Saturday, September 17, 2011

His Name is Jairo Zavala and You Must Go to Plush on Sunday

Posted By on Sat, Sep 17, 2011 at 12:00 PM

It was a few days after HoCo Fest, and a Facebook conversation with a co-worker — calendar gal/music writer Linda Ray to be precise — started with her posting about a musician we'd never seen before who played almost every stage during the last night of the fest:

"There's a guitar player from Madrid who's been here playing with Calexico and sitting in with a lot of other people. I've asked his name an embarrassing number of times. If anyone knows it, please put it in the comments. Anyway, he knows Cuchillo. I'm not sure most of you have known me long enough to hear me swoon over Cuchillo. Their first CD has a solid slot in the stack of CDs that never get put away."

"Was that the cute guy with the cool sideburns who seemed to play with almost everyone on Sunday? I want to know more!!"

"the very one. Can you come to Plush on the 18th? He's going to have his own set!"

"I think my heart will drag me there if my feet don't cooperate."

Besides being a fine example of how co-workers bond away from the office through social networking, it's also a message to you about this musician from Madrid (yes, with cool sideburns) playing Sunday, Sept. 18 at Plush with those other cool guys Joey, John, Sergio and more.

Of course Weekly World Central music editor Stephen Seigel has all the information we need in this week's Soundbites:

Almost two years ago, Jairo Zavala—a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Spain—visited Tucson to perform with a new album in hand. Zavala, who had previously recorded albums with the bands Amparanoia, Vacazul and Los Coronas, was now recording under the name DePedro, and his self-titled, debut album under that name (the inaugural release on EMI's National Geographic imprint, Nat Geo) featured a slew of collaborators you might recognize, most notably Joey Burns and John Convertino of Calexico.


DePedro headlines Monstrosa: An Evening of Latin Music, a one-night music festival that will also feature performances by Calexico, Sergio Mendoza y la Orkesta and Guerrila Tangueros. The whole shebang takes place at Plush, 340 E. Sixth St., at 9 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 18. Tickets are $10, and you'd be wise to purchase them in advance at For more 411, call 798-1298, or head to

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