The rockabilly look makes Gatos Locos a big hit at the American Legion Post 37 and RV Parks with Winter Texans.
Nostalgia is king to McAllen-based cover band Gatos Locos. While lead singer Kitty Dee’s dream to be a singer stayed unfulfilled during two previous marriages, things changed when she met Zmylee Herrera, lead guitarist and singer. She admits their relationship began because of Kitty’s visit to her cousin’s bar, The Dive, in McAllen. As soon as his band began to play, she became an instant groupie.
For a few months, she and Herrera saw one another, then one fateful evening all that changed. As Kitty describes it, it was the first-time McAllen hosted the New Year’s Eve Ball Drop. She went to the event on her own, and as others paired off at the stroke of midnight, she made her way back to the bar; at that exact moment, Herrera exited the building and they shared their first kiss. They’ve been inseparable since then. The very next month they were featured on the Valentine’s issue of Festiva magazine.
As they found their place as a couple, they also learned more about each other’s musical inclinations. They eventually formed a classic cover band that plays a wide range of songs from the 1940s to present day. “To keep things fresh, we like to blend two or three songs together.” She also believes the ability to move from both Spanish to English songs of those eras also adds to their flavor. This is also why they called themselves Gatos Locos -- crazy cats -- because they can move from one style to the next with little effort.
Another thing that adds to their mystique is their rockabilly look. It is this looks that makes them big hits at the American Legion Post 37 and RV Parks with Winter Texans. Kitty is especially touched by this crowd as some of the Winter Texans let them know that they talked about the band back home and even get dolled up to go to their shows.
Gatos Locos will be playing several dates at American Legion Post 37, Cubby Hole, Simon Sez and Ranch House Burgers in Mission. For more information, visit their Facebook page.
By Mary Ann Escamilla