Calexico Headlines Festival in El Barrio Viejo

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Just Press Play: Calexico performs at the Backyard, Austin, Texas, on May 5, 2004


You know where you want to be this Saturday, April 3: Festival en el Barrio Viejo! Calexico is headlining the all-day music festival in the streets of downtown's Barrio Viejo to benefit KXCI. The show will include Sergio Mendoza y La Orkesta, Crawdaddy-O, Tom Walbank, Naim Amor, Salvador Duran, Fourkiller Flats, Silver Thread Trio and other special friends. Details here.

Whet your appetite for the show with our latest release from the Secret Files of Jim Blackwood, the KXCI morning DJ and KUAT-KUAZ engineer extraordinaire. As we mentioned a few weeks back, Blackwood has posted a select number of live performances by the likes of Calexico, Giant Sand, and Al Perry at archive.org, where you'll find all sorts of obscure and cool digital artifacts.

One of them is this 2005 show from The Backyard in Austin, where Calexico performed along Ozomatli and Los Lonely Boys. It's s tight set that includes "Jesus and Tequila," "El Picador," "Not Even Stevie Nicks," "Crystal Frontier" and an epic "Guero Canelo."

Calexico's Joey Burns:


I remember the early day in May 2005 as being very warm and sunny as we pulled up to the beautiful location of the Backyard Music Venue outside of Austin TX. The place was surrounded by trees and plenty of natural space, surprising for a rock venue. The Backyard was