No News is Bad News. Join the SA Current Press Club.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

San Anto Natives The Last Bandoleros Perform on Jimmy Kimmel

Posted By on Tue, Jul 19, 2016 at 2:35 PM

click to enlarge 12729327_1687560978183293_8414688698166982194_n.jpg
Last night, The Last Bandoleros played a Tex-Mex scorcher on Jimmy Kimmel Live, making their late night debut with “Where Do You Go.” Featuring San Antonio natives Jerry Fuentes and brothers Diego and Emilio Navaira IV, the band’s appearance may be the first time SA and tejano-rock has been featured so prominently on a major network since the Texas Tornados sat in with Paul Shaffer’s band in 1990.
On “Where Do You Go,” The Last Bandoleros certainly owe a great deal to Tex-Mex stars Doug Sahm and the Tornados. Anything with a backbeat that prominent and an accordion that rippin’ is going to be rooted in the tradition of San Anto legends Doug, Augie and Flaco. The young quintet also adds a major touch of early-Beatles harmony, pulling a page from the “Twist and Shout” school of candy-coated group vocals.

The Last Bandoleros formed in 2014 after the Navaira brothers and Jerry Fuentes moved from San Antonio to Brooklyn. (In SA, the Navaira pair played in the pop-rock band Ready Revolution, while Fuentes gigged under his own name.) As they told Billboard earlier this summer, “Where Do You Go” was the song that brought it all together. “It started as a writing project,” said Emilio Navaira IV. “As soon as that happened, it was like, ‘This is something else. It’s special. It’s a band.’”

In San Antonio, the Navaira name is most closely associated with their father, Grammy-winner Emilio Navaira. Known for his tejano and country records of the ’90s, the late Emilio earned a Grammy for Best Tejano Album with 2002’s Acuérdate. So when The Last Bandoleros call themselves “San Antonio-forged,” that’s a boast they can back up.

Tags: , , , ,

San Antonio Current works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of San Antonio and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep San Antonio's true free press free.

Read the Digital Print Issue

October 21, 2020

View more issues


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.


© 2020 San Antonio Current

Website powered by Foundation