ABOUT THE EL VEZ MEXMAS SHOW
Although musician/ performance artist Robert Lopez got his start playing in noted LA punk bands The Zeros and Catholic Discipline, it wasn’t long before he started performing as a character that would bring him notoriety for much of the rest of his life – El Vez, The Mexican Elvis. One part parody, one part tribute, and one part commentary about the Mexican-American experience; Lopez has brought levity, as well as darker insights, over the course of more than a dozen albums studded with unconventional Elvis covers like “En El Barrio” (“In The Ghetto”) and “Immigration Time” (“Suspicious Minds”) that are as likely to borrow licks from The King, as they are Public Image Limited, Iggy Pop, Kim Wilde, or The Jam.
In what is nearly a holiday tradition, December finds Lopez again kicking off El Vez’s Mex-Mas tour where he, his band, and his lovely backup singers The Elvettes channel the magic of Christmas through mashed-up and punked-up versions of classic Christmas carols including “I’m Dreaming of a Brown Christmas,” “Now I Wanna Be Santa Claus” and, of course, “Feliz Navidad.” In a show that is at once deeply traditional, and deeply twisted, it’s loaded with choreography, comedy, crazy costume changes, and giant inflatable Santas making for a holiday tradition even the scroogiest of Scrooges can appreciate.
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