Chicano soul ensemble Sexto Sol quietly decided to call it quits last September after a stellar eight-year run that included three CDs and countless gigs (including a memorable, 11th-hour booking in 2006 to open for Aerosmith). During that time, they endured a tough stretch when singer-keyboardist Sam Villela was stationed in Iraq as an active-duty member of the Army Reserves.

Bassist Greg Goodman says many factors went into the breakup, but distills the issue this way: “We needed a break from each other and the music.”

The good news is that popular demand (and keep in mind that Sexto Sol has more than 19,000 MySpace friends) has spurred the band to rethink the split, and they’ve decided to play a few shows a year, emphasizing quality over quantity.

Their reintroduction to SA audiences will happen this weekend at Luna Fine Music Club (6740 San Pedro) with gigs on Friday, March 27, and Saturday, March 28. The band will be joined by special guests both nights: Horn players Gabe Pintor and Adrian Ruiz will makes appearances at the Friday gig, with J.J. Lopez spinning between sets. The following night, cool-cat saxman Frank Rodarte will bolster the band’s lineup and and Lenyrd Spinyrd will handle DJ chores.

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