TERAJI: Getting in tune with Gilroy music scene

Tomas Carillo, left, plays with Five Minutes to Freedom with

My friends and I decided to spend our last night before the
promised Rapture and possible end of the world last weekend out on
the town. Searching for something exciting to do, we ended up in
Moss Landing at a costume contest called a

Hookers Ball.

My friends and I decided to spend our last night before the promised Rapture and possible end of the world last weekend out on the town.

Searching for something exciting to do, we ended up in Moss Landing at a costume contest called a “Hookers Ball.”

A group of us drove the short distance over to The Whole Enchilada, where the club attracted patrons dancing the night away dressed in sequins, feather boas and gold chains.

It was the place to be with a really hot band called Night Train, which played one good danceable tune after another.

It was a positive vibe, a good night of exercise and all done tongue in cheek.

We all need that once in awhile, especially when the end of the world is coming.

I would have liked to have music that good right here in Gilroy, and fortunately for the next few weeks I can.

Local music teacher Andoni Bundros has single-handedly put together a local music series of Saturday concerts.

Each concert pairs a local musician with an out-of-town musician.

The concert series kicked off May 21 downtown, and featured San Francisco musicians Mr. Andrew and Girl Named T. They agreed to only receive compensation for their expenses for the free concert, with a requested donation of whatever patrons wanted to give.

The next concert in the series will feature Tomas Carrillo, who has played music and written songs with friends since elementary school.

He has performed lead guitar and vocals locally since 2001, starting with a garage band called Five Minutes to Freedom. His music has been described as alternative rock with an “emo-style sound.”

This lifelong Gilroyan performs all original material.

It is no easy feat to continuously find venues for performing in a town the size of Gilroy, but he is creative.

Whether it be the Gilroy Garlic Festival or the Oakwood Lounge, he and his fellow local musicians distinguish themselves by their graciousness in sharing the limelight.

They often collaborate with other local talent and always invite other musicians up on stage.

At a meeting of the Gilroy Arts Alliance and local supporters of the arts earlier this year, the plan to try to fill as many local downtown venues as possible was highly touted, including churches, lodges and any building with available auditorium space. The initiative shown by the Bundros in support of this idea for local arts deserves our support.

Bundros also leads a youth choir and band at St. John the Divine Episcopal Church in Morgan Hill, often performs locally and is a popular piano instructor at Gilroy’s Music Academy.

“I’m shy about being featured in news articles because it feels self-promoting or something,” he said. “I guess I’ll just have to get over that. I’d rather it be all about the music than me anyway.”

I, for one, hope those in support of local arts turn out for this concert series and pack the house.

BENEFIT CONCERT SERIES

Concerts are free. Donations cover musician travel expenses and benefit the United Methodist Church of Gilroy at 7600 Church St. All 7:30 p.m. concerts are at the church. Details: 840-6830.

– June 4: Gilroy musician Tomas Carrillo and San Francisco musician, J.J. Schultz

– June 18: Adriel, Reese Douglas

– July 2: Erma Kyriakos, Candace Fazzio

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