By Gene Carl
Hot Rods & Beer hosted Holtville’s 2nd Carrot Carnival Music Festival on Saturday night, February 5th. The premier attraction was Alan Iglesias and his backup band Crossfire, a tribute band to Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble. Tickets for the show were $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Mando Villasenor from Mando’s Stereo played for the after party. John Prock, the owner of Hot Rods & Beer said the Music Festival evolved because of the closure of the Barbara Worth Country Club which eliminated the annual Carrot Festival Golf Tournament. “We’re pleased to have a top tribute band such as Alan Iglesias and Crossfire here at Hot Rods & Beer. When Alan takes the stage it’s like Stevie is back. He’s the closest tribute band we’ve ever had on this stage. He uses the exact guitars, the exact amps and the exact strings as Stevie. Many people that you see here tonight are from Yuma and the surrounding area and have never been here before. It’s crucial that we serve them well and give them a good deal.” Some of the sponsors included Vessey & Company, Rabobank, Performance Mechanical Contractors, The Holt Group, Five Star Packing, CR&R, Pioneers Health Care, Baja Farms, AM Desert Storm, Sun Community Federal Credit Union, Rodahl Construction, Vacation Inn, Kevin Grizzle Farms LLC, Union Market, C. Clunn Consulting, Desert Commercial bank and Farmers Outlet.
Alan Iglesias has been playing guitar professionally since 1969. After high school, he toured New England with local blues-based rock bands. He said, “I consider it a privilege to have the opportunity to reproduce a Stevie Ray Vaughan concert as close as possible. We’ve done this for 11 years and we wanted it to be right. It’s just not the sound of the guitar or the way I sing. They want to feel it. People want to hear the soul from the man.
I’ve been lucky to be able to reproduce a certain amount of that.
My backup group Crossfire (John Simons on bass and Eric Januszko on drums) all live in the San Diego area. Like many people in San Diego, we are all transplants. I’m from Rhode Island, Eric is from Michigan and John’s from Nebraska.”
Stevie Ray Vaughan was an American blues guitarist. He was born in Dallas, Texas, and moved to Austin, Texas, and signed with Epic Records in 1971 when he was 17. He fronted the band Double Trouble consisting of bassist Tommy Shannon and drummer Chris Layton. He sold over 11 ½ million records. His only number one song was Crossfire in 1989. Some of his hit songs include Texas Flood, Love Struck Baby, Pride and Joy, Cold Shot, Couldn’t Stand the Weather, Change It, Say What, Hard To Be and The Sky is Crying. Nominated for 13 Grammys, he won 4 during his lifetime and posthumously. He was inducted into the Blues hall of Fame in 2000. In 1990, Vaughan performed a concert at Alpine Valley Music Theater before an audience of approximately 25,000. He died suddenly in a helicopter accident afterward, when the pilot crashed into a nearby ski slope in foggy weather.