by Jim Nintzel
I really can't shower enough praise on Joey Burns, John Convertino and the rest of the guys that make up Calexico. I'm hooked on the music, a mash-up of rock-and-roll and mariachi seasoned with a lot of other flavors that could only have been cooked up in Tucson's barrio. And I stand in awe of the size of their hearts; these guys regularly give away the money from their local gigs KXCI, Solar Culture, Humane Borders and other causes. (They're headlining an all-day music fest in the streets of Barrio Viejo in April, so get your tickets now!)
I've been fortunate enough to see them play not only in Tucson, but in Seattle, Portland, Flagstaff and Phoenix in the last couple of years, and I can assure they rock the house whether they go.
But enough fanboy gushing. Arizona Public Media producer Luis Carrión has a profile of the band coming up this weekend on In Tune, a new show featuring local musicians that's hosted by jazz vocalist Katherine Byrnes. The show includes snippets of performances at the Rialto Theatre and inside Eric Firestone's swank new downtown gallery on Sixth Avenue.
The show airs at 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20 and Sunday, Feb. 21 at 3:30 a.m. on Channel 6, but you get a sneak preview right now. Just push play.