When Esteban — the nouveau-flamenco guitarist who only needs one name — takes the stage once again at El Pedregal, he’ll be rocking the same all-black outfit he’s been known for since, well, before he’s been known.
The 62-year-old musician says his signature look dates to his days as a guitar student in Spain.
“I didn’t have any money, so I went to the square nearby and played for tips,” he says. “I wore black clothing back then because it didn’t show stains and you only had to wash it once a week. I wore a black shirt and black jeans, and I bought a black flamenco hat just because the sun was shining on my face. So I’ve been wearing this outfit since the ’70s playing on the street in Madrid. It’s exactly the same outfit I was wearing then, only now we wash and press my clothing.”
Esteban — known as Stephen Paul while not wearing his black flamenco hat — moved to the Valley with his family in 1978. Two years later, his music career took a shocking detour when a drunk driver smashed into his car.
“I got blinded in my left eye, and I couldn’t feel my left arm for 10 years,” he recalls. “So from 1980 to 1990 I couldn’t play the guitar, basically.”
The performance on May 21st will benefit The Foothills Caring Corps.
Admission is $30.00 per person and tickets are available online click here.
Tickets will also be available at the gate.