By Diane Cary
Special to the Express
Los Tres de Winters at the Gazebo in Winters July 7
The Winters Friends of the Library summer concert series kicks off with a free outdoor performance by Los Tres de Winters on Thursday, July 7, 7:00–8:30 p.m. at the Rotary Park Gazebo, on Main Street at Railroad Avenue, in front of the Community Center in Winters.
The trio plays Norteño-style music, with José Luis Echeverria on accordion, Adolfo Valenzuela on bajo quinto (a large guitar with five courses of doubled steel strings), and Rafael Echeverria on bass. This lively music is a hybrid of Mexican and Spanish vocal traditions with waltzes and polkas brought to Mexico by Czech and German immigrants in the mid-nineteenth century. It evolved in the north of Mexico and is now a favorite style throughout the western U.S. Check them out on YouTube.
Winters Friends of the Library has presented free outdoor concerts every Thursday in July since 1998, except in 2020. The series will continue with Paddy on the Binge playing traditional Irish and Scottish music on July 14; Back Porchestra playing original and vintage roots rock, Americana, and country blues on July 21; and Afincáo playing Latin music—boogaloo, Cuban son, cumbias, and boleros—on July 28.
Everyone is invited to pack a picnic, bring a blanket or lawn chairs or sit on the grass, sip a cool drink, and enjoy some fine live music. The Friends of the Library will have delicious refreshments and quality used books for sale, and all proceeds will support the Winters Library. This year’s concert series is sponsored by Waste Management and Oates Country Store. For more information, visit wfol.org