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A ‘bona fide’ duo to perform Friday

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By Russ Gordon

At 7 p.m. Friday at Ashley Pond, the Los Alamos Summer Concert Series will present the Sisters Morales at Ashley Pond.

Sisters Morales plays rock clubs, cantinas, dancehalls, performing arts centers, festivals, concert halls, blues bars and honky-tonks all over the country.

The sister played the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the Voices of Latin Rock Festival in San Francisco, Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic, Taste of Chicago, the George Strait Country Music Festival, the Kerrville Folk Festival and the Los Alamos Summer Concert Series.

To quote the film, “Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?” that makes them “bona fide.”

Their varied musical styles excite music lovers of all tastes. Today, the Sisters will play the Santa Fe Bandstand Series. I told the Santa Fe series, which shares a number of acts with Los Alamos, that the Sisters will blow people away.

They’ll also blow you away this Friday.

The Mexican-American sisters Lisa and Roberta Morales grew up in Tucson, Ariz. in a musical family. The radio and record player continuously played

Now, the sisters have their own tight band playing genre-defying music. Roberta and Lisa trade lead vocals and harmonies. They both play rhythm guitar.

The music is rock, border rock, Tejano, Norteño, country, blues, honkey-tonk and Mexican folk. A lot of it is dance music. The band will play some harder rock when Roberta’s excellent guitar playing husband, David Spencer, steps up front and cranks it up.

Sisters Morales will also play Tejano, canones, rancheros corridos and polkas. Even if you think that you don’t like this style of music, just check it out.

They’ll play songs such as “Sabor A Mi,” “La Madrugada,” “Volver, Volver,” “Ay Jalisco” and “Cucurrcucu Paloma.”

Some of it you’ll remember from elementary school and even though it wasn’t cool to like it back then, you owe it to yourself to give this music a second chance. In addition to the concert, the Next Big Idea: A Festival of Discovery, Invention and Innovation, will be held Friday and Saturday. Sometime during the Sisters Morales concert some folks will lift off a “Fractal Balloon Glow.”

Friday, there will be a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Student Day.  They’ll also have a rock concert by the popular Los Alamos band. Last Call. Last Call plays music of the ’80s, ’90s and the ’00s.

Despite celebrating math and science this weekend, there is no need to strain your brain over the relationship between math and music. Good music comes from the soul.

The concert for July 23 will feature the very high energy Austin, Texas band, Del Castillo. Editor’s Note: Russ Gordon is the organizer of the Los Alamos Concert Summer Concert Series.