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The Moxi Theater welcomes Texas band Giovannie and The Hired Guns to Greeley for the first time on Wednesday – Greeley Tribune

While Giovannie and The Hired Guns hail from the Lone Star State, viewers shouldn’t expect to see your typical country-western band on stage singing about their lost dog, broken-down truck, or escaped girl if the group sets off for the Moxi Theater on Wednesday.

Viewers can expect “a lot of movement and shouting and lots of fun”, which takes them away from everyday life for an hour and a half.

The band, formed by vocalist Giovannie Yanez and backed by drummer Milton Toles, guitarist Jerrod Flusche, bassist Alex Trejo and guitarist Carlos Villa, bring a loud, obnoxious show that spans genres such as southern rock, stoner metal, la musica norteña and Latin hip whoops

“We all come from different walks of life and all have our own unique styles that we bring to the band,” Yanez said in a heavy Texas accent. “No one ever tells anyone else how or what to play. We just show up, jam and it comes naturally.”

Giovannie & The Hired Guns will perform for the first time at the Moxi Theater in Greeley on Wednesday at 7pm, with the Huser Brother Band opening for the group.  (Photo courtesy of Giovannie and The Hired Guns)
Giovannie & The Hired Guns will perform for the first time at the Moxi Theater in Greeley on Wednesday at 7pm, with the Huser Brother Band opening for the group. (Photo courtesy of Giovannie and The Hired Guns)

One song fans can expect to see at pretty much every concert is the band’s “Always on Your Mind.”

“That’s my personal favourite. It talks about life on the road and the relationships you lose, either as a loved one or someone close to you,” Yanez said. “It’s my favorite song and that’s why it’s always on the setlist.”

As a Texas-based band, Yanez and the group have struggled to be labeled as a country or western band.

“You’ve got a little electric guitar and a little accent, and they want to call you a Texas country band. We tried to break the mold,” Yanez said, laughing. “So we played these little country venues in Texas and kept playing our rock ‘n’ roll and whatever other little vibe we could fit in there.”

As with all creatives and artists in the US and around the world, 2020 and the pandemic has been a “truly strange and tragic year.” Despite the uncertainty, the band released their second album.

“We wanted to give the fans something in all the chaos and take them away for so little money,” the frontman said.

Towards the end of 2020, the band hit the road, embracing any gig that allowed them to play in person — even if it meant limited seating or audience numbers.

“Our fan base has increased by almost 300% since COVID. We would play any place we were let in, even if it was half-cap rooms,” Yanez said. “When COVID was over, people were still going to our shows and it’s continued to grow ever since. Which is amazing.”

Giovannie and The Hired Guns combine a variety of musical inspirations and genres in their music, ranging from Southern rock and stoner metal to La Musica Norteña and Latin hip-hop.  (Photo courtesy of Giovannie and The Hired Guns)
Giovannie and The Hired Guns combine a variety of musical inspirations and genres in their songs, including southern rock, stoner metal, La Musica Norteña and Latin hip-hop. (Photo courtesy of Giovannie and The Hired Guns)

The band’s third album is set to be released later in 2022.

“This album isn’t really going to be any different than our other two albums, but we have a tuba and an accordion on it and all these different styles,” Yanez said. “Yes, we are hard rock, but we can also do other genres. This next album will have a little bit of everything and cool rhymes.”

Wednesday’s show will be the band’s first time performing at the Moxi Theater in Greeley.

“We’re really excited. We’ve heard a lot about the Moxi,” Yanez said.

Tickets for the concert are $15 per person general admission. All ages can participate with a valid photo ID. Doors open at 7pm, show starts at 8pm at 802 9th St.

To purchase tickets, go to www.moxitheatre.com. To learn more about Giovannie and The Hired Guns, visit www.gioandtheguns.com.

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