By Hector Saldaña
Updated 10:58 a.m., Wednesday, August 29, 2012
That's a Rod Stewart microphone move if there ever was one.
“Yes, sir. That's exactly what I do. I bring my rock 'n' roll antics,” said Gutierrez, 55.
“I'm the type of person that does not stay on that ‘X.' I move all over the place. I dance. I move a lot. I twirl my mike stand and all the stuff I used to do (as a young rock 'n' roller). People expect to see a show, and they get a lot of energy from us.”
Gutierrez admits he's not as young as he used to be. The same can be said for David Lee Roth.
“I pay for it the next day,” he said with a chuckle.
Maravia, a veteran Tejano act that came on the scene more than 20 years ago with the album “Tejano Shootout,” has a busy weekend with gigs at Cadillac Bar and Market Square.
Friday, the band — which includes singer-saxophonist Leroy Urrabazo, bassist Greg Palacios, keyboardist Jimmy Morin, guitarist Chris Gomez, accordionist Jerry Fuentes and drummer Joey Sanchez — plays Cadillac Bar. The music starts at 9 p.m.
After recharging its batteries, Maravia appears Monday at the 36th annual Labor Day Weekend at Market Square. The three-day event begins Saturday and includes acts such as the Spazmatics, Tejano Highway 281, Ilyssa, WidowMaker, Grupo Calle Sol and Albert Zamora. Market Square concerts are free and begin at noon.
The old-school fun should live up to the title of the band's 2009 album, “Simply Marvelous.” Its latest release is “Eres La Mujer,” principally co-written by Gutierrez and Urrabazo.
Maravia plays classic Tejano music that keeps the dance floor moving — cumbias and regional Mexican sounds, too.
“We like to stay with the old school. That's more or less what I write,” Gutierrez explained.
“People like the old-school sound. Sometimes we get the dancing crowd, and sometimes we get the crowd that just listens and applauds. To me, it doesn't matter. If they dance, fine. If they don't, the applause itself covers everything.”
Almost everyone in the band is a veteran Tejano musician. For example, Urrabazo is a former member of Ram Herrera y Montana Band.
Gutierrez, a former Marine and self-described late bloomer to the Tejano scene, took a different path to la onda.
Thirty five years ago, he joined Brown Brandy and played military installations booked by agent Dean Bell. “That's where I got my road experience,” Gutierrez said.
In the '80s, he fronted the classic-rock Rozy Welz Band (the name is inspired by Wells Fargo Bank). “I liked the name Rosie, and one day I was making a delivery at Wells Fargo, and I said ‘There it is.'”
Why he went with the double-Z's is, thankfully, lost to big-hair history.
These days the singer still can't help himself when it comes to spelling his band's name. Maravia really should be spelled “Maravilla.”
Either way, it means wonderful or marvelous.
The Memorial High School graduate celebrates his 56th birthday at Cadillac Bar on Sept. 14. “I'll get the people singing,” Gutierrez promised.