Los Pacaminos feat. Paul Young: A fun-filled Fiesta of music and entertainment

When Los Pacaminos took the stage at The Half Moon pub in Putney on the 3rd of June 2023, they marked over 30 years of playing music together. Led by the iconic vocalist Paul Young, this band is a testament to the power of friendship and the joy of making music for the sheer pleasure of it.

The Half Moon, a legendary venue that has witnessed performances by the likes of The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, and David Bowie, provided the perfect backdrop for Los Pacaminos’ gig. As I stepped into the venue, the air was buzzing with anticipation, and I couldn’t help but feel a sense of excitement coursing through my veins.

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Not only because this venue has a vibe of its own, but also because it’s filled of my personal memories when I performed there with my rock band. Little did I know that this night would be a magical culmination of my birthday celebrations.

Paul Young, ever the gracious host, had extended a personal invitation to me, having interviewed him three times over the past 10 years. 

Monica Costa and Paul Young in the dressing rom at Los Pacaminos gig at the half moon pub in putney

I was ecstatic when he wished me a heartfelt happy birthday in front of the enthusiastic crowd. It was a truly special moment, and I felt incredibly blessed to be part of this vibrant and joyful experience.

As the band took to the stage, the seven guitars lined up, ready to create a symphony of Tex-Mex-inspired melodies. Los Pacaminos’ journey began in November 1992, with the sole intention of having fun and playing music for the sheer pleasure of it. Little did they know that this venture would endure for decades, defying expectations and bringing immense happiness to both themselves and their fans.

The band’s initial focus on Tex-Mex music, with its joyful and infectious rhythms, provided the foundation for their unique sound. However, as time went on, they expanded their repertoire to encompass various other styles, ultimately embracing the broad stroke of Americana and some rock ‘n’ roll songs. From country influences to Texas Blues and Cajun overtones, Los Pacaminos’ music transports listeners to a vibrant, sun-soaked world filled with cowboys and camaraderie.

Humor plays a pivotal role in Los Pacaminos’ music, infusing their lyrics with a British sensibility that adds an extra layer of charm. Paul Young explains, “Tex-Mex music has a hint of humour in the lyrics, a way of making a joke out of something serious. It’s our way of getting through things.” This infectious humour extends beyond their music and spills onto the stage, creating an atmosphere of laughter and joy. During live performances, the band’s banter with the audience often takes centre stage, as they effortlessly blend music with hilarious anecdotes and playful interactions. It’s an experience that leaves the crowd feeling like part of the Pacaminos family.

This genuine connection with their fans has created a sense of loyalty and camaraderie, with devoted followers affectionately referred to as “Pacamigos.” Newcomers to their gigs, known as “Pacavirgins,” are warmly welcomed and quickly become part of the Pacamigos tribe. It’s a testament to the band’s ability to foster a community that extends beyond the music itself.

Beyond the joy and camaraderie, Los Pacaminos have allowed Paul Young to fulfil his musical ambitions. After his successful solo career, Paul missed the conviviality of being part of a band and the opportunity to explore different musical avenues. Los Pacaminos provided the perfect platform for him to showcase his guitar skills and expand his repertoire. With the band, Paul even learnt to play the Baja Sexto, a Mexican twelve-string instrument, and ventured into writing instrumentals—an experience that he couldn’t have had as a solo singer.

While Los Pacaminos occupy a significant place in Paul Young’s musical journey, his solo work continues to thrive. Waiting for more albums, Los Pacaminos can be seen at the 100th club in London on 6 June 2023. For more information or to buy tickets for gigs of Los Pacaminos visit  their website here.

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