On my way to work on Thursday (late as usual), I was irked to find University Parks blocked off at Franklin Ave., forcing me to detour around on 4th St.and duck in the back of the building hoping no one would notice me, a few minutes later than normal.
Later that day, I found out why when I got a text message from a friend: “Do you want to go to a free Los Lonely Boys concert by the river tomorrow night?” Ah, why yes, I do. I only have one of their songs in my music library, a John Lennon cover from an Amnesty International Darfur album, but knowing that they are a somewhat celebrated band, I was excited.
Brazos Nights was back, and a month earlier than normal.
We arrived at Indian Springs Park around 8:30 just as the previous band was finishing up, a country singer. It seems that the City of Waco hadn’t advertised at all for the concert, but that didn’t stop Wacoans from appearing in droves Friday night, lawn chairs and children in hand. Blankets and coolers spread out in the dimming light as far as the eye could see toward the river on one side and the Hilton and Convention Center on the other side. Laughter and local voices and various kinds of smoke mingled in the warm air above our heads.
Los Lonely Boys was upbeat, lively and engaging with the crowd. I spent the evening talking soccer and business dreams with friends and watching an intrepid snail crawling back and forth on the cooler belonging to the group in front of us. The band’s biggest hit, “How Far is Heaven” signalled the end of the night for many, including myself.
If you want to check out future Brazos Nights concerts, check out their summer lineup here. Next month, May 4, will be a special event for Cinco de Mayo! I will have to miss out as I will be at a friend’s wedding in the Florida Keys that weekend, so I hope some Bohemians can make it!
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