i decided to drop by and see my friend steve at solar culture tonight. i rang the bell, and he wasn't there, but joey burns from calexico answered. they were rehearsing there. i had just met him a few days ago, so he invited me in. what a blast! mariachi luz de luna were all there, i got to meet most of them, and i got to hear them play a bunch of new stuff and also some of my old favorites, including a fantastic rendition of el picador, which some of you know. ;) it was neat to see the interplay between joey and the violinists as he taught them new parts, and also to see the older trumpet player, ruben, teaching the younger one, jacob, and how quickly jacob picked it up. quite a magical evening! their new cd comes out in february.