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Hacienda on Their New Line-up and Rare 502 Gig

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Still smiling: The Villanueva brothers take Hacienda’s lineup change in stride

Thus, the Hacienda transition is in full force. Rene beefed up his bass, added an amp and he now plays with a pedal board after years of playing straight to the amp. Abe is adding not only effects but extra keyboards, so what you will see at 502 are the same songs you know but with a completely different package and sound.

“It’s actually been pretty interesting for us to approach music or thinking about the songs in a different way,” said Rene. “Will we get another guitarist? I don’t know. So far I think we’ll just keep it bass, drums, and keys, ’cause we’ve been liking it. I’m not opposed to guitar, but if we can do it just like this, it’d be pretty cool. It’s funny that some people find it shocking not to see a guitar player because they think, ‘How can you have a rock band without a guitar player?’ But it can be done, and we’re digging it. Necessity is the mother of invention. If you don’t have a guitar and you need to do a show, you need to get creative, and that’s what we’re doing.”

Along with Girl in a Coma, the Heroine and Hyperbubble, Hacienda is one of the “big” SA bands. But even though they don’t play here too often, they’re in touch with the scene and like what they hear.

“You should add Lonely Horse to that list,” said Jaime about the duo, in talks with Atlantic Records/Warner about re-releasing the My Desert Son EP as a full-length. “I hear they’re about to do something big.”

“I really like the bands in the SA scene,” said Rene. “I’m very proud of what they do ... I always feel that musicians are like a support group for each other, and I’m happy when they represent San Antonio anywhere, especially when we don’t have the aura places like LA, New York or Austin have. We play a lot around the country and, unfortunately, we play less and less in SA. So this gig is a special one for us. We’ll play with two cool bands at a cool place for the first time, so it’s a double bonus.”

Hacienda feat. The Dig, Lonely Horse

Doors at 8pm Fri, Nov 1
502 Bar
502 Embassy Oaks
(210) 257-8125

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