Los Lobos, Kauai Rhythm Kings team up Sunday

Back in May, the Kauai Rhythm Kings unveiled themselves to the local music scene.

At that time, frontman Kevin “Swampdaddy” Rogers encouraged fans that if they liked what they heard, to give them a few months.

Well it’s been six, and the Kings have come into their own with several major island performances.

“Overall, I think we’ve been progressing right along and getting good feedback,” Rogers said.

And that’s a good thing because on Sunday this local septet will open for American Chicano roots rock band Los Lobos.

The concert begins at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Kauai Beach Resort in Lihue.

“The Wolves,” as they are commonly known, are three time Grammy Award winners and have been performing and releasing albums since the late 1970s. Their four-date Hawaii tour supports their latest release, “Tin Can Trust.”

Rogers, who first met the group after a performance at Chicago blues club Kingston Mines in the 1980s, said Los Lobos is one of the most fun live acts around.

Drawing from a wide range of musical spectrums — rock and roll, Tex-Mex, country, folk, rhythm and blues and traditional Spanish and Mexican — Los Lobos promises its audience a high-energy performance.

When Los Lobos takes the stage, Rogers said it is hard to keep from dancing.

“People can expect a relatively long show because they really like to play,” he said. “They’re not going to get cheated on a short show.”

And the Kauai Beach Resort’s Jasmine Ballroom will feature what Rogers described as a “semi-nightclub type atmosphere,” allowing people to move around, dance and grab a cocktail.

In addition to a full bar, there will be a special food menu and a dance area on one side of the stage.

“It’s going to be a really good show,” Rogers said.

Tickets cost $45 to $55 and can be purchased online at www.longhairproductions.com.

For additional ticket outlets and information call Kevin Rogers at 337-9234.

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