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R.I.P. Fresno guitarist Allen Rodriguez

pic_02Local musicians are mourning the loss of longtime Fresno guitarist Allen Rodriguez, who died on Saturday at the age of 57. Rodriguez was part of a community of musicians that started playing in the area in the late 1970s and produced bands like Gang’s Back.

Fresno was a little smaller of a place back then, and Arturo Aldana remembers everyone getting together for jam sessions at Kearney or Roeding park. “Until they threw us out,” says Aldana, who started playing music in 1971, mostly because of Rodriguez. The two remained friends throughout the years. He remembers Rodriguez as a talented guitar player who was well liked by many. “We was always working, always playing in bands,” Aldana says. In fact, he was in the middle of a gig Saturday, when he started feeling ill.

“Who he was was defined by his music,” says Rodriguez’ son, Adrian Rodriguez. He knew the man mostly as a father, but often got to watch him perform and even joined in for a time, playing the congas. Rodriguez’ world was the music scene and his absence is being felt by many, Adrian says.

To honor Rodriguez’ memory and influence, Aldana and others are putting together a jam session 2 p.m. Friday at the American Legion Post 509 (3509 N. First St.) and welcome those who knew him to participate.

Here is a video of a young Rodriguez that’s being passed around. It encapsulates Rodriguez’ performing style.

Responses to "R.I.P. Fresno guitarist Allen Rodriguez"

Arturo Aldana says:

A cat, a flower, and you.
A friend, a brother, a soul.
A pick, a mic, and a stand.
Your guitar, your licks, and your love.

Alley man, Europa, and Samba pa’ ti.
Cariño, Sabor a mi, and Just us.
Some of the songs you used to play.
Some of the songs I can still hear.

Your cigar, your goofy smile, and your wit.
Your wisdom and jokes I will miss.
You departed on Saturday, June 8th.
You didn’t win the lotto next day.

You left us with an empty space.
That would be impossible to replace.
I would always think of you.
As a brother who loved me unconditionally.

For now I will listen to Europa.
And imagine you playing the lead.
And as you play you look my way.
To let me know that your’re still here.
In my memories, in my ears, in my heart…dear Alonzo Rodriguez

PAT ORTIZ says:

ALLEN,
I AM SO VERY PROUD TO BE CALLED YOUR FRIEND. FROM THE DAYS OF “EMAGE”, PLAYING TOGETHER IN “FILTHY McNASTY” IN THE ’80′s AND SINGING “FISHHEADS ON STAGE AT THE END OF EVERY NIGHT. THEN RUNNING INTO YOU 10 YEARS AGO. ONCE AGAIN OUR MUSICAL JOURNEY CONTINUED WITH “LATIN TOUCH, “THE OUTLAWS”, AND “JUST US”. WE HAD A LOT OF GOOD TIMES, AND EVERYTIME I SAW YOU, YOU HAD YOUR GOOFY SMILE AND NEVER FAILED TO MAKE ME LAUGH WITH SOME “OFF THE WALL” STORY OR SAYING THAT YOU HAD.
THE WORLD TODAY IS A LITTLE SADDER PLACE BECAUSE YOU ARE NOT HERE ANY MORE, BUT OUR LOSS IS “HEAVENS GAIN.
REST IN PEACE MY FRIEND… AND “I’LL SEE YA WHEN I SEES YA”
MUCH LOVE…..
PAT…

Andrea Fernandez says:

I had the pleasure of knowing Alan when i was very young but remember him so well. I give his family my sympathy and hope they find comfort in the music he loved.

Joann Chacon Avila says:

Allen I will always remember you as a sweet beautiful man. My heart breaks every time I see your pictures. I am going to miss you so much!!!! I know you are free now, and until we meet again, Cheers ♥♥♥♥

Missy Posas says:

Mr. Allen Rodriguez was a God- gifted guitarist who always seemed so happy and content with Life…He left our Earth last Saturday doing what he loved best, with those he loved to do it with, his beloved friends from the In Control Band… He has now joined my husband, Mr. Paul Posas , in Heaven, where they are now playing their guitars for our Lord & the Angels…Paul & Allen rarely shared a stage because they played the same instrument, but they had mutual love & respect for one another, growing up in the same amazing music community…They enjoyed jamming when they had the opportunities…My heartfelt condolences to the Rodriguez family and all of our Local Music Family…Let us celebrate Allen’s Life and honor him as he would want us to….Until we meet in Heaven,
Cheers, my friend.

Valerie Lopez says:

My beautiful friend Allen was such a special man ..
You will always be remembered as a caring & kind friend..
A talented Musician and a part of our Musician familia forever <3
I will miss our morning conversations and your words of simplicity
YOU are the brightest star shining down from Heaven with that unforgettable smile
A Diamond Sparkling in the Sand…
Thank you for the Memories my friend =)
You will be forever in my <3
I will always raise my glass to YOU my friend always
and say CHEERS………. as only you would say =)
Rest in Peace my friend
Till we meet again…
P.S. Tell Paul I said Hi <3

Mary Lou Martinez says:

Tagging along with my sister Maria and your brother Leo listening to the band praticing way back in the teens. My sympathy to your mom and family, you will be miss.

Maria Hernandez says:

Allen I will miss you dearly, you were a great man, a great musician, I will always remember how positive you were. And I will always remember the memories we had. You will be missed by so many, but you will always remain in our hearts. Keep playing that electric guitar in the sky, so that all can hear.

Sonny Rios says:

I am sad to hear of your passing. I remember your guitar when we played with the “Soul Blenders” the early days. Great to hear you play again in the Tribute. I played the trumpet along with Steve Northup who played Trombone. We had fun playing at weddings, parks, schools and jam sessions at my house. Times were crazy then. We drank a few beers and had a good time. I didn’t stick with music but along will remember and miss the music. I was happy to hear you continued to play music because you were so good. Till we can jam again, your forgotten friend Sonny.

John Martinez says:

There was a legion of Chicano Guitar players back in the 70′s-early 80′s; Lalo Rodriguez (rip), Bimbo Walker (rip), Fernando Verdialez, Allan Rodriguez (rip) Carlos Casares, Genio Casares, and Dan Garcia, but Dan was more of a guitar tech. I’d say, Richard Martinez, only because his dedication was so intense. All these dudes were, pretty much, Carlos based players. Allan, to me, was one of the best. He changed the tunes, gave them personality. Like he did to Europa here. I saw him play this at the Rainbow with Gangs Back once. Time goes on, but the time these dudes were playing, Los Arcos, the 310 Club, Las Palmas, Weddings, Wild Blue, everywhere and anywhere, back yards in East Fresno…it was a time to remember. We should write about it. We have our own music culture. These are OUR hero’s. RIP ALLAN.

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