It began in the 1940’s and surged well into the 70’s because they were the kings! If you grew up listening to Trio Los Panchos, turn up your speakers, hit play, and revel in the memories. If not, you’re in for a romantic treat, requinto guitars and all. There are only 3 weekends left to see Trio Los Machos: a heart stealing homage to the late Trio Los Panchos and their stellar contemporaries Jose Alfredo Jimenez and Vicente Fernandez, aka, The King of Ranchera Music. Trio’ delivers live performances covering their classic boleros and rancheras, at the Casa 1o1 Theater.
Rafael O. Calderon, one of Trio Los Machos‘ producers, spoke with me about the storyline and his personal heart connection with the play and its music. “Three guys are in their golden years recalling when and how they met during The Bracero Program of the 1940’s. This was a period when Mexican’s were invited to work in the U.S. because Americans were off to war. At the very core of it, this is a play about friendship and fraternal love. Within those Bracero camps, these three men bonded through singing, learning that they could harmonize and play well together.”
Trio Los Machos Writer, Josephina Lopez, wrote a fictitious story based on a very palpable connection with historical truths. Her Father was in the Bracero program. He provided her with a rich depth of insight from which to create. I also asked Rafael what drew him to produce Trio’. “I read the script and was immediately intrigued just imagining how it would be done. Now every time I see the play, I’m excited to hear the music and love how it flows through the story. They have blended very well and the end result is phenomenal. I fall more in love with the music and remember my grandmother listening to it in the kitchen, cooking and cleaning as it filled the whole house.”
Go to http://www.Casa0101.org for tickets and showtimes for Trio Los Machos or call (323) 263-7684.