Chris Lucas Returns For Cancun Cantina Concert, And More
By John Singleton
Chris Lucas and the LoCash Cowboys returned to Cancun Cantina on Friday, March 11, for more than a concert. The emotional performance was part homecoming for the Pasadena native, part reunion with friends and family, and part celebration of the life of his father, Jack Lucas, who died suddenly on January 15.
It was great concert. It was upbeat with so many friends and family in attendance, said Joanne Lucas, Jacks wife. People have come together after Jacks passing; so many of our family members have been reunited. Its just like Jack to make something good out of something bad.
The sold-out concert started at 10:15pm and ended well after 1:00. The enthusiastic crowd never tired, packed as it was with former classmates of Chris Lucas from Archbishop Spalding High School, and Chris siblings Stephanie Barchanowicz, Amanda Hunter, Jeff Paxson and Cindy DuBuque, along with a slew of Big Vanilla staffers who worked alongside Jack.
My father was the greatest man I've ever known. My dad was my rock, my friend, my sidekick and everything else you could want, added Lucas, who is married to wife Kaitlyn and dad to six-month old son Caden. I can write you a book on all the things and people he has touched and helped along the way. He looked at life like we should all look at life finding the good through the bad, and always fascinated.
The energetic concert included a number of the LoCash Cowboys hits including the top 40 single Keep in Mind, a newly released track played every night for a month by WPOC in Baltimore after Jack Lucas passing. Chris Lucas also sang Tonight I Drink Alone, a ballad he penned within days of his fathers death. At the end of the song, Lucas took a sip of a vodka and cranberry juice his dads favorite drink raised his glass and nodded mournfully into the night sky.
I will keep his legacy going, and only hope to be the wonderful father he was to me to my son, added Lucas. Trust me I know my dad will still be there to help everyone he knows, and surround his family with his spirit and love everyday for the rest of our lives.
Later in the show, Lucas presented Larry Ray, owner of the Big Vanilla Athletic Club, a LocCash Cowboys guitar to hang in Jacks Café, a new addition to the fitness club intended to be a tribute to the former Big V employee. When it came time for the last song of the night, Chris Lucas pulled a gaggle of old buddies from the Archbishop Spalding football and baseball teams onstage to join him and fellow LoCash Cowboy Preston Brust for a rowdy rendition of the Beasty Boys Youve Gotta Fight For Your Right to Party.
It was a great night, summarized Sherri Wilkins, a Big Vanilla staffer who attended the concert. Im sure it was hard for Chris being back in his hometown performing for the first time at Cancun Cantina without Jack being there, but he did an awesome job. And lets not kid ourselves, Jack was there.