invitation at the Querétaro Jazz Festival.  Julian’s brother, Javier Arcos, is Vudu Chile’s bassist, and he is another versatile artist who plays a wide variety of genres. The percussionist, Carlos de Aguinaga, a Yamaha-sponsored drum clinician and master drummer, is appearing as a guest artist with the band. “We’re lucky to have him,” Garza says, “as he plays every style with humor, wit, and grace. He grooves. With these fine players, it will be a great concert.”

Lynx Maple and Vudu Chile have presented a number of tribute concerts, focusing on diverse artists such as Marvin Gaye, Muddy Waters, Stevie Wonder, and Elton John. All of those concerts met with acclaim, and the band’s high energy had more than a few audience members literally dancing in the aisles.

For the many fans of lead singer Lynx Maple, on the evening following, Thursday, January 30, at 7pm, Lynx (David Garza) will present a solo concert at the Peralta, featuring original songs and selected covers. Garza’s most recent solo outing at the Peralta, a concert last October that focused on the Beatles catalog, but also included several of his own compositions, was one of the highlights of the musical season. This time around, Garza will perform more of his self-penned songs, and will also cover songs by the Everly Brothers, English Beat, and Coldplay. The concert is entitled “Lynx Maple: Magic Moments.” Garza says the songs will focus on “the magic in everyday life,” as well as “women’s issues and the environment.”

 

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