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   from the issue of October 12, 2006

Film preserves Texas band's rise to music industry leader

Pursuing their father's long held dream, three Mexican American brothers from San Angelo, Texas, grew from playing childhood gigs in cantinas and honky-tonks to the top of the American music industry.


The ascent of Henry, JoJo and Ringo Garza was documented by filmmaker Hector Galán in "Los Lonely Boys: Cottonfields and Crossroads," opening Oct. 13 at the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center.

The film weaves a historical and cultural perspective on the brothers, highlighting their Mexican American roots and musical influences.

The Garza brothers come from a long line of working musicians. Like work in the cotton fields, music brought the family a means of survival. The film traces the early days as the young family band cuts its teeth learning from their father as they play in country bars and Mexican cantinas in and around San Angelo.

The film travels with them to Nashville where they endure turmoil and heartbreak. These life experiences reveal a compelling portrait of a young band of brothers who against all odds, break out of poverty and find the American dream.

"Los Lonely Boys" plays at the Ross through Oct. 26. For more information, go online to or call 472-5353.

Also showing @ The Ross

“The Science of Sleep"

A romantic fantasy set inside the topsy-turvy brain of a young man whose dreams invade his waking life.

For more information go online to or call the film information line at 472-5353.



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