Powerhouse to hit stage at Blues on the Hill

HARLINGEN – Chris Maley is delighted to have finally booked Coco Montoya for a concert here.

“He’s a blues-rock powerhouse guitarist,” said Maley, entertainment coordinator for Blues on the Hill which will take place Saturday at McKelvey Park. The concert is free to the public.

Maley’s excited about booking Montoya, a Los Angeles-based act.

“He has had multiple awards and about 12 to 15 CDs out,” Maley said. “I’ve been trying to get him down here for years because I’ve been playing him on the radio.”

Emilio Crixell and Border Soul, based in South Texas, will open for Montoya at 7 p.m.

“We’re promoting our new CD titled ‘People,’” Crixell said. “The music is a blend of Latin Soul, R&B, blues and the music of South Texas.”

Blues on the Hill is an outdoor concert series held several times throughout the year. No outside food or drinks or allowed. Vendors will sell refreshments to help fund more concerts.

Viewers are welcome to bring blankets and lawn chairs.

What you need to know about Coco Montoya

Coco Montoya, one of the best-known, best-selling artists in blues-rock, was the protege of the renowned “Master of the Telecaster” Albert Collins and spent 10 years in British blues giant John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, following in the footsteps of previous Bluesbreaker guitarists Eric Clapton, Peter Green and Mick Taylor.

His award-winning, 20-plus year solo career has produced some of the most critically-acclaimed albums in the genre, including his three career-defining releases for Alligator between 2000 and 2007.

On Hard Truth, Montoya’s gritty vocals and scorching hot guitar lead the way. From the Warren Haynes penned “Before The Bullets Fly” to the hard truth of addiction in “Lost In The Bottle” to the ecstatic feels-good-to-be-in-love shuffle “I Want To Shout About It,” Montoya serves up a career best.