Pilaseca Wows in Colorado!
By Carrie Cameron
It’s been a few weeks now since my favorite Mexican funk band Pilaseca, made their debut in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. For me it was my first experience as a roadie!
We started the tour in the town of Vail, sister city to San Miguel de Allende, where many of our chefs, artists, musicians, and city officials were being hosted. Introduced by Vail mayor Dave Chapin, lead singer Paco Rivera and his band—Ariel Torres on drums, Omar Torres on guitar, Uriel Orozco on keyboard, and Mauricio Valdez on bass—took the stage at the Gerald R Ford Amphitheater to show the crowd what they do best: get the party started.
“Hot Summer Nights,” as they call the Tuesday night gigs in Vail, couldn’t have been hotter, and I’m not talking about the weather. Pilaseca had the crowd of almost 2,000 people feeling the funk. Performing mostly originals, the band was on fire! At one point people started jumping onto the stage, only to be taken off by security! It was awesome!
The Vail town officials were thrilled, as were those with the Ford Amphitheater and all of us from San Miguel. A few weeks after the performance I spoke to the director and she said Pilaseca was such a great hit that they want them back next year.
Next we headed to the big city of Denver and a popular old school jazz club, Jazz@Jack’s, a well-known hot spot for the locals. Once again Pilaseca had the crowd on their feet as they performed more of their music mixed with some funky old classics. Lots of new fans were made as the band sold many CDs and signed autographs. The owner was thrilled and hopes to have them back as well.
Then on to Boulder—one of the most happening college towns in the States. The venue was a total dive bar just across the street from Colorado University. Taking the stage at 11:30pm, Pilaseca started the set with a funking tune that had everyone in the room on their feet right away, including me, of course!
Magic Town Music and Pilaseca want to thank so many for their support in making this tour happen: the town council of Vail, Jen Mason with the Vail Valley Foundation, the incredible staff of the Gerald R Ford Amphitheater, Rich Wellner, and Patrick Zimmerman of High Country Backline and also MTM production manager. Most of all thanks to Magic Town Music co-founder and producer Rusty Henson for sponsoring the entire tour. His generosity and hard work pulling it all together was essential to the tour’s success and so much appreciated by all involved.
For me… I think I did a pretty good job being “mama roadie,” as Rusty calls me. But Lordy, those late nights just about did me in! I can’t wait to do it again. Next up: a Texas tour. So stay tuned!