CALUMET - The creators of such songs as "Low Rider," "The Cisco Kid," "Why Can't We Be Friends," "Spill the Wine" and "The World is a Ghetto" are bringing their infectious brand of music to the Calumet Theatre.
The Lowrider Band, a band consisting of four original, singer-songwriter members, will take the historic stage at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
Mixing Latin, R&B, rock, funk, jazz and reggae, The Lowrider Band has been playing together for more than 40 years and features Howard Scott on guitar, Harold Brown on drums, Lee Oskar on harmonica and B.B. Dickerson on bass.
"Howard Scott and myself have been playing music together for 50 years," Brown said in a phone interview. "Howard Scott's father, B.B. Dickerson's father and my father used to drive us to gigs because we were too young to drive."
After meeting people like Sam Cooke, Johnny Otis, Sonny Bono, Eric Burdon and Deacon Jones on their rise through the music business, the four got their big break with "Slipping in the Darkness" and have never looked back.
"After 'Slipping in the Darkness,' things just started happening for us," Brown said. "Our music was different from any other music out there because we grew up in Southern California in such a melting pot."
With influences from all over the world, and after playing together for so long, Brown feels like the quartet has grown closer than just individual members of a band.
"We're not just a band, we're a brotherhood," Brown said.
Reserved seating for The Lowrider Band is $25, with a discount for theatre members. Box office hours are noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and two and a half hours before showtime. For more information, call the Calumet Theatre Box Office at 337-2610 or check the web page at calumettheatre.com.