Dance to New Mexico's Felix y Los Gatos at The Palms on Friday, Sept. 14

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Based in the Southwestern desert, Felix y Los Gatos plays music they describe as “Zydejano” – a blend of Zydeco and Tejano styles, with dashes of blues, outlaw country and Santana-esque Latin soul. The quartet will bring their music to The Palms Playhouse on Friday, Sept. 14 starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $22. The dance floor will be open. Vocalist and guitarist Felix Peralta (a.k.a. Gato Malo) and D.B. Gomez met at open mikes in Albuquerque, and began collaborating. Gato, as Peralta has come to be known, spent his childhood watching his family play traditional New Mexico music in Albuquerque’s South Valley. Now he channels the sounds of his ancestors through his music and songwriting. Button accordionist Gomez was originally a piano player but was drawn to the accordion as a way to be more mobile and versatile. He grew up in Santa Fe, steeped in the traditional sound of New Mexico’s music. Drummer Melvin “The Honey” Crisp brings danceable Cajun and zydeco rhythms, and bassist Norteño Tim adds a rich tone. Since their founding in 2004, the Gatos have shared the stage with acts such as Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Tab Benoit, BeauSoleil and Wayne “The Train” Hancock. John Popper of Blues Traveler played on the track “Hot Damn” from their album “OCHO.” The Gatos have been featured at the Telluride Blues Festival, Thirsty Ear Festival, Long Beach Crawdaddy Fest, BlissFest, Blast Furnace Blues Festival, Zion Canyon Music Festival, the Hatch Green Chile Festival and other large events. Tickets for Felix y Los Gatos’ Friday, Sept. 14 show at The Palms Playhouse are available at Pacific Ace Hardware in Winters, Armadillo Music in Davis, Davids’ Broken Note in Woodland, online via The Palms’ website and Eventbrite, and at the door if the show is not sold out. For more information, visit and ]]>

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